jig1I was really fortunate a couple of seasons back, that Curt Arakawa from Jackall Lures (www.jackall-lures.com) brought Japanese pro Toshiro (Ty) Ono to California for an unveiling of sorts. Soon after Seiji Kato (the lure designer) had a great tournament result with the Bassmaster Elites at Lake Amistad as a co-angler, the company was looking to get the word out on a new-to-the-U.S. method called wacky jigging.

To make the story short, after sharing the boat with Curt and Ty, the Flick Shake worms and jig heads we caught the heck out of the fish at Irvine Lake. I shared that story and from there, the baits enjoyed a flurry of success through the top bass publications across the country.

But now, unlike many hot flashes in tackle business that die off as quickly as they appear, the wacky jig has enjoyed a huge resurgence.

Having added even more colors and sizes in the funny-shaped Flick Shake, and now sporting a tungsten jig head with a larger hook and protective weedguard, the technique has proven it’s not a fad. It’s a fish catcher all year long.

Of course, it’s spring now, so we’re all fishing shallow. I’m pretty much using just the 1/16 or 3/32-ounce head with any of the Flick Shakes. When just hunting for bites, the 4.8 incher is always good to find some action, but there are times when going with either of the two bigger sizes makes a difference in the size of the fish.

If you haven’t noticed, the worm is a sinker, especially that 6.8. And that gives you some options you might not have thought about. One, and I hope Jackall will forgive me for saying, you may not need the wacky jig head up close. The worm itself doesn’t skip as well as a Cover Craw, their new bait, but the bigger Flick Shake is heavy and gets down to the base of a willow or dock piling quickly.

You can lift slightly, and it falls almost straight down on slack line. Or, and we’ve all seen that odd bite when the fish don’t want any movement, you can leave that lean lump on the bottom, as a true dead stick.

But that’s really not me. I like the bait moving, and shaking the 5.8 on the lighter head (with 6-8-pound test) is pretty universal for fishing right now in less than 5 feet of water. The larger hook (watch it, that thing is sharp) gives you more bite, and one of those new cool colors like “cola” and “watermelon candy” seem to get bit in one water clarity or another.


2 Responses to “The Wacky Jig is here to stay”


Rich Thiel here, I did a video on Pepper Jigs KO Innovator last year. Its on Westernbass.com/TV or Video’s.

by George Kramer

I will take a look. Thanks, Rich.