I am not a finesse fisherman, and I honestly don’t like spinning rods. If I’m being honest, I hate them. Well, with one exception…..the Jackall Flick Shake worm. I have always looked at the Jackall Flick Shake and thought, “I bet that thing really works….too bad I don’t finesse fish.” So, in typical fashion, I bought a bunch of them and threw them in a pile with all my other unused finesse fishing plastics. This year, I finally decided to put them to the test and see if I could force myself to fish slow and hold onto the fairy wand for more than a few casts.
It didn’t take long to figure out that this thing is a deadly presentation! Big fish, small fish, and
everything in between, the Flick Shake technique catches them. Throughout the year, I have developed a system that I think works really well for throwing the Flick Shake worms.
The Flick Shake Setup
I like a good braided line for my Flick Shad set up, particularly the Sunline SX1 in 12 pound. Fluorocarbon is also a good option, but I like braid for the incredible sensitivity. When it comes to a good rod, the Dobyns Champion 702 SF really fits the bill. It has a soft tip with a decent backbone that really matches up well with this presentation. My reel of choice is the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ in the 2500 size. This reel is super lightweight and is a dream to fish with. It has a smooth, consistent drag and boasts plenty of power when needed.
There are several different Flick Shake worms on the market but Jackall’s are far and away the best. I have tried the others, and it really is night and day difference. I would not spend my money on anything buy the Jackall brand of flick shakes. Presentation is a very important part to this whole set up. The Flick Shake is a technique where the phrase “less is more” really does apply. Don’t overwork the bait. It will work its way into the strike zone and tempt fish until they can’t handle it. At first, I wanted to constantly twitch my rod tip. This was just too much and it cut down on the number of bites I would get. I tend to dead stick it more than anything and have had some really great results. I used to hate picking up the spinning rod, but now I look forward to feeling that subtle “Tick” when a fish picks up the Flick Shake. You really don’t know if it’s going be a 5 pounder or a 5 incher.
If you like to finesse fish (or even if you don’t), pick up a few bags of Jackall Flick Shake worms. It’s a fun little technique, and it’s not just for catching small fish. Fish it enough and you’ll end up lifting up on one that won’t let you move her!