Paddle Tail Worms


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.


Swimbait Hook

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.


Weightless Rig

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.