I came across a term that I had not heard before and that is “speed worming or swimming worms”. This is a tactic used by some pro’s to fill a niche when lures just don’t produce. There are number of ways to swimming worms so lets take a look at some.
Top Water Swimming
Take a 7 inch heavy weight Thumping Worm and Texas rig it. This type of worm is heavy enough that you can case it without extra weight and it will glide across the surface like a mini buzzbait and you do not have the trouble of snagging as much in cover. You will also want to use a wide gap worm hook. This works good for heavy fishing pressure.
Under Surface Swimming
Take a 6 to 8 inch soft plastic ribbontail worm and Texas rig it. You will also want to add weight, oh 3/16-ounce bullet sinker works will for depth to 5 feet. Of coarse for more depth you will need to add more weight. You will want to use a wide offset hook. You would use this setup when you know where the fish are but you can’t get them to bite other ways. You want to slowly drag the worm across the bottom to get the wary fish to hit.
Take a 10 inch ribbontail worm and Texas rig it and add 1/4 to 5/16 ounce bullet sinker. With this type of rigging you will be able to work the grass a lot better than with lures as it will just glide over the grass and the larger worm is what the big boys are looking for. This works best in late spring early summer as that is when the grass is most lush and fairly tall. You all know that where there is one in the grass there are more sow keep hitting the same spot.
Try these methods next time that are having problems getting the big boys to bite. It might surprise you.