Editor’s Note: This summer we’re checking in with a different bass pro every week to get the scoop on their favorite lures and how to fish them.
Clark Reehm of Texas has competed on the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series for more than a decade. He also guides on Sam Rayburn Lake in east Texas. One of Reehm’s favorite bass lures this summer is a giant worm rigged with a little old-school style.
Kicker Fish Hightail Ribbontail 11-inch worm, Texas-rigged with a 1/2-ounce black Elite Tungsten weight, with and a 5/0 Gamakatsu RB offset RB on 17-pound Seaguar Abrazx flurorcarbon. He throws it on a Gary Dobyns DX745 rod with an older Shimano Curado 7.1:1 ratio reel.
Where to Fish It
“I throw this on any offshore ledges, drops, humps, and structure, or just about any kind of cover offshore or shallow, including brush piles, rocks, shoreline brush, and grass. There’s no surprise it’s a popular tactic among grass lakes in the Southeast, like the TVA lakes, and in Texas. It works for suspended fish in deeper water, too, because when it falls by them, they eat it. It’s successful on just about every Southern impoundment. I don’t know if it works in Michigan or New York, but on Southern impoundments, that’s the deal.”
How to Fish It
“I’m not fishing it slowly like some people would think. I’m covering water, hitting the sweet spots and trying to generate a bite. For me it seems I catch more fish on plastics than jigs. I still let the fish dictate what I do with the worm but my technique is “worming” it along. That sounds funny but that’s what you’re doing, exactly how your grandpa taught you to fish it. You’re just worming it. Lift the rod tip and let it fall, work it through cover, over rocks, drag it on the bottom, let it sit and shake it a bit, whatever it takes. You’re just letting the worm be a worm. When I’m throwing any big worm, it’s a confidence deal.”
Why It Works
“A giant worm presents a big profile in the water and in summer you’re not dealing with fry anymore. Bass are focusing on bigger things to eat. Their metabolism is higher and they’re wanting a bigger bite.”
“You can throw smaller worms and get more bites, of course. But when you go to a bigger worm you’ll get bigger bites. Plus, the Hightail has air chambers in the body so it’s going to stand up on the bottom instead of laying over.”