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Jig Worm Is This a Lost Art?

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I still fish a jig worm and I get alot of bass and some big sows. Now I am talking a jig like, a mushroom head or same type of jig on a fin. worm or any small plastic. Do you still fish it? And any input and maybe I can pick up a few tips?

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No not at all. Its just that now its called a shakey head.

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I do think eyedabassman is talking about a slightly different technique than shakey head.Instead of texposing the hook, you thread the worm down the shank of the hook. leaving the hook exposed. I have caught many bass through out the years with it. I have used ball and mushroom heads.Usually put more movement into jigworm than a shakey head. Pop or lift the bait off the bottom. letting it fall on controlled slack line. 99 % of the bites will occur on the fall. Good to be a line watcher, in case you don't feel that sweet little tap :) I like zooms 4 and 6 in finesse worms,some different styles of ribbon or curled tail worms and 3 and 4 in senkos. Have caught 100 x more bass with this technique than shaking a worm.

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I like to fish a 1/32 or 1/16 oz small shank hook mushroomhead by Gopher Tackle with a 3" Dinger or Senko, absolutely deadly for tough conditions.

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I like to fish a 1/32 or 1/16 oz small shank hook mushroomhead by Gopher Tackle with a 3" Dinger or Senko, absolutely deadly for tough conditions.

Or a small beaver on one and go flipping.

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The "jig wum" is not a lost art to the Lindners. Does remind me of something though. Anyone remember the the worms that came with a length of leader attached, a helicopter spinner blade, a couple red beads, and two exposed hooks? I think you can still purchase something like them still.

I just use a shakey head now, but this jig worm technique is not be overlooked it was/is deadly.

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I do think eyedabassman is talking about a slightly different technique than shakey head.Instead of texposing the hook, you thread the worm down the shank of the hook. leaving the hook exposed.

I think texposing the point is merely a nuance of the jigworm technique necessarily caused by the cover you may be fishing. I've jigfished for years and continue to do so. New jigheads that stand up with larger hooks and plastic worms that are more buoyant are but evolving equipment used. The semantics are not worthy of arguing, but I smile at many of the discussions about this new technique called shakey worming. Jigworming still catches bass no matter what you call it.

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Up here a lot of people still use the jig worm in open water or before the weeds take over.

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I still use a jig head with a worm occasionally. Had one of my clients jigging a worm earlier this week. Used a 1/8 round jig head with hook exposed and a curly tailed worm.

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"Jig Worming" shakey heading or whatever... I love it. I fish an open water deep lake and it's the best way to put fish of any size into the boat.

I use the smallest weight I can get away with (feel the bottom) and dead stick it, slow drag it, hop it, swim it or anything else I think might catch a fish.

Most of the time, I cast it out and let it drop on slack line. Then I weigh the line and start a slow drag and pause retrieve.

Robo worms and spot removers are my favorites.

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The "jig wum" is not a lost art to the Lindners. Does remind me of something though. Anyone remember the the worms that came with a length of leader attached, a helicopter spinner blade, a couple red beads, and two exposed hooks? I think you can still purchase something like them still.

I just use a shakey head now, but this jig worm technique is not be overlooked it was/is deadly.

Do I remember them?  Yup, still have a couple of them.

http://www.cremelure.com/store/store_product_detail.cfm?Product_ID=142&Category_ID=1

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Yep that's the one Lund Explorer....howbeit they do look a little more refined.  :)

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Good thread. The jigworm is definitely overlooked. It's one of my favorite finesse baits.

Instead of jigworming, most people fish these types of finesse worms on the bottom on shaky jigs. I think the point of a jigworm is to fish it with an exposed hook and to swim and twitch it around weed edges until it begins to hang on the weedtops, once it hangs up, twitch it shaky-style for a few moments to attract a bass, then you pop it free to trigger the strike. It works especially well around tough weeds like cabbage because the hook holds better on a cabbage leaf than in milfoil or coontail, and it allows you to shake it longer and more effectively.

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