A Rare Bass Fishing Technique
That Only a Few Experts
(and Amish) Know About!

Several years ago, I learned an exceptional bass fishing technique. I was bass fishing at Oliver Lake in northern Indiana and noticed a man in a small inexpensive boat catching largemouth bass one right after another.

And keeper size too!

Now I am a respectful fisherman and usually keep my distance so as not to interrupt and scare the fish away. But after awhile, as he kept catching keepers, I decided to go over and say hi.

He was a very friendly Amish fellow with a beard and straw hat. I noticed a rubber worm that he was using that was unlike any rubber worm I had seen before. Bright gold exposed hooks, purple body on a harness line. When I asked him about it, he told me it was "the stutsie" and that it was about the only thing in his tackle box - just in different colors.When I asked how I could get one, he said they were made locally by the Amish and told me of a local tackle shop that sold them. I went straight to this bait shop and bought a selection to try. Boy, am I glad I did! I have never been so successful with any other bait. Period.

However, I have learned a bass fishing technique that makes this neutral buoyancy worm even more irresistible.

It is in the correct rigging for presentation. The worm harness is tied to a separate 3 foot piece of line. This line is tied to the smallest swivel you can find, then just above the swivel, attach 1 lead split shot also the smallest you can find. (See picture at bottom of page) This is a really light set up, and so, cannot be cast for great distances.

But this bass fishing technique is so successful, you won't need to cast great distances. Just give your rod a little twitch as you troll around. The worm will not really float and not really sink. The very small weight of the swivel and split shot will eventually sink to the weed level with the worm just above the weeds. Right where you want to be! Just give an occasional twitch and get ready to rumble!

Depending on where the fish are located, you can use a heavier lead weight to drag the worm close to the lake bottom or remove the lead weight completely to work the worm near the water surface. Either way, when using this bass fishing technique, remember to work the worm SLOWLY and give it a quick twitch every once in a while. Fish have a tendency to show a lot of interest in this worm, and many will follow it out of curiosity. The occasional twitch will make the worm accelerate suddenly, enticing the fish to attack it. The exposed hooks will make the worm almost impossible to spit out once it is has been bitten. Which means you will turn “bumps” into “catches”!

Another bass fishing technique and my favorite way of fishing the Stutsie if there is a breeze, is to drift fish. Head into the wind and when you get to the end of the body of water, turn sideways and throw out into the wind. You can let line out to the distance you want and then be sure you have your drag set correctly, because you will soon have a fight on your hands. This is the lazy man's way of fishing which suits me fine. Again, remember to give it a twitch though, to increase your hits.













One more thing. This stutsie worm has exposed hooks and will occasionally snag a weed. Bass will not bite this lure if it is dragging a weed. So remove any weeds each time you reel it in.

The Stutsie has become my lure of choice and if you try it, it will be yours too!

Where can I get a Stutsie?

stutsie rig

This photo shows the small swivel and lead split shot used with the stutsie worm. In one of my favorite colors!



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