Ring worms are one of the better action baits you can use for largemouth bass.  Whether you drop shot them or swim them, they are an excellent bait.  Because most ring worms are smaller finesse-style baits, don’t expect to catch a bunch of big bass on these baits.  They are more of an action bait.  If more manufacturers would make larger ring worms, they could easily become a big largemouth bass bait, but at this time, it’s definitely an action bait.

Best Rigs for Ring Worms

Drop Shot Rig

The drop shot rig is one of the better ways to work a ring worm, especially if the ring worms float.  The action is great with a lift and fall retrieve and you can also swim them slowly with this rig too.


Jigheads are one of the best ways to fish ring worms.  Cast them out and either swim them in with a slow and steady retrieve or hop them along the bottom.


You can fish ring worms on many of the underspins that are on the market.  Some underspins are a little big, but many of them work great.  Cast them out and wind them in with a slow and steady retrieve.

Scrounger Jighead

Scrounger jigheads work well with ring worms.  With the scrounger, you can bring the worm in with a slower retrieve which helps you work these baits in shallower water without getting hung up on the bottom.

More Tips

They are Awesome Action Baits

If you are just looking for some action and you don’t care if you catch a bunch of smaller bass, you may want to try using a ringworm.  They are one of the best action baits for largemouth bass.

Swim Them for Active Bass

A slow swimming motion drives bass crazy when they are active and looking for a meal.  Use a bait fish colored worm and you will get a lot more bites with the swimming technique.

The Floating Ringworms are Awesome

Use a floating ringworm on a drop shot rig and you will catch a lot of bass.  Fish it slow and give the bass a chance to eat your bait and you’ll catch a lot more fish.