We make a concerted effort to thoroughly review the latest fishing tackle to hit the shelves each year, but it’s also important that we spread the word on some tried and true staples that continuously produce big bass for us.
One of those baits—one that we have in our boats at all times—is the Zoom Trick Worm. It’s been around for a long time, but it catches ‘em anywhere you go whether you’re fishing small ponds, rivers or large reservoirs. We absolutely believe it’s a must-have in your collection.
Versatile for all seasons
I’ve caught big bass on the Zoom Trick Worm in all four seasons. For this reason, you can look underneath my boat’s windshield and any time and you’ll see a few packs of ‘em for quick and easy access.
This 6 1/2-inch worm is often referred to as a “floating worm”, but that terminology can be misleading because it doesn’t actually float. Instead, it sinks very slowly.
The most popular way to fish the Trick Worm is on a weightless Texas rig. I prefer a 3/0 offset EWG hook—a 3/0 offset round bend is also another solid choice—and I’ll make long skip casts underneath docks, overhangs and flooded bushes. After it hits the water, I’ll make sharp, downward twitches with my rod tip to make the Trick Worm dart and dash from side to side, just underneath the surface. This is a great way to elicit reaction strikes in the warmer months, especially on rivers and smaller ponds.
Another fail-safe option is rigging the Trick Worm on an 1/8 or 3/16-ounce Texas rig. If the fish are positioned tight to cover, this is an awesome rig for pitching and flipping the shallows. I’ll simply drag and lightly hop the worm around dock posts, stumps and fallen trees and the bass have a hard time ignoring it. This is also one of my favorite ways to catch fish in deep brush piles.
When faced with lethargic bass or vertical cover, you can also wacky rig a Trick Worm with great success. Simply hook the worm in the middle and skip underneath cover with 8-pound line and a spinning reel. Let it fall on slack line and occasionally pop the slack in your line; when a bass gets it, you’ll see your line swim to the side. I’ve caught bass up to 10 pounds using this technique.
Bass fishing can get expensive if you’re not careful, so anglers appreciate value. I believe that the price of Trick Worms is one of the reasons they’re so popular throughout the country. For $4.19, you get a 20-pack of ‘em. I average roughly three to four bass on each worm, so there’s a good chance a single pack will catch upwards of 60 bass.
That’s a darn good deal, if you ask me.
Awesome color selection
I travel a lot and every time I’m in a new tackle shop, I make a point to check out their Trick Worm selection. It seems like I’m always finding new color combinations I never knew existed.
On Tackle Warehouse, you’ll find 59 different colors from which to choose. That can get a little overwhelming at times, so I’ll share the colors that work best for me. It’s a good starting point and once you get a little more confidence, you can branch out and start experimenting.
When I’m fishing it on a weightless Texas rig, I tend to stick with the brighter colors. Not only do they seem to “tick off” the bass a bit more, but I’m also able to see them clearly and detect bites easier. I like the White, Merthiolate, Bubble Gum and Limetreuse for this application.
Anytime I’m fishing the Trick Worm on the bottom, I tend to stick with more natural colors. My biggest producers over the years have been Watermelon Red, Junebug, Mardi Gras and Okeechobee Craw.
These worms are a staple for me whether I’m guiding, tournament fishing or relaxing at the pond for a few hours after work. If you haven’t tried ‘em yet, I highly suggest spending some time with them. They flat-out work—that’s really all I can say.