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How To Fish A Finesse Worm
How to catch bass with a finesse worm. Tips and techniques that show the right way
to fish finesse worms for big bass. Glenn: Here we are. Keri: Got a little split shot. Yeah, that’s what we’re doing, split shot. Glenn: Yeah, split shot, yeah. Keri: Come here. He’s feisty. He is a feisty guy. He’s feisty. Come here, dude. Come here. Come to mama. Come on. Come on. Glenn: That’s a good fish. Keri: Yeah, it is. He’s mad too. Man, oh man. He’s not happy with me. Not happy with me whatsoever. Come hither you, good little buckaroo. Look at that little guy. Glenn: Hello. Keri: One pounder, a little belly on him. Glenn: Yeah. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today I want to talk about finesse worm
fishing. Now, I know a lot of you, when you think of
finesse worms, this is what conjures up inyour mind. This is what you think of, this little four
and a half-inch, real flimsy kind of a handpoor, do-nothing kind of worm. And you’re right. That is a finesse worm and that is for a good
reason why a lot of people think of finesseworms as this because that’s really how it
gained its popularity in the ’80s back inthe west coast in those clear, clear reservoirs
that had heavy fishing pressure. You needed something like this to elicit the
bite. And so I want to talk about that today. But there’s also another kind of finesse worm
I wanna talk about that I think you’re reallygonna like. And it’s a different type of fishing than
using your typical finesse style. But let’s get into the stereotypical finesse
worm first because that’s the most prevalent. This is used best when the fish are in a neutral
to negative mode, feeding mode, usually aftera cold front or like I mentioned, those heavy
fishing pressure conditions, clear water,cold water. When the fish really aren’t actively chasing
fish or chasing down baitfish and they reallyneed to be spoon-fed, that’s where this comes
into place. See, it doesn’t really have any big appendages
or anything like that. Not a lot of movement, not a lot of action. So it doesn’t really, you know, it doesn’t
look out of place. Plus because it’s so flimsy, it really moves
around in the water naturally like, you know,like a worm could be. That’s exactly what it does. So let me talk about a couple of different
ways from the finesse standpoint, how to fishand what made it so popular starting with
the split shot rig, which I have right here. Now, a split shot rig basically looks like
this. You’ve got, you know, the modern split shot
rig today has this cylindrical weight in frontof it, pegged with a rubber peg so you can
slide it up down the line. It doesn’t damage the line. Then you’ve got your, you know, 1/0 hook here
with your finesse worm on it. Now, I still call it split shot because originally,
we used to use split shots. We didn’t have the cylindrical weights. But the split shots, you know, they got a
little. . . some problems with it. You clamp it down on a line and it can damage
the line and it’s got those little ears thatstick out on it and that can collect weeds
and stuff and get hung up in rocks. So the cylindrical weights that have come
out these days, this is much better. Goes through the weeds, doesn’t grab things. You’ve got a rubber stopper in there that
holds it in place so it doesn’t damage theline. It’s much, much, more improvement. Some people call it the Mojo rig, but I still
call it split shot. It’s the same thing. And it’s quite a bit of. . . Look at the. . . Wow, we’ve got quite a leader on here, about
two feet. That’s pretty normal for me when I fish in
a finesse worm and I’ll tell you why herein a second. We were just fishing on a spinning rod, medium
to light power, moderate action rod. So you can see it’s got a lot of bend in it. That’s got a lot of gears because we’re using
six-pound test and I got a video down hereat the bottom, I’ll link to, that really goes
into rigging the split shot rig. So I’m not going to go too deep into details,
but it is a finesse tactic using your lightline, light-wired hooks. Now, the reason I’ve got this long leader
and the way you fish it, what you do is youcast it out there. Basically, what you want to do when you cast
it out there, I’m just gonna show the motionshere, but you let it sink all the way to the
bottom. And as it’s sinking, really pay close attention
to the line. You really want to watch it because you’re
letting it fall on slack line and a fish couldbite it on the way down. Not always, but it could. And the only way you’re going to detect that
bite is if you see the line. It’ll jump. It’ll pop. It’ll twitch or it might move off to one side. Or maybe it might accelerate as it’s falling
down. So keep close attention to that line as it
reaches the bottom. Once it hits the bottom, wait. Don’t move at all. Why?Well, the weights hit the bottom, but the
finesse worm is still following it down. And this is where the fun part comes in. That weight is sitting down here on the bottom
of the lake and it just kind of undulatesand twists and kind of falls down slowly and
lands on the bottom in a real natural way. This is unlike, say, a soft plastic stick
bait, like a YUM Dinger or something. This actually undulates and kind of moves
as it falls. And so you have to wait for it to hit the
bottom, even though your weight has hit there. So hang on a second. That’s why I’ve got that two-foot leader or
