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iKon Boats Unveils Personalization Packages for Bass Boats


Madisonville, TN – iKon Boats, a subsidiary of East Tennessee’s prestigious HCB Yachts, headquartered in the heart of the boating world, Madisonville, TN, announces a groundbreaking offering in the boating industry: Factory Direct Boat Personalization Packages. This innovative service is not just a step but a giant leap in customizing bass boats, allowing customers unprecedented freedom to infuse their personal style into their vessels.

Customization Redefined: A New Era for Bass Boat Enthusiasts

iKon Boats, leveraging the sophisticated yacht engineering and technology of HCB Yachts, introduces a customization package for their LX20 and LX21 that is set to redefine the standards in the boating market. The personalization process is not merely an add-on; it’s an immersive experience, crafted to reflect the individuality of each angler. 

The package includes:

  • Custom Deck & Hull Side Color: Choose from an extensive palette to match your unique style.
  • Custom Bolt Color: A subtle yet impactful detail, ensuring every inch of the boat reflects your personal touch.
  • Custom Seat & Dash Hood Accent Color: Elevate the interior with colors that speak to your aesthetic.
  • Black Carpet: A classic touch that adds a sleek, sophisticated look to the boat’s interior.
  • Custom Cockpit Flooring: Tailor your boat’s flooring for comfort and style, making every journey a luxurious experience.
  • Hydro-Dipped Seat Backs: A fusion of technology and artistry, providing durability and design elegance.
  • Headrest Embroidery: Personalize with your own logo or design, a signature touch that’s uniquely yours.
  • Engine Decals: Customize the heart of your boat with bespoke engine decals.
  • Custom Trailer Color: Extend your personalization beyond the boat, making a statement even when on the move.

Strategic Partnerships: Merging Expertise with Innovation

In an effort to integrate top-notch angling intelligence with its engineering prowess, iKon Boats has partnered with Brent Butler, a product expert and professional angler, and two-time Angler of the Year, Jacob Wheeler. This collaboration ensures that each boat is not just a vessel, but a tool optimized for the ultimate fishing experience.

About iKon Boats

iKon Boats, LLC, a subsidiary of HCB Yachts, operates with a mission to blend yacht-quality engineering with the practical needs and insights of seasoned anglers. The company’s location in Madisonville, TN, near its parent company HCB Yachts in Vonore, TN, situates it at the nexus of boating innovation and tradition.

Elevating the Bass Boat Experience

With this personalized approach, iKon Boats is not just selling a product; they are crafting an experience, an extension of the angler’s personality and passion for the sport. This customization package is a testament to iKon Boats’ commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

Embark on a Journey of Personalization

The launch of these personalization packages marks a new chapter in the boating industry, where customers are not just purchasing a boat; they are co-creating a masterpiece. iKon Boats invites all bass boat enthusiasts to explore these new horizons of personalization and to experience the unparalleled joy of owning a boat that is truly their own.

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iKon Boats: Where Innovation Meets Personalization

Discover the future of bass boating with iKon Boats – where every detail is a reflection of your passion for the sport and your personal style. Join us in this exciting new era of personalized boating.

Aaron Yavorsky: Youngest Ever To Qualify For The Bassmaster Classic



  • Aaron Yavorsky, at 17, becomes the youngest angler to qualify for the 2024 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma..
  • Aaron Yavorsky Wins Phoenix Boats Big Bass with a remarkable 8lb 15oz largemouth bass.
  • Aaron and Rodney Father Son Team Win The 2023 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship

LEESBURG, Fla.December 9, 2023 – B.A.S.S., a leader in the bass fishing industry, is thrilled to announce the historic achievement of Aaron Yavorsky, the youngest angler ever to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. This remarkable feat not only highlights the prodigious talent of Yavorsky but also underscores B.A.S.S.’s commitment to fostering young talent in the competitive fishing sector.

In an industry where experience is often synonymous with success, Aaron Yavorsky’s journey shatters preconceived notions. His victory at the 2023 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship, alongside his father, and his triumph in the Phoenix Boats Big Bass, exemplify the spirit of innovation and excellence that B.A.S.S. stands for.

