Wacky Worm Fishing for Bass

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Wide Gap Hook and Jig Wacky Rigs

Many new bass anglers are constantly on the look-out for different bass fishing lures and methods for rigging them.  One of the apparently simplest bass lures to use can often be a tad more difficult for many fisherman who are just starting to try them out … these baits are basic plastic worms.

Almost from the first time we hear of plastic worms, it conjures up images of the first “live bait” many of us fished with … the ever-present earthworm!

So it’s easy to see why many new plastic worm fishermen think it should be a snap to use the artificial version right … just push the hook tip through the worm, cast it out and you are ready to go …

Though many plastic worm rigs can be a little more complicated there is at least one plastic worm rigging method that is straight forward … the wacky worm rig.

The best part, fishing the wacky worm rig for bass is also pretty straight forward.

Here is a short instructional video from the folks at Kayak Bass Fishing providing the ins and outs of rigging and fishing the wacky worm rig using soft stick baits for bass fishing …

Next time you head out to your local bass lake, take a few wide gap hooks, 5 to 7 inch plastic worms and have a blast fishing the wacky worm rig!

You’ll be glad you did!

Tips on Fishing the Shaky Head

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Soft plastic baits definitely play a major role in many of my days on the water and set a baseline for many of the bass fishing tips and tactics I rely upon.  Coupling different types of soft plastic baits with different styles of presentations always reap benefits under a wide range of environmental conditions.

The shaky worm fishing rig is one presentation method helping many anglers adjust to those days when tough fishing conditions prevail on the water …

In this video, Bassmaster Elite Pro, Jeff Kriet provides an “on the water” demonstration of how the shaky worm (also called jig worm) rig works under even the toughest of conditions:

Shaky worm fishing works best when scent-enhanced worms are rigged on fairly light (1/16 to 1/8 oz) jig-head coupled with light line and a slow to dead-sticking retrieve.

Give the shaky worm rig a try the next time you’re on the water and encounter tough fishing conditions!

Searching For Fishing Lake Maps?

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Ever wonder how to get hold of fishing maps for the lakes and ponds around your area?

Compiling information about fisheries is the responsibility of state fish and wildlife agencies and many have created maps or pamphlets with pertinent information about the waterbodies they manage. In today’s Internet-dominated, info-sharing world, many agencies provide access to these maps via downloadable PDF documents.

Some are direct links to the state’s lake list while others will take a little “poking around”…

We created this article to aggregate the links to free fishing map resources for each state and list the state page links on a regional basis as shown on the following map (borrowed from Fix The Primaries)…

Guide for State Fishing Lake Maps

Via Fix The Primaries (dot com)

Note: Each state name in the list below is a clickable link to their lake map collection…


New Hampshire
Rhode Island
New York
New Jersey
West Virginia


Louisiana (map source ??)
Georgia (in progress)
Florida (note: also search Publications)
South Carolina (several links to lake info/maps)
North Carolina (several links to lake info/maps) & Duke Energy Reservoirs


Illinois (links to lakes, streams, etc.)
Kansas (Click Region, then lake, then compass symbol for map)
South Dakota
North Dakota


New Mexico
Alaska (no bass in Alaska!)

Another No-Cost Online Map Option…

If you’re looking for even more options to access online fishing maps, you may also want to consider web-based map tech sites like Navionic’s Webapp site.

The Navionics Webapp automatically detects your location and focuses you on the area once started. Simply zoom in on the lakes/ponds you want to check out and the details start to pop out! 🙂

Simply click on the image below and start checking out the waterways in your favorite bassin’ area!

Navionics Webapp

Busting Bass with Buzzing Frogs

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I absolutely love bass fishing with topwaters …

How about you?  Does it get your adrenaline flowing; get the heart pumping?

In my book it should 🙂

As we move through spring and head toward summer, one thing is certain.  Frogs begin to croak and bass begin to key in these long-legged amphibians as a true delicacy!

Here is a great video with Continue reading

Fishing Structure For Spring Smallies

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sight fishing for spring smallouth bassMention spring and sight fishing in the same sentence and most anglers vision targeting spawning smallmouth and largemouth bass around their beds…

Though sight fishing for spawners is a common spring approach, there’s another tactic that can be just as productive throughout the spring season…

Sight fishing visible structure for migrating smallies as they cruise the shallows during their spring rituals as explained by Doug Stange of InFisherman TV in the following video… Continue reading