maybe, you know, a three-foot leader, givesit more time for it to fall. That’s usually when you get that bite is when
it slows down when it’s near the bottom. Keri: Nice one. Nice. Glenn: There we go. Right there. Went for the little finesse worm. Right in the mouth too. Look at that right there. If you don’t get bit, reel up to it, lift
up just a little bit. I’m in weeds here. Lift up. Now, if you notice, I lift up quite a bit,
almost straight up and then you’ll let itdrop all the way back down again. Why?Well, it’s that same action. What’s happening is the weight is coming up
and the bait is following it and then theweight comes back down and then the bait makes
its way on down. If you notice, the bait doesn’t come up as
high as the weight. The more of a leader you have, the less the
more of a difference it is. So you’re lifting up quite a bit because you’re
lifting the weight up, but that bait isn’tcoming up as far and then that weight comes
back down and then the bait kind of followswith it. So it’s a larger motion than you would say
if it was Texas-rigged, right?So you’re lifting it all the way up and then
you let it fall back down. Let the weight hit the bottom and then wait
and let it work its way. Let the finesse worm do its trick. And you do that all the way back. You can cover some water with that. It’s actually a little bit slower technique
but that’s. . . Again, if the bite is real slow, then that’s
what the bass want. You can cover water a little bit quicker by
doing a little bit different retrieve andthat is you throw it out there, let it sit
on the bottom and instead of lifting backup and down on the rod, just slowly move your
real handle. Just slowly move it and kinda crawl it on
the bottom. Bump that weight along the bottom. That finesse worm behind it is kind of moving
and darting, kind of, jigging around, justkind of crawling down there. And pause it every once in a while, give it
a rest and let it sit and then proceed tomove it again. You can cover water fairly effectively that
way. So, not a super-fast way of fishing it, but
it’s better than if you’re just sitting here. And that’s really the difference between this
technique and the next technique I’m goingto show you. The split shot technique is used for covering
a little more water when the bite is reallyslow or off. You can cover water looking for fish that
way with a split shot because you’re movingit, you’re moving it up and down, you’re crawling
along the bottom. You can even move your rod tip along to move
it along. Sometimes if they’re really deep, what I’ll
do is I’ll just use the wind to drift withthe boat and I’ll just hang the rod, you know,
right over the side of the boat and I’ll justlet it, you know, 15-feet of water, 20-feet
of water. I’m just dragging it along the bottom and
letting the breeze just kind of drift us overan area. So you can cover an area pretty quickly with
a split shot. Now the next one is the drop shot. Glenn: Come here. All right. Keri: He’s not happy. Glenn: Here we go. Keri: What are you using, Glenn?Glenn: Drop shot finesse worm. The drop shot, this is used when you’ve found
an area where you know the fish are hanging. So, for example, if they’re hanging around
drop-offs, they’re hanging around points,humps, sandbars, you know they’re on that,
then you can pinpoint and you can work themreally good with a drop shot, which is this
little guy. If you notice, I don’t have as much of a leader,
okay, because it’s a different presentation. I’ve got it on a spin SpinShot right here. So it spins around really easy, as you can
see, and it doesn’t twist the line. That’s why I like it. Plus because it spins like that, the lure
can dance around. It’s freer, nothing impedes it. So it looks more natural in the water. So I use a SpinShot in this case. And also, I’m doing. . . I just nose-hooked it
as you can see. It’s just a simple nose hook. I’m not even Texas-rigging it. With a little 8-ounce teardrop weight, I can
also use a cylindrical one. This one works pretty good. If I’m getting hung up a lot, say, for example,
if I’m fishing in a little bit of a rockyarea, I’ll use a cylindrical one. But this doesn’t work as well, say, for example,
than rip rap. I just tend to get hung up a lot no matter
what weight I use. But other than that, this works really good
in those deeper structure areas where thefish are hanging. Maybe they’re a little bit suspended off a
piece of structure. This, you can work an area very, very slowly
and very effectively and catch those fishthat are not willing to bite anything else. So all you do is you just cast it out, let
it sit in the bottom. Once it reaches the bottom again, with any
technique like this, you’ll want to watchas it’s falling, watch your line to see if
there’s a bite. That’s the only way you’re gonna detect a
bite. So pay close attention to the line. Once it hits the bottom, all you’re gonna
do, you’re just gonna reel up a little bitand tighten down a little bit, and you just
want to tighten the line and you just wantto feel that you’ve got a good connection
between you and that bait. And this is why I use fluorocarbon line. Braid has a little bit of buoyancy in it,
in a bows, because of that. Fluorocarbon has some density to it. It’s a little bit heavier. It’s a straight connection and it has excellent
sensitivity. You’re going to need that for this technique
