New California Shaker
“It’s not just a Spinnerbait anymore”
After some 30 years of making Jigs and Spinnerbaits, I always seem to think that there must be something new, something different. Being such versatile bait, “The bait for all seasons” it has been my go to bait for a long time. The Spinnerbait comes in so many different sizes, weights, head styles, blade and skirt combinations, I was looking for something else something new yet again. A different look that the Bass has not seen or that a Bass fisherman has not yet used. Watching numerous Bass fishing shows, attending many different Bass Jamborees, and having a wonder why that never seems to quit, I was, as usual, curious.
Watching all the different vibra baits swimming and working in the water, especially the Scrounger and the Chatterbaits out there, got me to thinking yet again.
I have been an avid Spinnerbait and Spinnerbait builder for some 30 years. My first, I remember made from an old bullet weight mold, an Eagle Claw hook, some rubber and a Colorado blade attached with a barrel swivel. I Sitting in my shop one day and I wondered if somehow I could attach a vibra/chatter blade to my spinnerbait to possible give it some more wiggle, a different look.
Not knowing if someone already had done it somehow, I set out to start building and test one.
Here at Jigs Snakebite Baits, we have came up with a California Shaker. It is currently a ½ oz. Spinnerbait, with a single Colorado or willow or Indiana blade attached with a ball bearing swivel. I have attached a shaker / chatter blade to the eye of the spinnerbait directly, or with a Norman speed clip. The new concept by us revels that the spinnerbait runs straight and true, and at the same time wiggles back and forth, which give the spinnerbait skirt more movement in the water. If you add a trailer, either single tail or double tail on the end of the hook, it wiggles just like a bait fish swimming in the water. The California Shaker performs very well with a single willow blade, yet has a little more vibration all the way up to your wrist with a single Colorado blade. We have tested it with double blade, and combination blades; although it works ok, the best shake is with a single blade. I like the concept of attaching the shaker blade with the Norman clip; this allows you to remove it at anytime, and just use the plain spinnerbait as you wish. I have found with a Colorado blade, the bait runs best with slow to standard retrieve, and just under the water surface to about 5 ft. deep. With the willow blade it can and will run as deep as you wish, just let it fall and retrieve it slow to medium. This is not a bait you can burn in, as it will not wiggle properly when burned fast.
Our California Shaker will be available on the internet at www.jigstackle.net and at Tackle-It exclusive in Lakeport soon, if you get the chance, try one, I don’t think you will be disappointed. The bait is made with an extended tail, so there is really not the need to ad a trailer to it, the tails really moves back and forth in the water like a swimming bait fish. But feel free to ad any trailer of your choice, it will work.
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