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Shakeyhead Rig, Stand Straight Up Or Lean At An Angle??

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I have a little bit of experience with a shakeyhead rig but they are the ones that were given to me by other people. Some of them look like a football head with a spring coil for attaching the bait and these make the worm lean to the side at an angle. Then I have a Tru-Tungsten Ike Spike that has a ball shaped head and seems to make the worm stand straight up most of the time. I like this one the best honestly since I have more confidence that the bait is positioned where the fish can see it. But neither Bass Pro Shops nor Cabela's carries this. Local shops don't either. My brother in law said he ordered them from his local shop, they weren't in stock, and he lives 2 hours away from me so other than just ordering these at my local shop (which I haven't tried yet but will), they're hard to get.

So, in the mean time, does it matter that much if it's vertical or angled in the water?? Seems the angled ones would have more chance of just falling over and laying flat and I'd be up there in my boat shaking away at a bait that the fish aren't even seeing.

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Pick up some of the Megastrike Evolution shakey heads. They have a fulcrum design and ALWAYS stand strait up.

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I like the jig to lie down, and use a worm with a high floating tail, like Roboworm. It's called "shaky head" not "standup worm." When yo twitch the head, the tail of the worm slaps down, then rises. If you want the worm to stand up on it's head, use a stand up jig like Spot Removers - they're about the best you can get for this.

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Rooster, thank you for making this post! I was having the same problem with shakey heads. I was using 1/8oz football and thought that was too light so, I got heavier ones. I am trying to learn this method and drop shot fishing before I go live and work in Lousiania.

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Spot remover for stand up (don't shake, but hop the bait).

Megastrike for angled

Regular ball-head shakeyhead for lay down

3 different presentations that each have their time and place.

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I like the jig to lie down, and use a worm with a high floating tail, like Roboworm. It's called "shaky head" not "standup worm." When yo twitch the head, the tail of the worm slaps down, then rises. If you want the worm to stand up on it's head, use a stand up jig like Spot Removers - they're about the best you can get for this.

X2, I generally do not use my rod to give the shaky head it's action, I like to use my index finger under the line at the reel and give it a nervous kind of motion instead.

Note to self : remove finger before setting the hook... lol.

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If you use a floating type worm then a standup head like a spot remover will stand but on a bottom that is rocky and uneven most of the stand up shaky heads fall over, that is just the way it is and why I favor a round head with straight tail worms that float most of the time. If you want a good head to try I make my own from 1/16oz to 3/8oz just because I never use anything heavier for shaky heads. If you'd like just let me know what size head you use and I'll give you some of mine, they do use a screw lock so you may not want that style but after using a bunch of different ones I found the best, at least for my fishing, is the round head, very simple yet effective.

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I typically use a football style with the wire spring. Once in awhile I'll use a roundball. That is pretty much the only styles I shaky with.

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Even if you use a "standup" style head what do you think the odds are that your bait falls and lands perfectly to remain standing? I know most areas I shakeyhead are rocky and uneven so I can't imagine that even if I used a standup head it would actually standup very often. I use a ballhead with a spring because that's what I pour and is the cheapest for me to fish.

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That Ike Spike head is no longer made. TruTungsten who made it went under. It was real common to see the hook in that jighead break as well. I don't care for most heads that stand up myself . Just give me a regular round head with a normal jighook and a good keeper on the shank behind the head and I am happy.

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I think a lot of the differences may stem from those of us that know what a "jigworm" is. Going to a weedless shaky is a natural progression. When I was a kid, that was what my grampa used on tough days. I never heard him say the "finesse" though, LOL.

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I had no idea a shaky head wasn't supposed to stand up. I did a lot of looking around for setup that would get the worm to stand up and had no idea why all these guys used trick worms with the technique seeing how they don't float up at all. I use a Chompers stand up shaky head with a Strike King 3x finesse worm. I've tried and I cannot get these things to fall over. To me this is a better horizontal approach, crawling it slowly along the bottom. If I was working fish right under the boat I might stick with the regular round head and trick worm and jig it.

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I fish the MegaStrike Shak-e2 Pro Series almost exclusively.

However, I recently purchased some GMAN Shakey Heads.

I will post a review on them a little later.

http://www.siebertou...d-shaky-heads-2

http://www.siebertou...roundball-shake

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