Keri: Yep. There we go. This one. God, right up shallow. Glenn: Right up where he’s supposed to be. That was textbook. All right, buddy. Keri: You need it. He won’t come in. Glenn: Come here. It’s showtime. Keri: It is. Nice one. Power-Pole’s down, and showtime. Glenn: Gotta put the Power-Poles down before I go in the bushes. Keri: Nice one. Nice little fatty. Glenn: Yeah. They’re a. . . big old worm. That’s funny, guys, how these worms. . . youwouldn’t think a big worm like that a fishwould go after it, but. . . works. Summertime fishing with big worms. That’s the ticket, guys. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk to you about fishingbig worms. We’re talking 10-inch worms or bigger, suchas this Rage Tail Thumper right here. This is a 10-inch worm. Nice big one here. You know, a lot of people don’t fish theseworms. And it’s funny, you know, the theory is, bigbait, big fish, right?So, you would think you’d only catch big fishwith this. Well, if you’re fishing tournaments or ifyou wanna have fun fishing, that means you’renot gonna catch a lot of fish. You know, numbers wise, but you might catcha few big ones. The truth is, that’s a misconception. Keri: There we go. That might have been the one you had. He just spit up something. Just a little guy, but even the little guyslove these big worms. Isn’t that cool?Isn’t that cool?Glenn: Almost about as long as him. Keri: Yeah, it is. Glenn: You got him good. Keri: Yeah, I did. He wasn’t going nowhere. Go play. Go play. Glenn: These baits, I’ve caught a lot of twoand three-pounders with this. It’s funny because I’ll be fishing, say, forexample, a tournament, and not getting a wholelot of bites. And I’ll switch to a bigger bait like thisand get more bites. It’s something the fish don’t see very often. So, don’t buy into that misconception you’llget less bites but only bigger fish. I’ve caught big fish on this as well, butyou’ll catch numbers as well. It’s something to do, especially when you’rein a tournament situation. You want to try something different. Instead of downsizing, try going up. You might catch more fish. This throws out a nice vibration. Big baits like this throw out a lot of vibration. Makes it easier for the fish to find, especiallyif you’re throwing in a little bit dingy ormuddy water. It has a nice big profile. I found that these work, for the most part,during the warmer parts of the year. So, spring through fall. Not so much during the winter time. The bass just aren’t really. . . go after somethingthis big, at least in my experience. But in the warmer months, it can be killer. So, let me talk to you a little bit aboutthe rigs that I’m using, what kind of. . . youknow, the rods and the line, all that stuff. And then, I’m gonna show you how to fish it. So, let’s start off with the rod. Here is a medium heavy power rod, seven-foot,with a fast action on it. Fast action. This is sort of your Swiss Army knife of fishing. It’s your Leatherman tool, if you will. Every angler, every bass angler should haveone of these in his rod locker, if not more. I’ve got at least four. It’s a universal rod you can use for all kindsof fishing, but it’s best suited for wormfishing. So, the first thing you might notice is ifyou’ve done other types of worm fishing andyou have this seven-foot medium, heavy fasttip rod, you don’t have to get a differentrod to fish bigger baits. You don’t have to do anything different. This rod works just perfectly fine. Paired with it is a, you know, baitcastingreel. High speed reels is not really an issue whenyou’re fishing worms, so you don’t need tospend the extra money to get an eight-to-one,nine-to-one reel. If you’re looking to buy a new reel for wormfishing, if you already have one of thosereels, that’ll work just fine. You don’t have to run out and get a differentreel for it, but if you’re looking to buya new reel, looking to match the equipmentjust right, anything over, I’d say, a six-one-to-gearratio to like a seven-five, that’s suitablefor worm fishing. You’re not gonna be speed reeling this, soyou don’t need a high speed reel. The kind of line I use. . . I like to use 15-poundcopolymer line, and there’s a specific reasonfor that. First of all, I’ve been using copolymer linefor 30-something years now. It’s a universal line. Fishing from heavy cover to light cover. This covers most situations. If you plan on fishing a lot of heavy cover,a lot of flooded bush, timber, that sort ofthing, braid’s your answer there. And you wanna heavy up a little bit more,say at least 25 pound, if not more. Some guys like to go 65. I think it’s a big heavy, but you can usefluorocarbon if you want. Keri: There ya go!Awesome!Whoa, in the boat. Glenn: I don’t use fluorocarbon a lot whenit comes to worm fishing. I do in some specific situations, especiallywhen the water’s really clear. I do like the sensitivity of fluorocarbon. But for a good all-purpose around type line,it’s called copolymer or mono. Keri: Beautiful fish. Glenn: Braid is not a good all purpose line,because if you’re fishing in rocks, braidtends to fray and get tore up in rocks. And copolymer or fluorocarbon line tends tolast longer, doesn’t get as nicked as muchin rocks. So, that’s why I use that as universal line,rather than braid. Now, tied with it here, I’ve a got a 3/0 hook,a 3/0 wide gap hook, extra wide gap hook. See that?Now, you would think a big bait, you shouldbe using 6/0 hooks or 5/0 hooks, somethingbig, because look at the size of this bait. You know, in fishing this, I’ve