Nightcrawlers are one of the most popular types of live bait to use for largemouth bass. It’s a great action bait and it catches some big bass too.
Casting to Cover
A drop shot rig or split shot rig and a lively nightcrawler can be super effective when casting along weed edges, in weed pockets, around wood or along docks.
When the wind starts to blow, you can drift a lively nightcrawler along a drop-off with a lot of success. Drop shot rigs and Carolina rigs are rigs for drifting a worm.
Slow trolling with live baits is more popular with smallmouth bass fishing, but when largemouth bass go deep, slow trolling can be just as effective. A drop shot rig or Carolina rig and a lively nightcrawler will catch a lot of bass with this technique.
Still fishing is popular among many anglers who like to use live bait. Most anglers that still fish will use a bobber or float, but you can also anchor along a drop-off or deeper weed edge and drop a nightcrawler down with a jighead or drop shot rig and catch lots of bass too.
Best Live Bait Rigs
A well placed worm under a bobber or slip bobber is one of the better ways to target largemouth bass that are suspended in the water column.
This rig is a great live bait rig. Most anglers use the Carolina rig when fishing deeper water.
The drop shot rig is an awesome way to fish a lively nightcrawler. Fish it shallow, deep, in open water or around cover and you can have a lot of success.
A simple jighead and nightcrawler is one of the easiest ways to target largemouth bass when you are fishing away from heavy cover. For example, docks, a weed edge, weed pockets and rocky bottoms are good places to fish a jighead without having to worry about getting hung up.
The split shot rig is a great rig when you just need a little extra weight to get your nightcrawler down farther through the water column. Most anglers use this rig when the bass are shallow and it can be super effective.