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Trick Worm Tips for Bass Fishing Never Revealed – Until Now!

Trick Worm Tips for Bass Fishing Never Revealed – Until Now!

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,
and today I want to talk to you about fishing floating worms, and I’m going to show you
a way to do it that I’ve been doing it for many decades and, honestly, if you look on
YouTube, I don’t think I’ve seen anybody show you how to do it this way. If they have, I just haven’t seen it. Or if you’re watching this video a few years
later and you see a lot of videos about how to do it this way, well, this is how they
learned it. So, first of all, to fish a floating worm
you can do it any time of the year while the weather is warm. The best time is right immediately after the
spawn. That’s where I’ve had the most success with
it. The fish are just a little lethargic, they’re
still guarding fry. That couple of weeks right after the spawn
is really the prime time for fishing a floating worm. But it works throughout the entire summer. Even in the spring I’ve done really well with
that and into the early fall. It’s just triggering the fish, their instinct
of to hit a bait that’s dying, that’s injured. You’re just preying on that, and they have
that all the time. So don’t think you’re limited to just a certain
time of the year. I haven’t had as much luck, obviously, in
the winter time when the water temps are in the low 40s. But any other time of the year works really
well. So let me show you what I do here. First of all, let’s talk about equipment and
how I rig it, and then I’m going to show you how I fish it. First of all, I’m starting here with a baitcasting
rod. Now, you can use spinning as well. I’m fishing a little bit of cover and stuff
out here today, so I went a little bit heavier with 15-pound line. A lot of times I fish it with spinning, with
six-pound line or eight-pound line when I’m fishing in open water, say rocky banks and
riprap and that sort of thing. You can use whatever you want when it comes
to that. Just if you fish a little bit heavier cover,
remember, if that fish buries down inside the weeds, you’re going to have to get them
out. So using the eight-pound line and six-pound
line is a little difficult. So that’s why I’m heavying up a little bit
today, I’m using 15-pound copolymer line. I don’t need to go too crazy here. I don’t really like to use fluorocarbon when
it comes to this, the worm. Although, it doesn’t float per se, fluorocarbon
is a little bit heavier line so it will help it sink a little bit faster. And I don’t want it to sink real fast so I’m
using copolymer line. I don’t use braid because I don’t want to
spook the fish. A lot of times I am fishing clear water, braid
just gives it away. It’s a big flare. It looks unnatural to me and I don’t think
the 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, six
to 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…even
a medium light, you can do that as well if you’re using that real light line. But again 15 pounds, I’m using medium with
a fast tip on it. The reel, again, reel speed isn’t a big difference
here because we’re not bringing that lure in really fast. So anything with a gear ratio between 6:1
and 7:5 is fine. Don’t rush out and buy another baitcasting
reel. If you don’t have that speed, you can use
an 8 or 9:1, I’m just saying. If you are looking to buy a new baitcasting
reel for this particular application, you don’t need to spend the extra money on high-speed
reels. 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 on
here, about a one-foot leader, and I’ve got a 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 as
I have here. The reason why I’m putting the swivel here
is it helps enable that lure to twist and spin and move around without twisting my line. This is especially necessary if you’re using
spinning gear. Line twist is a problem with spinning gear. Putting this little swivel on here will prevent
that, all right? But even with bait casting, it still allows
this bait to spin and move around freely, and that’s what I really like. So a good quality, like a number seven bearing
swivel 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 this
instance, you can see the hook point is higher than the eye of the hook. That’s important, and I’ll show you why in
a minute when we rig it. I’m just tying with it, tying to it using
the 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 and
tying it, so that’s what I’ve been using. A lot of you guys like to use polymer knots
or San Diego jam knots. Those are equally effective as well. If you’re used to tying those knots, feel
comfortable with those knots, go ahead and use 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 package
and I store it in a little baggie like this. If you notice, the baggie is not quite as
long as the bait, and there’s a reason for that. When I store it in my tackle box, you can
see it’s not straight. I don’t want it to store straight. And over time it’s actually going to mold
and hold on to that. It’s going to have weird kinks and angles
in these things. They are not going to be totally straight
all 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 kinks
in these things. Yeah, that was a little kinked a little bit
towards the tail as you can see, which is what you want. You want these little kinks and bends in them,
and the reason being is that it’s going to enable it as it goes through the water to
be really erratic. It’s going to deep and dart and spin and do
all kinds of weird things. So that’s the first thing I do, is I distort
kind of an awkward position so it gets some weird 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 can
see what I’m doing. Now, the first thing you want to do is look
at where the flat side is. That’s where you want the hook point to be
resting when you’re done. So you start off by putting the hook point
in this way. Now a lot of people put the hook point right
in the center. Don’t put it right in the center. What you want to do is put it underneath right
about here, okay. That’s important, it gives a little upturn
