Wacky Worm Fishing for Bass (Updated)

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!

Approximate Bass Weight Table

Many visitors found an earlier post on calculating bass weights using a fish’s length and girth helpful but got a little confused by the math…

fall bass fishing success

Since it is easier to keep a tape measure in the tackle box than worry about a scale and dead batteries, I prepared a little table to help determine an approximate weight for your catch…

bass weight table

Note the length and girth measurements are inches and weight in pounds…

Just find a length and girth of your catch in the appropriate boxes and the approximate weight is provided in the third box…

Note the red arrow pointing to the line with a length of 24″ and girth of 16″ resulting in a calculated weight of 7.2 lbs. A bass with those exact measurements was weighed on a certified scale and the scale weight was 7.15 lbs…

Pretty close in my book :)


I just made a change to the weight calculation spreadsheet on Google Docs and now you can calculate the weight of your prize catch!

Simply click on the following link, enter the length & girth (inches) into the appropriate boxes on Line 2 and the weight will show in the third box!


Enjoy :)

Carolina Rig Basics for Deep Water Bass

carolinarigstdMany bass anglers focus their fishing attention in relatively shallow water depths (<10 feet) for one of two basic reasons:

1)      the waters they fish are primarily that shallow or

2)      they are not comfortable with fishing deep water.

Though the second reason may involve a lack of confidence in finding bass holding structures in deep water, often times it relates to a lack of skills in deepwater presentations techniques.

Probably the most basic of deep water bass fishing methods involves using a simple system called the “Carolina Rig”.  The key components of the traditional “Carolina Rig” include:

  • A 7+ foot long MH to H casting rod and reel combo spooled with 20 lb. test main line (in today’s bass fishing world, super-braids reign supreme in this role);
  • A fairly heavy (> ½ oz.) sinker (lead, brass or tungsten), glass beads, barrel swivel and appropriate hook (depends on lure selection);
  • A two to five foot long leader (usually fluorocarbon) of varying line test depending on water and cover conditions;
  • Lure (usually plastic baits with lizards and worms being used on the traditional rig).


After preparing the rod, reel and rig set-up, the next possible hurdle occurs when trying to cast the rig since there is a fairly long leader between the sinker and lure.  To help solve both these isses, Ron Colby (Yamamoto Custom Bait Pro Staffer) demonstrates the steps in rigging, casting and the basic retrieve used with the “Carolina Rig” in the following video:

The beauty of the “Carolina Rig” is once you learn the basics of rigging and the presentation, it provides a great tool any bass angler can use when faced with a deep water bass fishing situation …

Tight lines and full livewells!

Customize Your Bait Selections To Waters Fished

Anytime we head out to waters we typically fish, there are certain baits we also select to match the conditions found there.

Some lakes maybe woody; others weedy, some natural while others are man-made reservoirs…

Each one of these specific environmental factors influences the lures we fish to increase our success…

BAL Custom Pack

Even though we all have a number of baits in our boxes to meet common fishing conditions, we are often frustrated by the limited availability of baits in our local tackle shops!

Fortunately the Internet has exploded with on-line vendors including small tackle manufacturers offering a greater degree of customization when ordering their lures…

One of the companies offering enhanced lure customization via their on-line store is Bass Assault Lures out of Harrisburg, AR!

In the following video, I walk through the process of ordering one of their “Build Your Own” Sample Packs based on lures I would use at a local reservoir with an explanation of why each bait was selected…

Like the idea of ordering baits specifically for the waters you fish?

Then check out Bass Assault’s BYO Sample Pack and other bait options by visiting their site via the following link!

Bass Assault Lure’s BYO Pack