A New Era in Bass Fishing

The story of Aaron Yavorsky is not just about a record-breaking catch; it’s about the emergence of a new generation in bass fishing. His journey to the 2024 Bassmaster Classic, set to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Grand Lake ‘O the Cherokees from March 22–24, is a testament to the evolving landscape of the sport.

B.A.S.S. has always been at the forefront of promoting competitive bass fishing, offering platforms for anglers of all ages to showcase their skills. With Yavorsky’s entry into the Bassmaster Classic, the organization reaffirms its commitment to nurturing young talent and expanding the sport’s appeal to a younger demographic.

Aaron’s achievement is characterized by several key milestones:

  • Youngest Angler to Qualify: At 17, he sets a new standard for young anglers aspiring to reach the pinnacle of bass fishing.
  • Team Championship Victory: Winning alongside his father, he demonstrates the importance of mentorship and family in the sport.
  • Phoenix Boats Big Bass Winner: His 8lb 15oz largemouth bass catch is a showcase of skill and determination.

“Aaron Yavorsky’s success is a beacon of inspiration for young anglers everywhere,” said a B.A.S.S. spokesperson. “His journey to the Bassmaster Classic is a story of passion, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. We are proud to have him as part of the B.A.S.S. family and excited to see him compete at the highest level.”

Inspiring the Next Generation

Aaron’s story is more than just a personal triumph; it’s a narrative that resonates with young anglers across the globe. His journey from a high school senior in Palm Harbor, Florida, to a record-setting angler on the national stage, highlights the opportunities that B.A.S.S. provides to aspiring fishermen.

A Milestone for Competitive Fishing

This achievement is not just a personal milestone for Yavorsky but a significant moment for the sport of bass fishing. It demonstrates the growing diversity and youthfulness of the sport, encouraging more young people to take up fishing as a competitive and recreational activity.

B.A.S.S.’s commitment to promoting competitive bass fishing at all levels ensures that stories like Aaron’s become a source of inspiration for future generations. The organization’s focus on youth development, environmental stewardship, and community involvement continues to elevate the sport, making it accessible and appealing to a broader audience.

Looking Ahead to the Bassmaster Classic

As the fishing community anticipates Aaron Yavorsky’s participation in the 2024 Bassmaster Classic, his presence symbolizes a new era in the sport. His journey to this prestigious tournament is not just about competing at the highest level; it’s about inspiring a new wave of young anglers to follow in his footsteps.

Aaron states “Its something you always dream of and I don’t think its really sunk in yet.”

With total weight of 48lbs – 4oz, Yavorsky had a dominant performance with 22.375 lb lead over 2nd place to win a spot at the Classic

B.A.S.S. invites everyone to witness this historic event and support Aaron as he competes against the best in the world. His participation in the Bassmaster Classic is a celebration of youthful talent, determination, and the spirit of competitive fishing.

About B.A.S.S. B.A.S.S. is a leading bass fishing organization dedicated to promoting the sport and supporting anglers of all ages and skill levels. With a commitment to conservation, youth development, and community involvement, B.A.S.S. continues to elevate the sport of bass fishing, making it accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

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The Ultimate Bass Fishing Guide To Flipping, Pitching & Punching


Flipping, pitching, and punching are three techniques used in bass fishing to present bait to fish in specific locations or conditions.

Flipping involves using a short, heavy rod and a baitcasting reel to flip the bait under or into cover, such as weeds, brush, or docks.

Pitching is similar to flipping, but it involves a longer rod and a baitcasting or spinning reel, and is used to present the bait more accurately and softly to fish in tight cover.

Chuck Pippin Flipping A Creature Bait To Catch A Bass
Chuck Pippin Catches A 4lb Bass Flipping A Creature Bait Into Heavy Vegetation.

Punching involves using a heavy rod, a baitcasting reel, and a punching rig, which consists of a weighted hook and a large, soft plastic bait, to fish in heavy cover and vegetation. The weight of the rig allows the angler to punch through the cover and present the bait to the fish.