on 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’s
where they bring the hook point down, the traditional Texas rigging. Don’t do that with this. You want to give it another inch or so, about
an inch and a half. It’s like bringing down the hook about that
much, about the whole bend of it, now bring it out. Now, flip it around, just like so, and I’m
going to bring it through. This takes a little bit of work but working
on 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 worm
to get a lot of erratic action. The line is coming out right towards the bottom
like that, see that. Not through the center, and you’ve got this
extra amount of worm here that’s going to give it some more irregular action. Now, before I bring it in, now you can see
why I want the hook point up here because it’s going to give it a little kink when I
put it on here. I’ll show you that in a second. But before I do that, what I like to do is
I’ll get a spool of 40-pound real cheap mono at 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 right
through the eye of the hook. Right through the eye of the hook, just like
this. Boom. There we go, okay. Then I’ll cut that off. So what that does is it holds that hook right
in 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 just
bring it right on through, just like so, and now 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 up
and looking kind of weird. What that’s going to do is it’s going to give
a lot of action on the water. It’s going to make it spin and twirl and flutter
and do all kinds of weird stuff. It’s going to look like an injured baitfish. Going back to this swivel, that’s why you
want it. This is going to give it a lot of action. Now, I’ll rig it a little bit differently
and maybe even use an extra wide gap hook if I don’t want that much action to it. But, typically, this is how I start off. Especially in the warmer months, fish really
want 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 with the bait. I know you haven’t seen it done this way before,
but trust me it really works because we’re going to go out fishing and I’ll show you
how 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 floating
worm. Oh, boy. He just hit it like a missile. That’s why I set the hook, I saw him coming
after 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 let
you go. All right, so the first thing about casting
this is because it’s on a longer leader, your cast, 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 going
to show you the first retrieve which is essentially you just want it to sink a little bit below
the surface, give it one hard twitch with some slack after you twitch it, and let it
rest, let it sink a little bit. Then give it another twitch and let it sit
and relax. So we just throw it out there, let it sit,
let it fall a bit on slack line, reel it up and just give it a good twitch. And let it sit, let it fall and give it another
twitch. And make sure you have that slack in there
when you do it, because the slack is what gives it that action. If you hold it real tight, it’s not going
to have that much action. Every once in a while give it a little pop-pop
and let it fall again. What I’ve got here is some emergent and submerged
weeds. This is perfect for throwing a floating worm
because it’ll go right… Like we have some milfoil here that’s just
under the surface, and some, as you can see, a bit of weeds above the surface. It just falls right between all that and you
want to just give it these little power twitches. And I mean power twitch. You want to twitch it pretty good, you want
to give it that action. If you don’t give it a hard twitch, it’s not
going 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, let
it rest a little bit and then just give it another twitch or a couple twitches and let
it 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 little
bit right between those weeds. This is perfect, especially in an area that
you wouldn’t normally fish a jerk bait, but because of all the weeds you get tangled up
in it. It’s a good place to fish trick worm like
this. Now, another way to fish it, if the fish are
really aggressive, is I’ll throw it out there and as soon as it hits the water, I just give
it a twitch, twitch, twitch, and I’m constantly…if you notice, I’m popping it, just like you
would a jerk bait and giving slack between those jerks. And when you do that, boy, this bait really
comes alive. It starts dancing, shimming, going side to
side, it twists and turns. That ball bearing is going to work for you
right there. And that really works really well when those
fish are aggressive. It will elicit those bites, just twitching
and keep it coming at you and just make sure you give it that slack in between each little
jerk. And you’ll be surprised how much this thing
just 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 it
out there and let it sink down, almost like you would if you’re fishing a soft plastic
stick bait. Let it sink down and it falls real nice and
slow, and then just give it a little pause or two and let it pop back up through the
weeds and let it slip back through in another pot. 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 in
on it. But that’s how you work it through, just like
that. 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 when
it pops out of those weeds. Just let it sink down in those little holes
and those pockets and hold on because you never know. What you want to do is watch for that strike. Because you’re fishing on slack line, watch
the line. A lot of times that line will just do a little
pop and you didn’t do that, or the line will start to swim off in one direction. Well, you didn’t do that. When it starts to do something that you didn’t
do, 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 right
in 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 fish
on a worm like this. For more tips and tricks like this and for
the answers to all your questions about bass fishing, visit [00:17:06]
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100 comments on “Trick Worm Tips for Bass Fishing Never Revealed – Until Now!

