Unpacked: How To Rig and Fish Everything In The September MONSTERBASS Bag

Unpacked: How To Rig and Fish Everything In The September MONSTERBASS Bag


You picked up the NEW September 2021 MONSTERBASS Bag. NOW WHAT? Jeff and Paul from Burly Fishing have you covered with some rigging tips for EVERY BAIT in this month's Regional Pro Series bag.  Check out this video and then get out there and crush your PB!

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Video transcript:

Jeff Burlingame:
What's going on you guys? Welcome back to the MONSTERBASS Channel. I am Jeff and this is Paul with Burley Fishing, and today we're going to talk to you about how to rig every single bait that you'll potentially get in this month's bag. This is the September bag, correct?

Paul Glass:
Yeah, yeah yeah.

Jeff Burlingame:
Correct. And we're going to take a look at all the baits in it, we'll do a quick run-through of all of them, and then we're going to talk about how we would fish them and it might be a little bit different from person to person.

Paul Glass:
I'm going to make fun of every single idea that you have.

Jeff Burlingame:
I'm going to choose a thing and Paul's going to say, "That's dumb. I do it this way." So I mean, this should be a good fun bantery video.

Paul Glass:
Just like the podcast.

Jeff Burlingame:
Just like the podcast. I mean, you're getting the podcast on video.

Jeff Burlingame:
And if you don't listen to our podcast, you should do that, because we go on right after MONSTERBASS does their live, every single Thursday we're live 8:00 PM Eastern. And of course, if you guys liked the content from today's video, by the end of the video if you still can stand us, maybe go subscribe to our channel as well, Burly Fishing, and smash a like on a video, and pop a comment in there and say that you came over from MONSTERBASS. And of course, this is on MONSTERBASS' channel, so maybe subscribe to them too. All right, let's get into it.

Paul Glass:
We're going to walk through all the baits first. So before we talk about rigging, before we talk about action, and all that other stuff that's really fun, we're going to burn all through all the baits.

Jeff Burlingame:
We're going to burn. You got to know what you're getting. All right. And this is potentials by the way, every box you're going to get about seven to eight baits, depending on the region that you're in. MONSTERBASS divides the country into regions to try to give you more appropriate baits depending on the time of year, that's part of the reason you get the bag.

Jeff Burlingame:
All right, so first up, we got the X Zone Deception Worm. That is a six-inch trick worm, and it is fantastic, comes in the color Houdini. We got the X Zone Muscle Back Finesse Craw, little 3.25 inch craw bait there, in watermelon. We got Deep Creek flukes. This is a straight tail fluke, you can see it right there. Pretty fantastic, comes in watermelon candy.

Paul Glass:
A lot of purple in that watermelon candy.

Jeff Burlingame:
Lots of purple.

Paul Glass:
It's an awesome color.

Jeff Burlingame:
We got Optimum Baits' Line-Thru Swimbait right there. A Rick Clunn Hail Mary, this is a heavy duty, three-quarter ounce, gigantic, big old fat lipless right there. We've got the BASSHIK's Spinnerbait right here, a little white, chartreuse, with the painted Willow blade. Double Willow, pretty fantastic, painted Willow blade, in chartreuse. Up here, we live in Michigan, that's where we fish, most of the year, you can't go wrong with white and chartreuse.

Paul Glass:
A hundred percent. This is what I think is the crown jewel of this month's bag. This is the Monster Bass Mad Max Popper. Kind of a see-through blank, with like a brown/orange stripe pattern on there. Just, absolutely sweet bait. It's got the tail at the back, which is one of my favorite features of any popper. Got the red hook in the front. And really, I think my favorite part about this bait, it's a do-it-all bait. Medium-sized popper, definitely my favorite bait in this bag.

Jeff Burlingame:
And if you want to see our ugly mugs some more, and maybe hear a sweet, sweet voice of Paul here...

Paul Glass:
Me me me me.

Jeff Burlingame:
For a voiceover, you can go check out the promo video that MONSTERBASS had done by Sam Moore Media. It is fantastic, we feel lucky to be involved in that video, and it was high quality. Go check out the hype reel on the Mad Max Popper.

Paul Glass:
Absolutely. Next bait you're going to see is the Zee Bait Co. Twig. These are sweet, comes in a MONSTERBASS exclusive color. One of the coolest parts about this company is they can do limited run colors, so I'm a big fan. Next up is the Luck-E Strike Shallow Smoothy, this one is in a pearl purple.

Jeff Burlingame:
Say that 10 times fast.

Paul Glass:
Yeah, I literally can barely say that one times fast.

Jeff Burlingame:
Pearl purple. Pearl purple. You're just going to be spitting everywhere.

Paul Glass:
Yeah.

Jeff Burlingame:
Pearl purple.

Paul Glass:
This is a phenomenal time of year to have a medium diving crankbait. This one is a three-eighths ounce, which I think it's absolutely perfect if you want to be slinging the trebles.

Jeff Burlingame:
Wow.

Paul Glass:
Next up we've got the Fat Bastard Frog, this one is in Crime Scene. Dude, you cannot go off of that when we're recording.

