The wacky worm is probably the most under utilized presentations among the presentations that produce the best action under any circumstances. The wacky work doesn't really look like much in the water but bass will react to the wacky worm when nothing else seems to be working. The wacky worm isn't just for small fish either as I have heard some anglers say, the wacky worm will catch big bass too and is a great way to catch the biggest bass in the area when the pressure is high. That goes for angling pressure as well as barometric pressure. The wacky worm is something a lot of anglers just don't use therefore the bass is confident that the wacky worm don't have a hook and will strike. Some anglers don't think a bass knows what a hook looks like but I can assure you, by personal experiences, they know I have watched bass bite a wacky worm right at the hook without getting the hook in its mouth and I mean a very small finesse hook to. When this is happening you are close to figuring it out and you will catch a few fish but going to even lighter line, smaller hook or smaller worm. It is a fact that smaller hooks and lighter line catch more bass especially on highly pressured lakes. It is possibly why some anglers tend to catch more weight than you every tournament.
Setting the hook is a science when it comes to wacky worming but first you have to know you have a bite and that isn't always easy. There is no substitute for practice and practice you must when it comes to fishing the wacky worm. You will, after several bites, notice when you get a bite. Most of the time, with this presentation, the bite is so subtle you may not even know until you feel the fish on the end of your line. To be consistent with the wacky worm you have to learn to feel the fish before he spits out your hook. When you know the fish is there you have to reel up any slack while at the same time pulling back on your rod to allow the small hook to find meat to penetrate. Small finesse hooks usually never completely goes through the bass' mouth especially the tough mouth of a 4 or 5 pound bass and if that bass is a smallmouth be ready for some leaps and hard pulls and because of the light line and small hook a limber rod is important for wacky worming. A good rod for wacky worming is an 8 foot ugly stick made for crappie fishing. It is limber at the tip but is strong enough to haul a giant out from under a dock when more pressure is needed even with 8 pound test line. I use 6 pound test in open water but around cover I like 8 or 10 pound fluorocarbon. It is scary when you hook a 5 pounder around a dock or big tree but you have to apply enough pressure to get the bass out and if the line breaks then just know that had you not pulled that hard he would have broke off anyway. I always say you have to hook up to land the bass and if light line gets you hooked up then it is a no brainer, use the light line and let the chips fall where they may and hopefully that light line will get you enough bites that you can get a few in the boat.
The wacky worm presentation is like any other you have to let the bass tell you what they want. Sometimes they want a little jiggle in the worm sometimes they want it to lay on the bottom for several seconds. By far my favorite worm for wacky rigging is the 4 inch Yamamoto Senko. I have tried other worms and the Senko just has more action and even has its own jiggle when free falling. The Senko will undulate with the slightest twitch of the rod tip and bends a lot when pulled which seems to entice strikes when they want a dead-stick style presentation. You just pull the wacky worm slowly through the water column by raising your 8 foot rod then allow the Senko to sink on a slack line. Watch for any movement in the line and I mean the slightest twitch could mean a big bass has sucked in your Senko and is just sitting there with it. Learning to feel a bite is crucial to the wacky worm presentation and the key to success.
The hook you use is important too and believe me when you are using a finesse presentation it is for a reason so you don't want to use a giant hook. If you have to use light line and light action in your bait to get a bite it is usually because the bass are reluctant to bite and if you use a big ole hook you just took the finesse out of your presentation and with go the bites. There is a draw back to using small hooks but the same is true for light line and is just part of the presentation that is getting you the bites you need. I prefer bigger hooks with a shank over the small finesse hooks without a shank which I believe effects the hook ups on finicky bass but I have tried larger hooks but the bites all but evaporated and this is one reason I know the small hook makes a difference, even in dirty water. I am working on a set up to allow me to use a EWG hook in my wacky worm rig but it is in the test stages so for now the little finesse hooks are the ticket even though loosing fish is common, especially the big bass 4 pounds and up due to their tough mouths. If my set up works out with better hook ups I will be sure to share that info with my followers so check back often for any updates on this wacky worm lesson.
The Alabama Rig just hit the market in
June of 2011. The lure is selling well since it was introduced but
after the Walmart FLW tour is over and the tally is in for Paul Elias
the story even bigger than the mega sacks will be the way he caught
The Alabama rig was invented by FLW pro
Andy Poss and heavily tested winning 6 out of 7 tournaments. With
this under his belt and then the timely success for Paul Elias at
Guntersville this bait will be hotter than ever and you can bet that
I will be trying out the Alabama Rig myself.
