The “trick” worm is a straight soft-plastic worm that is 6 to 7 inches long. It does not have a tail that is shaped to provide any swimming action. Even though the Trick worm is made in natural-appearing colors, it is often found in very bright colors, some of which are bubblegum (pink), Merthiolate, white, and chartreuse.
The only indication you have a hit is when your line jumps
I find the bright colors are the best producers on bright days and around heavy structure. Use the dark more bland colors when there are clouds and the fish are a bit spooky. I rig the trick worm with no weight and fish it almost like a topwater lure. When you twitch them, they jump back and forth like a Zara Spook. They can be fished in many ways but for me the most effective seems to be to twitch them just under the surface and then pause and let the worm sink. Sometimes the fish come up and hit the worm on top and you can see them. Other times, the worm just disappears when the fish sucks it in. If you let the worm sink out of sight, the only indication you have a hit is when your line jumps or starts to move off.
The trick worm can be fished in the early spring right through till early fall. When the fish are roaming in the shallows and where they are the most vulnerable. I fish this shallow water pattern with the trick worm for the most success. You can put a kink in the worm to give it more action. You can fish around vegetation, timber, flat banks, and deep suspended fish. You can catch these fish even on those cold front days when the fish are not moving much. It is a great locator bait when they are active or effected by the fisherman’s worst night mare the cold front.
Keep the worm from slipping down the shank
Tie the hook directly to the line. Sometimes I put a small swivel about six inches above the hook to keep the line from twisting. Use a 3/0 hook and insert it into the trick worm as if you were Texas rigging it. Make sure the hook is extremely sharp. I prefer an offset hook because it helps keep the worm from slipping down the shank. Use a standard 90 degree offset with a round bend. I find that fishing this trick worm in shallow water I sweep the rod a bit side ways when I set the hook. This round bend hook gives me a higher hook up percentage. I will rig this bait on a bait caster with a six foot six medium heavy rod with line sizes ranging from twelve to twenty pound line.
Add a small nail to weight the bait
When fishing vegetation you can throw the bait as close to the stuff as possible or up on top of it and slide it off into the water. Give the bait a slight jerk and let if sink then give it another jerk. When the fish strikes the bait let them have it for a few seconds before setting the hook. If you are working timber, throw the bait past the trees and stumps and work the bait up to structure and let it sink. Let the bait sink down then start a slow jerking motion till you come to another tree or stump. If your fish are suspended, add a small nail to weight the bait and count it down to where you know the fish are and then start a jerking motion in the area you feel the fish are at. As I stated earlier the colors are up to the individual. The brighter they are the better you can see them and can follow them as you jerk them over the surface.
This is also a good back up bait when you are using a Baby Buzzbait and the fish blows up on the bait and misses it. You can cast this bait in the area of the blow up and let it sink. Most of the time the fish will hit the trick worm on the fall. If the fish misses the buzzbait then cast back into the area with the floating worm and get ready to set the hook.