After a short exchange with K0diak on "Shaky Head" fishing in another thread,
I read the info on the two links he gave, I felt I understood the principles well enough to go to shopping for the necessary components.
I needed two things. First, some ball head jigs with the hook eye sticking out at a 60° angle instead of the usual 90° angle. These are sold specifically for shaky head rigging. I found some, packaged by Bagley, in 1/8 oz. up to 1/4 oz. weights. I got the 1/8 oz. ones, and, to tell the truth, would rather have had 1/16 oz. but I guess they don't make those. After all, how much weight would it take to hold a plastic worm's head to the bottom?
The second thing I wanted was some floating plastic worms in 5 to 6 inch size. I was surprised to find that many packages of worms on the rack don't say whether they are floating or sinking! You would think they would at least mention that important fact. The whole idea behind the shaky rig is that the worm should stand up in the water, tail up and head down, looking like some kind of worm or water critter that is feeding off the bottom. The jig head takes care of holding the head down, of course, but I wanted the tail to float up. I knew enough to avoid Senkos and their kind, because they are made to sink.
I ended up buying three packages of worms, figuring what the heck, I'll use them anyway for something. I bought worms having "Shaky" somewhere in the name hoping they would float.
1. Roboworm 5" "Shakin' Zipper" (7 per bag, $3.29).
2. Chompers 6" "Garlic & Salt Shaky Worm" (20 per bag, $2.49)
3. Berkley Gulp! 5" "Shaky Worm" (8 per bag, $5.29, and boy do they stink!)
On arriving home, I rigged one of each kind of worm on a jig head and dropped them into a bucket of water to see what they did. The results were a little disappointing.
1. Roboworm - did not float up. It laid down flat on the bottom of the bucket and let the jig head fall over sideways.
2. Chompers - worked! The tail floated up high and waved gently, keeping the jig upright.
3. Berkley - did not float. Like the Roboworm, it just fell over and laid on the bottom.
So the outcome was, the cheapest worms worked the best for my shaky rig. The Bagley jig heads were fine, no issues with them.
I had already found shaky rig components on the Cabelas web site and could have ordered them, but with my usual level of enthusiasm for something new, I wanted to check them out right now.
If anyone would like to chime in with comments on their experiences with shaky rig components, I would like to read them, because I am a novice at this technique. Well, newer than that, actually.
Thanks to K0diak for mentioning this technique and providing the links.