because what you’re gonna do is just holdit and hold that line nice and tight the best
you can and not move the bait. You may think, “Well, the bait is hanging
there looking like nothing. “Well, actually, you’ve got a little bit of
waves are lapping against the line that aremaking the line move a little bit. Your hand movement, even though you’re trying
to hold it real steady, your hand is stillmoving around. There’s a little bit of current underwater. It’s moving that bait around, so on and so
forth. There’s influences from a lot of different
things that are making that bait quiver andshake and move. And that’s really all you need in this situation
is just making it look alive, just barely,not even moving it. Now, after you’ve done that for a little bit,
then just take your rod and you just wantto shake the rod tip. So you just move the hand. I’m just barely moving my hands. See this. You just shake it just like that. Okay. If you look. . . look at the rod tip if I can
get it over the rod tip. . . See that?You’re just shaking the rod tip just like
that. And that’s all you want to do. And that bait is just gonna quiver, quiver
in place. And a lot of times, that’s how you get a strike. This is again why I’m using nice fluorocarbon
line on it because the bite is very, verysubtle. They’ll just kinda grab it and sometimes they’ll
just stay there. And so you’ll feel the little tick, tick,
tick of the weight. And then I’ll go thud, thud, thud. That’s your bite. That’s all you’ll feel. So you’ve got to be really in tune to it. Make sure that you are paying close attention
to what you’re doing because when that fishbites it, you’ve gotta be ready to set the
hook. And really setting the hook is just simply
pulling it. It’s not a hard. . . your hook is already exposed. It’s a thin wire hook. It’s gonna go in. So don’t reef on it. You could actually bend the hook or you can
even rip the hook out of the fish’s mouth. So just lift up on it quickly and you’ll set
the hook. So that’s a quick way to fish it. And then all you want to do is if you still. . . if
you don’t get a bite on that, then lift itup, reposition it, let it drift back down
and then start over again with that same exactsequence that I just told you. It’s a real methodical way of picking apart
a piece of structure, picking off those fishthat aren’t willing to bite. If somebody goes by in front of you and he’s
throwing crankbaits or jigs or some otherfaster moving bait, this requires a lot of
patience, but you’re going to pick up thosefish that he missed, especially on those days
when those fish just aren’t willing to bite. This sometimes is the only way you’re going
to get them to bite is a presentation likethis. So that’s where a finesse worm really shines. Now, there’s one other finesse technique that
you can use with finesse worms and that isa shaky head. Let me grab that real quick so you can see
it. Shaky has one of these guys, little shaky
head jig. Let me show that to you. See that?Line ties right there. So really, it sits on the bottom like this. And this sits here like this. This hangs out. Okay. This floats up in the water. So it actually looks kind of like a little
baitfish that’s feeding on the bottom. Real nice subtle technique. This is actually perfect. It looks like an unwary, unobservant baitfish
that looks very vulnerable on the bottom ofthe lake and the bass just can’t resist it. It’s very simple to fish. It’s just really two different ways. Throw it out there and let it sit on the bottom. And you can either just let it sit for a little
while and then lift up a little bit. I only lift about four to six inches, not
very far. I don’t want to move it much and let it plop
back down and let it sit there again and justlet the current and stuff do its work and
that fish is going to bite it. Another way to do it is you can scoot along
the bottom, just kinda reel up a little bit,pull up on the rod tip, just scoot it a bit,
stop. That’s again why I liked that flat-headed
shaky head because it helps it stand up. An E2 shaky your head jig also works really
well. It helps keep it standing up. Otherwise, it lays down on the side and it
doesn’t look as good of a presentation. So I wanna make sure that it’s standing up. So get a jig head that does that. Shaky head works really well. Now, let me talk to you about another different
kind of finesse worm. This is actually gaining popularity. You’re seeing more and more of this. Yeah, I’m breaking down a baitcaster. Look at this. Okay. This is a six-inch finesse worm. You got Texas rig there. Pretty cool. These longer ones, these bigger ones are getting
more and more popular. I’ve even seen some magnum size ones coming
out now. So you’re going to see a lot more of this
hit the market. These work exceptionally well. Again, when the bite is off or you’re fishing
in heavily pressured water, or if you’re ina, let’s say a tournament, lots of people
fishing it and you’re fishing behind people,you can catch a lot of fish behind them using
the finesse worm. There we go. Keri: Yup. Got one already. Glenn: Oh, boy. Keri: Got a big one already. Glenn: Oh, he came all the way out of the
