Finesse fishing a worm is one of the best ways to catch bass and build confidence when the bite is tough. Gerald “G-Man” Swindle shares a new twist on worm rigging using a specialized Tokyo rig equipped with a VMC Finesse Neko hook. The unique setup guarantees immediate bottom contact and the ability to straight rig worms with an exposed hook, Texas rigged, or wacky style.
- VMC Tokyo Rig Finesse Neko, size 1
- VMC Crossover Ring, 6mm
- VMC Tungsten Slider Weight, 1/4-ounce
- Zoom Beatown Worm, color – Houdini
- ARK Reinforcer Spinning Rod, 7’3” Medium-Light
- Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel (VF2500HGF), 6.0:1 (Replaces Ci4 Stradic)
- Sunline SX1 Braided Line Hi-Vis Yellow, 10lb
- Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon (leader), 10lb
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On this shoot, Swindle targets bass near spring “run-ins,” aka tributary creeks. An influx of warmer water activates crawfish and draws shad and other forage to the area. While moving baits like crankbaits are his go-to, Swindle uses finesse setups as follow-up baits to determine if there’s fish in the area and maintain/build confidence. Bass will often pass on moving baits but seldom can resist a small worm fished across the bottom.
OTHER TACKLE MENTIONS
- Humminbird HELIX 10 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N
- Humminbird MEGA 360 Imaging
- Humminbird SOLIX 12 CHIRP MEGA SI+ G3
- Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor