Sometimes I get strange notions about techniques and when I do, it’s probably because I have forgotten the foundation of all bass catching: bass are just big, dumb perch and will hit anything.

Sure, there are exceptions to that rule (sometimes lots of them) and that’s why I repeat the rule so often. Every time I get off track, can’t get a bite, or lose faith, I have to remind myself: Hey, you went to college, dang it!)

Still, it’s only natural to make certain assumptions in fishing.

Take the wacky jig. I’ve had this conversation with my long-time friend and former clubmate, Jim Emmett a couple of times. After I was lucky enough to get an early look at the Flick-Shake and wacky jigs from Jackall, a few years back, it was an easy transition from a dart head and worm to a jig and wacky-rigged worm.

But initial successes seem to come more in the greater spring season than the rest of the year. It wasn’t anything dramatic; it just seemed as the season progressed, my bait choices were sort of programmed in and I went in other directions.

That was, until last fall, when both Jim and I started wacky jigging again, with the Jackall bait and with some homemade versions (which also meant some homemade colors). It didn’t take two trips from the turnover to the New Year, to see, they were biting the darn thing–often way better than the traditional skirted jig.

Of course, now we’re in spring and wacky fishing, with or without a jighead or nail weight are standard fare, so it’s not much of a story. But I will say this. While bass will hit anything, sometimes there’s something unique enough in a bait or tool that cast for cast is just better than other tools for the same technique. A reaper would be one of those, and maybe a French Fry.

FLICK SHAKE is a unique shape.

I would also have to include asymetrical Flick-Shake in the same category. Neither Jim nor I are on the payroll, but rarely does the Flick-Shake lose in head-to-head challenges with other dangle-in-the-middle plastics–unless you find a color for the situation that Jackall doesn’t offer.

We kind of know this, since Jim actually melted down and remolded some Creme Color Plus worms (yeah, they still make some) and that color inexplicably gets bit real good at times. Creme, of course, was an early leader of wacky fishing, and beyond the Scoundrel (nightcrawler shape in a ton of colors) they actually offer a Whacky Worm–in 11 of colors.

But my real point is yes, bass will bite this wacky jig/worm now. But they will also bite it later (when the situation warrants). And I shouldn’t be so quick to make up my mind in either case.


3 Responses to “Wacky jigging not just a spring deal”

by Dave Schreck

I have made some molds and Im testing a hand poured version of the wacky this Thursday at DVL. If you need color plus just ask George!

Having just returned to bass fishing after 17 years, I wasn’t around when this Flick Shake technique was introduced. So, after watching a couple of videos online about the technique, I ordered some Jackall Flick Shake worms and jigheads. I’m going to try it next time out. I also found an old friend that was working at Jackall in 2008 (I don’t know if he’s still there, haven’t called him yet), which wouldn’t have happened had you not written this article. Thanks, George for the article, and everything else you do for the sport!

I started using it in South Carolina in the late fall of 08, and I did AWESOME on it. I cashed or got real close to cashing checks in 8 sraight club tournaments. I kept the secret for a year and a half, till someone had to take a sneak peek. Now its pretty popular everywhere. Oh well.