Paul Elias wins at Guntersville photo:Brett Carlson
In this article I'm going to discuss some of the best
bass lures for the spring of the year. Of course these bass lures
aren't the only options that are available, but they are some of the
more popular and effective choices for the spring of the year. The bass
can be a very finicky fish, and this fact may not be more prevalent
than in the springtime.
Spring bass fishing offers many
challenges including, but not limited to: high and/or muddy water,
drastic weather/barometer changes, and dramatic temperature changes.
Spring bass fishing can be quite a challenge, and any using any or all
of these bass lures will help your cause.
Rattling Baits - In the spring of the year many times you're
fishing heavy cover or muddy water. In both of these situations a lure
that makes noise, whether it be a rattle trap or rattling spinner bait,
helps the bass locate the lure. As you more than likely know the bass
is an ambush predator and the faster they can "locate" your bait the
better. Any bass lure that rattles is a great spring bass fishing lure.
Crayfish Imitations - In many lakes crayfish hibernate in
the winter and as the water temperatures start to rise in the spring
the crayfish come out of hibernation. When this begins to happen a
crayfish imitation is one of the best bass lures you can use. Keep an
eye on the waster temperature, and as it begins to rise, any crayfish
imitation can be a great choice in many lakes.
Crankbaits- In the spring of the year the weather
gets warmer along with the water temperatures. As this happens bass
begin to feed heavily after a long winter of being lethargic. This is a
great time to throw lifelike crankbaits, which means lures
that look as lifelike as possible. Do your best to use bass fishing
lures that look as much like the natural forage of the water you're
fishing as possible. Lifelike crankbaits can be "just what the doctor
ordered" in the spring of the year.
Poppers - In the springtime, poppers can be a very effective
bass lure. Normally poppers should be fished in 2 to 4 feet of water or
when bass are actively feeding on the surface. Poppers are a much more
subtle top water bait than most and can be very effective in the
spring. Remember to be patient when fishing poppers, don't be in too
much of a hurry.
Any of the above bass fishing
lures would be a great choice in the spring of the year. If you don't
have any of these options in your tackle bag, add them sooner rather
than later. You'll be glad you did.
Bass fishing techniques involve anticipating how the bass thinks in order to locate their habitat, knowing what will trigger a strike and help you catch a lunker bass. There are various techniques for catching bass, and some of them differ slightly for catching the biggest bass.
Bass are predatory fish, but they also conserve energy for suitable bait that gives the appearance of the "most bang for the buck", unless they are in a spawning pattern, protecting their nest. In this case, they can be much easier to anger and trigger a strike. The spawning season is often the easiest time to catch nesting bass for this reason. Male bass move into shallow water, with gravel bottoms and swish their bodies to make nests and wait for the female bass to move in a couple weeks later.
Bass fishing techniques for the pre-spawn differ from post-spawn bass fishing. In the two week period that the males are waiting for the females, they become hungry, and will tend to go after lures or baits that simulate the natural bait fish of the waters they are in. Chances are that if you use natural looking bait fish lures, in the shallows, you may snag a large bass, although the females of the species are larger than the males in general.
Bass fishing techniques during the two weeks of spawning in the spring tend to be a combination of hunger strikes and aggressive protection strikes, where they may hit oddball looking lures better than natural bait fish lures. The reason for this is that the smaller baitfish are more plentiful and also moving into the shallows, so sometimes, they get full or tired of the same thing.
Bass fishing techniques post spawn and the rest of the year vary from the spawn period. Bass like brush piles, downed tree limbs, the edges of drop-offs and hiding under boat docks or other types of cover. The reason for this is that they can stealthily attack bait food swimming by.
Bass can swim up to 30 miles per hour, which is why many fisherman love trolling lures for bass. A "no effort" and relaxing way to catch bass is to troll a mid-depth lure behind a slow moving boat, out about 100 feet or less. You are sure to trigger a strike many times.
Other bass fishing techniques involve casting and retrieving bass lures, flipping bait fish into banks and brush piles or using top-water rattling baits, action baits and spinner baits, which are more likely to trigger hunger and aggravation strikes. Bass are pretty smart, but the biggest bass seldom make the same mistakes that the smaller bass do.
Big bass tend to stay by themselves, versus swimming in schools like the smaller bass. Bass fishing techniques for catching the bigger bass mean NOT fishing where you are catching a lot of small ones. There is less competition for bait fish, and they tend to push the smaller bass out of their territory, which is normally less than several hundred square yards. They still like the same type of habitat, but go for bigger lures and bait presentations. Think like the fish do and you will be successful catching some nice bass this season!