The wacky rig is a weightless stick style worm hooked through the middle of its body. Having the hook in the middle allows both ends of the worm to flutter as the bait sinks. The subtle flutter that a sinking stickbait produces drives bass wild. This makes weightless wacky worms a very popular bait for when the bite get tough.
How to Fish a Wacky Rig
The wacky rig is a great bait for beginner fishermen. It is really one of the easiest baits you can fish. All you need to do is cast it out and let it sink. When a wacky rig sinks the bait creates a unique action. It doesn’t just fall flat. Instead both ends of the worm produce a subtle flutter that drives bass wild. Once the worm gets to the bottom let it sit for a second or two then give it a couple of light pops. After the pops reel up the slack and repeat the action a couple more times. After a few rounds of pops your bait will be away from the cover you were targeting and can be reeled all the way back in and recast.
When to Use a Wacky Worm
A wacky rig works throughout the year but my favorite time to throw it is during the spring and fall. During these times of the year bass move up shallow. This makes them ideal times to throw weightless baits. During summer and winter bass are typically deeper making a weightless wacky rig ineffective at reaching them. During summer and winter you can throw a neko rig for a similar action at deeper depths.
Where to Fish a Wack Rig
I like to throw the wacky rig under docks, in cover, along weed lines, and in shallow water.
Not all lakes will have docks but if yours does try skipping a wacky rig as far under them as you can. Docks offer great cover and shade for bass.
Weed lines could be anything from submerged weeds to edges of lilly pads. Bass like to sit in the weeds on edges looking out into open water waiting for prey to fall or swim by. A wacky worm is a perfect bait to toss along these edges. To target bass deeper in the weeds you can try a texas rig.
Next to cover is the next place I like to throw wacky rigs. Its no secret bass like to sit in cover. A slow sinking weightless stick bait can be the perfect action to get bass to leave that cover. Throw them at downed trees, brush piles, and overhanging trees. Overhanging trees are especially good because just like docks they offer large amount of shade for bass and bait fish to hide in. For real thick cover you might want to change over to a hook with a weed guard.
All the places I talked about above should be in shallow water. When I say shallow I mean under 10 feet. Wacky rigs sink very slow, the only weight comes from you hook and worm. So anything over 10 feet deep will generally take too much time to get to the bottom. You will be spending most of your day waiting for your bait to sink.
Best Wacky Rig Worms
The most popular wacky worm is the Yamamoto Senko. Senkos comes in a variety of sizes anywhere from 3″ up to 7″. For wacky rigging I like the 5″ and 6″ sizes. Additionally the KVD Ocho and Yum Dinger are also great choices for wacky worms.
Best Colors for Wacky Rig Worms
Worms come in a ton of colors, senkos for example are offered in 127 colors. Don’t get overwhelmed, you don’t need anywhere near that many. For colors I like to keep it simple and use natural colors. Colors like green pumpkin, baby bass, june bug.
Wacky Rig Hooks
The best wacky rig hooks are Owner Mosquito. Owner produces very strong hooks that hold up to even the bass. For my wacky hooks I use size 1 for 5″ worms and 2/0 for 6″ worms. If you will be targeting thick cover using a weedless wacky hook is a good idea.
O-rings are used to help protect your soft plastics when fishing the wacky rig. Without o-rings soft plastics wacky rigged get beat up and have to be replaced just about every time you catch a fish. The o-rings allow you to hook directly around them instead of tearing through the soft plastic of the bait. I use two o-rings and crisscross them creating an X shape. This X shape allows you to position your hook under the overlapping section and keep your hook perpendicular. I recommend picking up a wacky rigging tool to make your life easier and some extra o-rings. The tool makes it effortless getting the o-rings to the center of the baits.