Whacky rig time


During the time when the spawn is near many times patience is key to fishing the spawning bass and the whacky rig can be your best friend. There are, however, a few keys to fishing this rig to make it effective during the spawn!
Because the whacky rig is normally fished without any weight it is best fished as a finesse bait, making the bait the ideal rig for spinning gear. I know that many of you are like me and don’t really enjoy fishing spinning gear, especially in shallow lakes in the April time frame; however, light tackle gives you many options to place the whacky rig where you need it. Accuracy can really be important when fishing the spawn because bass will not move far from their bedding area. So, placing this bait can be tough with the wrong kind of gear.  
I also like using light braided line like the Vicious 10lb. test braid when fishing this finesse presentation. There are many reasons for this but the biggest for me is the fact that braid has no memory and you have a lot less chance of having line twist when you’re trying to place a whacky rig near a bed. Accuracy is everything and twisted line changes your presentation and hinders your ability to place it where you want it. Also, when working around boat houses, typically good spawning areas for bass, spinning gear rigged with light braid makes it easier to skip your bait under the edges of the dock. Adding to your ability to place the bait where the fish are hiding from the bright sunlight.  
As noted in the beginning of this article, fishing the spawn requires patience and fishing a whacky rig requires you to place the bait where you want it to let the bait work for you. Weightless baits move slowly - that’s what makes them attractive to fish, the spawning time requires that you tantalize the bass and slow movement does exactly that. This is a bait that really improves your chances of getting hooked up, but the bait must be worked slowly so it works for you and moving it too quickly takes away its strength and purpose. It’s all about when you get hooked up - so be patient!

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