Wack that Bass!!!
Tip to help save baits and $$$'s
Over the past couple of years, I have spent a great deal of time wacky rigging for bass. This presentation is one of my favorite and really entices an otherwise slow bite.
Wacky rigging is using any sort of worm (senko) and rigging it thru the body at around the 1/2 way point using 2 primary hook ups; directly with the hook thru the body, or using a wacky rig rubber band. Either way you want it to dangle.
CAUTION: When you throw this rig out, patience and readiness is a must! Patience to let the bait get down and readiness because when they hit it, they hit to kill!
Presentation: This is a very simple presentation that I can't stress enough, is deadly! All you do is throw or skip your bait to your target area, wait for it to sink and let it sit. If nothing is happening, a slow lift and shake of your rod will be a dinner bell to their ears.
As mentioned, this can be rigged in a couple of different ways.
1) Direct - using just the point of your hook, press thru the middle portion of the worm as shown below. Additionally and a tactic I use often, you can insert nail weights into 1 or both ends of the worm or rattles. This helps get the bait down quicker and creates a totally different fall with the quiver; this is what drives fish mad and unable to resist.
You can pick this up at any medical supply company and it's extremely cheap. But remember, bringing in a couple of baits in different diameters will help to ensure what you're buying will work. I'll admit, I get some strange looks when I'm in these stores, with senkos in hand but it sure sparks interest from others. As mentioned, the price is great, and the best part too, you can cut these in any width and are always handy to have around for other things.
As mentioned above too, I will often use nail weights to help not only get the bait down, but to change the quiver of the fall. Buying these in my area is extremely hard. Therefore as an alternative, I'll use your everyday typical nails from a hardware store. Cheap, convenient and deadly to add to a wacky setup.
No matter where you are and your level of fishing, wacky rigged fishing is amazing!
Cheers and Tight Lines.