Jeff Burlingame:
Great enunciation on that, it was pretty fantastic.

Paul Glass:
This is why they have me doing the videos. Fat Bastard Frog in Crime Scene. Awesome frog, can't go wrong with getting a frog in the bag. I think that's it.

Jeff Burlingame:
Ow.

Paul Glass:
Oh, you also get... You're going to get some variation of these hooks, here are a bunch of hooks. We've got everything from a straight shank hook, all the way down to an EWG, great for rigging. Whatever plastics are in your bag, so you're going to get some of these. Normally, if we were in Jeff's office, I would throw these everywhere, but we're in my office so these will go gently on the work bench.

Jeff Burlingame:
He's been throwing stuff at me anyways. All right, so what you came here for though, is how we're going to rig and fish these things. So we're talking gear that we're using, how we're going to rig it if it's a plastic, for example, how we're using these hooks this time of year, fall transition, moving into fall time, and where we might be fishing these things. So let's get into that.

Jeff Burlingame:
Boom. Spinnerbait. Guess how we're rigging it? Like this, that's it. And then we're casting out there and spinning it back.

Paul Glass:
That's not true at all.

Jeff Burlingame:
It is not true.

Paul Glass:
So the one thing I want to throw out there with the spinnerbait, you're going to be fishing specifically in the fall, fish are going to start pushing up bait fish, they're going to be chasing bait fish patterns. So this is a good time to throw a paddle tail.

Jeff Burlingame:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Paul Glass:
But I will say running it naked, with just a trailer hook as an addition, is a great way to run this bait. It's more about how deep you want this to go. Double Willow blades are actually going to hang up, probably a little bit higher in the water column. So if you want to get down a little lower, you can add a plastic to bring the bait down, or if you just want to stay up in the water column, you want to burn it quickly, just either run it how it is, or add a trailer hook.

Jeff Burlingame:
So I actually love throwing these on a high gear ratio reel. So my spinnerbait set up right now is an 8.2 to 1, I believe. It's a Lew's Tournament MP reel that I'm running this on. I go with like a 6'9"- 6'11" range rod, and I'm just going to cast this thing out as far as I can, reel it back along those weed lines, and that allows me to play the water column way more. With the high gear ratio, I know I can burn it if I want to, it's easy to do, it's high gear ratio. Or I can just turn the crank real slow and run it lower in the water column. Another thing you can do, Paul just brought up, is you just take a plastic, you thread that baby on there, or a trailer hook too, if you're getting short struck. Might thread on one of the baits we just got in the box, which is that Deep Creek Lures Fluke.

Jeff Burlingame:
And I actually really love throwing like a straight tail on this, I've really come around to this. I don't know if you guys have seen this before, but you know, if you throw a paddle tail on there, it's actually going to rise up, or a craw. It's going to rise up in the water column more than you might think, so throwing something like a fluke, straight tail like that. Or I actually have been throwing on medium, maybe not this size, but like medium to smaller spinnerbaits, the Z-Man Trick ShotZ, which is supposed to be a drop-shot bait, but you can Ned rig it, and then it makes a great trailer on here. Much like this, just with a flatter tail. So that's a good option, that actually is a double whammy right here, because that's how I might be fishing that fluke right now. So spinnerbait, fantastic choice. One of my favorite all time, fall baits, fantastic.

Paul Glass:
Up next is a frog. So a frog you might not think is a great fall bait, but top water in the fall is actually really good. And if you're somewhere, maybe in one of the Southern regions especially.

Jeff Burlingame:
Oh yeah.

Paul Glass:
There's a lot of places and times for you, this is going to be a great time to throw a frog.

Jeff Burlingame:
Jealous.

Paul Glass:
Not that there are bad times, but this is going to be exceptionally good times.

Jeff Burlingame:
It's always a good time.

Paul Glass:
My one tip with this white frog is actually going to be, the best time to use a white frog is when it's really cloudy out. The reason I say that is, when it's cloudy and there's not a ton of sun coming directly into a fish's face, they're looking up more often. So when they're looking up and feeding up, that's a great time to put a frog up. And then you don't need to have like a darker bait to silhouette, this white frog is going to stick out really well. So that's my one tip for a white frog.

Jeff Burlingame:
And you got the tapered nose on this frog, so, you can work this through the heavier cover. It's also got a really wide base, that right there is important because it's going to be walking a little bit better. So yeah, cast this thing up in the slot, put it around the pads, like put this thing somewhere you can't really put anything else. That's the whole point of a frog, but especially when you have that tapered nose there. Juicy little set up.

Jeff Burlingame:
Next up, we got that Luck-E-Strike shallow diving crankbait. So it's essentially a squarebill, it's just a little bit longer, a little different body shape, kind of a combination between what you think of as a crankbait and what you think of as a squarebill. But it's going to do good. So I would treat it like a squarebill, I'd cast this thing around cover. I'm looking for, wood, cast to wood, rocks. I'm fishing this in the river. I got it out on our channel when we opened up the bag this month. And this is a great color, I believe, for the rivers. And then when you've got a shallow diving crankbait, you can't go wrong. So I'm looking for structure, I'm going to run this thing around that. And also it's got a pretty heavy thud to it, so it's going to work in that current situation, and in dirtier water, because this is a dirty water color, that chartreuse and black, it's going to pop really well.

