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The Wacky Rig for Bass Worms: Full Set-up Guide

Wacky rigs are very popular and excel at fishing precise spots like brush piles or an open pocket in thick weeds. Fishing wacky style can result in some big bags of bass in this type of fishing spot.

For wacky rigs, you need two things:

  • A small wide gap or wacky rig specific hooks (Size 1 Gamakatsu Finesse is a good choice)
  • A Senko worm

Wacky rigs rely on the Senko style of soft plastic worms, also known as “tiki sticks.”

Rigging a wacky worm is simple, find the direct center point of the soft plastic worm. For example, if the worm is 5 inches, put your wacky hook through the body at 2.5 inches so that equal lengths of the worm hang from each side of the hook.

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That’s pretty much it for a wacky rig, but there are a few tips and tricks that can help you when fishing.

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O-Rings and rubber bands

Wacky rigs have a tendency for the worm to come off easily when a fish grabs it and misses the wacky rig hook. Many anglers use small O-rings and put that around the center of the worm and then simply attach the hook to the O-ring. This rubberband method will decrease the number of worms lost. 

One cool trick is to use a wacky rigging tool , slipping 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 gamakatsu finesse wide gap hook can’t be beat for fishing a weightless wacky rig. (krakenbass.com)

Nail Weight Wacky Rig

Another trick is to put small nails into each end of the worm or senko bait. The nail weight in each end gives it a much more decisive flapping action when you pop the end of your rod. Using a nail weight rigged senko bait can make the difference at times.

How to Fish a Wacky Rig

Wacky rigs work great for precision fishing situations. Throw a wacky rig in an open pocket of weeds, around brush and cover, and other areas. They aren’t really great at retrieving long distances and instead are used to slowly fall at the chosen spot while the little worm ends wiggle and pulse, enticing bass to strike.

To work a wacky rig, you can give it little pulls and small rod wobbles to make the appendages wiggle and pulse like a giant inchworm, but to be honest, you really don’t have to do anything to it to make a fish bite it.


Weighted wacky rig

Good worms:

For deeper water wacky rigging it is best to use a weighted hook on your wacky rigged senko bait. This gets your favorite worm down a little faster. Faster-sinking worms tend to generate more movement as they sink down to the bottom, which can induce a strike.

A weighted wacky rig can be cast a little further and also enables you to hit the mid-depth zone. 

Weightless wacky

Good finesse worms: Yamamoto

When wacky rigging weightless, the larger stick style Senko baits work best. You can cast them a reasonable distance and the subtle action of their slow, wobbling fall through the water column triggers bites. Obviously this wacky rig is best for shallower water.

Weedless wacky

Good worms

In some conditions, such as fishing shallow water weed beds, it is best to use weedless rig whenever possible. To rig a weedless wacky rig just use a weedless jig head and hook the senko bait through the middle as you would for a normal wacky rig.

Drop shot wacky rig

Good worms: classic roboworm , which comes in a million colors, and the jackall flick shake

Wacky rigging a worm on a drop shot rig with some extra weight is a great way to target bass with a wacky set up. It works best when the fish are hugging the bottom or down relatively deep. As discussed, when the worm is hooked through the middle, it generates a lot more action on descent than a nose-hooked worm so this is the best wacky presentation.

Other wacky rig tips

As this is a finesse or light weight rig, don’t be afraid to use and ultralight rod and ultralight reel when fishing wacky style with these soft plastic baits. Braided line with a fluorocarbon leader also helps you to detect bites quickly.

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