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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

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 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 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.
By the way, when I am not fishing tournaments, I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685. Or e-mail me at JOHN@SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM. or check out my website at SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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