Getting Wacky for Bass



Just after Thanksgiving, I was able to convince Corey Galloway to join me on a float of my home creek. This was before the rain returned to the parched south, so water levels were low and the temps had dropped quickly. Our Coosa HDs handled the low flows just fine, and kept us high and dry from the cold water. We floated along for a couple of miles fishing pretty hard with very little to show for it. We changed lures repeatedly looking for something that would fire up the fish we knew were there. Most everything would get a little attention if you stuck with it long enough. But that wasn’t satisfying. Finally, I tied on the lure that has saved many slow days for me. When the action is hot, I prefer a little more active presentation. But when it’s tough, you have to get a little wacky. First cast with a wacky rigged Yum Dinger resulted in a fat little redeye bass, with more redeyes and some chunky spotted bass coming soon after. Why did I resist? I will never again forsake you humble Wacky Worm.wacky4

I can’t take credit for what I am about to share with you, as I learned it years ago from the internet. So if you were the first guy to share this with the rest of us, THANK YOU
The standard rigging for a wacky worm is to just jam the hook in somewhere around the middle. While this works, it also puts a lot of stress on the bait, and it will soon tear off the hook.

To solve that you can pick up an Wacky-O tool at your local tackle shop. With this device it is easy to place and o-ring near the center of the worm. Then you just place your hook under the o-ring. This solves the problem of the baits tearing off the hook. But, I feel with the hook point being parallel to the worm, you will miss some hook-ups

In this picture you will see that I have placed two o-rings on the worm, crossing them near the middle. I then inserted the hook underneath the X at the intersection of the two o-rings. This places the hook point perpendicular to the worm body, allowing for a more positive hook-up. Most times you will stick them safely and securely in the top lip.

I hope this little tip helps you catch some bass on the Wacky Worm. See you on the river.

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