Finesse Worms

Finesse worms are extremely popular for catching smallmouth 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. Smallmouth bass are often found in water deeper than 20 feet during the summer and fall months and the drop shot rig with a finesse worm is one of the best ways to catch these bass. 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 and on different rigs.

Best Rigs for Finesse Worms & Smallmouth Bass

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 smallmouth 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.  Most of the areas where you will be targeting smallmouth bass won’t require your bait to be weedless, so a regular jighead and worm will work just fine.

Scrounger Jighead

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.

Wacky Rig

Some finesse worms look great rigged wacky style.  Because finesse worms are smaller, it’s easier to fish them on a drop shot rig when you hook them wacky style.  A drop shot rig and wacky style worm is also an awesome combination for targeting smallies.

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