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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 02:00

Finesse Fishing Tips

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With all the talk I've been hearing lately about finesse fishing I decided it was time to gain a better understanding of what the term means (other than the obvious) and learn the subtleties involved with fishing it.  It turns out I've already been experimenting with this tactic, I just didn't realize it.  I was just trying to find things that looked good moving in the water.

finess_worm_underwaterFinesse fishing is a tactic that is basically just what it sounds like:

  • Finesse Fishing - An angling technique characterized by the use of light tackle - line, rod, reel and artificial baits (often tube worms, grubs, or other small-sized soft-plastic lures); often productive in clear, fairly uncluttered water.
  • Finesse Baits - Baits used when utilizing finesse fishing tactics to entice fish to strike. Typically these finesse baits are small soft plastic lures such as tube baits, grubs, short worms, and jigs.


So slower techniques, smaller tackle, kind of no-brainers in cooler temperatures since we all know fish are moving slower.  But it turns out these tactics are also highly effective in all kinds of scenarios.

finesse_jig_headI've used the Gamakatsu Red Finesse Wide Gap Hooks to rig soft plastic flukes, shad and wacky worms.  It's quickly becoming one of my "go to" choices. But even more affective, is the shaky head jig.  I made the move to the shaky head as a natural progression from the slow-moving, bottom bumping action of a Carolina rig.

Here are a couple of great videos demonstrating the shaky head jig; what it looks like in the water and how to rig different baits.

If you need to look up definitions of terms and phrases you hear other anglers tossing around here are two great resources:

Or don't hesitate to ask. You'll find that most anglers love to talk about their sport and share knowledge they've gleaned from years of experience.



About the Author: Pam is a Pro Staff Member at and a member of Canoe Kentucky's Pro Team, co-sponsoring her along with Team Hobie. She is the new Director of Kentucky Kayak Fishing where they're working to set up a non-profit organization to help "Yaks Give Back" to our citizens, the environment, and to promote the growth of kayak fishing in our state. Pam is also the author of

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Pam Funk

About the Author: A self-described kayak and fly fishing addict, compe”tent” camper, and photographer in her dreams, she found her lifetime fishing hobby was transformed into a full-blown obsession when she bought her kayak and added a fly rod.

Pam is a member of the Pro Staff team, TFO Flyrods, Hobie Polarized and Columbia Sportswear Pro team. She is a member of the Kentucky Kayak Fishing Association where "Yaks Give Back". Their objectives include environmental clean up projects, working with Special Olympics and wounded veterans, and promoting the growth of kayak fishing and safety in our state.

Pam is also the author of and can be found on Twitter @shesaManiYak.