How To Flip, Pitch & Punch With Precision

Pitching shallow cover

Fish The Moment: How to Pitch a Fishing Lure

Rod, Reel, & Line Considerations

First, let’s talk about rods. When it comes to flipping and pitching, you want a rod with a fast or extra-fast action. This means that the tip of the rod is more sensitive and responsive, allowing you to feel the bait and detect bites more easily. You also want a rod with a medium to heavy power rating, which will give you the strength and leverage you need to set the hook and fight the fish.

Next, let’s consider reels. For flipping and pitching, you want a reel with a smooth and reliable drag system. This will allow you to apply the right amount of pressure to the fish as you’re reeling it in. A baitcasting reel is typically a good choice for flipping and pitching, as it allows for more precise casting and better control over the line.

Finally, let’s discuss line selection. When flipping and pitching, you want a braided line with a low diameter and high sensitivity. Braided line is more durable and abrasion-resistant than monofilament line, making it a good choice for fishing in heavy cover. A low-diameter line will allow you to make longer and more accurate casts, while a high-sensitivity line will help you feel the bottom and detect bites more easily.

Best Fishing Line

Spending over 20 years fishing Florida’s treacherous grassy lakes from Okeechobee, Lake Istokpoga, Fellsmere Reservoir Headwaters Lake, Kissimmee Chain, Harris Chain, Lake Rousseau, St Johns River, Lake Iamonia, Lake Talquin and more.

Often, choosing the best line for punching and flipping comes down to the amount of vegetation you are fishing and the water clarity. When flipping or pitching into stained or dingy water with lots of submerged hydrilla, I opt for braided fishing line.

If the water is clear and the vegetation is scarce or I am pitching under a dock, Ill opt for fluorocarbon fishing line.

I have fished with more than 30 different braided lines over my life. By far the best braid on the market today is NINEX Braid by CPF Lures.

Ninex Braid by CPF Lures

CPF Lures developed a no fade black braid using nine strands of ExtremeTuf fibers. The braid is carrier wrapped for outstanding casting distance and abrasion resistance. This is the best line diameter to strength rating I have ever fished. What makes this this best braided fishing line on the market today?

NINEX No Fade Black Braid. 45lb Test by CPF Lures
NINEX No Fade Black Braid. 45lb Test by CPF Lures
NINEX No Fade Black Braid. 65lb Test by CPF Lures
NINEX No Fade Black Braid. 65lb Test by CPF Lures

There are a few things that sets NINEX apart from every other braid on the market.

  1. It Never Fades. The No Fade Black does exactly what it should. It keeps it’s color. Most of the best fishing guides in Florida use NINEX braid. As Captain Eric Tilson says, “I’ve had the braid on my reels on the deck of my boat for 3 years and its still black”
  2. The Slinder Coating. The Slinder Coating allows for increased knot strength without slippage. Additionally, the coating creates a UV & water protection that prevents swelling.
  3. Reverse Spiral Engineering. NINEX is reverse wound so there are no gaps between the wraps! This means less breaks, less friction, less drag, and less noise through the rod guides than any other braided fishing line.
  4. It’s Super Quiet. Like stated above, the braid is smooth as silk and very quiet when running through the rod guides.

Seguar InvizX & Flipping Fluorocarbon

When flipping light cover, docks, laydowns or clear water, I opt for Seguar InvizX Flourocarbon Line. With a large line selection (4lb to 25lb), Seguar provides a wide range of options. Specially designed to dominate freshwater, InvisX is virtually invisible to fish.

Seaguar INVIZX Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Best Lures for Flipping Laydowns, Brush, Docks & Other Vegetation

Flipping brush, docks, and other vegetation can be an effective technique for catching largemouth bass and other species of fish. It involves casting a bait or lure into dense cover and “flipping” it into the cover to entice a bite.

Choosing the right lure for flipping can make a big difference in your success on the water. Here are some of the best lures for flipping brush, docks, and other vegetation:

Flipping Jigs

Jigs are versatile lures that can be used for flipping, pitching, or casting. They feature a lead or tungsten head with a hook and weed guard attached. Flipping jigs can be fished with or without a trailer.

Jigs work well in thick cover because they can be flipped or pitched into the cover, and the heavy head helps them fall through the brush and reach the fish. Things to consider when choosing a flipping jig is the fall rate and the type of cover.

For a slow fall rate you can choose a lighter weight and add a trailer to your jig.

