& Shaky Heads
Story & Photos by Mark Fong
or the past few years I have been having an
ongoing dialogue with top Western professional
angler and former Bassmaster Elite Series pro, Greg Gutierrez, regarding trophy spotted bass.
Invariably the focus of the discussion turned to fishing
“I don’t really fish darter heads much anymore, only under certain situations,” said Gutierrez. As darter heads have been a staple for Western anglers for decades, his initial response caught me off guard.
Like many anglers from Northern California, Gutierrez cut his teeth fishing a darter head paired with a hand poured, straight tail finesse worm.
“The dart head for me was a technique that I could really float a bait down to the fish, whether it be an 1/8- or a 3/16-ounce,” he said. “I mainly stayed with a 3/16 and occasionally, a 1/16-ounce, depending on how slow I wanted that bait to ease through the water column.