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How To Fish Big Worms (the Best Ways) | Bass Fishing Techniques

How To Fish Big Worms (the Best Ways) | Bass Fishing Techniques

Keri: Yep. There we go. This one. God, right up shallow. Glenn: Right up where he’s supposed to be. That was textbook. All right, buddy. Keri: You need it. He won’t come in. Glenn: Come here. It’s showtime. Keri: It is. Nice one. Power-Pole’s down, and showtime. Glenn: Gotta put the Power-Poles down before I go in the bushes. Keri: Nice one. Nice little fatty. Glenn: Yeah. They’re a…big old worm. That’s funny, guys, how these worms…you
wouldn’t think a big worm like that a fish would go after it, but…works. Summertime fishing with big worms. That’s the ticket, guys. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with And today, I wanna talk to you about fishing
big worms. We’re talking 10-inch worms or bigger, such
as this Rage Tail Thumper right here. This is a 10-inch worm. Nice big one here. You know, a lot of people don’t fish these
worms. And it’s funny, you know, the theory is, big
bait, big fish, right? So, you would think you’d only catch big fish
with this. Well, if you’re fishing tournaments or if
you wanna have fun fishing, that means you’re not gonna catch a lot of fish. You know, numbers wise, but you might catch
a few big ones. The truth is, that’s a misconception. Keri: There we go. That might have been the one you had. He just spit up something. Just a little guy, but even the little guys
love these big worms. Isn’t that cool? Isn’t that cool? Glenn: Almost about as long as him. Keri: Yeah, it is. Glenn: You got him good. Keri: Yeah, I did. He wasn’t going nowhere. Go play. Go play. Glenn: These baits, I’ve caught a lot of two
and three-pounders with this. It’s funny because I’ll be fishing, say, for
example, a tournament, and not getting a whole lot of bites. And I’ll switch to a bigger bait like this
and get more bites. It’s something the fish don’t see very often. So, don’t buy into that misconception you’ll
get less bites but only bigger fish. I’ve caught big fish on this as well, but
you’ll catch numbers as well. It’s something to do, especially when you’re
in a tournament situation. You want to try something different. Instead of downsizing, try going up. You might catch more fish. This throws out a nice vibration. Big baits like this throw out a lot of vibration. Makes it easier for the fish to find, especially
if you’re throwing in a little bit dingy or muddy water. It has a nice big profile. I found that these work, for the most part,
during the warmer parts of the year. So, spring through fall. Not so much during the winter time. The bass just aren’t really…go after something
this big, at least in my experience. But in the warmer months, it can be killer. So, let me talk to you a little bit about
the rigs that I’m using, what kind of…you know, the rods and the line, all that stuff. And then, I’m gonna show you how to fish it. So, let’s start off with the rod. Here is a medium heavy power rod, seven-foot,
with a fast action on it. Fast action. This is sort of your Swiss Army knife of fishing. It’s your Leatherman tool, if you will. Every angler, every bass angler should have
one of these in his rod locker, if not more. I’ve got at least four. It’s a universal rod you can use for all kinds
of fishing, but it’s best suited for worm fishing. So, the first thing you might notice is if
you’ve done other types of worm fishing and you have this seven-foot medium, heavy fast
tip rod, you don’t have to get a different rod to fish bigger baits. You don’t have to do anything different. This rod works just perfectly fine. Paired with it is a, you know, baitcasting
reel. High speed reels is not really an issue when
you’re fishing worms, so you don’t need to spend the extra money to get an eight-to-one,
nine-to-one reel. If you’re looking to buy a new reel for worm
fishing, if you already have one of those reels, that’ll work just fine. You don’t have to run out and get a different
reel for it, but if you’re looking to buy a new reel, looking to match the equipment
just right, anything over, I’d say, a six-one-to-gear ratio to like a seven-five, that’s suitable
for worm fishing. You’re not gonna be speed reeling this, so
you don’t need a high speed reel. The kind of line I use…I like to use 15-pound
copolymer line, and there’s a specific reason for that. First of all, I’ve been using copolymer line
for 30-something years now. It’s a universal line. Fishing from heavy cover to light cover. This covers most situations. If you plan on fishing a lot of heavy cover,
a lot of flooded bush, timber, that sort of thing, braid’s your answer there. And you wanna heavy up a little bit more,
say at least 25 pound, if not more. Some guys like to go 65. I think it’s a big heavy, but you can use
fluorocarbon if you want. Keri: There ya go! Awesome! Whoa, in the boat. Glenn: I don’t use fluorocarbon a lot when
it comes to worm fishing. I do in some specific situations, especially
when the water’s really clear. I do like the sensitivity of fluorocarbon. But for a good all-purpose around type line,
it’s called copolymer or mono. Keri: Beautiful fish. Glenn: Braid is not a good all purpose line,
because if you’re fishing in rocks, braid tends to fray and get tore up in rocks. And copolymer or fluorocarbon line tends to
last longer, doesn’t get as nicked as much in rocks. So, that’s why I use that as universal line,
rather than braid. Now, tied with it here, I’ve a got a 3/0 hook,
a 3/0 wide gap hook, extra wide gap hook. See that? Now, you would think a big bait, you should
