with Jeff Kriet
Story & Photos by Scott M. Petersen
o, what does finesse fishing really mean?
Looking up finesse in the dictionary
it says: refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship. Ask
Jeff Kriet what finesse is and he will tell you
grab a spinning rod, with a shaky jig head and
a Big Bite Squirrel Tail rigged on it and get to
WORMIN’ WITH A SHAKY HEAD
Yes, you can blame Kriet for bringing bass fishing the shaky head tactic.
It all started with one of Bassmaster’s Day on
The Lake segments, Kriet was faced with a very
tough bite on a cold spring day, fishing Bull
Shoals reservoir. Kriet was trying to make the
best out of the conditions that he was faced
with; but could not get even a bite.
That changed when he pulled out a spinning rod, rigged with what he called a shaky head and went to work. From that day forward, the shaky head craze was started and has taken bass fishing, all over the country, by storm.
The Beginning of the Shaky Head: Kriet explained that the shaky head tactic took a little while for him to develop. He wanted a jig head that would position itself on the ground, without falling on its side and keep the worm