water. Don’t go in the weeds. Come on, baby. Come on out. Don’t go to the weeds. Keri: We’re using finesse worms today. Glenn: Finesse worm. Keri: Finesse worms. Glenn: Come here. I don’t have you hooked right. I don’t know what’s going on there. Keri: You got him hooked weird. Glenn: I got him hooked, but, boy. If I can get your face it would be helpful. There we go. Oh, that came right out of my hands. Come here. He’s got a lot of fight in him. Keri: He’s a little angry. Glenn: Oh, boy. We’ve got that finesse worm just hanging right
there. That works. Keri: There you go. Glenn: Boy. Keri: That was tough. Glenn: All right, I’ll let you go. So basically, also what I’m doing, I’ve got
myself a baitcasting rod now. It’s a medium-heavy 7-foot rod with 15-pound
fluorocarbon, Seaguar InvizX line. I really like that line. Also, sometimes I’ll use a Seaguar Tatsu line
because it’s really supple and it helps thisbait move naturally in the water. But InvizX, I use a kind of an all-purpose
line. Sometimes when I don’t know what I’m gonna
be fishing, I don’t know if I’m hitting wood,rock, lots of weeds, I’m not sure, then IvizX
is more abrasion-resistant. But if I know exactly what I’m fishing, say
for example weeds, I’ll be using Seaguar Tatsujust to give it a little more action. But tied on it, I’m only using a light weight,
man. I’m only using like an 8th-ounce tungsten
weight. See that?And the reason I’m doing that is. . . and I’ve
got it pegged with a bobber stopper. You can see the little bobber stopper here
on the top. So a couple things here. First of all, you’ll notice it doesn’t have
any appendages on it. It’s a real thin profile bait. So when you’re throwing this, it’s not like
your typical Texas rig bait that’s thicker. It’s got appendages that’ll slow down the
rate of fall. This doesn’t. So, you know, with those, you’re using like
a three 8th-ounce or, you know, a quarter-ounceweight. You put that on a bait like this and it’s
going to go right through the water. The bites occur on the fall with this bait
and so you’re ruining the action. You’re actually at a disadvantage if you put
too much weight on this and it falls too quickly. You want it to fall real slowly. So an 8th-ounce weight is what I’m using. I put the bobber stopper on here because I
am throwing it around certain kind of coverand I want to make sure that it gets through
that cover. So I’m using the weight to pull it through
the cover because otherwise, the weight goesthrough and then the worm kind of falls through,
maybe not even make it all the way down, itgets hung up on something. Plus, there’s a little bit of action that
I do on this. Now, I’m using a 3/0. . . Actually, yeah, it’s a 3/0 hook. I don’t know if you could see this or not. It’s real subtle. But it’s not on center. I don’t have it rigged straight up and down. It’s off a little bit. Maybe you can see it if I look over here. It’s real subtle, so it may not be showing
up very well on my camera. But I’ve got it off just a little bit. And the reason being when you have this rigged
right, when it lands on the water, it’s goingto spiral downward, nice and slow, real slow. This is a great technique. This is what I learned when I fished tube
jigs. I started fishing them this way in the ’80s. It looks kind of like a dying baitfish and
it’s still a technique that works really,really well, this presentation. You want that kind of a spiral action as it
falls real slow. So, for that reason, I don’t necessarily. . . I’m not flipping and pitching this into heavy
cover. I’m throwing it on the edges of cover, on
the edges of weed lines, that sort of thing. This here, what you wanna do when you’re following
behind somebody, say they’re flipping andpitching jigs or you’re flipping and pitching
jigs and the fish just aren’t biting, they’re,again, they’re in that neutral, the negative
feeding mode, then what you need to do isback off. Get away from the cover. I think when they’re in that kind of a mode,
pulling up on with a 20-foot boat right upon top of them, just gives them another reason
not to bite. So with this technique, you back away from
the cover and you make long casts to it. Long casts right to the edge and let it just
spiral down right next to the edge. And a lot of times, it gets bit before it
reaches the bottom. There we go. Keri: Finesse worm. Glenn: They’re digging these finesse worms. There you go. Keri: Get out to have some fun. Glenn: Another rule of thumb is when it’s
sunny and clear out, you want to use moreof natural colors. You can use like brown hues, green hues, and
then the darker the water is, the darker thelight is, more clouds, then you use a darker
color worm. Green pumpkin is a good all-around purpose
color. You don’t really need to get too crazy with
all the different colors. That’s basically it. I just use some translucent colors like this
and then I got some opaque ones, includinggreen pumpkin and you’re good to go. Keri: Here, fishy, fishy, fishy, fishy. Glenn: Boy, he listened. Keri: Definitely so. He’s a little scrappy dude. But yeah, they listened. Glenn: All right. Keri: Just a little guy. He’s just a little guy. He’d go in the live well if it was a tournament
but quit spinning, quit spinning, quit spinning,spin, spin, spin, spin, spin. Stop. Let me grab you. Thank you. Got you right through the nose. Sorry. He’s been eating. Glenn: Oh, yeah. Keri: Hey, Buddy. And he’s just a little guy. But, hey, they gotta be little to get big. So here you go. Glenn: So those are the different ways to
fish with a finesse worm. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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How To Fish A Finesse Worm