be using 6/0 hooks or 5/0 hooks, something big, because look at the size of this bait. You know, in fishing this, I’ve discovered
that using a 6/0 hook actually got less bites. And I started to downsize and I got to about
a 3/0 and I got more bites. I don’t know if that’s because it lets the
worm move more or what the difference is, I can’t tell you, but I do know that downsizing
it a bit, I get more bites. I catch more fish that way. Granted, on a big bait like this, you’re gonna
have fish grab the tail, and a 6/0 hook isn’t gonna help you there anyway. Sometimes fish grab the tail, you set the
hook, and you lose them. That’s just how it is with bigger baits. They don’t always get it all…they don’t
always hit the front. Most of the time they hit the front, they’re
gonna get that big hook in their mouth. That’s a good 3/0 hook and it’s gonna work
just fine with you. Paired with it, I’ve got a 3/8th Tungsten
Weight, Tungsten Bullet Weight. I go a 1/4 ounce to 3/8’s to start off with. Typically, that’ll work for most scenarios. I’ve fished in a little bit of heavier cover
today. I’m having a little difficult to get into
penetrating it, so I went a little up. I typically…quarter ounce is where I start. And then start adding more weight as I need
to, to make sure I penetrate that cover. I don’t wanna have a real fast drop. The slower the drop, the better. So, I go as light as I can get away with. I also use a bobber stop. A little bobber stop. I don’t know if you could see that, but here’s
a little bobber stop right there to help peg the weight. See, it’s pretty…there you go. Peg the weight to the worm. Now, the last thing I do, it’s a little trick
I’d like to show you guys. So, I take 40-pound monofilament line, real
wiry stuff, and just get a big spool of that. Get that at a bargain bin somewhere at your
tackle store. What I like to do is I’ll take it and I peg
it right through. Now I got the eye of the hook embedded in
the worm. So, what I’ll do is I’ll take this line and
I’ll peg it right through the eye of that hook. Just like so. All right? Now, what that does, it holds this worm to
this hook. Prevents it from sliding down when I set the
hook. Just like that. All right? It’s in there good and solid. So now, I’m just gonna show you, I’m moving
it here. Look at this. See how I’m pulling on it. See that? It’s not coming down the hook. Nice, huh? So, when you set the hook, it doesn’t ball
up around the hook point. It doesn’t slide down, and because it’s not
getting slide…you know, a lot of times the worms, they get all tore up here. That prevents them from getting tore up, so
it makes it last longer. Nice little tip, huh? Cheap. Effective. For the knot I use, it’s just a uni knot. I use the uni knot because I’ve been doing
that for 35 years. I’ve never had a knot fail on me. If you’re comfortable using a polymer knot,
that’s fine too. I know some of you guys like to use a San
Diego jam knot. That’s equally as effective. My preference is a uni knot, just because
I learned it so long ago and I’ve never had a problem with it. I’ve done head-to-head testing with the uni
knot, San Diego jam knot, and the polymer knot, and they’re all pretty equal. There’s not much of a difference between in
terms of holding strength. So using those knots, you’ll be perfectly
fine with this. So, there’s your setup. There’s your rod reel. That’s how I rig it. Now let’s go out and fish it. Come here, you. You don’t think these…even the smaller fish
could…look at the size of this worm. Look at this thing. You don’t think these guys will eat this worm. Boy, he got it. He ate it. It worked. You’ll catch all sizes of fish with these
worms. Let’s see if we can catch some bigger ones. Geez, Louise. There. All right, to fish this big old worm, what
I like to do…I like to pitch. That’s just my favorite way of getting in
to cover like this. You can cast or you can flip if you want. I just prefer to pitch. Whatcha wanna do on this is just pitch it
in there and let it sink. The first cast I wanna show you, the first
retrieve, just let it fall all the way, reel down with it so you’re following the line,
and then let it hit the bottom. Watch as it’s falling. That’s the most critical thing. A lot of times what happens is when you are…when
you’re doing that, when the lot…when the lure is falling, that’s when the fish hits. So, that’s the most critical time to watch. Just watch that and reel down with the line. Watch that line. A lot of times that lure doesn’t even hit
the bottom. It just starts to swim off. You’ll see your line go off to one side, or
you see your line bounce or twitch or do something that you didn’t do. And if you see that, set the hook. When you set the hook, make sure you have
a little bit of slack in your line before you set the hook. So, if you got a real tight line on there,
just reel down a little bit, throw a little…it’s like a crackin a whip. Drop the rod and then set the hook. What you’re doing there is you’re pile driving
that hook into the fish’s mouth. See this bait? See this bullet? What that does, a lot of times if you’ve got
a tight line and you set the hook on the fish, his mouth is closed around that sinker and
all you’s done is turn his head. The sinker’s hit right up on his roof of his
mouth, and that hook has never penetrated. All you’s gotta do is open their mouth and
blow it out. All right? A lot of times if you’ve done that, if you’ve
caught a fish on a worm and you’ve brought him all the way to the boat and then suddenly
it comes off and you go look at your worm, and guess what? It looks just like that. The hook never came out. That’s what happened. So to avoid that, that’s why you throw a little
