Come summer season, Alabama bass professional Russ Lane goes massive. “I catch extra and larger bass by supersizing my plastic worms in sizzling water,” he says. “The physique temperature of the bass is all the time the identical because the lake temperature, and as soon as lake water hits the mid 80s to low 90s, the fish’s metabolism is cranking in excessive gear and it’ll gulp the most important prey it may well discover.” Simply how massive does Lane go? Not less than 10 inches…and as much as 14.
Rig a mega worm in accordance with water visibility.
In low-visibility situations, Lane targets remoted submerged stumps, logs, and weed patches with a Texas-rigged worm—one in a darkish coloration with an oversize ribbon or paddle tail that emits most vibrations. “I’ll peg the sinker with a toothpick to stop it from sliding up the road,” he says. “This retains the sinker tucked up tight towards the worm’s head, which lets me detect gentle bites extra simply in heavy cowl.” Lane casts a number of ft previous his goal, then hops it alongside the underside, utilizing the rod to steer it into the quilt the place a bass is holding. “The moment I detect a faucet, I’ll decrease the rod tip, reel up slack, then hammer the fish with a tough upward hookset.”
In clear highland lakes, bass typically lurk offshore on deep factors and ledges throughout summer season. Right here, Lane drags an enormous worm on a Carolina rig so he can cowl massive items of deep construction rapidly. He casts the rig, lets the sinker hit backside, then drags it together with sluggish sideways rod sweeps, pausing to reel up any slack. “Visibility is normally good in these lakes, so I’ll use an extended, slender, translucent metalflake worm with a ribbon tail,” he says. “Because the heavy sinker bumps alongside the irregular backside, the worm trailing behind it floats up and settles again down enticingly. Once I detect resistance, I’ll rapidly reel up slack line, then set the hook low and to the facet.”