5 Tips to Catch More Bass Using Texas-Rigged Worms

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Jacob Wheeler is a compulsive experimenter when it comes to tackle and techniques, so you notice when he bypasses 16 other rods to grab a Texas-rigged worm. As he states, “there are baits that are trends and those that stand the test of time.” A Texas-rigged worm might be the best example of the latter. Wheeler talks about the importance of hook and weight selection and his top 2 retrieval methods when fishing ribbontail worms offshore. 



  1. Choose light-wire worm hooks over heavy-duty hooks when casting to bass. Driving hooks home at a distance and depth is a lot easier with light-wire hooks. Wheeler advocates the same when Carolina rigging.
  2. Use 8- to 10-inch worms. Giant worms reduce hooking percentages and don’t generate bigger bites than midsized mouthfuls.  
  3. Experiment with lift and fall (stroking) retrieves and slow drags across the bottom. Individual bass will often have a preference for one over the other. 
  4. Increase the fall rate to trigger reaction strikes. A fast drop speed is an overlooked trigger when stroking a worm off of the bottom. Experiment with 1/2- to 3/4-ounce tungsten weights fire up the school. 
  5. Let bass eat the bait. Bass need a little top to engulf a long worm into their mouth. Give the fish a 2- to 3-second count before setting the hook. Doing so helps to ensure the bait is full in their mouth, which significantly improves hookups.