My favorite flipping jigs are going to have tungsten heads. The low profile means

1/2 oz Stealth Feider Tungsten Flipping Jig - MONEY CRAW
Stealth Feider Tungsten Flipping Jig – MONEY CRAW
Stealth Feider Tungsten Flipping Jig - MONEY CRAW
Stealth Feider Tungsten Flipping Jig – MONEY CRAW
Stealth Feider Tungsten Flipping Jig - MONEY CRAW
Stealth Feider Tungsten Flipping Jig – MONEY CRAW

Bladed Jigs

Bladed jigs, also known as chatterbaits, are an effective lure for flipping brush, docks, and other vegetation. They feature a jig head with a bladed body that creates a unique “chattering” action when retrieved, which can attract fish from a distance.

Bladed jigs are effective for flipping because they can be fished slowly or more aggressively, and the bladed body helps them cut through the cover and reach the fish. Some popular bladed jigs for flipping include the Z-Man ChatterBait Elite, Strike King Thunder Cricket, and Berkley Slobberknocker.

Overall, I like Z-Man’s line of bladded jigs. The original

Z-Man Z-Man Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer Stealth Blade in Bhite Delight
Z-Man Z-Man Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer Stealth Blade in Bhite Delight
Z-Man Original Chatterbait in White Chartreuse
Z-Man Original Chatterbait in White Chartreuse
Z-Man Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer in Blueback Herring
Z-Man Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer in Blueback Herring

Swimming Jigs

Stick Baits

Stick baits, also known as Senkos, are one of the most popular lures among bass fishermen. The reason is soft plastic stick baits are versatile and effective. These soft plastic lures are designed to mimic the movement of a wounded or dying baitfish, making them irresistible to bass.

When flipping fluke baits, it’s also important to pay attention to the type of cover you’re fishing. Different types of cover require different approaches.

When flipping stick baits I prefer four different presentations. The presentation depends on a few factors including the type of bass I am fishing for. :

  1. Wacky rig
  2. Neko
  3. Texas Rigged
  4. Shaky Head

If I am fishing hydrilla, Kissimmee grass lines or other heavy vegetation I will opt for a Texas rigged stick bait.

For docks and laydowns I prefer to wacky rig my stick bait to mimic a dying baitfish. If I am fishing deeper structure or shell bottom I will opt for shaky heads or the Neko rig. Using this presentation, the tail of the Senko will float above the weighted end.

Yamamota Baits 5" Senko
Yamamota Baits 5″ Senko
Texas Rigged Stickler By CPF Lures
CPF Lures 5.5″ Stickler Pro

Flukes & Other Soft Plastic Jerk Baits

Fluke baits, also known as soft plastic jerkbaits, are a popular lure among bass fishermen because of their lifelike action and versatility. These lures are designed to mimic the movement of a wounded baitfish, making them irresistible to bass.

Creature & Craw Baits

The best creature or craw for flipping varies depending on the situation, but some popular choices include Missile Baits 4.5” D Bomb 25-Count Lures, Beaver style baits, Zoom Speed Craw, and Flappin’ Hog Creature Bait.

Best Lures for Pitching Laydowns, Brush, Docks & Other Vegetation

A new player in the pitch and punch category, the P&P Reaper Pro has been an big bass killer. CPF Lures 5″ Punch & Pitch Reaper (P&P Reaper), the ultimate weapon in your angling arsenal! This hybrid creature and crawfish soft plastic bait is designed to help you conquer even the toughest freshwater environments and catch more largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass than ever before.

How to Punch Heavy Vegetation

Punching heavy vegetation, such as mats, hyacinths, lily pads and hydrilla, can be an effective technique for catching largemouth bass and other species of fish.

It involves using a heavy bait or lure and a specialized rig to “punch” through the dense vegetation and reach the fish. Here are some tips for punching heavy vegetation for bass:

MikeyBalzz Teaches Epic Punching Technique Including How To, What To Look For, And Best Bait & Tackle Selections

Best Lures for Punching Heavy Vegetation

Punchrigs have been shown for their ability to repel weeds. The rig is constructed using heavy slasher rigs and a stout heavy-grained flipper rig. Typically the weight is attached to hooks right under the plastic beads. Generally, punching or turning weights can reach 1/2-1/2 ounces. Heavy weight must provide enough weight to cut over heavy vegetation.

