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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Plastic Worms Underwater - Which Ones Look The Best? Underwater Footage!

We're headed back underwater to look at the most popular worms on the market! We've paired 8 worms up with a shakey head and a medium action rod to see which baits perform the best underwater. If you've wondered which worm you should try or why one works better than another, this video will answer a lot of your questions!

The combination of a shaky head and a plastic worm is deadly through the Summer months. The technique is incredibly versatile with retrieves varying from a slow drag to an aggressive snapping motion. The key to shaky head fishing is finding a worm that the bass are responding to. This video will help you understand the subtle differences in action so the next time you need to fine tune a bite or save a bite that's gone cold, you'll know which worm to turn to.

We love capturing underwater footage despite the inherent difficulties. We hope you enjoyed the footage as much as we did! Below is a breakdown of the tackle and equipment used in the video.

Shaky Head...

Dirty Jigs Scott Canterbury Shakey Head (3/16oz) -

The Worms (With color recommendation)...

Zoom Trick Worm (California 420) -

Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Straight ( Baby Bass) -

Roboworm Fat Straight Tail Worm (MM III) -

Strike King KVD Fat Baby Finesse Worm (Moon Juice)-

Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm (Violator) -

Keitech Easy Shaker Worm (Electric Shad) -

Yamamoto Senko 5" ( Green Pumpkin Blk Flk) -

NetBait T-Mac 6.5 (Texas Craw) -

Shakey Head Combo...

Shimano Expride A Spinning Rod 7' Medium -

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Spinning Reel -

Sunline SX1 Braided Line 12lb -

Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon 8lb -

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100 Bass Challenge With A Lucky Subscriber!

Huge thanks to Alex Centner for coming all the way from Arizona to shoot this 100 fish challenge with us! It was a grind but we pulled it off! 100 bass plus some bonus crappie and bluegill! 

How many fish have you caught in one day? Catching huge numbers of fish requires focus and commitment but if you take the time to locate actively schooling fish it can be done. By covering water quickly with fast moving baits like the spinnerbait and chatterbait we were able to identify areas that had concentrations of fish. Once the fish were located we were able to slow down with finesse presentations and catch the numbers we were looking for. 

Here's what we used to catch them...

Lucky Craft Silent Squarebill Crankbait:
Bling Spinnerbait 3/8 oz Lemonade Twist:
Keitech Fat Swing Impact Trailer 4.8":
1/2 oz. Chatterbait:

ShakyHead 3/16 oz:
Zoom Swamp Crawler:

Dropshot Hook 1/0:
Dropshot Weight 1/4 oz:
Roboworm 6" Fat MM3:
Zoom Trick Worm:

Matt's Spinnerbait Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- Sufix 832 Braid 50 lb:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Tim's Worming Setup...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 852C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 20 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 10 lb Sunline Sniper:

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Shaky Head Fishing

Learn how to adapt the shaky head for Spring bass fishing including tips like shortening the worm and changing the way you work the bait to minimize short strikes once the transition to spawn begins.

We've talked about how to throw a shaky head for Summer and Winter Bass but the shaky head is also a deadly bait during the prespawn. Its not the most glamorous way to get a big bite but its incredibly effective. This method shines especially during the transition to the spawn. Once bass have bulked up for the spawn they become lazy as they wait for their eggs to mature. This is prime time to pick up the shakey head and load the boat with bass that aren't willing to chase a faster moving bait. 

Gear Used In This Video...

Standup Finesse Head:
Canterbury Shaky Head:
Roboworm 6" Fat Worm:

Shaky Head Rod #1:
Rod- 6'10" Medium Expride:
Reel- Chronarch MGL Shimano:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 10 lb Mono:

Shaky Head Rod #2:
Rod- 7'1" Medium NRX:
Reel- Aldebaran 50 Shimano:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 10 lb:

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