A slow fall can be the best fall


Can you imagine how many Texas-rigged soft plastics bass see on public lakes? By this time of year, it’s probably like you and I looking out the window and seeing a squirrel in our yard; it’s not exciting at all. Not to say the Texas rig doesn’t catch fish because it certainly does but again, the fish we’re targeting right now have been dive-bombed with ’em all spring and summer. 

So when you can’t make them eat a bottom-contact presentation, break out the ol’ spinning rod with 8-pound test and start skipping a weightless, wacky-rigged Yamamoto Senko around. Aside from the small jerkbaits we discussed earlier, this is one of the most effective ways to catch a bass in my opinion. It’s subtle while maintaining an enticing option, it falls slowly to appeal to lazy and whacked-out bass and with a medium-action spinning rod, you can skip the dang thing almost anywhere you want. 

It’s important to let your wacky rig fall on slack line; that’s how it works its magic. A tight line will inhibit its unique shimmy and drastically reduce your number of bites throughout a day of fishing. After it falls for several seconds, just pop the slack in your line to make it shake. Don’t go overboard with your rod movement. 

Where to fish it: I like to fish the wacky rig on the outside edges of grass lines and the front posts of boat docks this time of year. Your lakes might be different, but this little pattern has really become a go-to option for me when I’m chasing tough-to-catch transitional bass. Similar to the small jerkbait, it’s imperative to pay close attention to your line movement as the wacky rig falls on slack line. Any jumps, bumps or other movement warrants an immediate hookset.