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Texas Rig Stick Baits for Spring Bass with Seth Feider

Texas-rigging a stick bait is a simple and effective method to catch springtime bass at any phase of the spawn. Seth Feider shares the details of his setup and explains how he fishes it to target prespawn, spawning, and post-spawn fry-guarders in a range of shallow cover situations.

FEATURED TACKLE (retail links)
• PLASTIC – Z-Man Bang StickZ:
• HOOK – VMC RedLine Series Flippin’ Hook, 3/0:
• WEIGHT – VMC Tungsten Worm Weight, 3/16-ounce:
• ROD – Daiwa Kage Casting Rod, 7’3″ Medium-Heavy (dealer only):
• REEL – Daiwa Zillion SV TW Casting Reel, 7.1:1:
• LINE (braided mainline) – Sufix 832 Braid Hi-Vis Yellow, 30-pound:
• LINE (fluorocarbon leader) – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 17-pound:

The beauty of a lightweight Texas-rigged stick bait is that it can be fished in nearly all cover (except punching) and gets bites anywhere. Feider prefers floating plastic worms for this tactic, with his favorite stick bait being a Z-Man Bang StickZ. It’s buoyant and has small tentacles at the end, which provides more action than the traditional stick worm. A floating worm is visible to more fish while subtle movement temps strikes from tentative bass.

Feider explains why he prefers using straight shank hooks (flipping or worm) over offset or EWG-style hooks with ElaZtech plastics. He then details his basic rod setup, which includes a 7-foot, 3-inch medium-heavy rod and a high-speed reel spooled with a 30-pound braid to a 17-pound fluorocarbon leader.

Feider pitches the bait around grass edges and into any hole or pocket he sees. Don’t overwork the bait – pitch it in, shake it a little, then make another cast. Try this simple and versatile rig anytime you have shallow bass relating to cover like grass or woody cover. It excels around spawn but will catch bass anytime.




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  1. Good to see you again brother wife and I both root for you man we haven't agreed on anyone since Dale Sr come on back brother looking to work that mo joe on em again

  2. 2016 Mississippi River was when I found this guy, called everyone out on day 3 almost came away with the win, told everyone there only gonna catch 17 pounds what I’m doin I can catch 20 easy loved the confidence loved the competition he’s got in him!

  3. I'm surprised the Bang StickZ isn't discussed more. It's AWESOME!!! Also, I don't buy TRDs or TicklerZ anymore; I just cut Bang StickZ IN HALF and you get a TRD and a TicklerZ.

  4. If you "Pro's" want to really help the average angler. Fish some dirty, high, cold water in the midwest prior to Spawn. We don't have much CLEAR water here in midwest Reservoirs.

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