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1. Keel or Min­now Head

Bolton says this style of head cre­ates re­sis­tance as it comes through the water, caus­ing it to rise up or run closer to the sur­face with less ef­fort and slower re­trieves than other head styles.

Where it shines: In sit­u­a­tions when the fish are ag­gres­sive and the an­gler wants to burn the bait just un­der the sur­face around grass or in clear, open water. Where it doesn’t: Fish­ing around tree­tops, bushes or brush piles. “When it hits a limb, the bait has a ten­dency to roll on its side, and it doesn’t cor­rect it­self very quickly,” says Bolton. “This ex­poses the hook and in­creases the chances of hang­ing up.” Ex­am­ples: Ter­mi­na­tor T-1, Strike King Burner

2. Bul­let Head

Bolton says baits with a pointed head typ­i­cally run true, right them­selves quickly and come through heavy cover ex­tremely well.

Where it shines: Fish­ing thick brush, bushes, tree­tops or grass, mainly be­cause the head de­sign re­sists wedg­ing in limbs and causes the bait to “come back to cen­ter” quickly af­ter con­tact­ing cover, which helps it re­sist hang-ups or foul­ing.

Where it doesn’t: As good as the head per­forms in brush, it’s sus­cep­ti­ble to wedg­ing in rocks. Ex­am­ples: War Ea­gle, Ni­chols Pul­sator

3. Round or Pill Head

Bolton says this head is wider than most. It’s a good all-around per­former that can be used in a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions and cover.

Where it shines: Slow-rolling around rock and stumps on ledges. The wider head is less prone to wedg­ing and doesn’t cut through water as smoothly as other head styles, which al­lows Bolton to main­tain bet­ter con­tact with what the bait’s do­ing. It doesn’t come through heavy cover as well as a bul­let head, but it still gets the job done around brush and grass.

Where it doesn’t: Flooded bushes with lots of small limbs. Ex­am­ples: Stan­ley Wedge, Ac­cent

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