Wacky Rig

Rig your favorite wacky worm or finesse-styled worm in the middle of the bait and you get a very enticing action that largemouth bass can’t resist.

Losing More Baits

You will lose a lot more soft plastic worms by rigging it this way, so many anglers will use an O-ring to help prevent the bait from ripping in half so soon.

Use an O-Ring

An O-Ring helps prevent the bait from breaking as easy.  You can catch a lot more bass per worm on average with the O-Ring verse no O-Ring.  Get yourself an O-Ring tool and some O-Rings and you’ll save yourself some money.

Best Baits Wacky Rigged for Largemouth Bass

Wacky Worms

Wacky worms are made to be fished wacky style.


Lizards aren’t as popular for fishing wacky style, but they work great with this technique.  Fish them weightless or with a light weight finesse jig and you’ll catch plenty of bass.

Finesse Worms

Finesse worms are much smaller in diameter so many anglers won’t fish them wacky style.  If you’re ok with losing some baits, you can catch a lot of bass with a wacky style finesse worm.  Some anglers bypass the O-Ring

Soft Plastic Minnows

Soft minnow baits can also be effective rigged wacky style.  Fish them with an erratic jerk and pause retrieve and you’ll get a lot of bites.

Wacky Rigged Live Baits

You can also hook live baits wacky style and have lots of success.


Fish a nightcrawler weightless, on a split shot rig or on a drop shot rig and you’ll catch lots of largemouth bass.


Some anglers prefer to hook leeches in the center as opposed to the sucker part.  The action is similar, but you will usually have less bluegill ripping off the end of your leech when you hook it in the middle.


Hooking a minnow in the middle of their back will usually prevent the minnow from falling off the hook while casting it, however, the action is similar if you still fish with it.  If you are moving your bait a lot while fishing with it, we recommend hooking the bait in the mouth, not the back.

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