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How to Swim Speed Worms For Bass

Swimming a worm such as the Zoom Speed Worm is an excellent tactic for fishing expansive grass flats. When rigged correctly, it allows you to cover loads of water with minimal fowling. Pro bass angler Wes Logan shows us how to fish the Zoom Speed Worm through scattered hydrilla in open water, but the tactic fishes well through most grass types anywhere in the country, so long as it isn’t too thick.

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While you can alter your retrieve speed and let it sink into holes or off grass edges like any conventional Texas-rigged worm setup, the swimming tactic is all about covering water in search of roaming or isolated bedding fish that you can’t see with the naked eye.

At its core, swimming a worm is nothing more than a Texas-rigged worm straight-retrieved through the water column, like a swim jig or weedless swimbait. That said, you can fish it anywhere you would a conventional weedless Texas rig, such as grass flats, grass edges, and around laydowns and brush piles. The Speed Worm tactic focuses on covering water across grass flats.

It’s more subtle than ChatterBaits or swim jigs, so it tends to appeal to a broader range of fish, such as pressured and generally spooky shallow water bass, while having more versatility. You can let it slowly sink into the grass, into holes, and the bait is always in play, whereas bladed jigs lose their effectiveness. You don’t let a ChatterBait sink to the bottom and expect to get many bites with it just lying there. You can expect bites on a slow sink and even resting on the bottom with a speed worm, which expands its utility, especially during the spawn.

Logan details how to fish a speed worm using a simple straight retrieve. As mentioned, he’s constantly feeling and “worming” it through cover, trying to find edges and holes in the grass. He’ll slow his retrieve and let it sink into holes, but most of the time, he casts it out and reels it back in. Logan attributes a Speed Worm’s popularity to this ease of use. Generally, reel it not too fast, not too slow. We can all do that!

Use a 1/8- or 1/4-ounce weight when fishing Speed Worm across grass flats. Naturally, go lighter in shallower water or when you want to keep the lure closer to the surface and heavier when you’re fishing deeper or want more depth control, such as in mixed-depth areas. Logan strongly advises using a straight-shank hook over a wide-gap variety. The bend in wide gap hooks is prone to hanging on grass stalks, whereas the straight shank maintains a sleek and streamlined profile that slides through without handing.

Fishing Speed Worms excels in open water areas, so Logan favors longer rods for improved casting distance and control. His go-to setup is a 7-foot, 4-inch medium heavy rod, but with some give. A powerful crankbait or ChatterBait rod is ideal for Logan, who characterizes himself as jittery and apt to set the hook fast and hard. A more forgiving rod gives the fish a second or two longer with the bait, with the straight shank hook usually buried deep in the mouth or lip. A reel in the 7.1 range is an excellent blend of speed and power for a technique that requires both.




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  1. Staple bait all year here in Florida. Bass Assassin makes a beefy speed worm called the RSB worm. A lot of different colors that Zoom does not offer. 👍🏻👍🏻

  2. I’m going to have to give these more time this year with these tips. I’ve NEVER done well on them here in MI, but maybe I wasn’t fishing them as well as I could have. Definitely going to give them another go this season.

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