slack in your line and you pop it. When you hit it that hard, that shape of that
bullet sinker is gonna penetrate his mouth, even though it’s closed, and right behind
it is that hook. It’s gonna hook the roof of his mouth almost
every time. Keri: There we go. Oh God, he’s big. At least he feels like he’s big. Nice fish. Nice fish. Come here you. Do not come off. Do not come off. Come here. Come here. Come here. You’re not going anywhere. Big worm fishing, folks. It’s not a big fish, but they’re a lot of
fun. Thank you, little guy. Thank you. Thank you. We needed that. Here you go. Nice. Glenn: So, that first cast, again, you just
want to let it fall straight down on semi-slack line and be very careful when you watch that
line, let it fall. Now, once it falls, it hits the bottom, what
I do is I let it sit there for a second and then I’ll just lift up on the rod and let
it drop right back where it’s at. Let it sit a second. Lift back up. Let it drop back down. I’m gonna throw it out here a little bit further
so you can see it, because I know I’m way out of the side of the boat here. I’m just gonna throw…I’ve got some submerged
milfoil right through here. Let it drop on semi-slack line. I’m watching that line. It hits the bottom. Great. Reel down to it. Lift up a little bit and let it fall right
back down. Reel down to it and let it fall right back
down. You notice I’m not lifting the rod tip way
up high. Again, that goes back to the hook set. If you’ve got your rod way up here and you
set the hook, you’ve only got about here to your shoulder to set the hook. The last thing you wanna do is when you set
the hook, you don’t want this rod way back here. You’ve got nothing. You have no control over the fish. You’re bent way over here that you have nothing
left to set the hook on. You’re gonna lose that fish. So, make sure you keep that rod in front of
you. Keep it as low as you can, ready to give you
as much power as you can to set that hook. There we go. Gonna drop the Power-Poles. There we go. And there we are. Most of the worm’s out of his face, but the
hook…the important part’s in. Guys, I want you to know something real quick
here. See how that little point, little sinker slid
down the line? That’s why I use bobber stoppers. When that fish hit, that went away from the
lure and he couldn’t use that weight to shake the lure loose. That’s why I do that. Now that’s the first retrieve. The second retrieve that I like to do is I’ll
just pitch it back out here, let it fall to the bottom. When it sits on the bottom, I always like
to drag it back. So, I’ll bring that rod tip down and I’ll
just pull the rod tip with me and let it sit. Reel up the slack and then pull it through
again. And let it drag on the bottom. Let it sit for a second. And then, drag it again. All I’m doing is that…that looks like a
little bait fish, like a sculpin or maybe, you know, some kind of animal on the bottom
that’s scurrying along the bottom, and the fish will see that and come pick it right
up off the bottom. It’s amazing how effective that works. I have a feeling just because a lot of people
don’t fish it that way, fish haven’t seen it and they’re used to seeing natural forge
do that. So, try that out if you’re not getting a lot
of bites on a worm or any kind of plastic bait. Really works for any kind, but just point
right at it and just drag it a little bit. Let it pause. Reel up the slack. Then drag it a little bit. Not too far. Again, you want it…bear in mind how much
room you need to set the hook. I think it’s imperative when you get that
bite, reel up. Get that rod in front of ya, throw that slack. Crack that whip. Set the hook. You don’t wanna be setting the hook way back
here. Okay? And then, the last retrieve that I like to
do, and this works really well when you’ve got submerged milfoil – I don’t think you
can see it, but I have it just under the water here – is I’ll swim it through the milfoil
over the top of it. If you have hydrilla, that works really well
for that too. Coontail. Any kind that’s just submerged, I’ll just
cast it out there, reel down. And here I’m just slowly reeling it back,
keeping the rod tip about the nine o’clock position. I might get a little big higher as I bring
it closer to me because I want to keep it just under the surface. And let that tail do its thing. It’s got a lot of action. It looks like an eel, or something, swimming
through the water. Just cast it on out there. And one of the things I like to do is a deviation
of that, is if I’m bringing it through and I find an open pocket of that milfoil, then
I’ll just let it drop right down in there and let it fall. Drop my rod tip and let it just sink. And a lot of times it goes back to that fish
biting it on the fall. They’ll be in that milfoil and they’ll see
it, or that hydrilla, and pop it back up and swim it the way back. Really, it’s this three basic retrieves. I don’t get any more fancy than that because
those three work the most for me. Just bringing it right back there, see if
I can get one more fish. But I promise you guys, if you practice throwing
it this way, the only difference with throwing a big worm is your cast is a little bit more
awkward, a little bit different. Say, for example, pitching at your release
is a little bit later than you normally would on a shorter worm. So, you have to adjust your cast a little
bit. But that’s all there is to it, guys. I hope those tips helped. For more tips and tricks like this, and for
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100 comments on “How To Fish Big Worms (the Best Ways) | Bass Fishing Techniques

