Ultimate Bass

Tips For The beginner (Part 5)

Techniques Continued

fishing a floating wacky wormFishing A Floating Worm: This is perhaps one of the most enjoyable ways to fish a worm. The visual strikes this method produces at times is breath taking. As we discussed in the choosing worm color section Shay uses a variety of colors which include White-Bubblegum-Cotton Candy and Yellow.  Floating worms or trick worms can be fished on bait casters or spinning gear equally as well. One major key to fishing this method correctly is finding out what the fish want. At times they want a floating worm that is moving like a snake-at other times they want bait that is moving slow and easy. To rig a “Floating Worm” you attach the hook in the same manner as a Texas rigged worm.  To rig a “Wacky Worm” the hook is attached in the center of the worm and left exposed. Shay stressed there is just about no wrong way to use this technique.rig your wacky worm

Flipping And Pitching: We need to begin by explaining the difference between “Pitching” and “Flipping”. Pitching is a long distance version of flipping. Shay uses an  underhand flip cast when pitching keeping the bait as close to the water as possible. This method Shay explains is awesome when the fish are very shallow and you want to avoid spooking the fish by getting to close to them. At times you may have to make several long pin point pitches to the same spot and you crawl the bait back toward you. Concentration once again is critical at all times. This method allows you to fish thick cover that might be unfishable in any other manner. On the other hand when flipping you get as close to the fish as possible. You make far shorter flips and you are working the bait up and down in a vertical manner as you climb your bait through the limb and branches.  Once again watch your line and keep your concentration. Plastics are normally rigged in a Texas rig manner and sinkers are pegged against the head of the worm. Shay uses a 7 1/2ft or 8ft heavy action rod a 6:3:1 bait casting reel and 25lb test line for this method.


I want to thank Shay again for sharing this information with us and our hope is that it will make you a better plastics fisherman. If you have additional questions please feel free to ask Shay by using our “Fish Report” forum we will be happy to help in any manner we can.   Thanks again Rick McFerrin Owner www.tennesseebassguides.com

Related Bass Fishing Articles:
Tips For The Beginner (Part 1) Equipment.
Tips For The Beginner (Part 2) Choosing Worm and Lizzard colors.
Tips For The Beginner (Part 3) Choosing Hooks and Weights.
Tips For The Beginner (Part 4) Techniques
Tips For The Beginner (Part 5) You are here.

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