Since the 2009 fishing season has come to end I thought I start writing about some of the things that I used in 2009. Let’s start with the shaky head rig. The shaky rig is not a new rig but with the success that pros like Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese, and Michael Iaconelli have had with this rig, it’s hard not to give it a try.
For those of you that don’t already know what a shaky head rig is I will briefly describe it. The shaky head is a very basic worm and jig head combination. With this rigs growing publicity came a large selection of jig heads made specifically for this technical. My personal favorite is a 1/8 oz football head with the pigtail wire holder that the worm screws on to. There has also been a ton of different styles of worms made for this technical, my favorite would be the 5” Berkley Powerbait Shaky Worm in green pumpkin. I fished this rig on a 7’ medium action spinning rod with 8lb Triple Fish fluorocarbon.
I wouldn’t say this is favorite way to fish but the shaky head gained my respect as a great way to catch fish. I used this technique as more of a fallback rig when the fishing got tough. I will tell you that it works very well when the fishing got slow. My favorite areas to fish the shaky head was a hard bottoms such as, roadbeds, creek channels, rocky bottom, or rip rap. A majority of the fish I caught on this rig were in the 12-14” range but I was able to get a few nice ones as well.
I found this video which does a great job of showing the action of the 5” Berkley Powerbait Shaky Worm.