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#12427099 - 09/14/17 08:37 PM Swinging football heads
Michael.Beaty Offline
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So did a search on them on here with no luck but anyways new to the swinging football heads and just looking for some info on using them. Things such as rod/reel set up soft plastics and techniques. When do you like to throw them. Threw one last weekend with a biffle bug in it and caught some fish but missed/lost more than I boater.

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#12427211 - 09/14/17 09:56 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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I fish them where I would fish any shakey head. I use a 7'6" rod MH with a 6.4:1 reel. I use senkos on them for the most part, or more likely Tiki Sticks from Wave fishing. I ordered my wobble heads off of a guy on here:

http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/12032479/Searchpage/1/Main/959027/Words/+flwtimc21/Search/true/Re:_Wobble_Heads!!_Cheap#Post12032479

And they work wonders. I also fish a Biffle Bug and like it as well. LOTS of fish bite these wobble heads, at least I THINK that is what you are talking about. I may be wrong on that however. If I am, I am sorry. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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#12427247 - 09/14/17 10:17 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
Michael.Beaty Offline
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Thanks for the info and yes wobble head is what I was talking about

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#12427289 - 09/14/17 11:00 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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Sweeping hookset like a crig or regular fb jig helped my hook up ratio alot
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#12427593 - 09/15/17 09:33 AM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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These are just a few that I built recently to match the Crayfish explosion that is fixing to happen this fall. With the free swinging hook and my hand poured plastics they will float the hook. This is important to me as it continues to move while at rest. The Football head with 3D eyes is a super rock climber and paired with the Crayfish Scent Living Rubber, it just doesn't get any better.

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#12427755 - 09/15/17 01:46 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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A craw or creature bait on a wobble head has been one of my go-tos lately, specifically a Biffle Bug with a "Hard Head". I use a Falcon Cara Amistad /Shimano Chronarch 7.1:1 combo. As previously stated, use a sweeping hookset once you feel the fish loaded. I throw them around rocks exclusively using a steady retrieve just fast enough to keep in contact with the bottom & not get stuck in the crevices.
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#12427859 - 09/15/17 03:42 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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I have a lot of experience with a wobble head. I throw mine on a G. Loomis NRX 873C CRR (7'3", medium-heavy, fast) with a Shimano Chronarch MgL 7.1:1, and 16# Sunline Sniper. I like the 7.1:1 because I feel it's the perfect gear ratio. You don't need an extra fast reel because you're already reeling the bait to begin with. I prefer to use a Strike King Rage Craw or Structure Bug. Do not set the hook hard with a wobble head. All you need to do is kind of reel into them and sweep your rod. I like to fish them anywhere there are rocks.
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#12427879 - 09/15/17 03:52 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: M. Alexander]
Barn Offline
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Originally Posted By: M. Alexander
A craw or creature bait on a wobble head has been one of my go-tos lately, specifically a Biffle Bug with a "Hard Head". I use a Falcon Cara Amistad /Shimano Chronarch 7.1:1 combo. As previously stated, use a sweeping hookset once you feel the fish loaded. I throw them around rocks exclusively using a steady retrieve just fast enough to keep in contact with the bottom & not get stuck in the crevices.


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#12428453 - 09/16/17 06:51 AM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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I throw a swing head in a 3/8,1/2 and 3/4 oz. sizes. I like V&M and the Strike King one with the structure head design. I have tried the Biffle hard head, but it gets hung up more than the other two that I mentioned. I throw a whole assortment of soft plastics on them. They flat out work catching fish. I fish it just like I would a Carolina rig most of the time. You can also pitch it like you would a jig if you are around a lot of cover.

I use a Power Tackle PG104 for the 3/4oz and a Power Tackle F/B rod for the lighter ones. I have both on deck all the time.
I use 15# test Invizx, spooled up on a couple of Daiwa Tatula SV TW 7.3-1 gear ratio reels.


Edited by ezbassin (09/16/17 07:04 AM)

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#12428625 - 09/16/17 10:12 AM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
Ken A. Offline
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Originally Posted By: Michael.Beaty
So did a search on them on here with no luck but anyways new to the swinging football heads and just looking for some info on using them. Things such as rod/reel set up soft plastics and techniques. When do you like to throw them. Threw one last weekend with a biffle bug in it and caught some fish but missed/lost more than I boater.


This is the time of year when the dinks start showing up on a lot of the deeper places. My guess is that if you missed several fish they were very small bass. There is about a month every year at Fork where it seems like every deep spot you go to is loaded with 8-12" bass.


Edited by Ken A. (09/16/17 10:17 AM)

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#12429031 - 09/16/17 06:10 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
Michael.Beaty Offline
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Loc: south side of Texoma
Thanks for all the info guys looks like I was doing a few things right and a few things wrong such as the hookset

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#12431797 - 09/18/17 04:07 PM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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I've used that Biffle Bug on some rocks with the corresponding Hard Head from Gene Larew. I had some good success with it, but boy do you have to keep it moving to keep from getting hung up in those rocks.


Edited by texasbassdude (09/18/17 08:39 PM)

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#12432649 - 09/19/17 09:35 AM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
RKT Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
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One thing I have discovered with the swing head jigs is that some (like the original Biffle Hard Head) have the line tie and the hook base at 90 degree's. Others (like many of the Strike King ones) have the tie and the hook base at about 160 degrees. I truly believe that you get a much better action and more bites out of those close to 90 degrees.

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#12432682 - 09/19/17 10:02 AM Re: Swinging football heads [Re: Michael.Beaty]
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One thing to remember about the hook-ups is that the fish is going to know something is up much quicker than with your t-rig since the weight is attached. With the T-rig, your line is able to slide through the weight giving less resistance when the fish picks it up, and giving you more time to set the hook. With the wobble heads, your weight is attached to the hook and gives instant resistance to alert the fish. This is why I tend to keep my wobble heads moving on a slow crawl so it is more of a reaction bite and so you can feel the bite more quickly. The tap tap bites dont tend to take the wobble heads.

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