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Moving into the hotter months where a shakey head may save the day from getting skunked ... What is your current shakey head rod , reel and line set up ? 

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6' 10" M/XF LTB

Pflueger Supreme XT 30

8lb HI-SEAS Grand Slam fluorocarbon coated copolymer

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Medium power Cajun Delta full grip spinning rod

Daiwa Luvias 2500H (getting a good cleaning right now)

10 lb 832 with various leaders based on conditions.

 

This is the same set up that does 70% of my fishing.

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For deeper water it's a 6'9" MLXF 1/8 - 1/2 oz. rod built on a US made Liberty blank with a split TN handle made from woven graphite with EVA trim and the Microwave guide train, and a Shimano Sahara 2500FB spooled with Power Pro 6/30 (It's the only braid I had laying around, but will probably drop to 15 or 20 in the future).  It's only been in service for a coup of weeks, but thus far, I'm impressed.  It's going to suit the niche I built it for quite nicely.

 

For shallower water and/or target casting and close quarters work, it's a 5'8" Cabela's XML MLXF 1/8 - 3/8 oz. with a split TN handle of woven graphite and EVA trim, and a Shimano Sahara 1500FB spooled with 6 lb. mono.

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2018 Megabass Orochi Shakey Head rod

Shimano stradic ci4+ 2500

8 lb sunline sniper

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Dobyns dx702 casting

Lews tournament pro

10lb Tatsu

 

 

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Well, that really depends on what I'm going to fish with the shakeyhead. 

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I use a Shimano Stradic 2500 and a 6'8'' St. Croix Avid M XF.  

 

On a side note, years ago when this technique hit the mainstream, I would see a lot of guys out in the middle of the lake shaking their rods up and down with no bites.  All I saw was frustration.  I really have not had much confidence in this technique since.  I'd rather work a bait slow and easy.  Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't work.

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Megabass Destroyer Addermine 6'11" Med Fast

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ FB

10# Sufix 832 and FC leader

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Custom built 6'8" M/XF spinning rod on a Batson Rainshadow Revelation blank. Daiwa Revros 2500 spooled with 10lb original Power Pro braid, and I use either 8 or 10lb Seguar Red Label FC leaders. This rod/reel does more than just shaky head fish for me, it also serves as my Neko rig, flick shake, and weightless plastic skipping rod.

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7'0" M/F Fenwick Aetos + Pflueger Patriarch:

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Currently spooled with 15# power pro slick + 8lb Yo Zuri hybrid leader.

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6'10 medium zodias casting rod. 7.1 reel. 12Lb fluoro

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Shimano Scorpion 70XG, Shimano Cumara HM-1 6'8" Med./Ext. Fast, McCoy Fluoro 8lb., also works well with tubes, grubs, finesse jigs, MOJO Rigs etc.. Brian.

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Extreme hp 702c core50 10 to 8 pound tatsu or tactical at the moment. Up to 3/8 oz.  1/2 ounce I'll go a imx 843, or a emft orochii xx. 15 tatsu. 

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To clarify : Your typical 3/32nd oz. ~ 3/16th oz. Ball Head Jig ; Trick Worm / Finesse Worm Shakey Head ... Could also be used for Neko Rig or weightless Senko duty .

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6' Pro Qualifier rod Medium fast.

Daiwa 2500 Fuego reel.

10lb. mono main line.

3' Red Label floro leader.

This also gets used for dropshot and other light weight presentations.

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7'2" Envy M spinning rod

Quantum Smoke 25XPT

20# Smackdown braid

8# invizx leader

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G-Loomis Mossyback BSR 852

Shimano Rarenium Ci4+ 2500FB

15lb Sufix 832 main line

8lb Seaguar Invizx leader

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Casting;

Major Craft Iovino 6'8" MF Slash-It Rod, works for doddling or shaky jigs.

Daiwa original Fuego reel with 11 lb Armilo.

3/16 to 1/4 shaky head jigs or 3/16 oz brass n glass T-rig doddled.

Spinning;

Major Craft MHF 7' rod.

Shimano Stractic 1000 with 5 lb Maxima UG.

1/8 to 1/4 oz shaky, dart, wacky jigs and a other finesse presentations.

Tom

 

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Lew's 6'6" MF spinning rod with Pflueger 30 XT Supreme reel. 10# test Power Pro Pro braid with 7# Sunline leader. This is also what I use for my Ned rig.

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 I built mine on a IMMS610MXF blank and paired it with a Stradic 2500 and 8# XPS fluorocarbon.

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"Shakes Head" is another term we use that may mean different things to different people. When I use it, I'm referring to a finesse worm on a stand up jig head. Typically a 7' ML  xf spinning rod , 2500 reel light braid maybe a leader if abrasion is a concern. likely a 3/16 jig and pin tail worm.

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Same concept here, I lately use 1/10 oz mushroom head pair with Hula grub, baby brush hog and finesse worm. For any other floating (Elaztech) I use owner ultra ball head 1/16 - 3/16. The rod and reel would be 6'11 M/F Crucial dropshot rod pair with scorpion 70 or any of my Shimano 50e series.

Just ordered spotsticker crawler head 1/8 to try since I fish a lot in weedy area land mushroom head type is harder to work with.

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I broke down and bought a couple spinning rods for finesse.  Originally was going to try everything with a baitcast rod, but I am not that skilled below 3/16 oz.

 

One I hope to dedicate to Ned Rigs.  The other for "everything else".  Hopefully a 6'10" MLF rated 1/8-1/2 oz. and 4-10 lb. will be okay for "everything else".  Reel is a 2000 Procyon.  Line to be determined, but I may break the mold and try a 6# fluorocarbon.  Or save some $$ and use the 6# Excalibur or 6# Ultracast Ultimate-Mono I already have.

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For those that use a braid mainline - do you believe you could still have an effective shaky head set up using a ML/F or M/F vs. a M/XF spinning rod ?

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