Best Knots For Flipping, Pitching & Punching.

Fishing in heavy cover creates a situation unlike any other in fishing. Your line is constantly rubbing and dragging across submerged vegetation, docks and stumps. This is why the knot choice is crucial. You do not want a weak point in your line.

Snell Knot

A snell knot is a strong and reliable knot that is commonly used for attaching hooks to fishing line. It is especially useful for tying hooks with long shanks, such as live bait hooks, because it allows the hook to hang straight and gives the bait a natural presentation. Here’s how to tie a snell knot:

Jacob Wheeler Teaches How To Tie The Snell Knot

List of B.A.S.S. Open Changes For 2024


What are the changes that bassmaster is making for the 2024 Open Season

Here are the changes that B.A.S.S. is making for the year 2024:

  1. Live Coverage: All nine 2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series tournaments will feature live coverage.
  2. Increased Payouts: Anglers will compete for increased payouts. Based on a full field of 225 anglers in the pro division, the payout for each Opens event will total more than $332,500. The prize payouts for every tournament will also increase, with the top 45 anglers — one in five competitors — in each event earning a check.
  3. Angler of the Year Purse: There will be a new Angler of the Year purse of $110,000, which includes an increased first-place cash prize of $45,000.
  4. Expanded Coverage: Live coverage from all nine Bassmaster Opens will be streamed on Bassmaster.com, with expanded coverage for the 2024 season on FS1, FS2, Tubi, and the Fox Sports digital platforms. This will allow fishing fans to follow the competition closely.
  5. Bassmaster Opens Elite Qualifiers Division: Anglers in this division will be competing for the combined Angler of the Year purse. The EQ Division designation goes to those anglers who are competing in all nine St. Croix Bassmaster Opens and is the only path to earning an Elite Series invitation through the Opens.
  6. Increased Attention to Opens EQ Format: The new Opens EQ format was well-received last season, and with the new changes, B.A.S.S. expects the Opens to be even more popular.

These changes highlight B.A.S.S.’s commitment to serving the bass fishing community and providing the best possible platform for anglers.

For more information visit bassmaster.com

What are the changes that B.A.S.S. is making for the 2024 Open Season

the changes B.A.S.S. are making include: increased coverage, increased payouts, new angler of the year purse, expanded coverage, Elite qualifier division, and more attention to Opens EQ format
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How to Fish a Speed Worm


Are you ready for an unforgettable bass fishing experience? Get ready to discover the art of fishing with a speed worm, a versatile and deadly technique for targeting bass in a variety of conditions. Learn how to fish a speed worm by selecting the right soft plastic bait, rigging it to perfection, and mastering various retrieval techniques to trigger those aggressive strikes from your target species. Get set for a thrilling adventure as you unlock the secrets of speed worm fishing.


  • Master the Speed Worm technique for an unforgettable bass fishing experience
  • Select soft plastic bait and terminal tackle to match natural prey of bass in various conditions
  • Fine tune presentation by adjusting retrieve speed, rigging & tackle choice for optimal success

Mastering the Speed Worm

How to Rig and Fish a Speed Worm for Big Bass

Understanding how to select the right soft plastic bait and terminal tackle for your target species and conditions is a cornerstone of mastering speed worm fishing. Choosing the right bait, such as the Thumper Pro Jr. from CPF Lures or the Ultravibe Speed Worm from Zoom, can make a significant difference in your success rate.

With the proper selection of soft plastic baits and terminal tackle, you’ll have the tools needed to catch more fish, even in the most challenging environments.

The key to mastering the speed worm technique lies in two main components: selecting the right soft plastic bait and choosing the appropriate terminal tackle. We will next examine these components, offering useful tips to help you make the best choices for your unique fishing scenario.

Soft Plastic Selection

When it comes to soft plastic selection, there’s a wide range of options available for speed worm fishing. Different sizes, shapes, and textures are designed to match the natural prey of bass. Factors such as water clarity, temperature, and bass behavior should be considered when choosing the right soft plastic bait.

