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Getting the Bite From Heavily Pressured Bass

Heavily Pressured Bass

I recently went and fished a local lake that I’ve been out on one other time this year. The first time I fished it this year I caught them pretty good on a V&M jig by working the docks. However when I showed up at the ramp I noticed that there was a bunch of other bass boats out on the water. The lake is not that big and I knew that all of us would be fishing the same stuff – boat docks.

When I planned on fishing this lake for the second time I was prepared to catch them on the same V&M Pacemaker Adrenaline Flipping jig that I caught them on the first time out. As I launched the boat I knew I was going to have to do something different to get the fish to bite. Idling over to my “hot stretch” of docks I observed that all the guys lined up on the docks where throwing big jigs.

When I found an opening on a stretch of docks I pulled in and got in line. I pulled out a rod rigged with a V&M 5″ Chopstick rigged wacky style. This is a very good bait to throw when the fishing is tough.

When it is rigged wacky style it has a slow fall and it shimmies as it’s falling and the fish can’t stand it!

Within the first five minutes I caught a 2-pound fish. I was feeling pretty good since I hadn’t seen anyone catch a fish. One thing I noticed was that the guys in front of me where making one or two pitches to the front and outer sides of the docks before moving on. So I started skipping the Chopstick under the docks and to the ends closest to the bank. As soon as I started doing this I caught a 4-pound fish. That got me really excited!

Most of the guys left about midday so I pretty much had the lake to myself after that. I continued to skip the wacky rigged Chopstick under docks the whole day and caught fish the entire time. I had a great day on the water by making one little adjustment when most guys struggled to catch one fish. Being aware of what is going on around you and having an open mind will help you to take advantage of opportunities on the water. I was all excited to catch them on a jig when I got there, but I switched to a worm and wrecked them!

I wanted to share some of my tips on how I rig my V&M Chopstick wacky style.

Heavily Pressured Bass

My favorite way to rig this bait is with a Bass Pro Shops XPS Quick Rigger Tool to get the O-Rings onto the middle of the Chopstick. With this tool it is very easy to get the rubber O-Rings on the bait. Once it is on the bait I take a 1/0 drop-shot hook that is extra heavy and rig it so the hook is not actually through the plastic of the worm at all, just the ring. With it rigged like this the plastic of the Chopstick will not tear so easily and you can fish one worm much longer then if you had it rigged Texas style. With one wacky rigged Chopstick I can catch 10 – 15 fish before I have to get a new one. You can use the O-Rings on both the 5” and 4″ size V&M Chopsticks. I will always start out with a 5″ one and then go to the 4″ if the fishing is tough.

Heavily Pressured Bass

I like to use natural colors in clear water and darker colors in dirty water. Green Pumpkin and Black & Blue are some of my favorites. With the bait being rigged wacky style it falls very slowly. Whereas having it rigged Texas style without a weight makes it fall faster.

I like to fish the Chopstick wacky style when the fishing gets tough.

Heavily Pressured Bass

When the fish don’t want to bite anything else I can pull out this bait and catch them. It’s just a technique that a lot of guys don’t throw and the fish haven’t seen it. Which can make all the difference in the world. I use Sunline SX1 40-pound braid with a 8′ leader of Sunline 16-pound Super FC Sniper fluorocarbon. The rod that I like is a Lews 6’10” MH Custom Speed Stick with a Lews 7.1:1 Tournament Pro reel, with this set up it is very easy to skip this bait under docks and over-hanging trees.

It is such a simple technique that flat out catches them! Next time you are faced with tough conditions try a wacky rigged Chopstick. It might be just what you need to put fish in the boat. It really works for me!

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