Numerous options exist for drop-shots, rigging plastic worms
Many anglers are habitual. They might find a certain bait, fishing hole or technique that works for them, then commit faithfully to it.
For instance, some bass anglers throw spinnerbaits and if they don't get a bite, they assume the fish simply aren't hungry, when in reality, a minor change in location or presentation would provide a highly successful ending to the day.
In many scenarios, only a minute change is required to catch more bass - a slightly smaller hook or different colored bait is sometimes sufficient to hook more bass. Yet one series of options - rigging - is often overlooked.
Over the past several years, dense, sinking plastic baits have become a staple in the avid bass angler's tacklebox.
Northland Tackle's version, the Dean Rojas Signature Series Slurpies Dip-Stick Worm, is heavily salted for extra density and has a special scent and flavor added to the soft plastic bait.
Yet this bait has a number of rigging options in addition to the ever-popular Texas Rig. These following five alternative presentations are sure to put more bass in the boat and only require the angler to make slight modifications.
The Donkey Rig is simply a jig-worm style set-up, only the Slurpies Dip-Stick worm is threaded onto a jighead through the narrow end of the bait. This makes it sit tail-down on the bottom. Cast the Donkey Rig out and let it sink on a slack line. Contrary to a jig-worm, you typically won't see your line jump from the surface when a fish hits. However, once you've let it sit for several seconds and tighten the line, you'll feel the big bass shake its head. Set the hook!
Anglers often forget about the fish catching ability of a Carolina Rig and the Dip-Stick Worm is a top-producer on this particular presentation. Using a bullet weight and swivel for a stopper, allow 18 to 30 inches of line between the sinker and the bait. Texas Rig a worm hook through the bait to avoid latching onto vegetation as you drag through weeds.
Simply pierce the worm in the middle of the bait using a wide gap hook, cast out and let it sink. Although Wacky Rigging isn't a weedless approach, you'll often have fish engulf the Dip-Stick Worm before it even reaches the bottom.
The Flick-Shake is another variant of the Wacky Rig, only you're using a 1/16- or 3/32-ounce jighead pierced through the center of the Dip-Stick Worm. The weight of the jighead makes the soft plastic worm enticingly vibrate and wobble, grabbing the fish's attention as it sinks.
Drop-Shotting is a great technique for bass, especially smallmouth, when angling in deep water, on heavily pressured lakes and in clear water. To tie up a Drop-Shot, use a number two or number one hook, attaching it to your line with a Palomar knot. Leave a 12- to 20-inch tag end on your knot and tie a one-fourth- one-half-ounce bell-sinker or Drop-Shot sinker to the end. Hook the Dip-Stick worm through the very tip and launch it toward isolated structure, such as deep brush piles you've identified on your sonar. Your goal is to keep the Drop-Shot sinker stuck to the bottom next to the structure while you gently lift your rod tip to make the Dip-Stick Worm dance and shake for a waiting bass.