I’ve experimented with the Jackall flick shake worm recently, and it has quickly become one of my favorite new ways for catching largemouth bass. This bait and the associated technique, often referred to as “flick shakin”, is super simple to put together. Plus, it is easy to fish. Here are the logistics of how I’ve used the Jackall flick shake worm to start “Kraken” Bass!
Jackall Flick Shake Worm
How it works:
The Jackall flick shake worm is an awesome finesse bait. It’s primarily fished on a light wacky jig head hook. You throw it out and lightly shake the rod tip to do what they call “Flick Shakin.” The action on this bait is very subtle. It writhes just like a worm on a hook. It’s a great bait for fishing a finesse wacky worm down deep just along the bottom. I’ve found it to be a great alternative to a drop shot. The flick shake worm is incredibly simple and easy to fish. The bait does all the work. I’ve been really impressed with how it can trigger strikes.
How to rig it up:
The Jackall flick shake worm is easy to rig up. I like to use it a on a 7’2″ medium heavy spinning rod, and a good spinning reel. The flick shake worm is really light. This makes a spinning rod and reel the best option for casting the bait at a decent distance. I also use really light line when fishing the flick shake worm. I spool my spinning reel with 15 pound braided line, and then I will tie on about a 10 foot leader of 6 pound fluorocarbon line. I feel like this give me more sensitivity to be able to detect those subtle bites. All you need to start fishing a flick shake worm, after you get your rod and reel geared up, are two more things and you are ready to rock! Here they are:
1. Jackall Flick Shake Worms: They are primarily found in 3 sizes, although Jackall released a new monster sized worm this year in 2014. The sizes are 4.8, 5.8, 6.8, and the new size 9.8. I’ve only used the 5.8 size, and it seems to get the job done. They come in a lot of good colors. My three favorites are watermelon pepper, green pumpkin pepper, and sunburn melon.
2. Jackall Tungsten Wacky Jigheads: The jig heads come in three sizes 1/16 oz, 3/32 oz, and 1/8 oz. I’ve only used the 1/8 oz wacky jig heads, and they seem to work great. The heavier 1/8 oz heads help you get down to deeper depths which is where I’ve had the most success fishing with them. They also have a small wire guard on the jig heads to keep them somewhat weedless. The flick shake seems to work best around gravel bottoms, grass, and wood. It goes through those things fairly easily. The hooks are super sharp on these jig heads. You won’t miss fish with them.
All you have to do to rig the flick shake worm is put the middle of the worm right through the hook. It’s that simple. Here is a picture of what the bait looks like sitting on the hook. This picture should help give you a visual of where to put the hook through the worm.
When & how to use it:
Flick shake worms are great when the bite gets tough. It’s a nice subtle finesse presentation. I haven’t fished the flick shake worm very much in shallow water, but I have done really well with them fishing in deep grass. I really like fishing this bait around grass, it seems to rip through it really easily. The flick shake worm also works well in lightly stained, and clear water conditions.
I have found two different ways for fishing the Jackall flick shake worm to draw strikes from leery largemouth. The first method is to cast it out and let the flick shake sink to the bottom. Then lightly shake your rod. Slowly you reel in the slack shaking the bait on the bottom. This just makes the bait dance right in front of their faces. The bass can’t stand it! The second way I like to fish the flick shake is by yo-yoing it up and down off the bottom. By making the bait rise and fall, you can trigger some exciting reaction bites from those elusive bass. Try both of these methods, and see which one the bass are telling you they want.
Video on the Flick Shake Worm:
Check out this old school Jackall Japanese video showing bass in a variety of situations eating the flick shake worm. This is what made me take the plunge in purchasing these baits, and I’m super stoked I did.
Where to find them:
You can find the flick shake worm in a lot of local tackle shops. They’ve really increased in popularity as a fish catching bait. In case they aren’t in your local tackle shop, here are some of my affiliate links to where you can pick up what you need. The flick shake worm generally ranges from $5 – $7 a pack in price, and come with 7 worms in a pack. The jig heads are around $10 – $12 with 3 jig heads in a pack.
If you aren’t stoked yet on throwing a Jackall flick shake worm, check out bass fishing pro Cody Meyer rocking this beast he caught on a flick shake worm. He posted this photo on his Instagram account, and said it went 10 pounds! I’d love to hear your comments, feel free to leave them below. Hope this write up about this technique and bait can help you get “Kraken” some more bass!