Swim team

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largemouth bass with soft plastic worm in mouth

Look closely at Faircloth’s deck and you’ll often find a second Texas-rigged Cut-R Worm. Repetition? No.

Backup? Kinda, but not exactly.

Rather, it’s a target-of-opportunity thing. See, when Faircloth’s day takes him past shallow shallow wood, laydowns, logs or standing timber with fish suspended on limbs, he’ll often swim that Cut-R past these targets to see if anyone’s feeling froggy.

“I’ll rig that worm on a 3/16- to a 1/4-ounce weight to keep it up higher in the water,” Faircloth said. “My favorite way to do this is swimming the Cut-R Worm around grass.”

“It’s another great search bait and I’ll use it to kind of quarter the grass edge, like you would a riprap bank with a spinnerbait or a crankbait. You can cover a lot of water and determine if the fish are on the edge or tucked up in there.”