Wacky rigging soft plastics is an amazing technique. Here is everything you need to know about it to catch more bass. The wacky rig is known to give your soft plastic baits more action, and can be employed in a lot of different ways. This post will help you understand the basics of using this popular technique, and all the possible variations to wacky rigging. The mission here is to help you know the in’s and outs of the wacky rig to get you “Kraken” bass!
These wacky rigging tricks have helped me catch a ton of bass. The wacky rig is my favorite way to fish soft plastic worms. It’s also the perfect rig for your friends who don’t have a clue about bass fishing but want to learn how. Make sure to share this post with them, and hopefully you can put a few of these tricks to use yourself.
Wacky rigging, or the wacky rig often refers to how you hook your soft plastic when fishing for bass. The wacky rig is mainly used when fishing with soft plastic worms. When you here the words “wacky rigged” this generally means the hook is sitting right in the middle of the worm. This set up allows your soft plastic to have incredible action as you move it through the water.
On the wacky rig your bait will subtly twitch as you pull it, and the wacky rig also enables your bait to wobble as it falls. If you watch bait fish in the water when they swim, both their head and their tail’s move side to side. The wacky rig enables your bait to closely mimic those movements. This is what entices bass to bite when rigging your baits this way.
Here is a simple diagram of what a basic wacky rig looks like to help you understand what people are talking about when the say, “I rigged it wacky style.”
Best Way’s to Fish a Wacky Rig
There are a variety of different ways to fish a wacky rig worm. Here are 5 of my favorites that help get bites when nothing else seems to get the job done.
Wacky Rigging Weightless
When wacky rigging weightless the best bait, hands down, is a Yamamoto 4 or 5 inch senko. I’m sure you could try it with other smaller worms, but typically your larger stick style baits work best. They are heavy enough to where you can get some distance out of your casts. Plus, their slow wobbling fall on the wacky rig with these baits gets bites. One cool trick is to use a wacky rigging tool, and slip some rubber o-rings over the middle of your bait. Place your hook through the rubber ring, and you are going to save yourself some cash from losing those stick baits when they get thrashed by the bass. Just a simple small size 1 gamakatsu finesse wide gap hook can’t be beat for fishing a weightless wacky rig.
Wacky Rigging a Drop Shot
Wacky rigging a worm on a drop shot rig is lethal. I’ve experimented between both nose hooking and wacky rigging on a drop shot. The wacky rig outperforms a nose hook hands down with the finesse worms. Wacky rigging just gives the bait a wobbling action which can’t be duplicated with a nose hook. Two awesome worms for wacky rigging on the drop shot are the classic roboworm which comes in a million colors, and the jackall flick shake worm. The drop shot wacky worm performs best when the bass are deep and you need to get down to them. This method also works when bass are just plainly tight lipped and you need some bites. I’ve caught more fish on a drop shot wacky rigged worm than any other set up in my arsenal.
Wacky Rigging with Weight
Another popular method for wacky rigging is to use a weighted hook on your wacky rig. Going this route enables you to get your bait down a little faster. Plus, the faster sinking with the extra weight makes your worm wobble quicker side to side as it is falling. Sometimes, this increased action can grab the bass’s attention better and get them to chomp. Using a weighted wacky rig also enables you to hit the mid-depth zone which is hard to target with a wacky rigged drop shot or the weightless wacky rig. My personal favorite weighted wacky rig set up is a 1/8 oz Jackall wacky jig head, with a 5.8 Jackall flick shake worm. Just hook put the hook right through the middle fat sack of the bait, and you are ready to rock!
Wacky Rigging with a Nail Weight
Wacky Rigging with a nail weight is a very popular way to catch bass. Sometimes this is referred to as a “Neko Rig.” Basically all you do is put together a weightless wacky rig, but then you slide a small nail style weight in the head of the worm. This set up creates some amazing action for your worm. It’s like a shaky head rig on steroids. The wacky rig keeps both the head and tail wobbling, but the weight in the head of the worm drops the nose of the worm to the bottom. On a tight line your worm will stand up and wobble across the bottom as you inch it along. It’s super subtle, and is the perfect imitation of something feeding along the bottom. The only down side to this rig is sometimes it is hard to fish down really deep. Typically it works best in water less than 15 feet deep. Give it a try, you will be impressed. My favorite worms to fish with a nail weight are a Yamamoto 4 or 5 inch senko, or a fat straight tail roboworm. They both catch bass.
Wacky Rigging on a Carolina Rig (The Mowack!)
Try wacky rigging your worm for a fun little twist to your carolina rig. This is just so different it can trigger some strikes. I first heard about this on some of the first old school bass edge dvd’s my brother bought for me. We both laughed at what they named this setup, “The Mowack.” Despite the name, the dude on the show was crushing bass on it. If all else falls, give them the “Mowack!” It gets your bait right down to the bottom, and both ends of your worm wobble enticingly as you pull the carolina rig along. The tricky part about this set up is with an open exposed hook in the middle of the worm right down on the bottom, you can oftentimes pick up a lot of grass or vegetation. You can fix this two different ways. This first is you can purchase a weedless wacky hook to use at the end of your Carolina Rig. The second way is to texas rig your small hook in the middle of the bait. Texas rigging in the middle seems a little crazy, but it pulls the bait from the middle to give the wacky presentation, and it keeps you from hanging up. Check out the diagram below of how it’s done.
I Hope you found these tips beneficial, and most importantly they help you “Krak” some bass! Let me know your thoughts on wacky rigging, and which of these techniques you’ve found success with in the comments below. I get super stoked to hear your thoughts. I recognize I’m not the end all be all to bass fishing. I’m a sponge for wanting to learn more and better ways to catch bass, so your comments mean a lot. There is a lot of good stuff out there, and I just hope to contribute by sharing with you what I’ve done that’s worked.
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