Wacky Rig

The Wacky Rig is a great rig for catching smallmouth bass with soft plastic worms and live nightcrawlers. Hooking the worm in the middle gives the worm a different type of action that helps to entice more strikes. Most people think of the weightless rig when they think of a wacky rig and they are accurate, however, you can use the wacky rig with some other popular rigs as well when you need to get down deeper a little quicker.

Best Baits on a Wacky Rig for Smallies

Wacky Worms

Wacky worms were made for fishing wacky style.  The slow-falling quivering action is awesome for catching smallmouth bass.

Finesse Worms

A lot of finesse worms actually look very good rigged wacky style.  To get it down deeper, you’re going to most likely need to use a drop shot rig.  Twitch it, pause it, twitch it, pause it.  Repeat and hang on.


Nightcrawlers look great and work very well when rigged wacky style.  Most of the time, you’re going to use a drop shot rig and then you will hook the worm wacky style.  This will help you get the bait down to the appropriate depths.

Other Rigs

Split Shot Rig – Wacky Style

Drop Shot Rig – Wacky Style

Finesse Jig – Wacky Style