  1. I love these worms, but I fish them a little differently. If you bite off part of the front of the worm at the thickest part and Texas rig it, it slows the worm down and gives it a really great action. Fish can hit it and come back easily if they miss the hook.

  2. Is there any special brands that work or float better then another? I've never tried these! Gonna go shopping!

  3. Hey Glenn thanks for the info. I recently got rid of my tendinitis like you got after spurts of it here and there. If you want some ideas of how to get rid of it for good shoot me a pm. I’ve helped several of my buddies who got the fishing elbow!

  4. Enjoyed your clear and concise instructions. Almost felt like I was next to you. Just getting into fishing again and would appreciate you detailing the information on the exact line and bait? I’m in PA with reservoirs and the Susquehanna River nearby. Is there any other colors that would work or stick to white? Thank you

  5. I'll try that on a swivel,,, kvd makes some great small but strong ones. just looks like there would be alot if line twist.

  6. Hey Glenn: Thanks! You made me very happy yesterday with your trick worm tip. For two hours, I applied it and only it; result was more largemouth bass than I've ever caught in a day.

  7. im glad ppl are coming up with new techniques 🖒. that reminds me of that floating snake back in the day. im gonna try that with a 12" worm🙄.

  8. Great Job Glen! Glad to see you are still the man. Time for you and your buddies to make another trip to Texas only this time, let's hit Sam Rayburn & Toledo Bend. I promise, you won't be sorry you did.Art

  9. a Lot of my friends i fish with LOVE using rubber worms – they say that rubber worms are their go to bait for catching Lg.mouth bass! These tips are amazing, thank you, because I never had Luck with rubber worms myself -now maybe that I Learned these tips I'll catch me a big one!🧡🎣🧡

  10. QUESTION i use snap-Locks vs. swivels – can anyone teLL me if that matters / wouLd switching to swivels heLp me catch more Lg mouth bass!?!

  11. Another great video Glen, funny thing , been fishin 43 years and never thought of fishin a worm like a fluke. I'll be trying this on my next trip I'll film it and you can see how I do. Thanks as always🦎👑🐟

  12. What is the manufacturer of the worm you are using? I have tried floating worms but they stay on top of the water and do not sink slowly like in the video. Thanks

  13. The first thing I noticed about the deep structure video was the wedith of his boat. Not sure of the brand but a very nice boat.

  14. Correct me if I'm wrong, but, these are just a variation on the fluke, then, right? I suppose being longer, thinner, and rigged this way gives them some more "wiggle" during those erratic twitches, but, it's the same presentation used in the same conditions.

  15. Great video, I really need to figure out how to get them on trick worms besides on a dropshot. I accidently bid and won a lot of 10 bags (200 trick worms 😂) so this gives me a new use for them.

  16. Thanks again Glenn. Rigging like you revealed, I found it to be VERY effective; I added my info/pics for your viewers:

  17. Man,,,,12# Flouro,40# Braid year round. If its snowing ima throw that worm. Ice on the water? Get the sledgehammer and throw that worm. It is the most devistating worm on the planet. Period. I throw it on a 7'2" M Creature rod and a 7:1.1 Crius reel,both by Sixgill Fishing.

  18. I'm a relative newby to artificial worms. Some great tips. But I had to go find another video to show and explain "pegging" the hook because you breezed by your demo so fast and without any real explanation.