  1. Great video. I cut my teeth as a youth on Texas rig worm fishing in southern California. Only bait cheap enough for us to fish with. Of course the plastics back then were more like tire rubber ….. but still worked!

  2. I think this would work great here in GA, we have alot of over crowded fishing holes so something different would pay off HUGE

  3. Another wonderful video an great information and great tips. I've never thought about using big 10 inch worms
    From shore for bass I'll have to give this a try

  4. very good video ,been using 10 to 12 inch worms for a long time up on grand lake been using a 2 ot wide gap hook with braid line 35 lb and a one foot fluorocarbon liter 15 lb

  5. Your wife is a bass slayer too! That's awesome. Texas rigged 10 inch worms in New England is a great choice here as well for fishing deep. We have alot of honey hole lakes and ponds that produce big fish. Great vid.awesome info

  6. I joined bassresource because anytime I had a fishing question google led me to one of the threads there. Besides having a community that's active. I enjoy all these videos because I'm a new fisherman and this helps alot.

    This video helps alot!! Specially talking about not just how to fish big baits but the misconception of it and how to do it correctly. can't wait to try it!


  7. I liked this information on fishing big worms I like using big worms in the fall when every one is going to the small baits I can fish something that the bass has not seen in a while .thanks bass resource

  8. A thorough presentation … I've fished mag worms before but will be able to improve my technique thanks to this video.

  9. I LIKE BIG WORMS AND I CAN NOT LIE!!! that worm is ginormous, and i will give this tips and tricks a try next time I'm out fishing at night as well.

