Ok, I must start this by admitting that I really hate to let the cat out of the bag and write this article. I have held off writing this for about 3 years now, enjoying knowing I was probably showing bass something they had never seen. But, I guess I just need to get it off my chest. Any of you bass guys heard of the Shimano Wax Wing jig? If not, you’re going to want to get really acquainted with them very soon….
What Is a Shimano Wax Wing Jig?
As I sit in front of my computer and think of how to explain a Wax Wing, I realize that I have no idea what this thing actually is. I guess it would best be described as a walk-the-dog topwater / crankbait hybrid. The Shimano Wax Wing has an incredible action in the water. Crank it slow and the lure has a wide, exaggerated glide. Burn it back to the boat and it has a tight, erratic hunting action.
How To Fish The Shimano Wax Wing
Do you feel the need for speed? Well, I do and that’s exactly how I fish it. FAST. REALLY FAST. It seems like the faster you reel the Wax Wing, the better it works. The Wax Wing is a really versatile lure. It can be burned over shallow grass, paralleled down a rocky bank, and launched at schooling fish. This thing casts like a dream. You can flat out cast it a mile, even into a stiff wind. As far as the action goes, I don’t know how to describe it other than saying it’s the red head woman of the fishing world (hope my red head fiance doesn’t read this!). What I mean is that it’s absolutely crazy. You pick up the pace, and it veers one way….slow it down, and it veers the opposite way. It’s wildly unpredictable. Remind you of anything? How about a shad in the water? No consistent swimming pattern, just roaming around in an erratic, random fashion trying not to get eaten. The Shimano Wax Wing mimics this better than any bait I have ever used and the bass annihilate it. They love it as a matter of fact.
I could write for hours about how much I love throwing the Wax Wing, but I think I’ll just leave this as a teaser for now and do a follow up video this fall. Once you see what this thing can do and how addicting it is, you will be just as obsess with it as I am. Stay tuned..
Jim Snyder says
I have been using the Shimano Wax Wing for 3 years casting for striped bass in Virginia Beach. I have had 4 or 5 stripers fight over it. As soon as you vary the speed, it gets eatten.
Brian Dolne says
Awesome lure isn’t it Jim? Amazing how the fish will react to the slightest change in speed.
Robert Lehman says
I've used the Waxwings for Calico bass on the West Coast and they are awesome! The double hook rides up so it's fairly weedless and it catches BIG bass. I haven't tried it freshwater but I think it's time to try it out.