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07 Wacky Worming (Fishing bass)




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This article is from the Fishing bass FAQ, by Bass Rogue with numerous contributions by others.

07 Wacky Worming (Fishing bass)

- Bass Rogue

The story behind wacky worms goes something like this. A group of
Japanese tourists visited one of the famous southern lakes and rented a
boat and some fishing tackle. With the language difference, they ended up
with a couple of packets of plastic worms as the recommended bait and no
instruction of how to fish them. With everything in place, they
disappeared around the bend. In a few hours, they returned. As they
approached the fishing docks, all the local bass experts started chuckling
because of the way the Japanese tourists had rigged their worms. They
basically just poked the hook through the sex collar at the middle of the
worm, so worm just kind of hung from the hook. Now the chuckling
continued until the boat pulled up to the dock to reveal a few limits of
big bass. So, today we rig worms the same way and call it a wacky worm.

With a wacky worm rig, you cast or flip or pitch to the spot you thing
bass are holding. Then you let the worm fall to the bottom. With the
worm on the bottom, you twitch it every once in a while by moving the rod
tip, maybe move it 4 to 8 inches. When you pull on the worm with the
line, the worm will bend in half at the hook. When you stop pulling, the
worm ends will spring back. By twitching the worm this way, you give it a
more natural motion than with a Texas rig or a Carolina rig. If you think
about it, worms twist and turn when submerged, they don't swim along in a
straight line. An improvement over the basic wacky worm rig is to add a
weight to the worm. This is typically done by inserting a short nail into
the head end of the worm. This will help the worm get to the bottom
quicker and will also add a different ripple to the motion of the worm as
it wackies along the bottom. When you can't get the bass to hit a Texas
rig, try a wacky rig. Often that is just the ticket. Keep in mind, the
hook is exposed so it isn't a weedless rig.

 

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