Do the Cuckoo Bird
Worms. I like to use big, buoyant floater worms
about 7" long. I am sure many vendors make good worms to
IMHO, I like the ones made by Gambler Worms...called the
"Floater"...it's a new, big, active worm. Use it in and
around wood cover, weed beds, boat docks, stumps, etc. In late
spring and early summer, also use it in (and I mean in) flooded
brush, right on any points and in any cuts in reed stands, and
even along hard, sloping bare banks. You can do all kinds of
"tricks" and "wacky" tactics with this one
Buzz First. Prospect bare banks
with a buzzbait first, catch a few bass. Don't worry if you miss
a few because you can circle back later and spend some more time
on the fish-holding banks with the floater worm!
Do the Cuckoo Bird. The coolest
thing is to T-rig it "Cuckoo Bird" style. To make a
Cuckoo Bird, Texas rig the floater on a wide gap offset eye hook.
Start to thread the eye of the hook into the worm at least
one-third to almost mid-way down from the head, and embed the
hook point back into the worm body to make it weedless and
snagless. The hook goes in on an angle, so that the hook eye
barely sticks out and away from the worm body when finished
rigging. You may want to put a little shot of Crazy Glue on the
"neck" of the offset shank of the hook where it comes
out of the worm body (opposite the side of where the line-tying
eye comes out). This is because you will be pulling the rig
sideways through cover, so you don't want the cover to pull the
worm down and ball it up on the hook.
Other Tricks. Cast this quivering
Cuckoo Bird weightless into cover for topwater twitching action.
Rig it with a light splitshot 2 feet up the line and twitch it as
it sinks, suspends and darts like crazy. You can stop letting
line out at a depth you think holds suspended bass, then just
twitch and shake it at that level. Or put it on a light Carolina
rig and maneuver the Cuckoo Bird through underwater rocks and
weedbeds as the worm floats, twists and turns off bottom.