Glenn: We have a customer. There we go. Oh, you’re gonna want to go over on this side,okay?There we go. That floating worm is right in his face. Look at that right there. And he took that. You don’t think these guys want it?I just. . . It’s literally the very next cast. And that hook is in there. Wow. There we go. A little buck. Oh, hey. All right, let’s let this boy go. Off you go. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com,and today I want to talk to you about fishingfloating worms, and I’m going to show youa way to do it that I’ve been doing it formany decades and, honestly, if you look onYouTube, I don’t think I’ve seen anybody showyou how to do it this way. If they have, I just haven’t seen it. Or if you’re watching this video a few yearslater and you see a lot of videos about howto do it this way, well, this is how theylearned it. So, first of all, to fish a floating wormyou can do it any time of the year while theweather is warm. The best time is right immediately after thespawn. That’s where I’ve had the most success withit. The fish are just a little lethargic, they’restill guarding fry. That couple of weeks right after the spawnis really the prime time for fishing a floatingworm. But it works throughout the entire summer. Even in the spring I’ve done really well withthat and into the early fall. It’s just triggering the fish, their instinctof to hit a bait that’s dying, that’s injured. You’re just preying on that, and they havethat all the time. So don’t think you’re limited to just a certaintime of the year. I haven’t had as much luck, obviously, inthe winter time when the water temps are inthe low 40s. But any other time of the year works reallywell. So let me show you what I do here. First of all, let’s talk about equipment andhow I rig it, and then I’m going to show youhow I fish it. First of all, I’m starting here with a baitcastingrod. Now, you can use spinning as well. I’m fishing a little bit of cover and stuffout here today, so I went a little bit heavierwith 15-pound line. A lot of times I fish it with spinning, withsix-pound line or eight-pound line when I’mfishing in open water, say rocky banks andriprap and that sort of thing. You can use whatever you want when it comesto that. Just if you fish a little bit heavier cover,remember, if that fish buries down insidethe weeds, you’re going to have to get themout. So using the eight-pound line and six-poundline is a little difficult. So that’s why I’m heavying up a little bittoday, I’m using 15-pound copolymer line. I don’t need to go too crazy here. I don’t really like to use fluorocarbon whenit comes to this, the worm. Although, it doesn’t float per se, fluorocarbonis a little bit heavier line so it will helpit sink a little bit faster. And I don’t want it to sink real fast so I’musing copolymer line. I don’t use braid because I don’t want tospook the fish. A lot of times I am fishing clear water, braidjust gives it away. It’s a big flare. It looks unnatural to me and I don’t thinkthe fish like it. So I don’t use braid for this application. So it’s straight up 15-pound copolymer line. Or if you’re using spinning gear, again, sixto eight straight up. Now, tied with it. . . Well, this here is a medium power rod. This is a 6’8″, yeah, 6’8″ medium power rod. If you’re using a spinning outfit, same thing,medium power rod fast tip. That’s the sort of thing you want to go. . . evena medium light, you can do that as well ifyou’re using that real light line. But again 15 pounds, I’m using medium witha fast tip on it. The reel, again, reel speed isn’t a big differencehere because we’re not bringing that lurein really fast. So anything with a gear ratio between 6:1and 7:5 is fine. Don’t rush out and buy another baitcastingreel. If you don’t have that speed, you can usean 8 or 9:1, I’m just saying. If you are looking to buy a new baitcastingreel for this particular application, youdon’t need to spend the extra money on high-speedreels. Talked about the line, the reel. Now let’s talk about the set up a little bit. This is interesting. I want you guys to see this. What I’ve done here is I’ve got a leader onhere, about a one-foot leader, and I’ve gota little swivel. This is a number seven swivel right here. Now, this line is exactly the same line here. This leader here is exactly the same one asI have here. The reason why I’m putting the swivel hereis it helps enable that lure to twist andspin and move around without twisting my line. This is especially necessary if you’re usingspinning gear. Line twist is a problem with spinning gear. Putting this little swivel on here will preventthat, all right?But even with bait casting, it still allowsthis bait to spin and move around freely,and that’s what I really like. So a good quality, like a number seven bearingswivel is what you want. I’m using a 2/0 offset shank worm hook. That’s real important in this instance. Usually, I use an extra wide gap, but in thisinstance, you can see the hook point is higherthan the eye of the hook. That’s important, and