The Wacky Rig: The Best Bass Lure

2. Pat Fisher caught most of his weight this week using a green pumpkin Bass Pro Shops Stik-O Worm rigged on a custom heavy-cover weighted wacky-rig hook.

I always get asked about my favorite lure, and it’s hard to pick just one. But if you asked me what lure I would want if I could only have one for bass fishing, a wacky worm would easily be my choice.

A wacky worm will catch a bass anywhere from shallow water to 20 feet deep, and it will catch all species of bass. Not only will it catch big fish and lots of fish, but it’s also one of the easiest ways to fish for bass.

Setting up a wacky rig is very simple: Get a small hook (approximately Size 1 or 1/0), and hook it through the center of a worm. Straight-tail worms work best, and Berkley’s The General is my all-time favorite for a wacky rig.

To fish it, just cast it out and let it fall to the bottom on a slack line. With no weight, the worm falls slowly with a flutter, and any nearby fish find it hard to resist such an easy meal. The deeper the water, the longer you should let it fall before moving it to make sure it hits bottom. In shallow water that’s about 3 feet deep, wait approximately five to 10 seconds before moving the bait. If it’s deeper, say, 10 feet deep, wait 20 or 30 seconds. Once the worm has hit the bottom, raise it up a couple of feet and let it fall back down to the bottom again. Repeat this two or three times, raising the bait and letting it fall back to the bottom each time.

Fish will normally hit the bait when it’s falling to the bottom. When you have a bite, you’ll just feel weight on your line or possibly a small “tick.” Reel into the fish to set the hook. If you don’t get a bite, reel in and throw to the next spot. 

Throw your wacky rig next to cover or places where bass like to hang out. Big rocks, laydown trees, lily pads or any other cover in the water makes a great target. And also look for any shady areas such as under docks or overhanging trees, where a bass can lurk in the shadows and hunt for bluegills or minnows to eat.  

For best results, try natural colors for your worms. Watermelon and green pumpkin are my two favorites.

From small farm ponds to city lakes to giant reservoirs, a wacky worm is my go-to bait anytime I need to catch a bass. It always works for me, and if you’ll give it a try, I know it’ll work for you, too.


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