As we move along in the fishing season the water continues to warm. Along with that in many Iowa lakes comes many different types of vegetation and mosses. We have the presence as well of many foreign species of grasses that clog our waterways. Many tactics for bass fishing in warmer water are considered power techniques. Covering a lot of water using fast moving baits to find schools. These can be great methods this time of year but once you find the school slow down and give them a lesson.
Most rigs that use a worm have a weight in some shape or form to get the bait to the bottom. When the entire lake has weeds anywhere from ten feet to all points shallower, a weighted lure will get you closer to a good salad before dinner than the fish. A worm rig doesn't have to get to the bottom to be effective. Many tackle companies in the last ten years are putting out what are called stick baits. These are worms that are made from a heavier plastic that are impregnated with anything from salt to scents.
The best part of using these lures is that you can beat these weedy areas with a lure that slowly falls as opposed to shooting straight to the bottom. You can also rig them with conventional worm rigs like a texas rig if you like. Don't be afraid to get a little wacky though. One of my favorites is the 5" Super Stick from Big Bite Baits. Get yourself some 1/0 Gamakatsu wacky style hooks and hit the water.
If you use these weightless on braided line they will fall slower than with flourocarbon. I would recommend flouro for another reason. These baits are designed to slowly sink so fish will have ample time to investigate before biting. Flouro is less visible and I usually add a three to four foot leader on the end of my braid. The flouro also adds weight to the rig and that helps get the bait to deeper cover. Even weightless you can catch fish in fifteen feet of water on these rigs. The bait will fall about a foot per second and you can count it down until its just above the structure. The rig is incredibly simple. If you like flouro Sunline 12lb. Sniper is a great choice. If you like braid Sunline 20lb. SX1 is amazing. Sunline is the thinnest diameter braid on the market for it's strength. Add a three to four foot leader of the Sniper to the end and tie on your Gamakatsu hook. Push the barb through the center of the worm right in the middle and your ready to fish.
So head over to Hank's Bait and Tackle and pick everything you need. Work a wacky worm around and above the weeds and structure. Spend less of your day deciding on caesar or house salad and more time putting fish in the boat.