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I've heard a lot about the shaky head rig here lately, but I haven't quite figured out exactly what this is all about.  Can some of you guys gives a quick run down on...

How to rig it?

Where/when to use it?

How to work it?

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A shaky head is a plastic bait, typically a worm, rigged Texas style on a jig head.  You fish it how ever you want but many people leave it in one spot and shake it like you would a drop shot.  You get a different action than a regular Texas rig due to the use of the jighead.  They have heads that are specifically designed for it but you don't need them.  Give it a shot, it works pretty well, but it isn't some great new technique like the drop shot was a few years back.  It's just a worm on a jighead.

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I like to use floating worms with the shaky head jig, so that the head stays on the bottom, but the tail floats up to immitate a baitfish trying to feed on something on the bottom.  I know some people who use the shaky head every time they go out.  I like to use it when I am fishing highly pressured waters, or when the bite is really tough and a slower, smaller presentation is working.  Anywhere you would consider using a finesse presentation is ideal for a shaky head worm in my opinion.

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as stated above shaky head is the counterpart to drop shotting.d.s. is off the bottom shaky head is on bottom.both were designed for finess fishing in pressured waters or for a tough bite.idealy,both are lite line,small bait techniques,but can be used in any sitiation.it is becoming widely accepted that at times of neutral or negative fish moods,bass want a stationary bait,w/ little or no movement.fished as intended ,both are shook at intervals w/o moving the bait from its location on a tite line.you would have to experiment but for me i want a worm that doesnt move at all.i.e. zoom finess or trick worm and only shook only once in a min. time.this seems like eternity but is what gets inactive bass to pick it up...not movement.

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I posted this once before It is my understanding that shaky head is what a guy does after making a #1

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I tried out the shaky head for the first time yesterday afternoon.  After trying cranks and rat-l-traps in this small pond with no bites, I rigged up a zoom trick worm (big texan color; sort of brown with gold and red flakes) on a stand up jig head (forgot the brand).  The worm was texas-rigged (sort of) and I was surprised to see how well the tail stood straight up when the jig was resting on the bottom.  I just threw it out there, let it hit bottom, and gave a little shake every now and then.  

I landed a 15 incher and 12 incher within about 30 min.  (No pics, unfortunately.  I know without pics it could be GAMEOVER for me  ;D.  But you'll just have to believe me on this one.)

On the first one, I felt a solid thump right after I had given a little shake, and set the hook hard.  

The second one was a little different.  I went to drag the worm a little bit and felt some resistance.  I think it was caught on some junk on the bottom.  So I gave it a good pop to get it free.  As it settled back down I felt weight on the line again so I set the hook.  I think he must have been watching the worm, and when I popped it off the bottom I got a reaction strike.  

I was really happy to see that both fish were hooked solid right in the roof of the mouth.  Ya gotta love that!  

Anyway, I was pretty impressed with the shaky head.  Fishing has been really slow at this pond lately.  Sticking two decent fish in 30 min was doing pretty good IMO.  

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I LOVE using a shaky head. This works really well when the bass are tight-lipped. Good job on the fish! Next time, WE WANT PICS!  ;D

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