  10. Thanks Glenn. I've never used these large plastic worms before, but this video has encouraged me to give it a try. I like pitching plastics, so this will be a nice addition to my arsenal.

  11. I haven't had any luck to date with the 10" worms in New England, but the other rage tails work the nuts. The wife is raiding my stock.

  12. I have some 10.5" worms I have tried a few times without success. To be honest I haven't given them a fair chance. I look forward to trying harder with them this summer. I'm going to target more grass and vegetation. Typically I think to fish them deep in warm water but like you showed, they are very effective around vegetation and cover. Thanks Glenn

  13. Great video, I have a bunch of different big worms, but I haven't thrown them enough to be confident in them. And I never thought of trying smaller hooks.


  15. Great information here! Bigger worms and bigger hooks no necessarily mean bigger fish! I'll be using a 3.0 hook with my 10" worm!

  16. My grandson will fish with a big worm occasionally and has always had luck catching fish. I have not tried it but will definitely give it a try soon. Thanks for reminding me about the little trick to keep the worm on the hook. You had that in another video I watched, so I went out and bought some cheap 40# line and tried it – and it worked. (I never doubted that it would work!) Thanks. Looking forward to using a big worm soon.

  17. Another great video Glenn. You are always very detailed when you are giving tips. A lot of people don't go in depth as much as you do. Great tip on the heavy fishing line to keep your bait on the hook. I actually have some 40lb line that I have never used because I didn't know what to use it for. Thanks again for taking the time to help us out.

  18. Hey Glen…I'll try the bobber stoppers with my big worm set-up too. I typically rig "typical texas style"…with a loose sinker.

  19. Excellent video Glenn. A 3/0 worm hook with that big worm really surprised me. I'm going to give it a try!

  20. If you can find the fish in the "dog days" of summer, they will absolutely hit a 10"-12" Purple Ol' Monster. Plus if they are deeper, the bigger profile and ribbon tail makes it easier to find. I also kill'em in the grass with a lighter weight, dragging across the top. I also agree, don't use a gigantic hook.

  21. Glen, Watched the video again. I see you are using a wide gap hook and it looks like you go all the way through and skin hook it. Is that a preferred method? On smaller worms sometimes I go almost all the way through and keep it just under the worm skin. Depending on the hook like a straight shank hook I poke it about half way through. I guess it depends on weather the bait is more flexible on how well the hook will go through it?

  22. Always great tips! I like the 40 lb mono trick and the bobber stopper will use this for sure tomorrow!

  23. Great tips, especially on the presentation and hook set. I've never used big worms but will have to give it a try.

  24. Do you ever use worm rattles? I have been putting them in my frogs and worms and have been getting results. I've only used them in cloudy, muddy, post rain conditions. Wondering if they'd do anything for clear water fish that are finicky?

  25. Haven't ever fished a big worm before, but definitely will try it after watching the very informative video

  26. Very good video. Used big worms but have used 5/0 or 6/0 hooks with out much success. Going to try the 3/0 hooks.

  27. I never thought to puts small hooks on big worms, PLZ PICK ME TO WIN THOSE BAIT, I am just a teen and can't afford expensive baits but I love to fish

  28. Good video, Glenn. I know I tend to shy away from the larger worms in my bag, but now I'm going to tie them on more!

  29. I love big worms! One of my top baits to use is a zoom 12inch worm. Great video Glenn, keep em coming!

  30. If a 3/0 EWG hook is enough for a 10 inch worm then it must be big enough for texas rigging any other soft plastic. 3/0 might be the biggest hook I get from now on

  31. The Texas Rig was the very first technique that I ever tried to master; it taught me how to fish. Thanks for the great video!