How to catch bass with a finesse worm. Tips and techniques that show the right way
to fish finesse worms for big bass. Glenn: Here we are. Keri: Got a little split shot. Yeah, that's what we're doing, split shot. Glenn: Yeah, split shot, yeah. Keri: Come here. He's feisty. He is a feisty guy. He's feisty. Come here, dude. Come here. Come to mama. Come on. Come on. Glenn: That's a good fish. Keri: Yeah, it is. He's mad too. Man, oh man. He's not happy with me. Not happy with me whatsoever. Come hither you, good little buckaroo. Look at that little guy. Glenn: Hello. Keri: One pounder, a little belly on him. Glenn: Yeah. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today I want to talk about finesse worm
fishing. Now, I know a lot of you, when you think of
finesse worms, this is what conjures up inyour mind. This is what you think of, this little four
and a half-inch, real flimsy kind of a handpoor, do-nothing kind of worm. And you're right. That is a finesse worm and that is for a good
reason why a lot of people think of finesseworms as this because that's really how it
gained its popularity in the '80s back inthe west coast in those clear, clear reservoirs
that had heavy fishing pressure. You needed something like this to elicit the
bite. And so I want to talk about that today. But there's also another kind of finesse worm
I wanna talk about that I think you're reallygonna like. And it's a different type of fishing than
using your typical finesse style. But let's get into the stereotypical finesse
worm first because that's the most prevalent. This is used best when the fish are in a neutral
to negative mode, feeding mode, usually aftera cold front or like I mentioned, those heavy
fishing pressure conditions, clear water,cold water. When the fish really aren't actively chasing
fish or chasing down baitfish and they reallyneed to be spoon-fed, that's where this comes
into place. See, it doesn't really have any big appendages
or anything like that. Not a lot of movement, not a lot of action. So it doesn't really, you know, it doesn't
look out of place. Plus because it's so flimsy, it really moves
around in the water naturally like, you know,like a worm could be. That's exactly what it does. So let me talk about a couple of different
ways from the finesse standpoint, how to fishand what made it so popular starting with
the split shot rig, which I have right here. Now, a split shot rig basically looks like
this. You've got, you know, the modern split shot
rig today has this cylindrical weight in frontof it, pegged with a rubber peg so you can
slide it up down the line. It doesn't damage the line. Then you've got your, you know, 1/0 hook here
with your finesse worm on it. Now, I still call it split shot because originally,
we used to use split shots. We didn't have the cylindrical weights. But the split shots, you know, they got a
little. . . some problems with it. You clamp it down on a line and it can damage
the line and it's got those little ears thatstick out on it and that can collect weeds
and stuff and get hung up in rocks. So the cylindrical weights that have come
out these days, this is much better. Goes through the weeds, doesn't grab things. You've got a rubber stopper in there that
holds it in place so it doesn't damage theline. It's much, much, more improvement. Some people call it the Mojo rig, but I still
call it split shot. It's the same thing. And it's quite a bit of. . . Look at the. . . Wow, we've got quite a leader on here, about
two feet. That's pretty normal for me when I fish in
a finesse worm and I'll tell you why herein a second. We were just fishing on a spinning rod, medium
to light power, moderate action rod. So you can see it's got a lot of bend in it. That's got a lot of gears because we're using
six-pound test and I got a video down hereat the bottom, I'll link to, that really goes
into rigging the split shot rig. So I'm not going to go too deep into details,
but it is a finesse tactic using your lightline, light-wired hooks. Now, the reason I've got this long leader
and the way you fish it, what you do is youcast it out there. Basically, what you want to do when you cast
it out there, I'm just gonna show the motionshere, but you let it sink all the way to the
bottom. And as it's sinking, really pay close attention
to the line. You really want to watch it because you're
letting it fall on slack line and a fish couldbite it on the way down. Not always, but it could. And the only way you're going to detect that
bite is if you see the line. It'll jump. It'll pop. It'll twitch or it might move off to one side. Or maybe it might accelerate as it's falling
down. So keep close attention to that line as it
reaches the bottom. Once it hits the bottom, wait. Don't move at all. Why?Well, the weights hit the bottom, but the
finesse worm is still following it down. And this is where the fun part comes in. That weight is sitting down here on the bottom
of the lake and it just kind of undulatesand twists and kind of falls down slowly and
lands on the bottom in a real natural way. This is unlike, say, a soft plastic stick
bait, like a YUM Dinger or something. This actually undulates and kind of moves
as it falls. And so you have to wait for it to hit the
bottom, even though your weight has hit there. So hang on a second. That's why I've got that two-foot leader or
