Continuing on from our dropshotting technique...I would like to introduce you to two more techniques! The Flickshake and the Shakey head! Both techniques can be fished on your dropshot/finesse rod and are awesome techniques to have in your back pocket when the bass go into lock jaw mode and need a finesse presentation to trigger strikes!
The Flickshake technique utilizes a very crucial technique that most anglers have run into at least once in their lifetime...the wacky worm rig. The wacky worm rig is one of my go to rigs in the late spring, summer, and fall and works wonders when you are fishing in shallow areas with sparse cover. The slow decent on a weightless wacky rig is irresistable to a bass, and the flickshake is the same thing only using a jig head instead of a regular hook. Flickshakes, like other finesse presentations, are meant to be fished slow. Sudden twitches of the rod will bring the lure off of the bottom quickly and will then make a quick fall. Pausing periodically and varying the power in your twitches will allow your lure to wiggle at different heights and rates, thus triggering a strike.
The flickshake jig head comes in two common styles, one with and one without a wire weed gaurd. For simplicity sake, I like having the ones with the weedgaurd already attached so that I can fish in heavier cover areas more effectively. The lighter the weight jig head the slower the fall, since I am used to fishing lures mostly weightless I tend to go with a lighter flickshake head since I have more confidence in it. The jig head also helps to elevate the worm slightly off the bottom allowing the bass to inhale the lure more easily.
What type of lures do I use with a flickshake?
Straight worms like a Senko or other uniform type worms work really well with this bait. One in particular that I really like using is the Jackall Flick Shake worm. It has a slender profile and has A TON of action when bounced around with the jig head. Other lures like curl tail worms and other straight worms would work as well
Here are some good videos showing you how the shake head is rigged and how it looks underwater. After spinning and locking the head of the worm to the jig head, you will texas rig the bait like you would on a regular worm hook. A good thing to learn how to do is skin hooking the worm after you penetrate the hookpoint all the way through. This will allow you to fish it virtually weedless without getting hung up. Another good point to bring up is toning down your hookset. You don't have to swing for the fences when setting the hook on a finesse technique. A good pop of the wrist along with a sharp hook will be plenty to penetrate through a fishes mouth. Otherwise you run the risk of pulling the bait out of the fish's mouth or breaking your smaller pound test line.
So when and where do I fish this rig?
Any time you would use a finesse rig would warrant using these baits. Cold fronts, hot summer days, during spawning time, and when water temperatures are dipping down into the 50's or less. When the bass are less active and other presentations aren't working, these will be your ace in the hole to start triggering bites. But keep in mind that these rigs need to be fished slowly with a lot of rod tip action! You are not encouraging a reaction strike in most instances so you want to entice the bass into biting. Take the time to learn this craft, and you will be catching fish when others don't. Shallow areas, flats, boat docks, and areas with some form of vegetation or brush will all be places to be looking for when throwing these baits.
That pretty much sums up what I have experienced, and I plan on using these finesse techniques at my first tournament this season. I look forward to hearing from all of you too to see how these techniques help you throughout the season!