Technique: Wacky Jigging

By Steve Day Rigged Wacky Jig

Here is a finesse fishing technique out of Japan that has just started to become popular in the USA: the Inch Wacky or Wacky Jighead rig. The name Inch Wacky comes from the length of the hook: 1 inch seems to be the perfect length for the weight to give the wacky-rigged worm a life-like action, hence the Inch Wacky. It is also known simply as a "jighead wacky" or "wacky jighead". This was the number one rig in popularity in Japan for the year 2005 and may be one of the best finesse techniques since the drop-shot rig.

Required tackle for this rig:

  • 5" to 7" inch finesse worm or stickbait
  • 1/32 to 1/4 oz. jighead with a fairly short hook shank (1" to 1-1/4") (Elken Lures brand, of course!)
  • Light to Medium Light power Spinning rod for worms and a heavier baitcaster for stickbaits
  • 5 to 14lb test mono or fluorocarbon line
  • A small O-ring for rigging is optional

Wacky Jigheads   Mini Wacky Jigheads

This technique is easy to setup: just tie your jighead to your line and put the worm on wacky style, either with the hook through the worm body or using a small o-ring. Wacky Jig RigTo work the rig, cast it out and let it sink to the bottom, watching your line for bites. After it hits bottom, pull it up slowly about a foot, and then let it drop. The worm will shake and vibrate like it is struggling to swim, then slowly fall back. If you twitch the rod, the worm will make a wave-like action due to the weight in the center which resembles a night crawler squirming in the water. If you plan to use thicker or longer plastic worms (senkos or slim senkos) you might try a heavier jighead. Try different weights to see what fits your worm and the activity level of the fish best. This rig is a killer for spooky bass, works great for sight fishing, and fishing shallow or deep suspended bass.