Popular choices for fishing bait include CPF Lures and:

  • Paddle tails
  • Curl tails
  • Straight tails
  • Vibe tails

Each option offers unique advantages in specific fishing conditions. Experiment with various options and find the perfect match for your target environment to maximize your chances of success. Consider trying out a few packs of different options to find the best fit.

Terminal Tackle Choices

Choosing the appropriate terminal tackle carries the same weight as picking the right soft plastic bait. Your choice of hooks, weights, and swivels can greatly impact the effectiveness of your speed worm presentation. For example, using a straight-shank hook is recommended for optimal performance when fishing with a speed worm. Other terminal tackle considerations include the weight of your rig, which can influence the depth at which your bait is presented, and the use of swivels to minimize line twist and enhance the longevity of your worm on the hook.

Take time to choose the right terminal tackle for your specific fishing situation, and you’ll be well on your way to speed worm success.

Rigging Techniques for Speed Worms

Chuck Pippin Rigging A Speed Worm

Optimizing the effectiveness of speed worms in diverse fishing conditions hinges on your proficiency in different rigging techniques. The versatile Texas rig, the bottom-bouncing Carolina rig, and the weightless rig all offer unique benefits and can be tailored to suit your specific needs. By familiarizing yourself with these rigging techniques, you’ll be better equipped to adapt your approach and ensure you’re presenting your speed worm in the most enticing manner possible.

Whether you’re fishing in heavy cover, targeting bass in deeper water, or looking for a more natural presentation, there’s a rigging technique to suit your needs. As we delve into each of these popular methods, we’ll share useful advice on how to best rig your speed worm to increase your chances of success.

Texas Rig

The Texas rig is an incredibly versatile method for rigging a speed worm, making it ideal for fishing in heavy cover and vegetation. With its weedless design and customizable weight options, the Texas rig allows you to present your speed worm effectively in a range of conditions.

To rig a speed worm using the Texas rig method, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the point of the hook through the worm’s nose.
  2. Poke it back out of the side.
  3. Slide the worm up the hook toward the eye, twisting it around the hook wire.
  4. Attach a small bullet weight, such as a 1/16-ounce weight, to the line above the hook.

And you’re ready to catch fish!

Carolina Rig

The Carolina rig is another popular rigging technique for speed worm fishing, offering greater sensitivity and control when targeting bass in deeper water. This rig allows the speed worm to move freely and naturally in the water column, imitating the movement of a live worm and enticing bass to strike.

By attaching a bullet weight and a leader to your main line, you can present your speed worm at any depth and cover a larger area of water, increasing your chances of success.

Weightless Rig

The rigged weightless rig is a simple yet effective technique for presenting a speed worm in a more natural and subtle manner. Without any additional weight, the speed worm moves slowly and naturally through the water column, replicating the movement of a distressed prey.

This easy-to-use rig is perfect for finicky bass in clear water conditions and can be fished quickly or slowly on the water’s surface, offering a fast speed when using a wacky-rigged Senko or a slow floating presentation.

Fishing Strategies for Speed Worm Success

4lb Bass Caught on Lake Tarpon
4lb Bass Caught on Lake Tarpon

Having mastered rigging your speed worm, you should now focus on forming effective fishing strategies for successful outcomes on the water. By targeting structure and cover, working different water depths, and making seasonal adjustments to your approach, you’ll be well-equipped to catch more bass using this versatile technique. The forthcoming sections will offer insights into these key strategies, assisting in the refinement of your speed worm fishing tactics to enhance your odds of success.

Whether you’re fishing in shallow flats, deep ledges, or navigating the challenges of different seasons, having a diverse range of fishing strategies in your arsenal is crucial for success with a speed worm. By adapting your approach to suit your specific fishing conditions, you’ll be well on your way to landing that trophy bass.

Targeting Structure and Cover

Identifying and targeting prime bass-holding structure and cover is essential for success with a speed worm. Submerged trees, docks, and weed lines are all prime examples of structure and cover that can hold bass. By focusing your efforts on these areas, you’ll increase your chances of encountering active fish and enticing them to strike.

Remember to adapt your speed worm presentation to suit the specific structure or cover you’re targeting, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different retrieves and rigging techniques to find what works best for your situation.

