How to Fish for Bass With Plastic Worms

How to Fish for Bass With Plastic Worms
The plastic worm rigged Texas style is always going to be one of a bass fisherman's favorite lures. This type of presentation to a bass will get a strike in heavy cover such as thick lily pads, near stumps and submerged logs and in other spots where bass may be hiding. Knowing the correct technique is vital and it often will take hours of fishing this way to be able to gain the knowledge of and feel for fishing with a plastic worm.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel Plastic worms Offset worm hooks Bullet sinkers Wooden toothpick
  • Rod and reel
  • Plastic worms
  • Offset worm hooks
  • Bullet sinkers
  • Wooden toothpick
 
Step 1
Rig your plastic worm so that it can be cast into cover and not snag. The Texas-rigged worm will have a bullet sinker on the line followed by a worm hook tied with a clinch knot. Stick the sharp hook into the plastic worm's very top and make it come out 1/2 inch down from where it entered before turning the hook towards the worm's body and inserting the point into the worm.
Step 2
Stick a wooden toothpick into the bullet weight to keep it from running up your line when you cast. Break off the part of the toothpick you can see. As the toothpick gets wet, it will expand and hold the bullet sinker in place.
Step 3
Cast out this worm rig into an area of thick cover or near a structure such as a downed tree or a log. Allow the worm to settle down slowly to the bottom. Pay attention to any strange movements the line seems to make as bass will often gulp down a descending worm.
Step 4
Shake the tip of your rod once the worm comes to rest on the bottom to make it appear that the worm is alive. Bring the rod tip up enough to make the worm rise before letting it settle back down. Be prepared to set the hook if a bass strikes.
Step 5
Drag the plastic worm slowly along the bottom while pausing it every so often to allow the bass to get a glimpse of the action. Do this in a methodical manner until the worm is close to you before reeling in and casting out again.
Step 6
Employ a floating Texas-rigged worm to fish where there are lily pads. Cast the worm out into an open area and bring it back slowly, making it crawl up and over and vegetation in its way. Cast right into thick lily pads and drag the worm into open spots of water, prepared for a strike.
 

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