The month of April is a great time for wacky worm fishing.
Wacky worming is a great way to catch spawning bass and post spawning
bass. I like to use the Swacky worm, it is a 6-1/2 inch worm that was
designed by Sam Rayburn pro Carl Svebek and made by Gambler Lures. The
Swacky Worm has the egg sack in the center of the worm allowing the worm
to fall level and slow. The best spring colors are watermelon, watermelon
red, watermelon blue, green pumpkin candy and sour grape. When fishing
the Gambler Swacky Worm be sure to use fish attractants like B.A.N.G the
crawfish and garlic flavor works really well. B.A.N.G will give you that
extra edge in catching fish. It makes them hold onto the bait longer.
This gives you more time to set the hook. The formula is ozone friendly
and contains no CFCS in its spray can. B.A.N.G also comes in a 16-oz trigger
spray bottle that is really handy to use. It is hard for a spawning bass
to resist a Gambler Swacky worm when it slowly falls in front of their
nest. The Gambler Swacky worm is available at your local tackle shop or
visit Gambler's website at www.gambler-bang.com. The hook that I have
found to be the best wacky worm hook is made by Falcon Lures the K-Wacky
which was designed by Wayne Falcon of Falcon Lures. The K-wacky is a kale
style hook with a weight on the front end of the hook. The weight forward
design allows the hook to fall in an upright position ensuring fewer missed
strikes. The K-Wacky's are available with or without a weed guard in 1/32
Oz., 1/16 Oz. and 3/32 Oz. weights. The weedless model is also available
unweighted. The weedless K-Wacky hook has a closed weedguard that prevents
the fishing line from being tangled in the weed guard. The hook is a Gamakatsu
heavy wire 3/0 kahle style black nickel hook. A 6/0 size will be available
by early summer. Falcon Lures also has weighted soft plastic hooks they
are available with Gamakatsu G- Lock and super line hooks in 3/0, 4/0
and 5/0 sizes and in 1/32, 1/16 and 3/32 oz weights. This hook (Patent
applied for) also has a specially designed weight located on the front
of the hook. The small diameter weight on this hook has a unique taper
on both ends which enables anglers Texas style rigging of a weighted hook
without damaging soft plastic lures. The weight forward design allows
the rigged soft plastic lure to fall in a head down position that imitates
the natural decent of an injured baitfish. This weighted hook can be used
with any type of soft plastic lure, but works exceptionally well with
Fluke and Senko type lures. Tex-Posed style rigging with the hook point
slightly covered is the recommended method for these type baits. For information,
go to their website at www.falconlures.com or call 1-800-488-9679 or inquire
at Ann's Tackle Shop in Jasper, 409-384-7685. Last month we saw several
double-digit bass up to 13-1/2 pounds caught and released on Sam Rayburn.
Several of those fish were caught wacky worming in shallow water. During
the first week of April the wacky worm has caught some of my biggest fish
in the past. The crappie fishing should also get really good this month
with a roadrunner over the hydrilla as they move in to spawn. So get out
there and spend as much time on the water as you can and catch the big
one. Last month the Texas Bassmaster Central Open was held on Sam Rayburn
on February 21- 23 out of Twin Dikes Marina. I fished the tournament but
only caught a couple of keepers on the first day. The second day I went
with my partner to his fish because he was in 11th place and only caught
one keeper that day. On the last day my partner was up in the money also
and I only boated one keeper. Most of my fish were caught on the Swacky
worm and a carolina rig. The winner of the tournament was Jason Barber
of Gunbarrel, TX with a total of 14 bass that weighed 46-10 good for $51,000.
Second place was last year's winner Takahiro Omori of Emory, TX with 15
bass weighing 46-02 good for $37,000. Third place was Sam Rayburn's David
Wharton with 15 bass weighing 42-14 good for $35,000. Fourth place was
Jeff Reynolds of Platter, OK with15 bass weighing 42-07 good for $17,000.
Fifth place was my second day partner Chad Morgenthaler of Carbondale,
IL with14 bass that weighed 41-07 good for $12,000. Fishing was tough
for me, I didn't really have them figured out but some times when you
think you do you don't. Most of the fish came on RattleTraps, carolina
Rigs, flipping willows and hardwood with jigs and also floating worms
and wacky rig worms. In my next article I will give you the results of
the Louisiana Bassmaster Central Open that was held on Toledo Bend.
Good Luck and Good Fishing.
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