Where and When To Fish A Wacky Rig | Bass Fishing

Glenn: He’s right here, at the point. See
him? Go to him. Take it. Let him take it. He doesn’t have the hook. There he goes. Keri: That was awesome. Come here, little
guy? Come here. Glenn: He’s not so little. He’s not bad. Keri: No, he’s not. He’s the biggest one I’ve
caught here. Come say hi to Glenn. Say hi. Hi. Come here. Come on. Come here. Yeah, I
had to wait for you to eat it. And then youate it. Are you wore out? He’s a good size. Glenn: There you go. That works. Keri: That worked. All right. Thank you, dude.
Thank you. Go have fun now. Glenn: Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com.
And today I want to talk to you about thebest places and times to fish a wacky rig.
Now, when I thought about this, it’s like,you know, you can probably fish a wacky rig
year round. What changes though, is how youfish it and where you fish it, and why you
fish in different places. So, that’s whatI want to talk about today. What we’re talking
about is this guy right here, the wacky rig. Woohoo. This is the basic way how I fish it. What
I’d like to do is. . . See this? This is thehook I like to use. See this? It’s got a little
wire weed guard on it. Okay. Now, the reasonI do that is because it adds to the versatility.
I can fish it in a lot of different placesbecause of that, and I’m not going to get
hung up, or get hooked onto wood, or logs,or anything like that. So, basically, let’s start off with, in the
springtime where I fish and when I fish it. Spring is a great time to fish this bait.
When the fish just move up and they’re justgetting shallow. They’re really skittish that
time of year. Any movement that you do, they’regone. So, this is a great subtle bait to fish
during that time of year. You can cast it,it lands softly and has a real subtle approach,
real subtle fall. So, it doesn’t really spookthem. So, I like to fish this when they first move
up shallow, anywhere up to 10 feet deep. Theflats usually right up to the edges of flats
at the beginning of the spring. And then asthe spring progresses, they’re gonna move
further and further up the flats. Over theweed beds, in the lily pads, I like to fish
it by docks, because they’ll move up and getup underneath the docks. This is a great bait
to skip under docks. Perfect for the springtime. One of the other ways I like to fish it is
when those weeds are first starting to grow,the milfoil, the hydrilla, it starts to come
up. I put it on a drop shot, and I’ll putit out there where the length of the leader
is just enough to put the bait rides abovewhere the weeds are starting to grow. That
is a great place. You can position it rightthere where the fish can see it. There’ll
be down in the weeds, they’ll see it aboveit. They’ll come up and they’ll attack it.
So, that’s a really good way to fish thisin the springtime. Now, as we get into the spawn, this actually
works really well put it again on a drop shot. I like to cast it out where the weight is
just past the bed and tighten up on the line. You can dance it right over the top of the
bed, keeping the weight on just the oppositeside of where you’re at and just pulling on
it. You’re going to dance this above the bed,give it some slack, let it flutter back down
and so on and so forth, and a lot of times,that just entices the bass to hit. So, great
way to fish it during the springtime. Keri: That time I got him. A little largie.
Come back here. Come hither. Right on thenose. I got you right on the nose. I got you
through the nose, actually. Sorry, I brokeyour nostril. Stop it. That’s a cutie. Glenn: Moving into the summer, it changes
a bit because before we had all these fishup shallow getting ready to spawn. Well, now
they moved and some of them still stay upshallow during the summertime, and you can
still fish it the ways I just told you, butyou can also move out deeper. A lot of fish
move out in the offshore structure, and whatI mean by that is they’re out by points, they’re
out in humps, rock piles, brush piles, you’llfind them in ditches, creek beds, that sort
of stuff. So, what I like to do then is I like to put
a little bit of weight on it. So to get alittle bit deeper, I’ll use two different
jigheads for the most part. One is somethinglike this. Look at how odd that is, that weird
shape. But I like to use this one becausewhat it does is it adds to the wobble as it
falls, gives a little more action. The summertime,the fish are actively feeding, they look for
things that are moving, it’s a little moreaggressive, and that gets their attention. So, I use this, it’s usually about an 1/8
ounce to 1/4 ounce weight, nothing too heavy,or sometimes I’ll go to something like this.
See the little weed guard on that little jighead? I’ll use that. And that, again, with
this weed guard on there, I can throw it downthe stump fields, I can throw it down in the
deeper vegetation and not get hung up as much. But I like to get that so I can get down deeper.
