Straight braid and a meat hook

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I feel like this should be some sort of personal motto for me; maybe y’all can put it on my headstone one day or something. If it were my choice, I’d fish with braided line and heavy-wire hooks all year long. Unfortunately, however, I don’t get to dictate that. The fish are the ones in charge.

Lame jokes aside, you can certainly fish a weightless floating worm on straight braid with a heavy-wire 4/0 Offset EWG hook. You probably won’t be able to skip it as well as you would with a spinning rod but for heavy-cover situations, especially in vegetation, it’s tough to beat.

I personally like to use 50-pound braid on a 7-foot, medium-heavy casting rod. When a bass bites, this setup allows me to set the hook as hard as I possibly can without the worry of breaking my line. Most folks tend to avoid heavy-wire hooks when fishing floating worms because the extra weight can hinder the slow-sinking action of the worm. If you think about it, however, the braided line helps negate this effect.

Braided line floats, so your heavy-wire hook isn’t going to sink as quickly as it would if it were connected to fluorocarbon. So I certainly don’t consider this approach causing a lack of action in regards to this technique.

The potential issues revolve around castability and the higher potential of snags. A lot of folks have a hard time skipping lures with braided line. It’s super thin and comes off the reel easily, so it’s easy to backlash with a weightless worm if you’re not super experienced with a baitcaster. Braided line also tends to saw into wood cover, which can cause you to lose fish over time.

If you’re primarily fishing vegetation, however, I’d definitely recommend giving this a shot. If the water is stained, you’re good to go; I don’t think the bass will be able to see your braided line. If you run across cleaner water, I’d recommend using some sort of marker to make sure your line stays dark and more invisible to the bass.