2010-06-30 / Sports

Bass fishing with Texas-rigged worm

By GREG CAUDILL

The reports that I have been getting from a lot of bass anglers from several lakes are that the best bass fishing is at night and early morning on plastic worms. This is a typical summer bass fishing pattern.

If you look at most bass anglers’ baits that they are fishing now, they would have a plastic worm rig of some type tied on. The plastic worm has always been one of my favorite bass baits to fish because it will flat catch bass. In most bass tournaments that I have won, I have caught bass on a plastic worm.

You can fish a plastic worm for most of the year by simply changing from one rig to another or using a diff erent size or color combination. Worms come in many diff erent sizes and colors. They come in solid colors and in a combination of colors called a fire tail. All these diff erent styles and colors and size worms have a place and time that they will outfi sh another worm.

There are several diff erent ways to rig a plastic worm. The most used rig is called the Texas rig. This is where you slide a slip sinker up your line and then tie on your worm hook. The slip sinker will slide down against the knot and will stay there during the cast and retrieve. This is a very simple but very effective worm rig.

The key to this and every other worm rig is to get the worm to hang straight on the hook after you have rigged it. This is where some anglers mess up and it will cause the worm to spin and twist the line instead of flowing smooth on the retrieve.

The trick to make a Texas rig work right is to use a worm hook with a offset shank hook. Start by sliding the worm about half an inch up on the hook in the middle of the worm. Then spin the worm around till you can slide the hooked part of the worm all the way upon the offset part of the hook. Now you want to keep the worm straight and bend it up a little and stick the hook in the worm, and then pull down to make the hook slide up into the body of the worm.

If done right, the worm should hang perfectly straight on the hook with no bends.

The worm can be fished on line from 8-pound test all the way up to 20-plus pound and even on braided super lines. It all depends on the conditions and situations with which you are faced.

Most anglers will go with the smallest line and sinker that they can use. Try to match the size of your tackle to the size of the worm you are fishing. Too big a hook in a small worm will kill the natural action and give the worm a stick-like action in the water. But too small of a hook in a larger size worm will make for a poor hook set. Try to match the size of the tackle to your bait size.

Use a long pole in the medium to heavy action range with good top action and lots of backbone to fight a hooked fish.

Bass are natural ambush-style feeders and will hide in cover and hold on structure to wait on food. This makes the plastic worm a perfect rig because a Texas-rigged worm is very weedless and can be fished in and around heavy cover for bass.

Colors of worms fished are pretty basic. At night, use darker colors like black, blue, purple or any combination of these colors. During the day or in clear water, use lighter colors like pumpkin seed or motor oil color.

Give night bassing a try in cover with a Texas-rigged worm this summer for some hot action.

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