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Have you guys tried a Berkley Maxscent Flatworm on a ned rig? Thoughts? Those that have fished it, did you let it float and sink/spiral down like a regular ned rig or did you let it go to the bottom and drag it across the bottom? Or do you always fish a ned rig on the bottom? 

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I haven't,  but it sounds like a great idea.  I killed them with it on dropshot a couple years ago.  But I use dropshot very sparingly and hadn't considered other ways to get those worms into the game

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36 minutes ago, WVU-SCPA said:

I've never stuck with it too long as it was more piecing what I had together after snapping off on quick bank fishing trips.

 

My best results came on a quiver/slow swim.  Yellow perch, crappies, and sunfish also like it.

 

  I do have some quiver worms I may give that a go. I've only hooked one fish on a drop shot and it broke me off. Granted, it was a really nice smallmouth. I do most of my damage on wacky worms and jerkbaits. 

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I've never used a flatworm at all, but I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't work. 

 

I've put a lot of different soft plastics on light mushroom heads just to see what would happen. Mostly it works fine.

 

Do whatever you want. See how you like it. 

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9 hours ago, ironbjorn said:

I have. It works better for me on a ShroomZ than a drop shot. However, it doesn't stay on a ShroomZ head for very well (they're the only Ned heads I use) and they tear up much easier. They catch a lot though.

 

 Do you let it spiral down or drag it on the bottom

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I do this all the time for both large and smallmouth. one of my most effective baits and rigs. I find it’s a faster and more active way to fish the flatworm compared to a dropshot. 
 

I use all kinds of retrieves - fall and spiral, swim, mini shakey head.

 

Have not found one that doesn’t work.

 

I like both lengths but especially the longer ones.

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I didn’t get bit on it today but man it looked good in the river that slow fall nose first and standing up on the bottom bouncing off the rocks.. I’d eat it if I were a bass.

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One of my most effective finesse presentations is a flatworm or a swampcrawler on a shakey head.

In the river I slowly draw them in bouncing off the tops of every boulder I can hit and if the current allows I hop them.

I lose alot more jigs when I hop them but it covers water faster and sometimes gets more strikes.

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7 minutes ago, PaulVE64 said:

One of my most effective finesse presentations is a flatworm or a swampcrawler on a shakey head.

In the river I slowly draw them in bouncing off the tops of every boulder I can hit and if the current allows I hop them.

I lose alot more jigs when I hop them but it covers water faster and sometimes gets more strikes.

 

 What’s your favorite head weight and flatworm color? 

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2 hours ago, PaulVE64 said:

One of my most effective finesse presentations is a flatworm or a swampcrawler on a shakey head.

In the river I slowly draw them in bouncing off the tops of every boulder I can hit and if the current allows I hop them.

I lose alot more jigs when I hop them but it covers water faster and sometimes gets more strikes.

I love the swamp crawler , caught a bass in TX I mounted with one 

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I use it on a Ned rig as well but I also use a flatworm as a jig trailer and cut the rubber skirt back on the jig.  3/8 - 1/2oz. jig scaled back with a flatworm trailer is dynamite!  Tail floats up a little, it's subtle, finessey, and straight up catches fish.  It actually looks a lot like a real goby with the big head and tapered body.

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On 10/30/2023 at 9:20 AM, Big-Bass said:

I use it on a Ned rig as well but I also use a flatworm as a jig trailer and cut the rubber skirt back on the jig.  3/8 - 1/2oz. jig scaled back with a flatworm trailer is dynamite!  Tail floats up a little, it's subtle, finessey, and straight up catches fish.  It actually looks a lot like a real goby with the big head and tapered body.

I am tying deer and wool heads on a 1/8 - 3/16 oz jig with a stout hook.

DYNAMITE on the river.

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