  19. When fishing floating worms on spinning 8ib.line,should leader be same 8lb.line? Also do you use same #8 barrel swivel ? Thank You. want to find out about rigging like i asked so i can get ready to try this.Thank You Very Much. God Bless.

  20. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a video that didn’t immediately pop off all the name brands of gear. I enjoyed the video too.

  21. Braid sucks.. has its purposes but is not my style. I'm a light tackle kinda guy. 6' micro spinner.. 6 lb. Test max.. I've landed a 42" northern with that set up

  22. Looks like a very effective way to fish a floating Trick Worm, it looks very natural to the fish. I'll be using a barrel swivel from now on with this presentation.

  23. I’d call this an extra wacky rig…maybe even a ridiculous rig 😆 I wonder how this would work with a big trd or hula stick

  24. A weightless trick work is how I fish A lot you get alot of action from small yearling to big trophy bass but from what ive gathered from fishing that way is that the bass will 90% of the time go for darker colors like pumpkin seed, or black trickworms they love that darker green and black and blue colors

  25. I want to thank you very much my son tends to use the same technique but you show a lot Better way to get more action thank you again I can’t wait to try it

  26. Mr. Glenn,used your method for floating worm worked great.used reg. trilene xl 8ib test and never missed a fish caught 6 in a row.was really thanks for a great video and hope you have many more to come.Thanks Again,and God Bless.1 more thing, how an i get a BR,COM HAT? if they are any for sale leave me your address and cost. Thank You.

  27. I thought everyone knew the “trick” to the trick worm? I don’t use these unless flukes don’t work. Never use white and I use gamakatsu 1/0 skipgap hooks.

  28. That second fish you caught I thought you caught aquaman as much as you were fighting. Turned out it wasnt.

  29. I was doing all this 35 years ago…. Old hat dude…. Zoom Methylaid…..back when Zoom was a no name still in a barn… You stole it from me!!!😆😆😆😆😆

  30. Best Fishing technique . I have caught so many Fish myself with this technique. Thanks for the great video.

  31. Great video. I fish this method from spring till fall and when the fish are slow I put the 30 second drop on them. Cast at a target let it sink and count to 30. You'll be surprised how many bites you'll get. Always use sent on your plastics every 10 casts no matter what technique. If you don't believe me try catching a bedding bass without sent and then with it. You'll be shocked.

  32. I have been hesitant to use worms because I really did not know how to use them. This video was really helpful at showing me how to rig worm up. I also like that you tell us what gear you are using for each bait.

  33. Excellent tips and true wisdom again!☝️.I know I’m just another random person with a keyboard here, but you sir have been my mentor. I became an angler just 2 yrs ago. I’ve watched actual days of accumulated videos since, you are by a longshot to me the smartest fisherman I’ve come across. You’re little tips on rigging, line and reel choice etc have rapidly made me better. Yourself and Matt Allen are the smartest anglers in the country. I thank you and always look forward to you’re next video.

  34. Really good video. Nicely done. Very well presented, too. I've never fished a floating worm. Love the clip of the worm in action. I think I'll need to start doing that.

  35. We were fishing that rig for 35 years in South Carolins . Bubblegum and green watermelon seed , pumkinseed and white Zoom trick worms . For monster bass we'd use what was called a mudhole worn , 12 inch long thick diameter with pre-rigged 2 hook braid .fished on top sorta like a spook. Great results

  36. Im looking for the foam floating worms in school bus yellow. I have not seen them in a few years. Anyone know where i can at least order some? Ill buy 5-10k of them if i have too. Im down to my last 2!

  37. I'm all saltwater guy but I just moved to a new home and it has a fresh water spring fed lake behind it. I started fishing it and I do catch a lot of bass I us braided line on all my tackle and I us a 14 lb. Floor leader why is that not what you guys do. The water is super clear and I figured that would work which it does but I never ever see you guys do this. Why?

  38. Watched Davy hite fish same technique on bassmasters in early 90s on white rock lake in Texas lol long time ago I remember recording it on VHS

  39. Thanks Glen! Great video and thanks for zooming in when u rigged the worm. So many channels neglect this important training tool so audience can see how to do it, rig it.

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