I’ll show you why ina minute when we rig it. I’m just tying with it, tying to it usingthe uni knot. I’ve been using the uni knot for over 30 years,never had it fail. I’m real comfortable with the uni knot andtying it, so that’s what I’ve been using. A lot of you guys like to use polymer knotsor San Diego jam knots. Those are equally effective as well. If you’re used to tying those knots, feelcomfortable with those knots, go ahead anduse them. All three of them are pretty much equal. There we go. It’s a strong fish. Okay, I got him. Loving worm. Boy, he ate it too. He certainly took that. It’s the only way he can get that out. There we go. Good fish. Thank you. All right, so to rig it. Well, let me tell you about the bait here. First of all, I take it right out of the packageand I store it in a little baggie like this. If you notice, the baggie is not quite aslong as the bait, and there’s a reason forthat. When I store it in my tackle box, you cansee it’s not straight. I don’t want it to store straight. And over time it’s actually going to moldand hold on to that. It’s going to have weird kinks and anglesin these things. They are not going to be totally straightall the time. So I happened to pull one out that is straight. The tail is a little kinked on that one. But a lot of times you’ll get some weird kinksin these things. Yeah, that was a little kinked a little bittowards the tail as you can see, which iswhat you want. You want these little kinks and bends in them,and the reason being is that it’s going toenable it as it goes through the water tobe really erratic. It’s going to deep and dart and spin and doall kinds of weird things. So that’s the first thing I do, is I distortkind of an awkward position so it gets someweird kinks into it. Now, to rig it, this is an important thing. Let me show you. Let me pull this up here for you. I’m going to get right up here so you cansee what I’m doing. Now, the first thing you want to do is lookat where the flat side is. That’s where you want the hook point to beresting when you’re done. So you start off by putting the hook pointin this way. Now a lot of people put the hook point rightin the center. Don’t put it right in the center. What you want to do is put it underneath rightabout here, okay. That’s important, it gives a little upturnon the bait. So put it right about there, then you go in,straight down the middle just like so. Now a lot of people right about here, that’swhere they bring the hook point down, thetraditional Texas rigging. Don’t do that with this. You want to give it another inch or so, aboutan inch and a half. It’s like bringing down the hook about thatmuch, about the whole bend of it, now bringit out. Now, flip it around, just like so, and I’mgoing to bring it through. This takes a little bit of work but workingon through. Come on, there. Now flip it around. Now, look at this. Look at what you got here. Okay?We’ve got about an inch or so. Look at that. Now, what that does is it enables this wormto get a lot of erratic action. The line is coming out right towards the bottomlike that, see that. Not through the center, and you’ve got thisextra amount of worm here that’s going togive it some more irregular action. Now, before I bring it in, now you can seewhy I want the hook point up here becauseit’s going to give it a little kink when Iput it on here. I’ll show you that in a second. But before I do that, what I like to do isI’ll get a spool of 40-pound real cheap monoat my local tackle store. I like that because it’s really wiry. I use that to peg the hook in place. So I’ll take the line and I’ll peg it rightthrough the eye of the hook. Right through the eye of the hook, just likethis. Boom. There we go, okay. Then I’ll cut that off. So what that does is it holds that hook rightin place. It’s not going to slide down, move around. It’s right in there. So now that hook isn’t going anywhere, okay?See that?I’m pulling on it, it’s not sliding down. So it holds it in place. And now, finally, what you want to do is justbring it right on through, just like so, andnow we Tex-pose it. Now look at this. Doesn’t this look funky?That’s what you want. You want this lure to be kind of kinked upand looking kind of weird. What that’s going to do is it’s going to givea lot of action on the water. It’s going to make it spin and twirl and flutterand do all kinds of weird stuff. It’s going to look like an injured baitfish. Going back to this swivel, that’s why youwant it. This is going to give it a lot of action. Now, I’ll rig it a little bit differentlyand maybe even use an extra wide gap hookif I don’t want that much action to it. But, typically, this is how I start off. Especially in the warmer months, fish reallywant that action. All right, guys?So that’s the equipment, that’s the line,that’s how I rig it, that’s what I do withthe bait. I know you haven’t seen it done this way before,but trust me it really works because we’regoing to go out fishing and I’ll show youhow it works. There we go. Whoa. I just about got him