Working Different Water Depths

Understanding the importance of working different water depths is crucial for success with a speed worm. From shallow flats to deep ledges, being able to effectively fish various depths, including shallower water, will help you locate and catch more bass.

When fishing in shallow water, a speed worm can be retrieved rapidly and energetically, triggering aggressive strikes from bass. Conversely, in deeper water, a slower retrieval might be more effective, allowing the worm to remain in the strike zone for a longer time and persuading more timid bass to bite.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different depths and retrieval speeds to find the perfect combination for your fishing conditions, using depth control as a guide.

Seasonal Adjustments

Making seasonal adjustments to your speed worm fishing tactics is essential for maximizing your chances of success throughout the year. Factors such as water temperature, bass behavior, and forage availability can all impact the effectiveness of your speed worm presentation. In the warmer months, bass are generally more active, and a faster retrieve with more aggressive twitches and pauses may be effective.

During the colder months, bass tend to be less active, and a slower, more subtle presentation might be required to entice bites. By adjusting your approach to suit the season, you’ll be better equipped to catch bass all year round.

Retrieval Techniques for Speed Worms

Largemouth Bass Caught On A Speed Worm

Becoming adept in a range of retrieval techniques is a vital part of truly mastering speed worm fishing. From slow and steady retrieves to erratic retrieves and subtle twitches and pauses, understanding how to effectively manipulate your speed worm can make all the difference in enticing bass to strike. As we delve into these popular techniques, we will assist in developing a broad spectrum of retrieval skills to keep bass guessing and amplify your odds of success.

By mastering a range of retrieval techniques, you’ll be well-equipped to adapt your approach to suit the specific conditions and preferences of bass in your fishing location. Experiment with different retrieves to find the perfect combination of speed, action, and subtlety that triggers those aggressive strikes from your target species.

Slow and Steady Retrieve

A slow and steady retrieve can be a highly effective technique when fishing with a speed worm, as it allows the bait to move naturally through the water, mimicking the movement of live prey. By maintaining a consistent retrieve speed, you can effectively cover a specific area while giving bass plenty of time to detect and respond to your bait.

To execute a slow and steady retrieve, follow these steps:

  1. Cast your speed worm near matted vegetation or other potential hiding spots for bass.
  2. Begin reeling in the worm at a slow, steady pace, allowing it to slowly sink near the matted vegetation.
  3. Adjust the speed of your retrieve based on the water temperature.
  4. Don’t be afraid to experiment to find the most effective technique for your fishing conditions.

Erratic Retrieve

An erratic retrieve is another effective technique for fishing with a speed worm. By incorporating unpredictable and varied movements into your retrieve, you can imitate the behavior of injured or fleeing prey, triggering aggressive reaction strikes from bass. To perform an erratic retrieve, follow these steps:

  1. Cast your speed worm.
  2. Begin reeling it in.
  3. Intermittently twitch the rod tip.
  4. Lift the rod up and down.
  5. Make sudden jerks.

This erratic movement can provoke huge bass, as well as big bass, to strike out of instinct or aggression, increasing your chances of success.

Subtle Twitches and Pauses

Incorporating subtle twitches and pauses into your speed worm retrieve can be a highly effective way to entice bass to strike. These small movements and brief pauses can mimic the behavior of injured or dying prey, triggering a predatory response from nearby bass. To effectively employ this technique, follow these steps:

  1. Cast your speed worm and begin reeling it in slowly.
  2. As you retrieve the worm, incorporate small twitches of the rod tip and brief pauses.
  3. Carefully observe your line for any movement or indication of a strike.

If you notice the line twitch or peel away, be prepared to set the hook and reel in your catch.

Troubleshooting Common Speed Worm Fishing Challenges

How To Rig A Speed Worm

No matter how experienced, any angler can face challenges when fishing with a speed worm. Detecting and setting the hook, as well as preventing snags and fouling, are common difficulties that can arise during a fishing session. By understanding these challenges and learning how to overcome them, you’ll be better equipped to maintain focus on your fishing and maximize your success with the speed worm.

We will discuss some common speed worm fishing challenges in the forthcoming sections and offer practical advice to help you address these issues. By becoming proficient in detecting and setting the hook, as well as preventing snags and fouling, you’ll be well on your way to a more enjoyable and productive speed worm fishing experience.

