How to Rig a Worm

How to Rig a Worm | 3 Weird Ways to Rig a Worm with Shaye Baker

A couple years ago when MISSLE Baits introduced The 48 worm, they decided to put together a video series called 48 Ways to Rig a Worm.


So, naturally when you’re trying to come up with 48 different ways to rig a worm, you’re going to be splitting hairs at times and you’re going to have to get pretty creative. 

I sent in a few contributions and thought it would be worth sharing since they were kinda weird. But I caught fish on all three so I must have done something right. Here they are, listed in order of effectiveness. 

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How to Rig a Worm: The Double Shot

I remember watching Scott Canterbury fish this rig at the Forrest Wood Cup several years ago. I’m not sure what he called it or what it’s called by others, but double shot sounds pretty descriptive. 

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This one is fairly simple to rig. 

Just go about rigging a dropshot but instead of putting a weight at the end of your tagline, tie on a shaky head and add another worm. 

You’ll want to leave a little longer leader than normal so that you have enough line to tie your shaky head on. And you can leave a much longer leader if you’d like. That’ll let you fish the bottom as well as 3 or 4 feet up into the cover if you’d like. 

What was really interesting about this rig was that I actually caught more of my fish on the shaky head than I did the dropshot worm. Now I’ve only fished this rig one day, and it may have just been the day. But for whatever reason most of my bites came on the lower bait.

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How to Rig a Worm: The Free Rig

The free rig is actually a pretty neat little deal to fish around vegetation.

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You simply take a bell sinker and run your line through it. Then, you tie on your preferred hook for whatever soft plastic you plan to rig up. 

Once you’ve added the hook and soft plastic, you’ll see that the weight can move freely up and down the line. So it works kind of like a Carolina rig, but it weighs less. And there’s no leader, so the weight can come all the way to the nose of the bait, then slide back up the line and let the bait float and wash around at times. 

How to Rig a Worm: The X Rig

I spawned the X rig out of necessity when trying to come up with 48 different rigs. I simply tied on a Whacky Jig Head, took two of The 48 worms and put o-rings on them and then put them both on the hook whacky style to form an X. 

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I’ll admit, I don’t know the advantage to this rig, if any at all. 

And it is quite a mouthful of soft plastic. Which concerned me in regards to the hookset should a fish try to eat it. But I quickly put one in the boat with this little rig and then moved on to another. 

Give These a Try!

So there you have it, three weird ways to rig a worm. 

If you get bored with the same ole same ole, give one of these a go. I caught fish using all three. It might be worth the experimentation. Let me know if you find success with any of them!

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Shaye Baker


Shaye Baker started fishing with his dad in Alabama as soon as they could find a life jacket small enough to fit him. Competing with his father in local tournaments, Shaye quickly found a hunger for competitive bass fishing. He furthered his fishing career at Auburn University helping to establish the Auburn University Bass Fishing Club. While at Auburn, Shaye served as the President of the club and qualified to fish on the traveling team amassing six Top 5 finishes including two 3rd place finishes in consecutive FLW College Fishing National Championships. While beginning to dabble in the world of outdoor journalism, Shaye continued to fish semi-pro events finishing in the Top 5 in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Costa Series and BFLs. Finding himself at a crossroads, Shaye chose to put down the rod and pick up the pen and camera to focus on his career in outdoor journalism. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and, and While working with B.A.S.S., Shaye initiated and spearheaded their GoPro division which brought more video coverage to the fans than had ever been done before in competitive fishing. After his tenure with some of the best companies in the business, Shaye identified a need for competitive fishing where participation didn’t cost a fortune. By founding UPLOADED, the Online Fishing Series, Shaye established a free tournament series where anglers could film their fish catches and upload their videos to compete against other anglers for prizes.

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