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Fishing a swimming worm

Photo by Christopher Decker

Plenty of baits excel in one type of cover or another, but very few excel in multiple types of cover, depth and water clarity quite like a swim worm.

A versatile soft plastic, generally with a tight U-style tail, the swim worm earned its claim to fame in Florida. But its popularity has spread throughout the country as a bait that can be used around grass, wood, rock or out deep on brush and structure.

The key for any swim worm presentation, whether it is the Zoom Speed Worm or the Strike King Cut-R-Worm that Mark Menendez cashes checks on, is the amount of vibration the tail produces.

“It is a bulky bait and then it has that Rage Tail. I equate that tail to a No. 4 or No. 5 Colorado blade on a spinnerbait,” said Menendez, an Elite Series veteran from Kentucky. “This worm produces more vibration than any other worm in that category. You can feel this thing so darn good, and it helps pull the fish to the bait because of all the vibration.” With vibration similar to a spinnerbait or a bladed jig, a swim worm can be an effective moving bait that gives the bass a different look.