Finesse worms are very popular for targeting largemouth bass, especially in clear water. Most anglers will use finesse worms with light line on a drop shot rig and they will target bass in deeper water. Don’t rule out shallow water cover, darker water or using heavier line when drop-shotting finesse worms. These worms can be very effective in a variety of situations.
Best Rigs for Finesse Worms
Drop Shot Rig
The drop shot rig is an awesome rig for fishing with finesse worms. Whether you decide to fish it shallow or deep, it’s a great rig that works well for largemouth bass.
Finesse Jigs (Weedless)
Finesse Jigs rigged weedless, are great for fishing with finesse worms. By adding some weight, it allows you to go a little bit heavier with your tackle and still cast them a decent distance. This allows you to get some finesse-sized worms into some places that most anglers aren’t fishing them.
A simple jighead works well with finesse worms. When you are fishing an area that doesn’t require your bait to be weedless, a jighead and worm will work just fine.
Most finesse worms look great on a scrounger jighead. Use a slow and steady retrieve and you will get bites from active bass.
Shaky Head Jig
The shaky head jig is a great way to present some finesse worms. Many of the finesse worms may not be large enough to connect to the cork screw piece on the shaky head jig, but there are some finesse worms on the market that will do the trick. Fish with a slow, twitch and pause retrieve around cover and you will catch some bass.
Split Shot Rig
The split shot rig is a great rig for fishing finesse worms in shallower water or for targeting suspended bass. When you need just a little more weight to get your bait down faster, a split shot rig is a great choice.
Fish a finesse worm hooked in the head of the worm or in the middle and fish it weightless. You can use a jerkbait retrieve or a more subtle lift and fall retrieve by fishing it wacky style. Both techniques work very well with finesse worms.
Don’t Go Too Small When Targeting Largemouth Bass
There are some awesome finesse-sized worms on the market and while all sizes will catch largemouth bass, I recommend going with the longer ones if you want to give yourself a shot at some bigger bass too. Finesse worms are an action bait, but the smaller, thinner 4 to 5″ worms are usually better for smallmouth bass. For largemouth bass, stay in the 5 to 7″ range. Some of the 5″ worms work well, but make that the smaller range and try more of the 6 to 7″ finesse worms and you will see why I recommend them.
Finesse Worms Might be the Best Action Bait for Largemouth Bass
Finesse worms are either the best or very close to the best action baits for largemouth bass. If you just want to catch a lot of fish, learn how to make these finesse worms come to life under water and you will catch a lot of largemouth bass.
Power Fish with a Finesse Worm
You can still use heavier tackle when fishing with finesse worms. You just need a heavier drop shot weight or a shaky head jig that has some good weight to it. These are the best rigs you will have for trying to still fish heavy with a finesse-sized worm.