discoveredthat using a 6/0 hook actually got less bites. And I started to downsize and I got to abouta 3/0 and I got more bites. I don’t know if that’s because it lets theworm move more or what the difference is,I can’t tell you, but I do know that downsizingit a bit, I get more bites. I catch more fish that way. Granted, on a big bait like this, you’re gonnahave fish grab the tail, and a 6/0 hook isn’tgonna help you there anyway. Sometimes fish grab the tail, you set thehook, and you lose them. That’s just how it is with bigger baits. They don’t always get it all. . . they don’talways hit the front. Most of the time they hit the front, they’regonna get that big hook in their mouth. That’s a good 3/0 hook and it’s gonna workjust fine with you. Paired with it, I’ve got a 3/8th TungstenWeight, Tungsten Bullet Weight. I go a 1/4 ounce to 3/8’s to start off with. Typically, that’ll work for most scenarios. I’ve fished in a little bit of heavier covertoday. I’m having a little difficult to get intopenetrating it, so I went a little up. I typically. . . quarter ounce is where I start. And then start adding more weight as I needto, to make sure I penetrate that cover. I don’t wanna have a real fast drop. The slower the drop, the better. So, I go as light as I can get away with. I also use a bobber stop. A little bobber stop. I don’t know if you could see that, but here’sa little bobber stop right there to help pegthe weight. See, it’s pretty. . . there you go. Peg the weight to the worm. Now, the last thing I do, it’s a little trickI’d like to show you guys. So, I take 40-pound monofilament line, realwiry stuff, and just get a big spool of that. Get that at a bargain bin somewhere at yourtackle store. What I like to do is I’ll take it and I pegit right through. Now I got the eye of the hook embedded inthe worm. So, what I’ll do is I’ll take this line andI’ll peg it right through the eye of thathook. Just like so. All right?Now, what that does, it holds this worm tothis hook. Prevents it from sliding down when I set thehook. Just like that. All right?It’s in there good and solid. So now, I’m just gonna show you, I’m movingit here. Look at this. See how I’m pulling on it. See that?It’s not coming down the hook. Nice, huh?So, when you set the hook, it doesn’t ballup around the hook point. It doesn’t slide down, and because it’s notgetting slide. . . you know, a lot of times theworms, they get all tore up here. That prevents them from getting tore up, soit makes it last longer. Nice little tip, huh?Cheap. Effective. For the knot I use, it’s just a uni knot. I use the uni knot because I’ve been doingthat for 35 years. I’ve never had a knot fail on me. If you’re comfortable using a polymer knot,that’s fine too. I know some of you guys like to use a SanDiego jam knot. That’s equally as effective. My preference is a uni knot, just becauseI learned it so long ago and I’ve never hada problem with it. I’ve done head-to-head testing with the uniknot, San Diego jam knot, and the polymerknot, and they’re all pretty equal. There’s not much of a difference between interms of holding strength. So using those knots, you’ll be perfectlyfine with this. So, there’s your setup. There’s your rod reel. That’s how I rig it. Now let’s go out and fish it. Come here, you. You don’t think these. . . even the smaller fishcould. . . look at the size of this worm. Look at this thing. You don’t think these guys will eat this worm. Boy, he got it. He ate it. It worked. You’ll catch all sizes of fish with theseworms. Let’s see if we can catch some bigger ones. Geez, Louise. There. All right, to fish this big old worm, whatI like to do. . . I like to pitch. That’s just my favorite way of getting into cover like this. You can cast or you can flip if you want. I just prefer to pitch. Whatcha wanna do on this is just pitch itin there and let it sink. The first cast I wanna show you, the firstretrieve, just let it fall all the way, reeldown with it so you’re following the line,and then let it hit the bottom. Watch as it’s falling. That’s the most critical thing. A lot of times what happens is when you are. . . whenyou’re doing that, when the lot. . . when thelure is falling, that’s when the fish hits. So, that’s the most critical time to watch. Just watch that and reel down with the line. Watch that line. A lot of times that lure doesn’t even hitthe bottom. It just starts to swim off. You’ll see your line go off to one side, oryou see your line bounce or twitch or do somethingthat you didn’t do. And if you see that, set the hook. When you set the hook, make sure you havea little bit of slack in your line beforeyou set the hook. So, if you got a real tight line on there,just reel down a little bit, throw a little. . . it’slike a crackin a whip. Drop the rod and then set the hook. What you’re doing there is you’re pile drivingthat hook into the fish’s mouth. See this bait?See this bullet?What that does, a lot of times if you’ve gota tight line and you set the hook on the fish,his mouth is closed around that sinker andall you’s done is turn his head. The sinker’s hit right up on his roof of hismouth, and that hook has never penetrated. All you’s gotta do is open their mouth andblow it out. All right?A lot of times if you’ve done that, if you’vecaught a fish on a worm and you’ve broughthim all the way to the boat and then suddenlyit comes off and you go look at your worm,and guess what?It looks just like that. The hook never came out. That’s what happened. So to avoid that, that’s why