Swingheads, Wobbleheads and Hardheads Perfect for Shallow-Saltwater Fishing
By: Rob Newell
Bass anglers don't have the exclusive rights to use the swinghead jig; tipped with the right bait, this bottom-bumping swim jig is killer in the salt for flounder and redfish
As a reporter for professional bass fishing tours across the country, I am always on the lookout for new lures on the bass circuits that might make good candidates for coastal inshore fishing crossovers. When I see certain lures gaining momentum as proven fish catchers among the best bass anglers in the nation, I try to secure a few for my own coastal experimentation.
Several years ago, while covering bass tournaments in Arkansas and Oklahoma, I began to hear about a new kind of jig, referred to as a “swinghead” or a “wobblehead.” This new style of bottom-bumping swim jig was deadly for covering rocky flats on Ozark lakes to catch largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.
Well-known professional bass angler Tommy Biffle, of Wagoner, Okla., is credited with designing one of the first versions of this unique jig. Biffle called his rendition the Hardhead Jig and teamed it with his namesake Biffle Bug plastic. If you are an avid bass angler, chances are you have probably heard about, and probably use, the Biffle Hardhead.
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