Talkin' Outdoors

Ruston’s Greg Terzia is a serious bass fisherman. He regularly competes in tournaments and has won his share of them.

Last week, Terzia was fishing an event at Lake D’Arbonne when he set the hook in the jaw of a 6-pound bass.

“I was using a Wobblehead when the bass sucked it in,” said Terzia. “This time of year, this lure can be dynamite, especially if you don’t like to fish deeper water. You’ll have better luck with the Wobblehead in fairly shallow water, two to eight feet deep.”

Bass fishermen are notorious for coming up with some sneaky offerings to beat the odds on catching bass, especially this time of year. Early mornings during summer, the bass have no hesitation at hitting a topwater lure. However, most of the bites occur before the summer sun begins its scorching trip across the sky. As a result, many anglers head home for the air conditioning once old Sol peaks over the cypresses.

This is when the serious bass fishermen reaches into his bag of tricks and comes up with a lure that almost guarantees success this time of year. He heads for a grass bed and picks up the rod onto which a Wobblehead is attached.

Looking at the lure, you’d think a bass would have to be hard-up for something to eat before chomping down on a Wobblehead. This non-descript device features a slender curved slab of metal with a single hook onto which is attached a plain straight tail six inch plastic worm. Incidentally, there is no lure easier to retrieve than a Wobblehead; you simply cast it out and bring it back in a rather boring straight retrieve. However, Terzia sometimes uses a different method of fishing the lure.

“While the lure can be really effective on a straight retrieve, I’ll sometimes twitch mine and when I bring it by a tree, I’ll often pause before twitching it again. Sometimes, this is all it takes for a bass to nail it,” Terzia said.

The curved metal body of the Wobblehead gives the lure its name; it wobbles side to side and gives the plastic worm tail an enticing swimming motion which resembles a favorite food for a foraging bass, a small swimming snake. Remember the last time you saw a snake swimming across the water? That’s the exact image you get when you reel in a Wobblehead.

Several years ago, I was invited on a fishing trip to a private lake in southwest Louisiana and I took along several packages of Wobbleheads. My host invited me because he wanted to showcase the size and numbers of fish he had been catching on his private lake.

As we began fishing, the bite was fair until I tied on a Wobblehead and began bringing bass to the boat hand over fist. My host’s offerings were generally ignored but after the fifth nice bass I caught to his one, he took a closer look at the lure I was using.

The lake was laden with moss and just about every time I cast next to a clump and began my retrieve, a bass would hit. I offered my partner one, he caught a bass on his first cast and wanted to know where he could get some of these amazing lures.

The lure comes in a variety of colors, both in the metal slab and in the plastic worm trailers. A red metal head with a natural colored plastic worm attached seems to be the most deadly color combination. In addition to the red color, Terzia also likes to use black or orange. He also sometimes skewers on an 8-inch natural color worm. A larger lure is more likely to attract a bigger bass, he believes.

One word of caution in using the Wobblehead — use a heavy duty swivel when fishing this lure because of its tendency to twist your line.

Cast out a Wobblehead in the heat this summer next to a patch of weeds, reel it straight in slowly or pause it next to a tree and hang on. You just might be like Greg Terzia and become an instant believer.