maybe, you know, a three-foot leader, givesit more time for it to fall. That's usually when you get that bite is when
it slows down when it's near the bottom. Keri: Nice one. Nice. Glenn: There we go. Right there. Went for the little finesse worm. Right in the mouth too. Look at that right there. If you don't get bit, reel up to it, lift
up just a little bit. I'm in weeds here. Lift up. Now, if you notice, I lift up quite a bit,
almost straight up and then you'll let itdrop all the way back down again. Why?Well, it's that same action. What's happening is the weight is coming up
and the bait is following it and then theweight comes back down and then the bait makes
its way on down. If you notice, the bait doesn't come up as
high as the weight. The more of a leader you have, the less the
more of a difference it is. So you're lifting up quite a bit because you're
lifting the weight up, but that bait isn'tcoming up as far and then that weight comes
back down and then the bait kind of followswith it. So it's a larger motion than you would say
if it was Texas-rigged, right?So you're lifting it all the way up and then
you let it fall back down. Let the weight hit the bottom and then wait
and let it work its way. Let the finesse worm do its trick. And you do that all the way back. You can cover some water with that. It's actually a little bit slower technique
but that's. . . Again, if the bite is real slow, then that's
what the bass want. You can cover water a little bit quicker by
doing a little bit different retrieve andthat is you throw it out there, let it sit
on the bottom and instead of lifting backup and down on the rod, just slowly move your
real handle. Just slowly move it and kinda crawl it on
the bottom. Bump that weight along the bottom. That finesse worm behind it is kind of moving
and darting, kind of, jigging around, justkind of crawling down there. And pause it every once in a while, give it
a rest and let it sit and then proceed tomove it again. You can cover water fairly effectively that
way. So, not a super-fast way of fishing it, but
it's better than if you're just sitting here. And that's really the difference between this
technique and the next technique I'm goingto show you. The split shot technique is used for covering
a little more water when the bite is reallyslow or off. You can cover water looking for fish that
way with a split shot because you're movingit, you're moving it up and down, you're crawling
along the bottom. You can even move your rod tip along to move
it along. Sometimes if they're really deep, what I'll
do is I'll just use the wind to drift withthe boat and I'll just hang the rod, you know,
right over the side of the boat and I'll justlet it, you know, 15-feet of water, 20-feet
of water. I'm just dragging it along the bottom and
letting the breeze just kind of drift us overan area. So you can cover an area pretty quickly with
a split shot. Now the next one is the drop shot. Glenn: Come here. All right. Keri: He's not happy. Glenn: Here we go. Keri: What are you using, Glenn?Glenn: Drop shot finesse worm. The drop shot, this is used when you've found
an area where you know the fish are hanging. So, for example, if they're hanging around
drop-offs, they're hanging around points,humps, sandbars, you know they're on that,
then you can pinpoint and you can work themreally good with a drop shot, which is this
little guy. If you notice, I don't have as much of a leader,
okay, because it's a different presentation. I've got it on a spin SpinShot right here. So it spins around really easy, as you can
see, and it doesn't twist the line. That's why I like it. Plus because it spins like that, the lure
can dance around. It's freer, nothing impedes it. So it looks more natural in the water. So I use a SpinShot in this case. And also, I'm doing. . . I just nose-hooked it
as you can see. It's just a simple nose hook. I'm not even Texas-rigging it. With a little 8-ounce teardrop weight, I can
also use a cylindrical one. This one works pretty good. If I'm getting hung up a lot, say, for example,
if I'm fishing in a little bit of a rockyarea, I'll use a cylindrical one. But this doesn't work as well, say, for example,
than rip rap. I just tend to get hung up a lot no matter
what weight I use. But other than that, this works really good
in those deeper structure areas where thefish are hanging. Maybe they're a little bit suspended off a
piece of structure. This, you can work an area very, very slowly
and very effectively and catch those fishthat are not willing to bite anything else. So all you do is you just cast it out, let
it sit in the bottom. Once it reaches the bottom again, with any
technique like this, you'll want to watchas it's falling, watch your line to see if
there's a bite. That's the only way you're gonna detect a
bite. So pay close attention to the line. Once it hits the bottom, all you're gonna
do, you're just gonna reel up a little bitand tighten down a little bit, and you just
want to tighten the line and you just wantto feel that you've got a good connection
between you and that bait. And this is why I use fluorocarbon line. Braid has a little bit of buoyancy in it,
in a bows, because of that. Fluorocarbon has some density to it. It's a little bit heavier. It's a straight connection and it has excellent
sensitivity. You're going to need that for this technique
