Would not you like to be assured of catching a fish every time you go fresh water fishing for largemouth bass? That's what I was hoping for and I believe I've found the answer.
I've been fishing for close to 40 years now and I've talked and released many fish in my years. But my favorite fish to catch is the largemouth bass, or just plain old bass as we call them here in the northeastern US. Let me say at the outside, I'm not a big live bait fisherman. I use live bait occasion while bass fishing, but most of the time I fish with lures. Over the years, the most productive lure I've found for consistently catching bass has been the rubber or plastic worm. Now before you dismiss this as just another pro-rubber worm article, please hear me out.
I've fished in every state in the Union except 3 and I've fished in most of the Canadian Provinces. So I have some experience with fishing! I enjoy trout and walleye fishing very much, but my favorite fresh water fishing is for bass. Rubber worms are almost always my lure of choice and it's a very rare occasion that I come home without catching one. So what do I do to catch these wonderful fish that is so different from everyone else? I rig my lures differently.
Probably the most popular way to rig a worm these days is to use a bent hook specifically made for worms. You run it in through the top 1/4 inch tip of the rubber worm, bring it out and twist it 180 degrees and place the tip of the hook back into the rubber worm until it's almost through to the other side. This allows you to fish the worm just about anywhere without snagging the hook on lily pads or other objects in the water. The idea is that when the bass strikes, you wait a second for him to get the worm far enough into his mouth and then pull back hard on the line to set the hook through the rubber worm and into the fish's mouth. This rigging works – but I've found a more productive way to rig my worms. I call it the "Bass Krusher" rig!
I use a weedless hook about 2/0 size. Start to run it through the worm at about 1/2 an inch down from the top. Once the entire straight shank of the hook is in the worm, bring out the crook part of the hook. Next, (and this is where it gets tricky) you run the eyelet of the hook back up in the center of the worm until it pops out of the top of the worm. Then you attach a snap-swivel to the hook's eyelet and pull the assembly back down into the center of the worm, leaving just the top ring of the snap-swivel showing. Pull the weedless wires over the hook (to prevent snagging) and you're ready to go. The advantages of this are that it moves the hook further down the worm and that it adds a metallic flash to the worm (the snap-swivel used should be bright brass) which helps to catch the bass' attention.
In my experience, most bass grabs the worm from the back end. So the further down the worm you place the hook, the better. This rig will place the hook at about the center of the worm. It allows the worm to move naturally through the water and keeps the crook of the hook out of the worm which makes it easier to set the hook.
Try this rig and let me know how it works for you. Here in the northeast, our lakes are shallow, so I use this rig with no weight. Allow it to slowly sink and twitch it as you retrieve it slowly. I think you'll find that your days of catching a bass will come to an end!