Light Line Bass Fishing
Over the last few seasons, I have become a light line fishing fan. Not only for the numbers of fish you can catch, but the size as well. On a pressured lake like Nolin River, downsizing your equipment and presentations will definitely put the odds of catching bass in your favor.
A few presentations that catch fish consistently on lakes of this type
are the shaky head, drop shot, neko, split shot and mojo rigs.
All these presentations can be fished effectively using only 2 spinning outfits. I would suggest using a Cabela's Tournament ZX shaky head rod and a drop shot rod teamed with 3000 series reels. The new XML series of rods are great for these presentations also.
The following is a basic rigging for each presentations. Don't be afraid of experimenting with any of these presentations.
The chartreuse tip on the tail of the worm is from a garlic spike it marker. I think it gets me more bites.
A shaky head is a leadhead jig with a 4 to 6 inch worm attached. It is fished by allowing the bait to sink to the bottom and the action imparted to the worm by shaking your rod tip. Lift the rod moving the bait forward and repeat the shaking. Use your shaky head rod and 10# line.
The neko rig consists of a nail weight inserted into the head of the worm and a #1 octopus hook inserted through the middle of the worm. Let the bait sink, lift it off the bottom a couple feet while shaking the rod tip, then let it settle back to the bottom. Use you drop shot rod, 6# clear line.
The mojo rig consists of a crappie bobber stop, finesse weight, #1/0 hook and a small bait. Fish it like a carolina rig off long points and flats. Use 10# clear line on your shaky head rod.
The split shot rig consists of a high quality soft lead pinch on sinker, small lure and a #1 hook. Pinch the sinker onto the line about 18 inches above the bait. Cast the lure out, let it sink. Slowly reel it in stopping every few feet to maintain bottom contact. Use your drop shot rod and 6# line.
The drop shot is the most complicated to rig. A drop shot weight is attached to the end of your line. A #4 octopus hook is attached 18 inches above the weight using a palomar knot. Nose hook a small bait. Cast the bait out and allow it to sink. Shake the bait a few times then move it forward with your reel. Shake the bait again. Use your drop shot rod and 6# line.
The "old school" 4 inch worm on a bed jig head still catches a good number of bass!
This smallmouth took a finesse rigged tworm in 18 feet of water on Lake Cumberland.
Wear your PFD!