Why a Short Drop Shot Is Better Than a Shaky Head

A shaky head worm is an excellent finesse technique for catching bass but losing fish is a common problem. Pro bass angler John Murray improves his hooking and landing percentages by swapping out his shaky head for a drop shot rig with a short leader.

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As Murray explains, a drop shot with a short 1- to 1-1/2 inch leader fishes nearly the same as a shaky head but provides for better hookup and retention because you get to choose your preferred hook. The worm shakes on the drop shot hook similar to a shaky head, yet independent of the weight for higher landing percentages.

Murray concludes with a quick rundown on his go-to rod setup for fishing drop shot setups, the same setup he uses for shaky heads.

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