right off the boat. He’s small, and he’s not very big. Keri: He’s not very big, but he’ll do. Gawd Glenn!Glenn: Yeah, welcome aboard, buddy. Keri: There you go. Glenn: Yeah, I’m trying to hold down. There you go, even little guys like the floatingworm. Oh, boy. He just hit it like a missile. That’s why I set the hook, I saw him comingafter it. I was primed, I was coiled and ready, so. . . Keri: You yanked him right out the window. Glenn: Here you go little buddy, I’ll letyou go. All right, so the first thing about castingthis is because it’s on a longer leader, yourcast, don’t cast it really hard. Do a nice easy lob cast. Especially when you’re using bait casters,you’ll avoid those nasty backlashes. So make a nice easy cast and then I’m goingto show you the first retrieve which is essentiallyyou just want it to sink a little bit belowthe surface, give it one hard twitch withsome slack after you twitch it, and let itrest, let it sink a little bit. Then give it another twitch and let it sitand relax. So we just throw it out there, let it sit,let it fall a bit on slack line, reel it upand just give it a good twitch. And let it sit, let it fall and give it anothertwitch. And make sure you have that slack in therewhen you do it, because the slack is whatgives it that action. If you hold it real tight, it’s not goingto have that much action. Every once in a while give it a little pop-popand let it fall again. What I’ve got here is some emergent and submergedweeds. This is perfect for throwing a floating wormbecause it’ll go right. . . Like we have some milfoil here that’s justunder the surface, and some, as you can see,a bit of weeds above the surface. It just falls right between all that and youwant to just give it these little power twitches. And I mean power twitch. You want to twitch it pretty good, you wantto give it that action. If you don’t give it a hard twitch, it’s notgoing to give a whole lot of action. That’s what I start off with. I’m going after the aggressive bites. So I start off with that hard twitch, letit rest a little bit and then just give itanother twitch or a couple twitches and letit pause. It’s very similar to fishing a jerk bait,if you’ve ever fished jerk baits. This is very similar to that. It’s just here it’s sinking down a littlebit right between those weeds. This is perfect, especially in an area thatyou wouldn’t normally fish a jerk bait, butbecause of all the weeds you get tangled upin it. It’s a good place to fish trick worm likethis. Now, another way to fish it, if the fish arereally aggressive, is I’ll throw it out thereand as soon as it hits the water, I just giveit a twitch, twitch, twitch, and I’m constantly. . . ifyou notice, I’m popping it, just like youwould a jerk bait and giving slack betweenthose jerks. And when you do that, boy, this bait reallycomes alive. It starts dancing, shimming, going side toside, it twists and turns. That ball bearing is going to work for youright there. And that really works really well when thosefish are aggressive. It will elicit those bites, just twitchingand keep it coming at you and just make sureyou give it that slack in between each littlejerk. And you’ll be surprised how much this thingjust dances when it comes back. The last one is I like to let it fall down. If they’re not as aggressive, I’ll throw itout there and let it sink down, almost likeyou would if you’re fishing a soft plasticstick bait. Let it sink down and it falls real nice andslow, and then just give it a little pauseor two and let it pop back up through theweeds and let it slip back through in anotherpot. This works really well in rock areas as well,real clear water. This is a visual bait. It doesn’t put off a whole lot of vibration. So in muddy water, it doesn’t work as well. The fish have to see it in order to hone inon it. But that’s how you work it through, just likethat. I let it sink a little bit too deep there,it got hung up on a weed for a second. But that’s good, it popped it free. Sometimes the fish will nail it right whenit pops out of those weeds. Just let it sink down in those little holesand those pockets and hold on because younever know. What you want to do is watch for that strike. Because you’re fishing on slack line, watchthe line. A lot of times that line will just do a littlepop and you didn’t do that, or the line willstart to swim off in one direction. Well, you didn’t do that. When it starts to do something that you didn’tdo, probably something on the other end did,so you want to set that hook. Keri: There we go, another one. Glenn: All righty. Come here. Keri: Nice one. Glenn: That will work. Keri: Nice one. There we are. Glenn: There, we’ve got a floating worm rightin his face. That will do the trick. We’ve got the power poles. It’s a good fish, it’s fun. He can go back right where he came from. I hope those tips help. I hope it helps you catch a lot more fishon a worm like this. For more tips and tricks like this and forthe answers to all your questions about bassfishing, visit BassResource. com.