Paddle Tail Worms can be used with a variety of different rigs, but they are some of the best worms to use on a drop shot rig, shaky head jig or just a regular jighead. Some of the smaller paddle tail worms work great as a finesse presentation for smallmouth bass.
Best Rigs for Paddle Tail Worms
Shaky Head Jig
The shaky head jig 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.
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.
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. Fish the bait more like a jerk bait with this rig and you’ll have success.
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.