Summer Worm Fishing - Tricks To Catch Bigger Bass

Summer has arrived and its time to throw the plastic worm! So many anglers overlook the dog days of Summer but you can catch more bass in one day in the heat than you can any other day of the year! By understanding how, where, and when to switch to a worm, you'll be setting yourself up for success all Summer long.

When Tim picks up the worm he targets deeper rock. There are plenty of bass to be found in the grass but those fish are often catchable on reaction baits. When you focus on rock, you'll discover a whole new class of fish that often won't eat anything else.

In this video Tim gives some great tips for budget anglers and seasoned pros, alike. Regarding sensitivity - Purchase the most sensitive rod that your budget will allow! Sensitivity is EVERYTHING when fishing a worm. If budget is a concern, two additional tips are to purchase a longer rod so you can visibly see deflection instead of relying solely on sensitivity to detect a bite. Also, spooling up with braided line (and leader) will increase your sensitivity drastically compared to fishing with fluorocarbon.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear Tim discussed in the video. We've separated out his favorite worms by style, given color recommendations, and included the rods he recommends from ultra-sensitive to budget-friendly.

Straight Tail Worms...

-NetBait T-Mac:

-Zoom Trick Worm:

-Reaction Innovations Flirt:

-Zoom Magnum Swamp Crawler:

-Roboworm 7" Straight Tail:

-Strike King Fat Baby Finesse:

Curly Tail Worms...

-Zoom Dead Ringer:

-Zoom Ol' Monster:

-Power Worm 10":

-Power Worm 12":


Shaky- Dirty Jigs Canterbury Shakey:

Ned- Swagger Tackle Flanders Head (2/0):

Texas Rig- Gamakatsu EWG Wide Gap Superline 5/0 Hook:

Dropshot- Owner Mosquito Light 1/0:

Favorite Colors...

Stained Water- Junebug, black/blue

Clear Water- Green Pumpkin, Watermelon, Shad

Ultra-Sensitive Shaky Head Combo...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852C JWR:

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb:

Leader- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget-Friendly Shaky Head Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7' 2" Medium:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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Top 5 Ways To Fish BIG Worms This Summer

Fishing BIG worms is one of the best parts of Summer bass fishing! There are so many different worms and so many ways to rig them, its difficult to know which way is best. Today's video covers the 5 most effective ways to fish big worms and includes lure recommendations to some of our favorites!

When the water gets warm its time to slow down and dredge bottom for the truly GIANT BASS. Tim loves slinging monster soft plastic worms this time of year. Depending on conditions he can be found Carolina Rigging a big curly tail worm, Wacky Rigging a giant stick bait, or shaking a big straight tail worm. How do you know which one to throw? Tim is here to explain the advantages of each.

Below is a breakdown of the baits, hooks, and equipment for fishing big worms. Tim even included some color recommendations for his favorite worms.

Shakeyhead and Drop shot Worms...

-Uptons UC Worm 10” and 13": (Margarita Red Flk, SoCal Magic)

-Strike King Bullworm 10": (Junebug, Moon Juice, Green Pumpkin)

-Mann's Jelly Worm: (Tequila Green, June Bug, grape)

Shaky Heads...

-Strike King Tour Grade Mag Jig Head 5/0 and 7/0:

-Dirty Jigs Magnum Stand Up Jig Head 5/0:

Texas Rig / Carolina Rig Worms...

-Berkley Power Worms 10 and 12": (Blue Fleck, Fire/Ice)

-Zoom Ol' Monster Worms 10.5": (Plum, June Bug)

Texas Terminal...

-Tungsten Vader Bullet Weight:

-6th sense Peg X Stoppers:

-Large Owner Centering Pins:

-Owner TwistLock Open Gap Centering Pin Hook - 6/0:

Wacky Rig Worms...

-Magnum Baits 10" Soft stick bait: (Black Blue)

-Hags Tornado 8": (Midnight Blue, Junebug)

Wacky Jighead...

- Frenzy Baits Wack-A-Sack Wacky Jig 5/16 - 4/0:

Big Worm Combo...

Rod- Gloomis GLX 894 JWR:

Reel- Shimano Bantam HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 16 lb FC100:

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'5" Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG:

Line- 20 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon:

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Fluke Rigging Tricks to Catch Bass Shallow or Deep

Learn how to use a soft jerkbait as a topwater, a mid-depth jerkbait, and a deep bait without adding any weight. Matt demonstrates how to adjust hooks and hook placement to get a variety of actions out of a fluke. If you're looking for a single "do everything" bait this Spring, look no further than the fluke.

The Super Fluke is in every angler's arsenal. Some use it as a Carolina rig bait, others as a stick bait, still others use it as a topwater. Today Matt explains some quick hook and bait modifications that will open doors to completely different ways to fish the Fluke. If you've been using the bait with a single-use approach, its time to learn what you've been missing!

Below is a breakdown of the baits, colors, and hook options that Matt recommends for fishing Flukes and other soft jerkbaits in the Spring and Summer.


-Zoom Super Fluke:

-Strike King Caffeine Shad:

-Bass Assassin Split Tail Shad:

-Reaction Innovations Shiver Glide:

Hooks and Hardware...

-Gamakatsu Offset EWG Wide Gap 4/0:

-Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0:

-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:

-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Weedless:

-Owner CPS Spring Medium:

-Decoy Versatile Keeper:

Best Bait Colors are white or shad, Ghost, and Green Pumpkin.

All-Around Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Curado 150 DC:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Spring Bass Fishing Buyer's Guide

New Worms, Creatures, Rods, Reels, Line, and more! Spring fishing is is the best time to try new tackle because the bass are aggressive. We cut the learning curve today by trying all sorts of new gear and bringing you our top picks!

Matt and Tim are both tackle junkies. Between the two of them they try the vast majority of tackle that enters the market. There are a ton of new products each year but few are truly innovative and even less stand the test of time. We do our best to sort through the mess and find the diamonds in the rough.

Today we are looking at a variety of different products which are outlined below. They are listed in no particular order and all will help you become a more effective angler this Spring and Summer.

New Tackle and Terminal…

-Sunline FC100 System Leader:

-River2Sea Standin Yabbie:

-Hog Farmer Spunk Shad:

-Z Man Shroomz Micro Finesse Jig:

(Pair With TRD Crawz: )

-Magnum Baits Soft Stick Baits:

(Rig With 4/0 Finesse Wide Gap: )

-Z-Man Mag Fatty Z:

New Rods and Reels…

-Loomis Edge Rods:

-Levante 2019 Casting Rods:

-Daiwa Aird-X Casting Rods:

-Daiwa Aird-X Spinning Rods:

-Shimano Sahara Fl 1000 Spinning Reel:


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