How to Fish With Wobblehead Jigs

by Ryan Fergerson
Wobbleheads are used to catch fish near the surface of shallow waters.

Wobbleheads are used to catch fish near the surface of shallow waters.

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Wobblehead jigs come in a variety of sizes and colors so you can catch bass near the surf or in shallow waters near plants and trees. Most often combined with small straight-tail worms, wobbleheads work best when moving at a slow and steady pace not more than four feet below the surface. When reeled or trolled correctly, the wobblehead will wobble back and forth to imitate something swimming in the water.

Items you will need

  • Wobblehead jig lure
  • Live or plastic straight tail
  • Split ring, snap or swivel
Step 1

Attach a snap, snap swivel or split ring to the top of your wobblehead jig lure. Split rings can be used when snaps and swivels scare away fish -- typically in bright light conditions -- or are too heavy. Snaps and swivels allow you to easily change lures and help prevent twisting.

Step 2

Hook a live or plastic straight tail-worm half an inch up the hook to the barbs, not the shaft. Size of the straight-tail depends on the size of your wobblehead -- usually 6 to 9 inches at most.

Step 3

Cast or troll the wobblehead jig lure in shallow water next to water-plant beds, tree coverage or boat docks.

Step 4

Reel or pull slowly across the surface of the water -- no more than 4 feet deep and never on the bottom. You want the wobblehead to wobble from side to side as if it's swimming.

Step 5

Change to a different color wobblehead if you're not getting bites -- effective colors depend on the day's conditions. Fishing in clear water on a bright day calls for a light-colored lure, whereas darker lures are best in murky water and overcast days.

About the Author

Based in Austin, Ryan Fergerson has been writing about the art and music scene since 2001. His online articles cover photography and other topics. Fergerson graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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