Summer Worm Fishing – Tricks To Catch Bigger Bass

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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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