Fishing With a Shaky Head Lure – by Ted Thurman

If you follow pro bass fishing at all, or have read any recent fishing magazines, you have probably heard the term “shaky head” thrown around quite a bit. Shaky head jigs have become very popular in bass tournaments in the last two years or so, and have been gaining popularity with the public since.  You might be wondering, “What is a shaky head and why is it so popular?” That’s great because that’s exactly what I’m about to explain.

The simple description of a shaky head would be: a lead jig with a worm or some other flexible lure on it. When the lead end sinks to the bottom, the tail of the worm floats upwards. You jiggle the bait gently and the end with the lead sinker hops around, landing in crevices, while the tail end bobs through the water twitching, jiggling and generally attracting the attention of some really nice bass. If you don’t get a bite in a minute or two, then you move the lure a little and repeat.

It’s so popular because it works – period. It’ll work when other stuff just won’t. The weather has less influence on shaky head fishing than top-water and other types of lures. You’re going to have a lot more luck in heavily pressured fishing areas with this as well. Other reasons for the growing popularity of the shaky head include the fact that it’s simple to understand, easy to use and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get started. No wonder it’s becoming such popular bait!
Here are the basics to shaky head fishing: (by the way, for pictures and video explanations you can visit my page at

  • You want a lead jig that has the tie on at an angle to the hook. Anywhere from 45 to 90 degree angle is fine. You just don’t want it straight with the hook.
  • You want a little distance between the tie on and the ball head (about 1/8 of an inch or so should be fine). This helps you get a more natural movement of the lure when you move your rod.
  • Of course, the tail of the worm has to float upward. That’s a very important point. It flags down all the bass in the area and draws them over.
  • You also want a worm with a tail long and flexible enough to move a little with the undulation of the water currents.

So your strategy would be something like this: cast and let sink, shake your rod a little, wait a few, repeat. Then, if you don’t get a response in a minute or two, move your lure just a little and try again… To move your lure, you want to simply pull it upward a little in a sharp motion and it will quickly sink again. This will help get attention from bass that are a little further away and draw them closer. Then start the shake and wait routine again.

That’s it! You’re on your way to be best bass fishing of your life! Please go to my page and email me with any comments or questions you may have. Good luck and Fish On!

Source by Ted W Thurman

Bass Fishing Casting Techniques (500 Words)

From an outsider’s perspective, casting seems simple – all you do is toss back your arm, then flick it and the pole forward. But of course there’s more to it than just that. In fact, there are a number of different casting techniques, each with its own different strengths and weaknesses. Before you head out to fish, take a little time to work on your casting skills – you’ll enjoy your lazy fishing afternoons so much more when you’re rewarded with a great catch.

When it comes to bass fishing, it’s important to remember to always use your wrist when you cast, not your arm. Using your wrist gives your cast more finesse and reduces the wasted effort that occurs when you use your whole arm. This technique is very important in each of the following three types of cast – the overhand, sidearm, and underhand.

The Overhand Cast

The overhand cast has you aiming at the area straight in front of you. Raise your fishing rod up, making sure to keep your elbow close to your ribs. Flip the rod sharply behind you, and then use your wrist to flip the pole forward. Use the rod’s movement to aim and follow through on your cast.

The Sidearm Cast

In this cast, you’ll be once again facing your target area squarely. This time, though, hold your rod parallel to the water and at waist level. Move the rod sideways and behind you to your right, then whip it forward towards the water.

The Underhand Cast

The underhand method also begins with your rod at waist level and parallel to the water. This time, though, it should be at a 45-degree angle from where you want to cast. Start with your lure six to eight inches down. Quickly move the rod tip in a half-circle formation, releasing the lure when the rod is at the bottom of the circle. Remember to keep the rod tip down and only raise it if you need more distance or control.

In all three types of casting, there are a few key points to remember. When casting, try to minimize the amount of noise and splash your lures make when they hit the water. Always – as stated above – cast with your wrist and not your arm or entire body. It’s also a good idea to drop the lure a few inches before you cast, which will give your cast a little bit of extra momentum.

Casting isn’t the be-all and end-all of bass fishing, of course. While improving and mastering the different types of casting can greatly improve your fishing, it won’t help at all if you don’t have a good rod, reel, selection of lures, etc. Of course, weather and location will always play a factor in fishing, so don’t be discouraged if your new casting techniques don’t work right away. Keep practicing them, and you’ll notice that the amount of bass you catch will increase as you get these casting methods down.

