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James Smith
• Monday, 30 November, 2020
• 10 min read

The newest things I've been doing lately is learning how to break down and clean all my reels, teaching my boy how to kayak fish, and bush craft wilderness survival. Bearcat89 So I’ve been throwing wacky rigs and senior the last 2 days and have been an absolute murder scene.

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I’m using a cheap Berkley lightning rod 6 ft medium and a president reel with 15 lbs braid. I don’t think braid works as well for this situation for me personally.

Dan Baker My set up for wacky rigging is a 6’8 medium extra fast action rod. If casting into just open water I prefer mono, but around docks and lifts I prefer Fire line or a braid to help with the abrasion and the lack of stretch in the line will help get the fish out of there quicker to avoid any tangles around posts and stuff.

Having a hives mono can really help to detect bites since you can watch the line move when they swim away with your bait. I prefer a 2500 series reel over a 2000 for the little added power and line capacity/retrieval.

Bearcat89 And I guess when I throw wacky I always keep a touch of tension on the line to feel the bite. Suzuki I use MH 6’6 with 14 lb mono and don't fish deep in the slop but just in and around it.

Charlie “Turk” George My issue is I like to throw both of those on spinning gear, so I can get more distance. It’s an 8’3 spinning rod that crushes fish with slip bombers, and was designed to set hooks on looooonnnggg leader Lindy rigs 8-12, but I use it for everything.

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I use it with 6 pound Suffix Elite and there isn’t a bass that will get off with that long rod even when they jump I just put the tip in the water. This telescopic feature does NOT lose your ability to detect a bite.

The clear finish on the logo has flaked off in spots, so you can tell they are used a lot, but the rods are solid. It is a bit heavy as its 8’3 and has a telescopic feature so there is extra material, A 2500 will balance it out though.

Dan Baker I should say I’m throwing wacky rigs in to heavy cover. But for spinning gear I don't want my rod to be a heavy tank as in weight wise.

My guess is the backbone on the lightning rod has too much flex to keep the fish pinned during the fight. Mr. Beads This is true for many applications across different species, but the cheaper $75-$125 rods(generally) are flimsier than the expensive ones which can have big advantages.

Forget the brands, the price tags, and just start picking up rods and find one that just feels right. Ryan This is true for many applications across different species, but the cheaper $75-$125 rods(generally) are flimsier than the expensive ones which can have big advantages.

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Forget the brands, the price tags, and just start picking up rods and find one that just feels right. Mrpike1973 My wife and i both use Luis mach 1 6.10 spinning rods, 8# J braid with a 10# flour leader she can spank em any day of the week.

To me medium, fast action st Croix, and my ml fen wick and tried it out. I’m pretty sure I’ve been so used to only fighting eyes on spinning gear and bass on my casters.

Now that I’m fighting a fish that’s really pulling back on spinning gear just feels different. It isn't the same as just torquing them out with a heavy bait caster set up.

Ralph Wig gum I used to throw a lot of wacky rigged worms. I liked a long (7) spinning rod (to quickly pickup line) and high viz mono.

In my experience, you see a lot of bites just by watching the line take off sideways. To me medium, fast action st Croix, and my ml fen wick and tried it out.

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I’m pretty sure I’ve been so used to only fighting eyes on spinning gear and bass on my casters. Now that I’m fighting a fish that’s really pulling back on spinning gear just feels different.

It isn't the same as just torquing them out with a heavy bait caster set up. I think I’m just stuck in the loop of being used to cranking fish out with my MH looms and a reel with 50 lbs braid and 8 to 1 retrieval.

I’m not used to finesse fishing bass with open face gear. I think I’m just stuck in the loop of being used to cranking fish out with my MH looms and a reel with 50 lbs braid and 8 to 1 retrieval.

I’m not used to finesse fishing bass with open face gear. Slipperybob I love the ease of using a spinning rod set up.

There are certain bait casting reels that are more tuned into tossing lighter weight lures. If lures are just in the 1/4 weight, and you’ve got your complete set up tuned and adjusted, it’s virtually gets the same distance.

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I have not gone down to 10# braid yet as I haven’t the need to finesse in that scenario for bait casting reels. So I’ve got a St. Croix Avid 9 H set up for those distance requirements.

FryDog62 I will only use an extra fast tip, medium rod for wacky rigs. Better sensitivity, and it’s not a noodle when you need to horse the fish away from cover.

The Lowest stretch line you’ll find, highly abrasion resistant, breaking strength closer to 12 lbs. Bearcat89 I will only use an extra fast tip, medium rod for wacky rigs.

