Shakey Jig Heads Buyer's Guide

Shakey Jig Heads are clearly emerging as the best choice for anglers due to their ease of use, and combining Shakey Jig Heads with soft baits brings even better fishing success due to the picky nature of bass. But for those with little exposure, what kind of soft baits or worms to use with Shakey Jig Heads can be a tricky thing. They all seem to look the same, with little difference in appearance, but in reality they are all slightly different, which we will answer later.

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Types of Shakey Jig Heads

Shakey Jig Heads can be broadly divided into two categories, and each will work best in certain situations.

Round Shakey Jig Heads

These Shakey Jig Heads are ideal for fishing in open water on gravel bottoms. Its head can be rolled back and forth as it passes through cover in the water, creating a wobbling action throughout the lure that easily attracts fish. 4-6 inch long lures are usually recommended for this type of Shakey Jig Heads.

Standup Shakey Jig Heads

The Standup Shakey Jig Heads are designed to be as bottomless as possible due to their design.  In contrast to the Ballhead Shakey Jig Heads, these Shakey Jig Heads are best used on irregular rocky bottoms, riverbeds etc. Standing Shakey Jig Heads are recommended for use with 6-8 inch long soft plastic jerkbaits.

How To Choose The Right Shakey Jig Heads?

Things to consider before buying Shakey Jig Heads.


Although there is little debate that most Shakey Jig Heads are made of metal, it is best to choose a Shakey Jig Head made of tungsten because when your Shakey Jig Head goes into deeper water, you cannot see exactly what the hook has hit, and choosing a Shakey Jig Head made of tungsten provides extra sensitivity and makes it easier to understand what's going on underwater.


The right weight directly determines how well the bait sinks or floats. The correct weight of Shakey Jig Heads allows the lure to sink slowly to the bottom so that it doesn't feel abrupt to surrounding fish, giving them the impression that the lure is a real fish.

Type of Bait

All that is required for a fish to bite is that your lure looks natural from all sides. Potential prey should not find the hook, otherwise you will not catch any fish. You should always bear in mind the size of the hook and the type of fish that can be caught in that water before placing the bait. On the Shakey Jig Heads you can use worms, Creature Baits, soft plastic Jerkbaits etc.

Quality of Coating

Shakey Jig Heads with a poor quality coating will peel off after a few uses. Peeling paint can cause the original metallic sheen of the hook to be exposed, which is like an alarm for wary species such as bass, which is not what anglers want.


Black is the most common colour, but there are other colours that work well with soft baits on hooks. For better results, you can also choose red or pumpkin green.

How Do I Use Shakey Jig Heads To Fishing?

Once you have selected the correct Shakey Jig Heads; what to do when you get to the target water?

Drag it

Dragging the Shakey Jig Heads along the bottom of the water is a sure fire way to do this, don't worry, just drag it under the water to get the bait to make a move.

Hop it

This action is a trick to mimic a crayfish. You can vary your rhythm and speed of action with the lure depending on the fish's preference.

Dead Stick

The Dead Stick can be a key turnaround technique when fishing is not going so well. It's a technique that disguises your lure as being stationary, which may not sound good, but when a discerning bass passes by and spots the worm on your Shakey Jig Heads making subtle movements, it can't resist its urge to strike.