There are many different lures that can be used to catch bass. But learning how to bass fish with artificial worms is an important tool that you need to master in order to become a top notch bass angler. The artificial worm comes in many different shapes and sizes, and can be rigged in many different ways. If you want to learn how to bass fish with artificial worms, first you will need to understand the terminology and how to rig your worm. There are many different rigging styles, but here I will go over the basic 3 and how to bass fish with them.
- 1. Texas Rig
- The hook is tied on the line with a bullet sinker facing the rod tip above the hook. The worm is threaded on the hook about 1/4 "-1/2" and then the hook is poked through. Rotate the hook 180 degrees and insert into worm to where the point is just below the skin of the worm.
- Allow to sink to desired level and then bounce up with a quick jerk of your rod tip. Be patient and work slowly. Do not use around rocks as the weight will get hung up. When you get a strike, lower the rod tip a bit and then jerk back hard overhead to set the hook. If you jerk back sideways, you will only jerk the bait out of the mouth of the bass.
- 2. Carolina Rig
- Tie a swivel on your line with a glass bead and a bullet sinker tied on in front of it (the sinker is closet the rod tip). Then tie 8-12 "of line to the swivel, and then tie your hook and worm on as you did with the Texas Rig.
- Work basically the same as the Texas Rig. The Carolina Rig is better in more stained and murkier water due to the sound that the glass bead and sinker make whenitting the swivel. Once again, this rig is not the best for working areas of rock formations.
- 3. Floating Rig
- Hook your worm up similar to the Texas Rig, except you will have no weight on it this time.
- Use the Floating Rig in shallow water and around rock structures. Try to work bait to look like a wounded minnow. Use slight twitches to make bait look active.
Also remember that in clear water lighter colors like blue, green, pearl and smoke work best. In dark stained water use colors like purple, black, and brown. Do not be afraid of experimenting with lure colors.
The right presentation is the key to how to bass fish. Use the proper rigging and color combination's, and watch your rod start bending.