How to Swim Worms for Bass | New Tricks with Shaw Grigsby

It’s always a blast and learning experience spending an afternoon in the boat chasing bass with Shaw Grigsby, especially in his home state of Florida. Given all the grass in Florida, a Texas-rigged worm was the first bass presentation he mastered, and he’s continued to evolve how he uses it. In this video, Grigsby gives us an excellent tutorial on how he swims worms along with some rigging tips to increase your hookup ratio.


A Texas rig is the ultimate in versatility, allowing you to fish fast or slow, horizontally and vertically. For these reasons, it plays excellently for covering water, then killing the bait when you come across a hole in the grass or bass bed. However, a common problem with Texas-rigging worms is having the bait slide down the shank and bunch up around the hook on a hook set and preventing penetration. Grigsby shares a couple of excellent rigging tips to curb this problem and lead to more catching.


Lastly, he discusses the importance of rod angle when retrieving the bait and giving the bass a little time before setting the hook. He shares his typical rod, reel, and line setup for swimming worms anywhere in the country when bass are shallow and relating to grass.  

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