A kayak angler can do a lot of the same things that a fishermen in an outboard powered rig can do — but running and gunning isn’t one of them.

“Trying to fish a widespread milk-run of hotspots doesn’t work very well,” agreed Jason Kincy, brand ambassador and host of the Kayak Fishing Focus website. “You spend too much time with your paddle in the water, instead of your line.”

As a competitor in bass fishing tournaments, making the most of every minute on the water is important to the ’yak angler from Bentonville, Ark.

“You can’t get up and run to a different part of the lake when you’re in a kayak,” he said, “so you have to fish each spot thoroughly—and quickly—and that can sometimes mean taking an approach that’s a little different.”

This spring, for example, the angler found that a Texas-rigged worm produced numbers of prespawn bass, including a 7-plus pounder, on his home waters.

“Fishing a plastic worm during the prespawn isn’t unheard of,” he said, “but with most anglers it certainly takes a backseat to jerkbaits, Carolina rigs and jigs this time of year. What I like about it is that I can drag it faster than a jig, which means I can cover a deep flat near a spawning area very efficiently. And if bass are on or near bottom, it’s just as — if not more — effective than anything else.”

For the most part, Kincy relied on the YUM Thumpin’ Dinger or 7½-inch Ribbontail, explaining that the worm’s exaggerated tail has the subtle action that appeals to prespawn fish. “I don’t let the lure sit there for a long time,” he explained. “I’ll lift the rodtip and give it a jiggle, then move it again. I want the lure to look like it’s moving through the area — and make the bass take notice.”

Recently, Kincy added the 10-inch Ribbontail, on a 5/0 Owner All Purpose Worm Hook, to the mix in an effort to target big fish. “On a solo trip just the other night I caught 3 over 6 pounds, including one that went 7.95 on my hand scales,” he said.

The prespawn is just about over in Kincy’s part of the country, but anglers farther north are still in the thick of it. If you’re one of them, he recommends rigging at least one rod with a plastic worm — whether or not you fish from a kayak.