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Why Swindle throws a magnum shakeyhead

When fishing around bluegill beds, Swindle says the magnum shaky head allows him to feel the gravel bottom bluegill prefer. Photo by Shane Durrance

Gerald Swindle's always game for shaking up a weigh-in, be it with his trademark humor, his endearing sincerity or big limits like the ones that helped him notch a third-place finish at this year’s Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Fork. Much of his success hinged on a shaky head, but if you’re having trouble reconciling a light finesse bait with that east Texas powerhouse fishery, don’t bother; we have a different game to discuss.

Our story starts with the Sabine River Authority of Texas lowering Fork’s water level to facilitate dam repairs. With the lake down about 5 1/2 feet, many of the traditionally relevant spots were out of play. Not to be outfoxed, Swindle turned to his go-to problem solver — a magnum shaky head.