Chunk worms have gotten very popular for smallies. The Ned rig has made them one of the most popular action baits on the market. However, you don’t need the fancier Ned rig jighead and the more expensive Ned worms to catch smallmouth bass. Take any of your extra soft plastic worms that you would normally use for largemouth bass and cut off a 3.5 to 4.5″ inch piece of worm. Rig it on a jighead and you’re set to go.
Hop Them Along the Bottom
Chunk worms look great when hopped along the bottom. Use a lighter jighead, small Texas rig or a drop shot rig and just hop them along the bottom with some pauses mixed in.
Slowly Falling Through the Water Column
These 3.5 to 4″ worm chunks look good fished wacky style with a slow fall through the water column. Fish them weightless or use a very light weight to make them fall a little bit faster. Both ways will work well.
Fish Them Weightless
Most anglers will be fishing these baits on the bottom, however, they work great on a weightless rig when smallmouth bass are in the shallows. It is one of the better baits to use for smallies in the springtime once they invade the shallows.
While most anglers won’t fish these chunk worms vertically, they really should consider doing it because it is very effective. There is something about these short, but thicker worms that just drive smallmouth bass crazy when fished vertical over deeper water. It’s an awesome summer through early fall presentation.