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How To Fish BIG Plastic Worms | Rigging Tricks For Summer Bass Fishing

Do you like fishing worms for Summer bass? Do you want to catch bigger bass? Its time to try BIG worms! Fishing a big worm is easy and can usually be done with gear you already own. In today’s video Tim covers his favorite baits, favorite hooks and rigging options, and explains when and where to throw each style. If you’re ready to target bigger bass, its time to give this a try!

Big worms come in all shapes and sizes. They can be Texas-rigged, Carolina-rigged, Wacky rigged, or thrown on a big shaky head. There is a time for a straight tail worm and a time for a curly tail worm. Color is a whole different topic by itself! The whole thing can seem overwhelming when you’re looking down a wall of soft plastics in the tackle shop! Today Tim is going to make it much simpler.

Below you’ll find links to our favorite worms from all the different brands. We’ve included color recommendations for each worm and favorite rigging options as well. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. We’ve also included links to our favorite rod/reel combos at different budgets for throwing these bigger worms.

Our Favorite “Standard” Worm…
-NetBait T-Mac 6.5″ Worm:
Colors- Bama Bug, Green Pumpkin, Kentucky Special
Rigging-Canterbury Shaky Head 3/16 oz:

Favorite “Larger” Straight Tail Worms…
-Zoom Magnum Trick Worm:
Colors- Green Pumpkin, Junebug, Watermelon Red
-Strike King 8″ Bull Worm:
Colors- TW Green Pumpkin, Bama Bug, JuneBug
-Big Bite Baits 8″ Finesse Worm:
Colors- Blue Fleck, Plum Apple, Watermelon Red
Rigging- Dirty Jigs Magnum Stand Up Head 1/4 oz:

Favorite BIG Straight Tails…
-Yum Mighty Worm:
Colors- Green Pumpkin, Junebug, Blue Fleck
-Strike King 10″ Bull Worm:
Colors- Black Blue Swirl, Green Pumpkin Candy, Tequila Sunrise

Favorite BIG Wacky Worms…
Magnum Baits 10″ Soft Stick Bait:
Colors- Black Blue, Green Pumpkin, Delta Dark Purple
Rigging- Frenzy Wack-A-Sack Wacky Hook:

Favorite BIG Curly Tails…
-Zoom Ol Monster 10.5″:
Colors: Black Red Flake, Candy Bug, Watermelon Red
-Zoom Ol Monster 12.5″:
Colors: Blue Fleck, Green Pumpkin
-Big Bite Baits B2 10″:
Colors: Green Pumpkin Junebug, Junebug, Watermelon Red

Magnum Shaky Heads…
-Hog Farmer Magnum Shaky Head:
-Dirty Jigs Magnum Horseshoe Head:
-Owner Magnum Shaky Football Head:

Texas Rigging Components…
Weight- 3/4 oz Swagger Vader Tungsten Worm Weight:
Hook- 11/0 Owner Oversize Worm:
Hook- 7/0 Owner Jungle Wide Gap:
Peg- 6th Sense Peg X:

High-End Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Xtasy 7’5″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL 150 B:
Line- Sunline FX2 60 lb:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb Mono:

Our Favorite Big Worm Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 7’7″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb Mono:

Budget Big Worm Combo…
Shimano Intenza 7’4″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano SLX 150 DC HG:
Line- Power Pro 50 lb Braid:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb Mono:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel…
TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:
TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:
TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:
TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

Equipment We Recommend…

Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor:
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Hot Foot Throttle Control:
Loc-R-Bar Boat Security:

Favorite Storage Box:
Favorite Pliers:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite life jacket:
Favorite sunglasses:
Hero8 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Frabill Net:
Lure Retriever:

If you plan to do any shopping, using our links before doing your shopping at Tackle Warehouse is the single greatest way to support us! You won’t be able to even see a difference but they’ll know you’re one of us!

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  1. Tim, I'm curious if you've done it video covering the Magnum swim worm. I'm very curious as to their use and the best time to throw them. Thank you so much for all the hard work you guys make a huge difference.
    Eat, sleep, fish, repeat

  2. I wish I could just “dabble” with different fishing styles. i’m either all in or not doing it. when I got into big swimbaits, I dove in head first. granted i’m not spending a ton of money and buying top end baits or gear, but i’ve still got dedicated set ups for throwing big baits. I know if i started throwing giant worms, it’d be the same thing. lol.

  3. Can you guys add Underwater/ catch footage for these style videos so that we can see bait action and how you guys work the baits and where you throw them. Love your videos and have gained so much knowledge because of you guys 👍

  4. I'm curious, why do you say you use a monofilament leader instead of a fluorocarbon leader? I would think the abrasion resistance and invisibility of fluorocarbon would make it a better choice than monofilament?

  5. Awesome big platics worm tips! were literally going out right now after watching your video LOL Game ON!!
    also feel free to comment on our channel what type of micro minnow Jackson caught ? is it a bass ya think? help us figure it out and if we should let it back in it natural habitat? of course we did

  6. Any special considerations rigging for shallow farm ponds? I’ve got some spots that are very thick with grass and algae this time of year. I typically go top water or weightless, never tried a 10” weightless worm tho.

  7. I recently got back into fishing and I’ve been getting skunked every time I go out this Summer. It’s gotten so bad I now say “I just want to catch A fish.” I’ve tried TX rig, crank baits, weightless senko, spinner baits, whopper plopper, buzz bait, etc. I’ve even tried three separate lakes. I guess I’ll try a giant worm next. After that I’m just throwing dynamite in the damn lake.

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