As the name suggests, it’s a very straightforward rig and
easy to put into practice.
Why It Works
The Japanese anglers firmly believe that this irregular
action has a very appealing – teasing action that bass cannot resist.
Both Hato and Ono believe this bait is ideal for fishing deeper water
and tougher conditions. Areas such as rock piles, drop offs and other
vertical structure points are perfect situations where the “Jig Head
Wacky Rig” will produce.
Japanese will always say that you have to have an image in
your head of what you want the jighead and worm to be doing. The ideal
image you want to see is the ball part of the jighead going flip
flopping up and down and that’s it. If the jighead is doing that, then
the worm will be doing its thing. The great thing about this rig is that
you can create so much action in the worm and the worm doesn’t even
have to be moved in at all. Otherwise saying you can keep the bait
exactly where you want it to be and stay there.
The How To
In order to do this, there is a secret, and that is keeping a
good amount of slack in the line. By keeping slack in the line you can
shake your rod constantly to produce the wicked irregular action and
still keep your bait exactly where you want it.
When fishing bottom structure you will want to cast out the
Jig Head Wacky and let it free fall to the bottom. While the jig falls
the weight from the jighead causes the worm to roll back and forth.
After it hits the bottom you will want to shake it and continue to wind
up slack and then free fall it back to the bottom. Remember that this is
an exposed hook so this is not a deadsticking technique. Leave that
type of fishing for your regular weightless wacky rig. The fish will
often attack as the bait free falls after you shake it.
The Jig Head Wacky is also very effective on suspended fish
in mid water. The key in working this bait is again the slack in the
line. You will want to cast the line out and as you reach the area the
fish are holding in you will want to slowly shake the bait and as you
swim the jighead back in.