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18.Jul.2014 by Keith Jackson

ICAST Trends: Wobble-Head Jigs

ICAST – Soft Plastics – Strike King Rage Bug – Made for flipping, pitching, punching, skipping or swimming through vegetation, this ribbed bait combines Strike King’s popular Rage Tail design with a set of side appendages that guarantee constant action. Here, it’s rigged on a new Strike King Jointed Structure Jig. StrikeKing.com (Photo by David A. Brown)
18.Jul.2014 by Keith Jackson

This is the year of the wobble-head jig. More companies are jumping on the idea of joining a heavy head, usually in the shape of a football, to a hook with a flexible junction of some kind.

The reason is that articulated jigs can be fished in so many different ways: dragging, pitching, punching or slow-rolling, as examples.

ICAST – Soft Plastics – Strike King Rage Bug – Made for flipping, pitching, punching, skipping or swimming through vegetation, this ribbed bait combines Strike King’s popular Rage Tail design with a set of side appendages that guarantee constant action. Here, it’s rigged on a new Strike King Jointed Structure Jig. StrikeKing.com

This year, the shape of the head and the design of the junction separate the different jigs. The bulk follow the football-head theme with hook and head locked in tandem. However, other companies are using heads better suited for swimming techniques than scrubbing the bottom. Strike King opted for its arrow-head shaped Denny Brauer Structure Head for its new wobble-head jig, while VMC went with the traditional football shape in its Swinging Rugby Jig but attached it to a long-neck hook for rigging jumbo soft plastics.

ICAST – Terminal Tackle – VMC Swinging Rugby Jig – VMC enters the articulated jig market with the Swinging Rugby Jig. It combines an extra-long Z-bend worm hook with a head that is a cross between a football head and round head. It’s available in 1/4 to 3/4 ounce with hooks sized to fit. VMCHooks.com

You’ll also see articulated jigs that aren’t married to a specific hook but allow the fisherman to change hooks at will. Still, others have a built-in collar that allows a skirt to be used, essentially changing the articulated jig into a more standard football-head jig in appearance but maintaining the freedom of movement for the hook. The benefit there, of course, is that with a free-swinging hook, a bass is less likely to launch the jig back at the angler with a headshake.

Another advantage of the articulated design is freedom-of-movement for trailers, which is a cool advantage of a new skirted swim jig from Molix. Its pointed head can skim through cover, while the trailer wobbles freely.

ICAST – Terminal Tackle – Molix Swim Jig – The Molix Swim Jig is articulated with the hook joined to the head by a split ring.  The skirt is fixed to the head, and the hook is a weedless style for swimming through thick cover. It comes in 3/8 and 1/2 ounce and six colors. Molix.com

More or less, there’s a wobble-head jig out there in virtually every style of jig imaginable, giving anglers plenty of additional options with what is one of the most versatile lure styles available.



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