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Stayed out a little later than usual last night and decided to throw a black 10 inch Berkley power worm with a 5/0 Horny Toad hook.

Crawled the Power Worm  slowly on the bottom but didnt get any bites,did catch 4 fish on a Spin Dance spinnerbait and 1 fish on a Bubblegum colored floating worm T-Rigged earlier in the day though(it was pretty windy).

Whats the best way to fish a Big Worm such a a 10" Power Worm at night? Faster or do I keep it S-L-O-W?

Can anyone who has had success chime in?

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Might try placing a glass bead between the eye of the hook and the weight. Brass or tungsten weights when using beads will also make more noise than lead. Also might try a glass rattle in your worm.

At night, anything whether it be action, vibration, or noise to bring more attention to a slow moving presentation will normally fair better.

Big O

www.ragetail.com

 

 

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Might try placing a glass bead between the eye of the hook and the weight. Brass or tungsten weights when using beads will also make more noise than lead. Also might try a glass rattle in your worm.

At night, anything whether it be action, vibration, or noise to bring more attention to a slow moving presentation will normally fair better.

Big O

www.ragetail.com

BINGO!!!!  I would start with this.  I have most sucess fishing S-L-O-W!  It will usually take 20 seconds to turn the handle once.  Follow that by a sudden hop or two and that usually triggers some good strikes.  Good Luck!!  :)

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night time, im right with BIg O on this. Day time however, i like a more subtle presentation. Just enough weight to get the worm to the bottom with keeping the wind in mind. I like to thumb my spool on the retrieve. barley moving maybe 1/2 at a time. Takes alot of patience(i usually last about an hour if i get no bites). 1 cast can usually take 5 minutes or so depending on cast and depth. Usually catch bigger bass. But not numbers.  I like Berkley and zoom worms. Im sure the big anacondas are great too, just havent had any to try.

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These guys nailed it. I try to fish as slow as possible. I tend to drag it and let it sit and then repeat.

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Might try placing a glass bead between the eye of the hook and the weight. Brass or tungsten weights when using beads will also make more noise than lead. Also might try a glass rattle in your worm.

At night, anything whether it be action, vibration, or noise to bring more attention to a slow moving presentation will normally fair better.

Big O

www.ragetail.com

I got to say I was amazed earlier this year when I bought some tungsten weights to try out. I had some glass beads and I compared the tap sound of led hitting the glass and then the tungsten. The tungsten was easy twice as loud. Also Big O how do you typically recommend how to fish the Anaconda or rather retrieve it? I can understand conditions can vastly change this. So you typically pop the lure back with fast jerks. Slowly raise and lower the lure,or drag it on the bottom ect?

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10on Powerworms are a staple for night tourneys here at Lake of the Ozarks.  I will drag them slowly normally, but vary the retrieve with hops etc.  If they are around they will find it.

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I use a 10" worm at night in addtion to a spinnerbait. With the worm, I have always inserted a worm rattle and used a 3/16-1/4 oz. slip sinker. This past summer I started using the Tru Tungsten slip sinkers and their Force Bead along with the rattle.

As far as the retrieve, I'm like most in that I usually fish this bait slowly with slight movements and long pauses. During the pause, I'll try to shake the lure in one place and activate the rattle.

But if this doesn't work, I have had a lot of success letting the wom hit the bottom and then slowly swimming it with a straight retrieve all the way to the boat.

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Hey Simp, different conditions will require different retrieve styles but for night time, the best all around is most probably a slow lift of the rod tip maintaining contact with the bottom and a gentle slide forward, light click pause, take up slack and feel....then repeat. Every chance you get to bump it or lightly jump it over an stick, grass or rock, get ready....if this is where you are getting the most strikes, it could be the structure thats holding the fish or it could be the jump of the worm that drawing the strike. This is when you start a series of lifting the rod tip to feel, light hop or jump with a click intentionally in the areas where you are not feeling the bottom structure. Try to avoid moving the bait too far forward with eash series. At night, since the fish are primarily feeding by feel, it makes sense to provide them with more sound, water movement and action yet not moving the bait too far to quick so that the fish have time to locate it and EAT it....

If I am keel weighted over grass at night, Glass rattle in the Annie, slow gentle lift or hop click and pause, feel then repeat.  

Now you know my favorite techniques for Night fishing Annies  :)

Big O

www.ragetail.com

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Might try placing a glass bead between the eye of the hook and the weight. Brass or tungsten weights when using beads will also make more noise than lead. Also might try a glass rattle in your worm.

At night, anything whether it be action, vibration, or noise to bring more attention to a slow moving presentation will normally fair better.

Big O

www.ragetail.com

I got to say I was amazed earlier this year when I bought some tungsten weights to try out. I had some glass beads and I compared the tap sound of led hitting the glass and then the tungsten. The tungsten was easy twice as loud. Also Big O how do you typically recommend how to fish the Anaconda or rather retrieve it? I can understand conditions can vastly change this. So you typically pop the lure back with fast jerks. Slowly raise and lower the lure,or drag it on the bottom ect?

Don't pair a glass bead with a tungsten weight unless you like cutting your line.

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Sounds like you're pretty much talking a c-rig here, worked slowly.

nothing wrong with a c-rig at night either :)

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How about a Florida Rig at night?

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How about a Florida Rig at night?

Of course that may depend on whether you are fishing heavier cover.I would normally like to keep the weight un pegged but if slinging near trees and brush in the dark it can be a bonus to have a pegged weight as to help keep tangles to a minimum.

I really like the gambler brass rattling weights for this at night.They have also brought back the rattling screw-in weight.

Want loud? Try the brass rattle weight with a glass bead and even a glass worm rattle insert LOL. It works,but like anything,sometimes doesn't.

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i fish a zoom ole monster at night pretty much the same way i do in the daytime.

if they want it, they got no trouble finding it.

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