Amazing how time zips on by, isn't it? Although it seems it happened only a couple of years ago, it's been nearly three decades since I traveled south of Lake Charles to the Lakes of Gum Cove. Tony Palermo, owner of this chain of small but bass-rich lakes on his property, had invited me to fish with him.
Just prior to heading south, Mike Savage, Monroe, had introduced me to a hot new bass fishing lure he was manufacturing, gave me some lures to test and sample and I took them with me to Gum Cove.
Tony Palermo, meet Wobblehead. After catching bass until our arms ached, Palermo wanted Savage's address so he could order more.
This strange looking, easy to use bass fishing lure has been around for more than 30 years and has been catching fish steadily since. Mike Savage and his wife, Susan, are still overseeing the manufacture of Wobbleheads from their current location in Missouri.
Okay, just what the heck is a Wobblehead and how did it get started? I searched the Internet and found an article written in 1982 by long-time friend and outdoor writer, Dr. Bill Miller.
According to Miller, two Baton Rouge anglers, Hurley Campbell and Hunter Barrileaux, invented the first wobble-type lure and called it "El Tango". Around the same time, Cotton Cordell made a similar mold he called the "curved spoon". Eventually, Cordell sold out to major lure manufacturer, PRADCO. However, PRADCO passed on the curved spoon mold and Cordell sold it to Jim Sanner in Monroe who eventually sold it to Savage who made improvements and re-named it Wobblehead.
Bass anglers know that as the weather warms in spring and summer, one of a bass' favorite foods are the young-of-the-year water snakes that we see when we're out on the water this time of year.
They're easy to recognize by their side-to-side swimming action on the surface. You've probably also seen one of those little fellows disappear beneath a deep swirl as a bass sucks one in.
The Wobblehead is designed to mimic a young snake and the action it produces during retrieve exactly matches this swimming action.
Dan Chason, Monroe fishing guide, loves to fish the Wobblehead this time of year.
"There is no easier bait to fish – just chunk it and slowly reel it in and the hotter the weather, the better," said Chason.
"The most popular color is a red spoon onto which an 8 inch natural Crème worm has been added. Some use a 6 inch worm but I like the 8 inch because I get a double 'kick' to the action with the longer worm. Plus," he added, "you can attract larger bass with the bigger bait."
There are a couple of things to avoid when fishing the Wobblehead. Don't use a swivel; use a snap instead. The swivel can cause the lure to turn over which totally spoils the action.
Another thing to guard against is using a curve-tail plastic worm on the back. The straight tail worm when retrieved in tandem with the curved spoon provides the perfect imitation of a small swimming snake.
There are lures on the market that are pretty to look at. There are some that look like what you think a bass would want to eat.
Not so with a Wobblehead because out of the water, they're plain looking as can be. Let it swim across the surface next to a grass bed this time of year, hang on; you're likely to get bit.
(For more information, log onto www.wobbleheadlures.com.)
Glynn Harris Outdoors is proudly sponsored by DSK, Ltd. of Minden.