Braided line, a swivel and a fluorocarbon leader

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I’ve met a bunch of folks who absolutely detest leader knots. Whether it’s because they don’t trust them or they simply haven’t practiced tying them enough, there are a lot of anglers out there who will do anything possible to avoid tying leader knots. Luckily, if you’re one of the people in that camp, you can still power fish a floating worm.

Take 30-pound braided line and tie it to a barrel swivel. Next, you’ll want to tie a 5- or 6-foot strand of 17-pound fluorocarbon to the other end of the swivel. Finish it off with a 3/0 or 4/0 Offset EWG hook and you’re good to go.

This method actually gives your floating worm a fairly unique presentation, which I have really liked. Instead of slowing falling in a traditional manner, this rig somewhat mimics a Carolina rig. Once your cast lands, the swivel will sink faster than the worm, which gives the worm an interesting, lackadaisical fall to it. As it follows the swivel through the water column, this gives you the chance to target bass a bit deeper in the water column. It’s tough to do that with the other two aforementioned rigs.

There are, however, two drawbacks to this setup. The first one deals with castability because of the barrel swivel. Everyone casts differently with different lengths of line coming off of the rod tip, so you have to be very particular about your leader length. You can’t reel that swivel through the line guides so that’s something to be very careful of. That swivel can also catch vegetation if you’re fishing around slop, which in turn effects the action of the floating worm. So I’d suggest trying this rig if you’re fishing mainly around open water or wood cover.