Curly Tail Worms



Curly Tail Worms are some of the most common soft plastics that are used for largemouth bass.  So many of these worms will work on a variety of different rigs to catch tons of bass.  Some of the most common rigs are the Texas rig, Florida rig, Carolina rig, shaky head jig, a weightless rig, a split shot rig, a drop shot rig, scrounger jighead or even a swimbait hook.  A slow stop and go retrieve works best with curly tail worms, but you can also have some success with a slow and steady swimming retrieve.


How to Fish Curly Tail Worms for Largemouth Bass


Hop Them Along the Bottom

Use your favorite soft plastic rig and work these curly tail worms along the bottom.  Largemouth bass will almost always hit the bait on the fall, however, don’t be shocked if some bass hit the bait as you are lifting it up since the curly tail worm gives these baits a nice swimming action too.

Swim Them

Some anglers choose to swim curly tail worms for largemouth bass.  This can also be effective especially when using smaller worms that are similar in size to minnows.  Pick a bait fish color and slowly swim these worms and you’ll catch bass.


Best Rigs for Curly Tail Worms


Florida Rig | Texas Rig

The Florida rig is a great rig for curly tail worms.  Rigged weedless, you can fish around all types of cover.


Shaky Head Jig

The shaky head jig is another great rig for fishing with curly tail worms.  By rigging it weedless, you can fish it around all types of cover just like the Texas rig.


Swimbait Hook

A swimbait hook works great with curly tail worms.  Fish it similar to how you would a texas rig and you’ll catch plenty of bass.  Most anglers think of swimbait hooks as the preferred rig to use for swimbaits.  You can swim a curly tail worm with a swimbait hook, but it works well when fished slowly around cover too.  The swimbait hook gives the bait a gliding action down to the bottom.  This helps with reaction strikes.


Weightless Rig

The Carolina rig is a great rig for fishing with curly tail worms.  Most anglers use this rig for fishing deeper water.  A heavier weight will help give the bait more action as you pull it up through the water column and let it drop back down to the bottom.  Drifting with a heavy wind or a slow troll can also be productive.