BassWestUSA - September/October, 2009, Page 14

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Brent e hrler, F lW professional angler

WaCky rig HiStory

I’ve caught a lot of bass over my professional bass fishing ca- reer with wacky rigged plastics. Lures like the Yamamoto Senko, Berkley’s Gulp Sinking Minnow and most especially Tru-Tungsten’s unweighted 6 1/2 inch Stinger and 5 inch Dart are at their best with this simple, yet deadly, rig. They’ll catch bass under a wide variety of conditions, and will often fill your livewell when nothing else even comes close. Until recently, however, the only effective way to rig them wacky style was with a bare hook. That’s because the real attraction of a wacky rig is the plastic’s tail wiggle. If you doubt that watch one fall sometime. You’ll notice that the best fall – the one that gets the most bites – comes when both tails on the plastic wiggle enticingly as it drops towards the bottom. Weight causes the bait to fall streamlined through the water which destroys the tail wiggle. The lack of weight caused a couple of other problems, too. The first was casting distance, the other casting accuracy. Now, before we go any farther I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Pros have trouble making long, accurate casts with light baits just like everyone else. It’s inherent in the business. They simply don’t pull enough line off the spool and can’t be targeted as precisely. There’s little, if anything, we can do to get around that. Or, at least there was little we could do until Tru- Tungsten introduced the Flea Flicker. Basically, the Flea Flicker is a hook with a tungsten ball at- tached to the shaft, some distance from the bend and the point of the hook. Unlike other weighted wacky rigs this design allows the bait to be cast farther and more accurately without sacrific- ing tail action. The why of this is a matter of engineering. We – I say we because I’ve been working with them for three years perfecting this design – spent countless hours developing just the right style of weight and just the right placement of the weight on the hook shaft. The result is a combination of science and art that’s unsurpassed in our industry.

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