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Catching Bass in Late Summer with Mark Rose: Fish the Shaky Head Worm for Shallow Water Bass

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Editor’s note: Mark Rose of Marion, Arkansas, who has won more than $1.5 million, is a professional bass fisherman, a member of War Eagle Boats’ and Strike King’s Pro Staffs and the winner of six FLW tournaments.

Another lure to use in August and September when you get into shallow-water sites with your War Eagle boat is the Shaky Head Worm. Yesterday I mentioned skipping lures in the shallow areas with a lot of shade. One of my favorite lures to skip far back into the shade is the shaky head worm. I’ll cast the shaky head out in front of me to a tree lying in the water that provides shade and cover for the bass. I can pick out the best targets beside the trunk of the tree and in the tree’s limbs and pitch that shaky head worm right to each target. I’ll let the bait fall, shake the worm and either catch the bass or quickly retrieve the lure and pitch it to another target. I’ll find an over-hanging tree that’s creating shade or an undercut bank where bass can hide in the shade of it, I can skip that shaky-head worm in areas I can’t cast to and spots most other fishermen won’t even try to fish. I like the Strike King 3/16-ounce Tour Grade Shaky Head Jig or the 1/8-ounce jig, when I’m fishing these back-water spots. I also like the Strike King Finesse Worm, either in the 4-inch size or the 7-inch size, in green pumpkin. If I’m catching bigger bass, I’ll move-up to the new Strike King Fat Baby Finesse worm, which has a larger profile and tends to catch bigger bass.

Many people fish the shaky head worm with different types of retrieves, depending on the region and depth of water they’re fishing. When I’m using my War Eagle boat to get to fishing sites other anglers can’t reach, I pitch to the place where I believe the bass are holding. I let the shaky head worm sink all the way to the bottom and start shaking it for a few seconds with my hand where I’m gripping the reel. That way the rod tip shakes, the line shakes, and the jig shakes. Because I’m target fishing, if the bass doesn’t attack the shaky head worm within 2 or 3 seconds after it starts shaking, I quickly reel the bait back to the boat and cast it to the next target.

If I’m catching too many little fish and not enough big fish in August and September, I’ll switch to a KVD Plastic Frog, skip it as far back as I can into those shady areas and work the frog on top of the water. You’ll catch a bigger bass with the frog than you do with the shaky head worm, and get more bites and catch more bass. The big advantage to fishing the KVD frog is you can skip it into those shady places, just like you did the shaky head worm. The real key to this kind of fishing in the hot summer months is being able to get to those hard-to-reach backwater regions away from the main lake or river. I trust my War Eagle boat to get me there, and to get me out of those skinny-water areas.

To learn more about how to fish for bass with Mark Rose, click the titles for these two new bass books by John E. Phillips, “How to Bass Fish Like a Pro” and “Catch the Most and Biggest Bass in Any Lake,” or go to http://www.amazon.com/kindle-ebooks, and type in the names of the books to buy them. Too, you can download a Kindle app for free and buy the books from Amazon to read on your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.

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