How to Fish With a Wobble Head Jig

by David Montoya

While an ordinary hook with bait may grab a fish's attention, jigs that mimic the natural movement of prey trigger a predatory instinct and get larger fish to hunt and strike at your line. A wobble head jig spins 360 degrees when reeled in slowly. Cast the jig into shallow waters and allow the realistic movement of the hook to attract fish, especially largemouth bass.

Items you will need

  • Wobble head jig
  • 14-pound-test line
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Step 1

Find shallow areas in the lake, river, or any other body of water you're fishing that has plenty of cover. This includes rock formations, underwater plant life such as weed beds, large pieces of debris and manmade structures that provide protection from the open. Fish gravitate toward these areas.

Step 2

Cast your wobble head jig in shallow water. Try not to go deeper than 4 feet since wobble head jigs are made for shallow fishing. Use a line weight of at least 14 pound-test. This should be enough to handle most fish, and if you get lucky and catch something big, just increase the drag on your rod to prevent the line from breaking.

Step 3

Reel the line in slowly. Bringing in the line too quickly creates an unrealistic movement in a wobble head jig, and fish will not recognize it as prey bait. Reeling in slow and steady is especially important during cold months when fish move more slowly.

Step 4

Use bright-colored wobble head jigs when fishing in minimal light -- early morning or late evening-- so that your jig remains visible underwater.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your wobble head line gets caught on an object, give a little slack to free the jig. Pulling back on your rod to hard may break the line.

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