  32. Great video! I've always wanted to fish big worms but never have done it. Think it's time to give it a try!

  33. Thanks for the video! I still fish big worms, and I peg them. I use the Rage thumper, Recon and Anaconda worms also. Thanks for the tip on weight and rod & reel choice. Please pick me for the RageTail giveaway! Thanks also for the pitching tips. I just started pitching worms. I'm going to try with the big worms in the heat

  34. Love fishing "Big Worms"  Usually it's because everyone else is using 6" & 7" worms. Sounds crazy but using bigger worms gets bites when smaller worms won't.    Keep up these videos Glen, please,  very informative and a hint of humor at times

  35. I've tried the big worms before limited success. I'm going to try them again. then there's the Ned rig. Great video again

  36. Hey Glenn, Have You not posted the winners yet or am I doing something wrong (very probable) and can't see them?

  37. Great video! I'm anxious to try staking the worm to the hook using heavy line. I like using bobber stoppers to stake the weight, but when the going gets tough the weight comes off! Thanks for all the fun and informitave videos!!

  38. All I do is worm fish but finally switched up to 10' worms and definitely caught more bass consistently but use with out weight just because it's a heavier worm Thx enjoyed the video but definitely got to try the Mono through the eye tip or toothpick

  39. Love the line thru the eye trick. Will give that a shot. Been fishing larger worms for a few years. Same experience of no drop in production. Started fishing much bigger swimbaits as well. I have caught a 10" bass on a 7" hard swimbait. Bass are crazy and don't have mirror to see just how small they are.

  40. The reason a smaller hook works better is because fish eat their prey head first, and the likelihood of the fish taking the entire hook into its mouth is much higher. It's the same reason I nose hook flukes with 1/0 drop shot hooks.

  41. I'm so glad I found this video. 🙂 I just recently inherited a bunch of my Dad's fishing tackle. He doesnt bass fish anymore. He loved fishing big worms like this. There are literally bags of these in my garage now. Same colors you are using there. The red shad and the blue and black ones. He caught more big bass than anyone else I know. Going to grab a couple the next time I head out and see how I do with them.

  42. When you pegged the worm onto the hook with the 40lb mono, did you just tie a knot around the hook?

  43. Another great video! The details you give in your videos are very much appreciated. I come away from your videos feeling like any question I would have asked has been answered. Great tips on fishing the big worms.

  44. Glenn, Comprehensive and excellent as usual. * I think I know why big worms and big baits, in general, often also catch small fish. Fish simply have never seen themselves, don't have any way to even contemplate their own size. So, looking out from the eyes of a 2 lbs. bass, he sees the same things a 10 lber sees, acts accordingly on potential food sources. Maybe, some "learning" does take place, I don't know, so that if a small bass bounces off a prey bigger than itself, or too big to swallow, it finally gets the message and downsizes its future targets. Most mothers admonition to their children who pile too much food on a plate, then don't eat it all seems apropos here: "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach!" Brad

  45. Glenn, great video👍
    I’m new to baitcasting and am looking for an affordable (not cheap; I don’t believe in cheap good tackle) very well balanced , light and responsive, Medium-Heavy 7’ (more or less) casting rod. I would love it to be in 2 pieces (or more, but I doubt they make any real good ones yet).
    Any suggestions?
    I’d pair it with a Daiwa Fuego CT that I already have.
    Thanks again for sharing
    Have a great New Year

  46. Hey Glen, I have a bunch of 12 inch Manns Jelly Worms and the way they are packaged they are a little kinked towards the tail. Will this be a factor when fishing them? I tried straightening them in boiling water but they always seem to have a slight curve. I would love to know your thoughts on this. Thanks Glen!!

  47. I use a high speed reel because I want to be able to reel up my slack as quickly a possible when I'm dragging a bait- Texas or carolina rig, or fishing a jig. I guess I'm lazy but I like that it's just a small crank of the handle and you've removed all unwanted slack and are right back in contact with your bait and ready to set the hook if need arises- and hopefully it does. When fishing a 6:1 I have tendency to have too much slack between me and my bait too often. Only happens when fishing jigs or plastics but, I have a problem with it. I think it means 3 things- 1. I needed a higher speed reel- which I got, an 8:1- 2. I need to slow down probably, I'm fishing them to fast i think. and 3. I need to switch to a left handed reel- which seems to have made a huge difference in my fishing altogether. I think it's the best thing I've done for my plastic and jig presentations yet- really made a huge difference. Now I think I'm gonna switch all my reels to left handers- hardest one to change over is gonna be top water, walking a bait right handed feels odd.

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