Most of us want to power fish with moving baits (check out John’s swim jig video), but success can be hit or miss. It’s a fact that bass love plastic worms like babies love nooks, and when the bite gets tough, few lures produce like a wacky-rigged worm. Florida bass fishing phenom John Cox discusses when to reach for a wacky rig, how to fish it, and his preferred tackle and rod setup.
- HOOK – Berkley Fusion 19 Finesse Wide Gap Hook, size #1
- WORM – Berkley PowerBait MaxScent The General Worm, 5-inch, color – Green Pumpkin
- ROD – Abu Garcia Fantasista X Spinning Rod, 7′ MH
- REEL – Abu Garcia REVO MGX 30 Spinning Reel
- MAIN LINE – Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 Superline, Crystal 8-pound
- LEADER LINE – Berkley FluoroShield Line, 8- to 10-pound
Cox’s 4 tips to improve wacky rigging success:
- Use a copolymer leader line. Cox wants suppleness and stretch in the leader material when fishing a no-stretch mainline. A fluorocarbon-infused copolymer delivers excellent handing, stretch, and abrasion resistance. These attributes increase bait action, and in turn, bites while reducing line breakage and hook tears.
- Choose baits with scent. Yes, good action is essential but pressured bass has seen the routine. Cox is a huge believer in the triggering power of PowerBait MaxScent, especially when targeting conditioned fish.
- Use a finesse wide gap hook. Cox has fished them all and now wacky-rigs nearly exclusively using a size #1, short-shank, wide-gap hook.
- Make underhand casts. Long, underhand pitches keep your line-to-line knot in good shape (less stress) and deliver better accuracy when fishing around cover.