It’s the second week in July, and the sun is fierce here in Mississippi. If the cold weather can’t keep me from getting up and breaking through ice at 3 am to hunt ducks, then the sun and 95 degree temps sure won’t stop me from getting a line wet. Unfortunately, the heat isn’t the only problem you face in the summer time. I often find myself with a mess in my tackle bag trying to figure out what they will bite. After I have tried every lure or technique in the bag, I always end up using some kind of finesse technique. When the water is hot and oxygen in the water is lower than usual, bass tend to hang around aquatic plants, grass, or bushy overhangs. If you don’t have grass or structure, it often works well to fish drop offs. The Shaky Head is extremely versatile in these situations.
I like to use a Spot Remover shaky head jig head. They come in a variety of colors and sizes. As far as baits go, you have a plethora of options. On this particular outing, I used the New Googan Baits Slim Shake Worm. The Googan Baits Slim Shake Worm is an excellent bait for shaky head fishing. The tail of the worm has a very nice action and stands vertically when the jig head hits bottom. That will drive finicky summertime bass crazy! This rig works very well in submerged vegetation and in deep water drop offs. It is very important that you take your time and fish it slow, gently jigging it of the bottom and letting it sit. The shaky head has saved the day for me many times. If you don’t currently use this technique, I highly recommend trying it out! Happy Fishing!