because what you're gonna do is just holdit and hold that line nice and tight the best
you can and not move the bait. You may think, "Well, the bait is hanging
there looking like nothing. "Well, actually, you've got a little bit of
waves are lapping against the line that aremaking the line move a little bit. Your hand movement, even though you're trying
to hold it real steady, your hand is stillmoving around. There's a little bit of current underwater. It's moving that bait around, so on and so
forth. There's influences from a lot of different
things that are making that bait quiver andshake and move. And that's really all you need in this situation
is just making it look alive, just barely,not even moving it. Now, after you've done that for a little bit,
then just take your rod and you just wantto shake the rod tip. So you just move the hand. I'm just barely moving my hands. See this. You just shake it just like that. Okay. If you look. . . look at the rod tip if I can
get it over the rod tip. . . See that?You're just shaking the rod tip just like
that. And that's all you want to do. And that bait is just gonna quiver, quiver
in place. And a lot of times, that's how you get a strike. This is again why I'm using nice fluorocarbon
line on it because the bite is very, verysubtle. They'll just kinda grab it and sometimes they'll
just stay there. And so you'll feel the little tick, tick,
tick of the weight. And then I'll go thud, thud, thud. That's your bite. That's all you'll feel. So you've got to be really in tune to it. Make sure that you are paying close attention
to what you're doing because when that fishbites it, you've gotta be ready to set the
hook. And really setting the hook is just simply
pulling it. It's not a hard. . . your hook is already exposed. It's a thin wire hook. It's gonna go in. So don't reef on it. You could actually bend the hook or you can
even rip the hook out of the fish's mouth. So just lift up on it quickly and you'll set
the hook. So that's a quick way to fish it. And then all you want to do is if you still. . . if
you don't get a bite on that, then lift itup, reposition it, let it drift back down
and then start over again with that same exactsequence that I just told you. It's a real methodical way of picking apart
a piece of structure, picking off those fishthat aren't willing to bite. If somebody goes by in front of you and he's
throwing crankbaits or jigs or some otherfaster moving bait, this requires a lot of
patience, but you're going to pick up thosefish that he missed, especially on those days
when those fish just aren't willing to bite. This sometimes is the only way you're going
to get them to bite is a presentation likethis. So that's where a finesse worm really shines. Now, there's one other finesse technique that
you can use with finesse worms and that isa shaky head. Let me grab that real quick so you can see
it. Shaky has one of these guys, little shaky
head jig. Let me show that to you. See that?Line ties right there. So really, it sits on the bottom like this. And this sits here like this. This hangs out. Okay. This floats up in the water. So it actually looks kind of like a little
baitfish that's feeding on the bottom. Real nice subtle technique. This is actually perfect. It looks like an unwary, unobservant baitfish
that looks very vulnerable on the bottom ofthe lake and the bass just can't resist it. It's very simple to fish. It's just really two different ways. Throw it out there and let it sit on the bottom. And you can either just let it sit for a little
while and then lift up a little bit. I only lift about four to six inches, not
very far. I don't want to move it much and let it plop
back down and let it sit there again and justlet the current and stuff do its work and
that fish is going to bite it. Another way to do it is you can scoot along
the bottom, just kinda reel up a little bit,pull up on the rod tip, just scoot it a bit,
stop. That's again why I liked that flat-headed
shaky head because it helps it stand up. An E2 shaky your head jig also works really
well. It helps keep it standing up. Otherwise, it lays down on the side and it
doesn't look as good of a presentation. So I wanna make sure that it's standing up. So get a jig head that does that. Shaky head works really well. Now, let me talk to you about another different
kind of finesse worm. This is actually gaining popularity. You're seeing more and more of this. Yeah, I'm breaking down a baitcaster. Look at this. Okay. This is a six-inch finesse worm. You got Texas rig there. Pretty cool. These longer ones, these bigger ones are getting
more and more popular. I've even seen some magnum size ones coming
out now. So you're going to see a lot more of this
hit the market. These work exceptionally well. Again, when the bite is off or you're fishing
in heavily pressured water, or if you're ina, let's say a tournament, lots of people
fishing it and you're fishing behind people,you can catch a lot of fish behind them using
the finesse worm. There we go. Keri: Yup. Got one already. Glenn: Oh, boy. Keri: Got a big one already. Glenn: Oh, he came all the way out of the
