Shaky head jigs do a great job of keeping the bait up off the bottom. It’s definitely one of the best rigs to use for catching smallmouth bass.
Best Techniques for Using Shaky Head Jigs
With some finesse baits, you can twitch the bait very lightly and get the bait to move a little bit while keeping the bait in about the same spot. These subtle twitches followed with an occasional bigger twitch or two can lead to a lot of bites.
Hop it Along the Bottom
Hop your favorite soft plastic bait along the bottom with an occasional pause and you will catch plenty of smallmouth bass.
Swimming baits on a shaky head jig is super effective. Some baits actually have a better swimming motion on a shaky head jig than on a swimbait hook. Just make sure you have a heavy enough weight for your favorite swimming bait and you can have a lot of success.
Best Baits on a Shaky Head Jig
Just about every soft plastic bait that you use for smallmouth bass can be paired with a shaky head jig.