Swimming Worms

Swimming Worms are becoming more popular with some of the newer types of swim worms to emerge on the market.  These worms work great on a variety of rigs, but the weighted swimbait hook, shaky head jig or Florida rig are probably the best ways to rig these worms.  You can fish around all types of shallow cover, along the drop-offs in deeper water or just in open water for suspended bass.

How to Fish Swimming Worms for Largemouth Bass

Slow & Steady

A slow and steady retrieve will allow a good swimming worm to do most of the work for you.  Most of the time, all you have to do is get this bait in the right place and wind it in with a slow and steady retrieve to get your bites.

Jerk & Fall Retrieve

The jerk & fall retrieve works great with swimming worms.  Just make sure you are using a heavy enough weight so the paddle tail will have the correct action while swimming down through the water column.

Best Rigs for Swimming Worms

Swimbait Hook

Swimbait hooks are the preferred way to rig most swimbaits and swimming worms for most anglers.  Swimbait hooks work great to give these worms a realistic swimming action.

Shaky Head Jig

Most anglers wouldn’t consider using shaky head jigs with a swimming worm, but they work great.  The action is good whether you swim the bait or hop it along the bottom. Make sure you go heavy enough with the weight so the worm has a good swimming action.


Underspins are great for swimming baits and swimming worms look great on an underspin.  Make sure you go heavy enough with the weight so the worm has a good swimming action.

Umbrella Rig

Umbrella rigs are another way to fish swimming worms.  When targeting schooling bass in open water, an umbrella rig with 3 to 5 swimming worms is tough for bass to resist.