water. Don't go in the weeds. Come on, baby. Come on out. Don't go to the weeds. Keri: We're using finesse worms today. Glenn: Finesse worm. Keri: Finesse worms. Glenn: Come here. I don't have you hooked right. I don't know what's going on there. Keri: You got him hooked weird. Glenn: I got him hooked, but, boy. If I can get your face it would be helpful. There we go. Oh, that came right out of my hands. Come here. He's got a lot of fight in him. Keri: He's a little angry. Glenn: Oh, boy. We've got that finesse worm just hanging right
there. That works. Keri: There you go. Glenn: Boy. Keri: That was tough. Glenn: All right, I'll let you go. So basically, also what I'm doing, I've got
myself a baitcasting rod now. It's a medium-heavy 7-foot rod with 15-pound
fluorocarbon, Seaguar InvizX line. I really like that line. Also, sometimes I'll use a Seaguar Tatsu line
because it's really supple and it helps thisbait move naturally in the water. But InvizX, I use a kind of an all-purpose
line. Sometimes when I don't know what I'm gonna
be fishing, I don't know if I'm hitting wood,rock, lots of weeds, I'm not sure, then IvizX
is more abrasion-resistant. But if I know exactly what I'm fishing, say
for example weeds, I'll be using Seaguar Tatsujust to give it a little more action. But tied on it, I'm only using a light weight,
man. I'm only using like an 8th-ounce tungsten
weight. See that?And the reason I'm doing that is. . . and I've
got it pegged with a bobber stopper. You can see the little bobber stopper here
on the top. So a couple things here. First of all, you'll notice it doesn't have
any appendages on it. It's a real thin profile bait. So when you're throwing this, it's not like
your typical Texas rig bait that's thicker. It's got appendages that'll slow down the
rate of fall. This doesn't. So, you know, with those, you're using like
a three 8th-ounce or, you know, a quarter-ounceweight. You put that on a bait like this and it's
going to go right through the water. The bites occur on the fall with this bait
and so you're ruining the action. You're actually at a disadvantage if you put
too much weight on this and it falls too quickly. You want it to fall real slowly. So an 8th-ounce weight is what I'm using. I put the bobber stopper on here because I
am throwing it around certain kind of coverand I want to make sure that it gets through
that cover. So I'm using the weight to pull it through
the cover because otherwise, the weight goesthrough and then the worm kind of falls through,
maybe not even make it all the way down, itgets hung up on something. Plus, there's a little bit of action that
I do on this. Now, I'm using a 3/0. . . Actually, yeah, it's a 3/0 hook. I don't know if you could see this or not. It's real subtle. But it's not on center. I don't have it rigged straight up and down. It's off a little bit. Maybe you can see it if I look over here. It's real subtle, so it may not be showing
up very well on my camera. But I've got it off just a little bit. And the reason being when you have this rigged
right, when it lands on the water, it's goingto spiral downward, nice and slow, real slow. This is a great technique. This is what I learned when I fished tube
jigs. I started fishing them this way in the '80s. It looks kind of like a dying baitfish and
it's still a technique that works really,really well, this presentation. You want that kind of a spiral action as it
falls real slow. So, for that reason, I don't necessarily. . . I'm not flipping and pitching this into heavy
cover. I'm throwing it on the edges of cover, on
the edges of weed lines, that sort of thing. This here, what you wanna do when you're following
behind somebody, say they're flipping andpitching jigs or you're flipping and pitching
jigs and the fish just aren't biting, they're,again, they're in that neutral, the negative
feeding mode, then what you need to do isback off. Get away from the cover. I think when they're in that kind of a mode,
pulling up on with a 20-foot boat right upon top of them, just gives them another reason
not to bite. So with this technique, you back away from
the cover and you make long casts to it. Long casts right to the edge and let it just
spiral down right next to the edge. And a lot of times, it gets bit before it
reaches the bottom. There we go. Keri: Finesse worm. Glenn: They're digging these finesse worms. There you go. Keri: Get out to have some fun. Glenn: Another rule of thumb is when it's
sunny and clear out, you want to use moreof natural colors. You can use like brown hues, green hues, and
then the darker the water is, the darker thelight is, more clouds, then you use a darker
color worm. Green pumpkin is a good all-around purpose
color. You don't really need to get too crazy with
all the different colors. That's basically it. I just use some translucent colors like this
and then I got some opaque ones, includinggreen pumpkin and you're good to go. Keri: Here, fishy, fishy, fishy, fishy. Glenn: Boy, he listened. Keri: Definitely so. He's a little scrappy dude. But yeah, they listened. Glenn: All right. Keri: Just a little guy. He's just a little guy. He'd go in the live well if it was a tournament
but quit spinning, quit spinning, quit spinning,spin, spin, spin, spin, spin. Stop. Let me grab you. Thank you. Got you right through the nose. Sorry. He's been eating. Glenn: Oh, yeah. Keri: Hey, Buddy. And he's just a little guy. But, hey, they gotta be little to get big. So here you go. Glenn: So those are the different ways to
fish with a finesse worm. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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