Paddle Tail Worms can be used with a variety of different rigs for targeting largemouth bass. There are many different paddle tail worms on the market that come in a variety of sizes. You can fish them shallow, deep, in open water, around shallow water cover and any other area that you may find a largemouth bass. Paddle tail worms should definitely be in your tackle box if you like to fish with soft plastics for largemouth bass.
Paddle tail worms work great on a jerkbait retrieve. Use a swimbait hook, Texas rig or shaky head jig and work the bait along with an erratic jerk and pause retrieve. Most of your bites will come on the pause.
Hop Them Along the Bottom
Paddle tail worms look good when hopped along the bottom as well. Use your favorite soft plastic bait rig and slowly work these worms along the bottom. Many of the paddle tail worms look good on a shaky head jig as their tails will lift up off the bottom because of the style of the jig.
How to Rig Soft Plastic Worms
Nose Hook (Smaller Paddle Tail Worms)
The smaller paddle tail worms can be nose hooked to be used on a drop shot rig just like the other finesse worms.
Long Shank Jighead
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Drop Shot Rig
The drop shot rig is a great rig for many paddle tail worms. Some of the bigger paddle worms don’t look as good on the drop shot rig, but many of the smaller, finesse-sized worms and medium-sized worms look great with a lift and fall retrieve.
Florida / Texas Rig
The Texas rig and the Florida rig is another way to rig these baits. Peg the weight when using the Texas rig and fish it slow around cover and you’ll get plenty of bites.
The standup jighead is a great way to present the paddle tail worm. With these jigs, the paddle tail will stick up off the bottom as the bait comes to a rest. Lift the bait and drop it back down. Repeat this around all types of cover and you’ll draw plenty of strikes.
The swimbait hook allows this bait to glide down through the water column and the tail will still sit up off the bottom with a similar look as a shaky head jig.
Weightless Texas Rig
The weightless rig is a nice way to present paddle tail worms in the shallows. Work these worms like you would fish a jerkbait when fishing them on a weightless rig and you’ll get a lot of bites.