The original soft plastic lures looked like worms and it's still one of the strongest categories of soft plastics. In general, smaller worms (3- to 5-inch) are used with heads, Carolina rigs and drop shot...
The original soft plastic lures looked like worms and it’s still one of the strongest categories of soft plastics. In general, smaller worms (3- to 5-inch) are used with heads, Carolina rigs and drop shot rigs, and at times Texas rigged or on a jighead. Smaller worms catch all species including trout, bass and panfish. For trout, try a drop shot or jighead rig. For panfish, a jighead rig is most common. Bass anglers rig their small worms on all rig types depending on the situation. Worms larger than 5-inches long are mostly used for smallmouth and largemouth bass. The Texas rig, Carolina rig and wacky rig are the most common rigging methods. Drop-shot and unweighted Texas rigs also have their places. Worms can be straight or feature curled tails and their sides smooth or infested with thousands of tiny tentacles. Here are some common worm shapes and how to be successful with each. Floating or JitterWorms – Straight and may have a bulge toward the end. Rigged unweighted, an angler twitches the rod tip while reeling up slack to keep the floating worm on top or just under the surface. The crazy action provokes vicious strikes. This type of worm also is used wacky style and allowed to work its magic along weedlines, shady bluffs and overhanging trees among others. Try placing a finishing nail in the end of the worm to provide a little more casting weight and a different wacky action.YUM Example: JitterWorm PaddleWorms – Straight with a paddle at the end that waves and creates water displacement. Weighted Texas rig is the most common method, but depending on length, the PaddleWorm also excels on a jighead or rig. YUM Example: Big Show PaddleWorm Straight Worms – Straight and may bulge slightly in the middle, these worms excel at catching smallmouth, largemouth and panfish. Most straight worms are constructed with soft-plastic material that prompts a faster sink-rate than other styles. This style may be the best type of soft plastic worm for beginners because it can be fished various ways and catch a lot of bass. Common rigging is unweighted Texas, weighted Texas, Carolina and wacky, but also catches fish on a drop shot and jighead. YUM Example: Dinger, Forktail Dinger Tube Worm – Straight with a hollow body and tentacles at the end. Taking the best of both worlds is great when it works, and this combination of tube bait and plastic worm certainly catches its share of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Commonly Carolina and Texas rigged, this unique worm also excels on a dropshot or rig. YUM Example: Doozee Curl-Tail Worms – Straight with a curl tail that may start at any point past the halfway mark. The curly tail undulates and creates water displacement that attracts largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most commonly Texas rigged, the curl tail worm has probably caught as many bass as any other type of soft plastic. YUM Examples: Ribbontail, RibWorm Finesse Worms – Small straight worms are best used on or drop-shot rigs and are smallmouth killers, but also catch panfish and largemouth bass. When used on a drop shot, a small hook is impaled through the head of the bait but can also be Texas rigged for fishing in cover. When fished on a head, it can be threaded onto the jig or Texas rigged on it. The finesse worm is great for cold water or finicky bass. YUM Examples: RibWorm, Houdini Worm