Source by Ling Tong

Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Maine

Maine has some of the best smallmouth bass fishing around. Why wouldn’t it be great fishing with all the clear lakes and rivers.
The smallmouth bass is a feisty little fighter when caught and you are trying to bring him to land. And there is nothing like the thrill of seeing this feisty fish jumping out of the water.
Everybody (that wants to) can catch a smallmouth bass, you do not need to be an expert fisherman. Take it from me, I do not like to fish, but after I caught my first bass, I can’t wait to go bass fishing.
There are so many sporting camps on lakes in Northern Maine where you can try your luck at catching a bass. It’s not uncommon to catch a three to four pound bass, a nice fish to remember!
Read below what vacationers and fisherman have said about their vacations and bass fishing in Maine.

Kathy writes:   It was nice to come to a place where people treat you like family. I hope this was the first of many visits to Maine. And it sure helped when I caught the biggest fish of the trip. A sixteen inch Bass!

Bill writes:  Arrived today at our camp on Jackson Brook Lake and my son Jake caught a 15″ bass right off the dock. Boy is he excited and guess what a few minutes later his Mom got a Whopper Too!!!

At Birchwood Cottages and Guide Service in Brookton Maine, you can enjoy smallmouth bass fishing on Jackson Brook Lake and after a great day of fishing you can relax in your cottage on the shore of Jackson Brook Lake and listen to the call of the loons. What could be more exciting and relaxing at the same time.
Birchwood Cottages And Guide Service offers housekeeping cottages on the shore of Jackson Brook Lake in Brookton Maine. Guided fishing trips are offered or you can fish on your own.
Visit Birchwood Cottages website for more information and pictures.

Source by Sally Hescock

The Big Ones: The World Record Smallmouth Bass of Dale Hollow Lake

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From the World Record Smallie caught by D. L. Hayes in 1955, to Paul Beal’s 1986 wonder caught on eight pound test line, this book showcases the history of the 10 Dale Hollow Lake bronze-backs listed in the world record top 25. Shell shows Smallmouth fishing’s past and offers hints and theories about the future of fishing on Dale Hollow Lake. Included are comments from some of smallmouth’s greatest fishermen, including the late Billy Westmoreland’s top 10 ways to catch this golden fish. Stephen Headrick, “the smallmouth guru,” and renowned smallmouth guide, Bob Coan, share their wisdom on the subject as well as their top 10 lists for catching a record smallmouth bass. The book is illustrated with more than 75 images, including maps of Dale Hollow Lake, marina guides, photos of the top three catches, a photo gallery of Dale Hollow Lake smallmouth catches and more. Anglers will also enjoy the lists of related web sites, fishing guides, and fishing regulations for the area.

Live Worm Fishing

The very first time that you went fishing, what did you use to catch fish? I mean way back, when you were a kid, what did you use to use to catch fish? More than likely a live worm. Everyone knows that live worms are a great way to catch fish. The problem is that many anglers either stop fishing with worms after the age of 12 or continue to fish in the same manner that they did when they were 12 for the rest of their lives. This makes no sense to me, we do not do anything in our lives in the same manner as we did when we were kids, except of course the way we fish a live worm!

Most people tie on a large hook (size 4 or larger) and then attempt to "thread" a live worm onto that hook. Either that or or they simply hook the worm over and over again, so creating what I like to call a "worm ball". You see, this is fine when you're a kid, because you do not know any better, and are not really "fishing" anyway. When you're a kid, you're just trying to catch a fish.

Now that we're all adults, we need to begin fishing live worms properly. What's proper? Properly is making that live worm look as natural as possible. In order to consistently catch fish, and more importantly to catch trophy fish, a live worm needs to be presented naturally. Your worm needs to look as if you simply thread it in the water. Do you honestly think that a worm ball or a worm that's been threaded on a size 4 hook looks natural?

The most effective way to present a live worm is naturally through the use of gang hooks. What are gang hooks? A set of gang hooks is simply 2 small hooks ties in tandem. A set of pre-tied gang hooks enables the angler to present a live worm in a completely natural manner. When rigged on a set of gang hooks, a live worm looks the same as it does without any hooks in it! This is an incredibly big advantage to the angler. Not only that, but the fact that there are 2 hooks effectively doubles your caches of a hook set!

When it comes to live worm fishing, gang hooks are the only way to go. If you fish with live worms, a set of gang hooks will actually help you catch more fish. You do not watch the same movies as you did when you were a kid, so why fish a live worm in the same way?

Source by Trevor Kugler