Detecting and Setting the Hook

Properly detecting and setting the hook is crucial when fishing with a speed worm. A swift and firm hookset ensures that you don’t miss out on potential catches. To achieve a solid hookup, use a straight-shank hook and a sweeping hookset by quickly and firmly pulling the rod to the side and aft.

Additionally, employing the appropriate rod action and reel settings can help you detect bites more easily and set the hook successfully. A longer rod and a weightless setup with a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Round Bend hook are recommended for optimal performance.

Preventing Snags and Fouling

Preventing snags and fouling is essential for a successful speed worm fishing trip. By employing the proper rigging techniques and tackle choices, you can minimize the risk of snags and fouling, allowing you to spend more time fishing and less time untangling your gear.

Some tips to avoid snags and fouling include using weedless hooks, selecting a suitable line weight, and practicing proper casting techniques. By implementing these strategies, you’ll be better equipped to maintain focus on your fishing and maximize your success with the speed worm.

Pro Tips for Speed Worm Success

Floating Speedworm

With the knowledge and techniques shared in this blog post, you’re poised for success in speed worm fishing. However, there’s always room for improvement and fine-tuning your approach. This section will offer professional tips to enhance your speed worm success, focusing on color selection and customization, pairing with other lures, and honing your presentation.

By incorporating these pro tips into your speed worm fishing arsenal, you’ll be better equipped to adapt your tactics to suit various conditions and preferences, ultimately increasing your chances of landing that trophy bass.

Color Selection and Customization

Choosing the right color and customizing your speed worm can make a significant difference in your success rate. Factors such as water clarity, light conditions, and visibility should be considered when selecting the best color for your specific fishing situation. Experiment with various color options and customize your speed worm to match the conditions and forage base of your fishing location.

Popular choices include Junebug, Plum, Red, and Junebug Red, all of which have been known to be successful in specific fishing conditions.

Pairing with Other Lures

Pairing your speed worm with other lures can significantly enhance your overall presentation and entice bass to strike. Combining a speed worm with a spinnerbait or a jig, for example, can create a more attractive and realistic bait profile that is hard for bass to resist. Experiment with various combinations of lures to discover what works best for your target species and fishing conditions.

By mastering the art of pairing your speed worm with other lures, you’ll increase your chances of success and take your bass fishing game to the next level.

Fine-Tuning Presentation

5.5" Speedworm in Redbug

Fine-tuning your speed worm presentation is essential for maximizing your chances of success on the water. By adjusting your retrieve speed, rigging, and tackle choices, you can optimize your presentation and increase your chances of enticing bass to strike.

Experiment with different retrieve speeds, rigging techniques, and tackle choices to find the perfect combination for your specific fishing situation. By constantly refining your presentation, you’ll be better equipped to adapt to changing conditions and preferences, ultimately increasing your chances of landing that trophy bass.


In conclusion, mastering the art of speed worm fishing requires a combination of selecting the right soft plastic bait and terminal tackle, perfecting various rigging techniques, developing effective fishing strategies, and fine-tuning your presentation. By incorporating the knowledge and techniques discussed in this blog post, you’ll be well-equipped to take your bass fishing game to the next level, ensuring an unforgettable bass fishing experience. So, gear up, hit the water, and put your newly acquired speed worm fishing skills to the test!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fish the Speed Worm?

To fish the Speed Worm, make contact with the grass you’re trying to fish and feel it ticking off the grass. When a fish bites, set the hook and reel them in. This bait allows you to cover water quickly and locate if the fish are in the desired area.

Where can I fish speed worm?

If you’re looking to fish a Speed Worm, grass flats, grass edges, and around laydowns and brush piles are all good spots to target. Covering water across grass flats is a great way to utilize this tactic.

How do you fish a swimming worm?

To fish a swimming worm, cast it out and then slowly reel it back in while keeping your rod up at around 10 o’clock. When the worm ticks the cover, you can drop the line to set the hook if something hits it.

Who makes the best speed worm for bass fishing?

The best speed worm for bass fishing is the Thumper Pro & Thumper Pro Jr. from CPF Lures