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Monday, November 26, 2007

• Big Worms

This is a tough one for me to write, so I'll start very simple. Most bass anglers put our trust in soft plastics, but never use anything longer than six or seven inches. Enter the world of 10, 11, and 12 inch worms. Big worms are well out of the comfort zone for many of us. We might not even know where to begin. Let me get you started.

Your first thought might be that a big worm is designed to imitate a snake. Much of what I have read is contrary to that notion regardless of what names companies have come up with for their big worms. Still, anglers have opened up the bellies of bass to find snakes. The action is what gets bass going and some bass are looking for a good sized meal. Big lure, big fish, right? Not always. Even 14 and 15 inch bass will hit these big worms. Bass are lazy creatures when it comes down to it. Sometimes spending less energy chasing down food is a good thing. Other times down sizing is what it takes to get bit. Down sizing is not what this post is about. Let's go big.

I've been using Gene Larew 11" worms. Some other popular big worms include the 10" Berkley Power Worm, the Zoom 10.5" OL Monster and 11" Mag worms, and the 10" Yum Ribbontail worm. Have your own favorite? Post a comment and tell us.

You can Texas rig them, Carolina rig them, or go weightless. Rig them with a 4/0 or 5/0 hook as you would any other worm making sure to rig it so that the tail flutters as it should. If you don't line the hook up right, the tail won't swim the way it was designed to. Lay the worm flat and rig the hook in the direction of the tail's curve. I always wondered if because of the size of the worm, we should be rigging the hook further down the body. Place the hook at the head of the worm. I've read that most of the time, bass will hit the head and not the tail. Some companies make oversized 6/0 and 7/0 hooks that you can use on these worms too.

There are a lot of techniques to use with big worms. They work well just dragging them along the bottom either weighted or Carolina rigged. Work them when going after bedding bass. Work weed lines and heavy cover. The size helps in low light conditions. Swimming them weightless across the top is another way to go, but I don't like fishing them that way.

The rod choice really depends on the technique. Go with 6'6" or higher with Medium Heavy to Heavy action. Carolina rigs work well with 7 foot rods or longer. The reel you use is up to you. Use something that can cast smooth and still horse a bass out of heavy cover and use 12-20lb line.

Picking the right time to use a big worm is the real trick. Your intuition might say to go the other way and use something small when you've never bothered trying something big. Dedicate some time to using these worms and you'll know when it's appropriate to throw them.

Update 5-10-2010
A few new products are on the market that you might also want to consider.

Kriet Tail Worm 6" and 10"

NetBait C-Mac
Available in 7" 11" and 15"


jpage said...

Have you ever tryed Seaguar. They have awsome qulity flourocarbon. The invizx is invisible in water and a swear the fish cant see it!!! Try it and let me know what you think.

Kurt said...

I used the 10" ribbon tail this past week and cleaned house. 20+ bass averaging 2 - 3 lbs. in mid-January! Going back to Bass Pro to get more of the black and red. Great action around heavy structure and hydrilla.