And then sometimes in the summer, what happens,the fish, if they’re lethargic, say for example,
right after a front comes through, somethinglike that, they’re not as willing to bite. This is where it does really well with the
jig head like this, I use a football headjig just like that and that. . . See how big
that is? That’s a 1/2 ounce right there. I’llgo up to a ¾ ounce. Now, I’m not putting
a heavy jig on there because I wanted it toget down deep fast. What I want it to do is
when you’re fishing down really deep, youknow, 20 feet or more on those rock piles,
and ledges, and edges in river channels, it’susually rocky down there. I like to get this
down there so I can lift the rod up and downand bang it on the rocks and that gets their
attention. It gets their curiosity up. Theyhear it, and they come to check it out, and
they see that wacky rig. I like to use a Yum Dinger here, use this
little Yum Dinger. They see it just bouncingup and down on the bottom, and they attack
it. So, that’s a great way to fish in thesummertime. And if the bite is really slow,
sometimes these fish are just super lethargic,they’re hanging down on the bottom, and they
just don’t want to bite. That’s when I’llrig it on a drop shot, and, again, I’ll fish
those outside deeper waters where you’ve gotall that structure with a drop shot, and I’ll
just set it out there, and just hold the rod,and don’t even move it and let the breeze
just gently move the boat along. And what’s happening is it’s just kind of
going along the bottom, and it’s causing itto quiver a little bit. And then I’ll just
shake the rod tip just a little bit. I justwant that tip to quiver, and give that bait
a little bit of action. And that works reallywell in the summertime when the fish really
aren’t in a mood to bite. It’s a great wayto fish it. But moving on into the fall, now it changes
a little bit. In the fall, again, a lot offish move up shallow. Now, this, especially
if you’re in the southern part of North America,where you have a lot of shad. The shad move
up shallow back in the backs of coves, thebacks of bays, and wherever the baitfish are,
that’s where the bass are. So, the bass willchase them on up there. So, it’s again very
similar to fishing springtime except I won’tgo as far back in the big flats, big expensive
flats, but I will fish those creek channels,fish the points, the secondary points in the
bays. And I’ll use the drop shot a lot inthose instances to fish a little bit deeper
on the weed edges, to get that right throughthe weeds, and bounce it through there. You can also fish it again back to this, you
know, with this hook again. If it’s reallyweedy, like skipping under docks, there’ll
be under docks sometimes, so kind of versatile,but fish it a bit shallow. Now, if you’re
in the northern part of North America, wedon’t have the shad, we have perch. And a
lot of times what happens, especially as youmove through the fall season, the perch will
group up. They’ll school up in a big balloffshore, the bass will hang up underneath
them, ready to eat anything that comes through. So, what I like to do then is go back to my
heavy football jig, or I’ll use a heavy dropshot. And I like to throw it out and punch
it through that ball of perch down to wherethe bass are. And I’ll use a heavy because
if you guys fish around perch a lot, you’rethrowing plastics, guess what? Those perch
tear them up. So, you need something to getthrough them pretty quickly, so they don’t
eat them. But they’ll come through that bottomof that school, and that’s where the bass
are hanging out waiting for them, and youwant to get your bait down to them. If you
can get it through the school, you’re goingto get bit. So, that’s a great tactic to use
during the day during fall using a wacky rig. I got it. Keri: Nice fish too. Man, he’s healthy. He
is healthy. Thank you, dude. Thank you. Thankyou. Come hither. No. Come hither. Ah. Got
you. You aren’t going anywhere. Look at thelittle belly on that guy. Another one. Yay. Glenn: As we move into the wintertime, that’s
when the fish, a lot of times they move outa lot deeper. They go back to those offshore
structures. That’s when I go basically exclusivewith a drop shot. The only difference is I’ll
fish the same way as I did in the summer,throwing it out deep and just letting the
boat move along. But instead of using thatrod tip action like I did in the summertime,
instead I’ll bring the rod tip down, rightnearby the waterline or, you know, yeah, hold
it right by the water and just drift and holdthat rod out, and I’m not doing anything else. Because what’s happening is the weight is
bouncing along the bottom, and it’s causingthat bait to move a little bit, and you’ll
see that a little bit of action, and that’sreally all you need to have in the wintertime.
You don’t need a lot of action. Generally,I’ll have a longer leader because if you’re
fishing, 18-inch leader, that doesn’t meanthe bait’s 18 inches off the water. If you’re
dragging, you’re like this. So, it may beonly 6 inches to 8 inches off the bottom.
So, you need to have a longer leader to getit a little bit higher off the bottom. So,
I’m fishing more like a 2-foot leader, butagain, real slow, subtle movements, and I
can do that all the way down to freezing,and I catch a lot of fish doing it that way. So, those are the different times and places
where I fish a wacky rig. I hope those tipshelp. For more tips and tricks like that,
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