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No.1 Use an Extremely Sharp Hook
I use nothing but Daiichi, "The World's Sharpest Hook." A sharp hook helps save your soft plastics. They are going to get enough damage just from catching a few fish and you're bound to lose a few for sure. But the longer you can use a lure, the less money you'll spend on gear.
It's also great to use an offset or wide-gap hook. The wide gap is harder for fish to throw and the offset makes it a bit more difficult to lose your lure. ��
No.2 Use a Jimmy Houston Knot
Probably one of the most simple knots you can use for tying on a lure, and it's definitely the strongest. It can be used on any type of line and is particularly great for braided line.
No.3 Hook your lure perfectly strait
A lot of people think that by avoiding an offset bend that you can prevent a crooked worm set, but I can guarantee you that the hook is not where the problem it. All I use for worms is an offset hook.
You only want to hook your lure into about the first quarter inch or so of the lure. Cinch the worm up onto the bend and cover the knot as well. Then you want to check and see where your worm is going to meet the bend of the before you ever place the remainder of the worm on the hook. You can also skin hook the worm as well, my favorite method, by putting the hook all the way through the worm and hooking the tip of the worm back into the top of the lure. As long as you're getting the worm hooked strait you won't twist your line with a spinning worm.
No.4 Use the lightest slip sinker you can get away with
I prefer a 3/16, 1/4, or 1/2oz the vast majority of the time unless I've fishing heavy vegetation then I use anything between 1 to 2oz. A lighter weight seems let your lure fall a little slower and since most hits come while the bait is on the fall it increases your chances.
No.5 Pitch and Flip
Fish as close to where you think the fish are as you possibly can. If you don't know how, I strongly recommend learning. It can be a complete game changer. Especially for larger bass that can be less likely to something just swimming past and can cause a more reactionary bite rather than a predatory strike in which the lure is noticed, there is a pursuit and subsequent attack.
No. 6 Don't be afraid to swim a worm
I rarely fish a worm all the way back to the boat. A lot of time I will work it over a log, through limbs and roughage and then bring it in about half speed or faster on back to the boat. Many fish will make their move then