Better sensitivity, and it’s not a noodle when you need to horse the fish away from cover. The Lowest stretch line you’ll find, highly abrasion resistant, breaking strength closer to 12 lbs.

Don't think it would be too great if I was in heavy cover, but I’m on a rock point doing very well after that storm front pushed past Tom Sawmill

Bearcat89 wrote:
My issue is I like to throw both of those on spinning gear, so I can get more distance.

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It’s an 8’3 spinning rod that crushes fish with slip bombers, and was designed to set hooks on looooonnnggg leader Lindy rigs 8-12, but I use it for everything. I use it with 6 pound Suffix Elite and there isn’t a bass that will get off with that long rod even when they jump I just put the tip in the water.

This telescopic feature does NOT lose your ability to detect a bite. The clear finish on the logo has flaked off in spots, so you can tell they are used a lot, but the rods are solid.

It is a bit heavy as its 8’3 and has a telescopic feature so there is extra material, A 2500 will balance it out though. I have this Limit Creek telescoping rod and it's all sorts of full of utility.

I use it with 6 pound Suffix Elite and there isn’t a bass that will get off with that long rod even when they jump I just put the tip in the water. This telescopic feature does NOT lose your ability to detect a bite.

The clear finish on the logo has flaked off in spots, so you can tell they are used a lot, but the rods are solid. It is a bit heavy as its 8’3 and has a telescopic feature so there is extra material, A 2500 will balance it out though.

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I have been having great luck using 3/8 black heat shrink cut into 1/4 long strips that I slide over the worm, and then I hook into the heat shrink and the worm. I have been having great luck using 3/8 black heat shrink cut into 1/4 long strips that I slide over the worm, and then I hook into the heat shrink and the worm.

The wacky rig is known to give your soft plastic baits more action, and can be employed in a lot of different ways. This post will help you understand the basics of using this popular technique, and all the possible variations to wacky rigging.

It’s also the perfect rig for your friends who don’t have a clue about bass fishing but want to learn how. Wacky rigging, or the wacky rig often refers to how you hook your soft plastic when fishing for bass.

When you here the words wacky rigged” this generally means the hook is sitting right in the middle of the worm. This set up allows your soft plastic to have incredible action as you move it through the water.

Here is a simple diagram of what a basic wacky rig looks like to help you understand what people are talking about when the say, “I rigged it wacky style.” When wacky rigging weightless the best bait, hands down, is a Yamamoto 4 or 5 inch Seiko.

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I’m sure you could try it with other smaller worms, but typically your larger stick style baits work best. One cool trick is to use a wacky rigging tool, and slip some rubber o-rings over the middle of your bait.

Place your hook through the rubber ring, and you are going to save yourself some cash from losing those stick baits when they get thrashed by the bass. Just a simple small size 1 Takamatsu finesse wide gap hook can’t be beat for fishing a weightless wacky rig.

Illustration of a weightless wacky rigged Seiko set up ready to start fishing! I’ve experimented between both nose hooking and wacky rigging on a drop shot.

Wacky rigging just gives the bait a wobbling action which can’t be duplicated with a nose hook. I’ve caught more fish on a drop shot wacky rigged worm than any other set up in my arsenal.

Another popular method for wacky rigging is to use a weighted hook on your wacky rig. This thing is awesome in getting the action of the wacky style bait down deep to those elusive bass.

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Wacky Rigging with a nail weight is a very popular way to catch bass. Sometimes this is referred to as a Nero Rig.” Basically all you do is put together a weightless wacky rig, but then you slide a small nail style weight in the head of the worm.

On a tight line your worm will stand up and wobble across the bottom as you inch it along. My favorite worms to fish with a nail weight are a Yamamoto 4 or 5 inch Seiko, or a fat straight tail hookworm.

If all else falls, give them the “Mo wack!” It gets your bait right down to the bottom, and both ends of your worm wobble enticingly as you pull the Carolina rig along. This is a unique wacky style Carolina rig set up to try and get a few more bites, and a little more action from your worms.

This wacky rigging video show’s all these different ways to fish a wacky rig in action. I tied up all 5 of these styles of wacky rigs, and used them in an evening of fishing.

I Hope you found these tips beneficial, and most importantly they help you “Track” some bass! Let me know your thoughts on wacky rigging, and which of these techniques you’ve found success with in the comments below.

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I’m a sponge for wanting to learn more and better ways to catch bass, so your comments mean a lot. There is a lot of good stuff out there, and I just hope to contribute by sharing with you what I’ve done that’s worked.

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