you throw a littleslack in your line and you pop it. When you hit it that hard, that shape of thatbullet sinker is gonna penetrate his mouth,even though it’s closed, and right behindit is that hook. It’s gonna hook the roof of his mouth almostevery time. Keri: There we go. Oh God, he’s big. At least he feels like he’s big. Nice fish. Nice fish. Come here you. Do not come off. Do not come off. Come here. Come here. Come here. You’re not going anywhere. Big worm fishing, folks. It’s not a big fish, but they’re a lot offun. Thank you, little guy. Thank you. Thank you. We needed that. Here you go. Nice. Glenn: So, that first cast, again, you justwant to let it fall straight down on semi-slackline and be very careful when you watch thatline, let it fall. Now, once it falls, it hits the bottom, whatI do is I let it sit there for a second andthen I’ll just lift up on the rod and letit drop right back where it’s at. Let it sit a second. Lift back up. Let it drop back down. I’m gonna throw it out here a little bit furtherso you can see it, because I know I’m wayout of the side of the boat here. I’m just gonna throw. . . I’ve got some submergedmilfoil right through here. Let it drop on semi-slack line. I’m watching that line. It hits the bottom. Great. Reel down to it. Lift up a little bit and let it fall rightback down. Reel down to it and let it fall right backdown. You notice I’m not lifting the rod tip wayup high. Again, that goes back to the hook set. If you’ve got your rod way up here and youset the hook, you’ve only got about here toyour shoulder to set the hook. The last thing you wanna do is when you setthe hook, you don’t want this rod way backhere. You’ve got nothing. You have no control over the fish. You’re bent way over here that you have nothingleft to set the hook on. You’re gonna lose that fish. So, make sure you keep that rod in front ofyou. Keep it as low as you can, ready to give youas much power as you can to set that hook. There we go. Gonna drop the Power-Poles. There we go. And there we are. Most of the worm’s out of his face, but thehook. . . the important part’s in. Guys, I want you to know something real quickhere. See how that little point, little sinker sliddown the line?That’s why I use bobber stoppers. When that fish hit, that went away from thelure and he couldn’t use that weight to shakethe lure loose. That’s why I do that. Now that’s the first retrieve. The second retrieve that I like to do is I’lljust pitch it back out here, let it fall tothe bottom. When it sits on the bottom, I always liketo drag it back. So, I’ll bring that rod tip down and I’lljust pull the rod tip with me and let it sit. Reel up the slack and then pull it throughagain. And let it drag on the bottom. Let it sit for a second. And then, drag it again. All I’m doing is that. . . that looks like alittle bait fish, like a sculpin or maybe,you know, some kind of animal on the bottomthat’s scurrying along the bottom, and thefish will see that and come pick it rightup off the bottom. It’s amazing how effective that works. I have a feeling just because a lot of peopledon’t fish it that way, fish haven’t seenit and they’re used to seeing natural forgedo that. So, try that out if you’re not getting a lotof bites on a worm or any kind of plasticbait. Really works for any kind, but just pointright at it and just drag it a little bit. Let it pause. Reel up the slack. Then drag it a little bit. Not too far. Again, you want it. . . bear in mind how muchroom you need to set the hook. I think it’s imperative when you get thatbite, reel up. Get that rod in front of ya, throw that slack. Crack that whip. Set the hook. You don’t wanna be setting the hook way backhere. Okay?And then, the last retrieve that I like todo, and this works really well when you’vegot submerged milfoil – I don’t think youcan see it, but I have it just under the waterhere – is I’ll swim it through the milfoilover the top of it. If you have hydrilla, that works really wellfor that too. Coontail. Any kind that’s just submerged, I’ll justcast it out there, reel down. And here I’m just slowly reeling it back,keeping the rod tip about the nine o’clockposition. I might get a little big higher as I bringit closer to me because I want to keep itjust under the surface. And let that tail do its thing. It’s got a lot of action. It looks like an eel, or something, swimmingthrough the water. Just cast it on out there. And one of the things I like to do is a deviationof that, is if I’m bringing it through andI find an open pocket of that milfoil, thenI’ll just let it drop right down in thereand let it fall. Drop my rod tip and let it just sink. And a lot of times it goes back to that fishbiting it on the fall. They’ll be in that milfoil and they’ll seeit, or that hydrilla, and pop it back up andswim it the way back. Really, it’s this three basic retrieves. I don’t get any more fancy than that becausethose three work the most for me. Just bringing it right back there, see ifI can get one more fish. But I promise you guys, if you practice throwingit this way, the only difference with throwinga big worm is your cast is a little bit moreawkward, a little bit different. Say, for example, pitching at your releaseis a little bit later than you normally wouldon a shorter worm. So, you have to adjust your cast a littlebit. But that’s all there is to it, guys. I hope those tips helped. For more tips and tricks like this, and forthe answers to all your questions about bassfishing, visit BassResource. com.