Paul Glass:
Yeah, my call-out for this is actually going to be around what gear ratio to use.

Jeff Burlingame:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Paul Glass:
So a lot of guys will tell you to use a slower gear ratio for like crankbaits.

Jeff Burlingame:
Cranks, yeah.

Paul Glass:
And anything like moving body baits in the water, just like this, they'll say like 6:1, 6.5:1, something like that.

Jeff Burlingame:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Paul Glass:
I actually really like a 7:1, reason being, you have to know that you're going to slow it down.

Jeff Burlingame:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Paul Glass:
What I really like about having a 7:1 is being able to do whatever I need to do to vary the speed. I think one of the biggest things with fishing moving baits is when you get in this mode of just like cast retreat, cast retreat, and you do the same thing over and over and over again.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yeah.

Paul Glass:
You think you're covering water, but you're actually not. Especially with squarebills and medium to shallow diving body baits, you have to be able to change your retrieve speed.

Jeff Burlingame:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Paul Glass:
You have to be able to move it quickly and stop it, move it quickly two or three times like a jerk bait, and then slow it down or speed it up. So giving that 7:1, as long as you're comfortable with a really slow retrieve, I actually like having a higher gear ratio for medium diving to shallow diving squarebill-type baits, like this one.

Jeff Burlingame:
A hundred percent. So another call-out on these types of crankbaits, that I'm going to add to our next bait here, which is the Hail Mary Lipless, is that you want a moderate to slow action on the rod that you're using. You could definitely use a different action rod, you're just going to be very mad about it, that's the deal. Like if you go moderate, slow action, you're going to be happy because you're going to lose less fish. These trebles right here are easy to shake when a fish uses the weight of this bait, which is heavy, to knock this thing loose, and they're really good at it. So if you've ever been frustrated by losing a fish at the boat, at the bank just because it shook your lure, highly recommend, get a real crankbait rod, and you will never look back. Because I haven't, it's awesome.

Paul Glass:
Parabolic, medium, not medium-fast. And then a little bit longer. I want maybe a foot longer than you would normally use. So I want to see a seven foot plus, even in a kayak.

Jeff Burlingame:
Bomb it.

Paul Glass:
Yeah, even in a kayak I want to see a seven foot plus. It's just going to work really better at those treble hook baits. The other thing, too, is, it's called the Hail Mary. This is a long casting bait, it's designed to cast very far and also run very deep if you need it to.

Jeff Burlingame:
Look at how wide that is, it's crazy.

Paul Glass:
So having that extra length on the rod is just going to make you fish [inaudible 00:10:49] a little bit better even with a short rod.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yeah. It's got a crazy taper to it, you can actually see the weight is written down on the front too, so three quarters of an ounce. It comes in a couple different colors, we showed you the other color, little shad pattern, right there, that we also got. Another great option, but run it like a lipless. So around this time a year, what I'm going to do with something like this is bomb it out there, and then yo-yo it back to the boat. So I'm going to let it fall all the way down, and then I'm going to rip it all the way up. And because of this taper, you're going to get a ton of action out of something like this.

Jeff Burlingame:
This thing vibes really heavy, I've had a chance to fish with this a bit. So when you're lifting that rod tip up, it's just going nuts to the surface. Then you're letting it fall again, so it looks like a struggling, dying bait fish, and you're covering the water column like crazy vertically on the way back to the boat. So again, the further you cast it out there and do that yo-yo effect the more water you're covering, and someone's going to smack it, someone's going to hit it.

Paul Glass:
Oh, I can confirm. I think we caught a fish on that first day out.

Jeff Burlingame:
Can confirm, has happened.

Paul Glass:
Next up is the Optimum Baits Line-Thru, this is a swimbait. And I don't know if this is going to show up here, I'm going to ask Jeff to hold that before I put that in my mouth.

Jeff Burlingame:
Did you just put that treble in your mouth?

Paul Glass:
I don't know if you could see this, but yeah, you can. So inside the bait, there is actually a little tube for you to run your line directly through. It's going to come in here at the nose, come out here at the bottom. And after you run the line through the bait, through the bottom, you're going to tie on this treble hook that it comes with. I don't want to say it's a knockoff, it's like a different version of something like a Magdraft. It's a little bit smaller version.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yep.

Paul Glass:
It's still a pretty sizable swimbait. I think this was like five or six inches long, it's got to be six.

Jeff Burlingame:
More reasonable size for up here.

Paul Glass:
Yes, absolutely.

Jeff Burlingame:
Like you go further north...

Paul Glass:
Michigan is up here.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yeah, up here in Michigan. I know we're not the furthest north of the entire nation, but it's pretty far north. And the fish will key in on smaller patterns, typically a lot more. So if you throw it, like, this is eh...

Paul Glass:
This side's a little big.

Jeff Burlingame:
You're still going to... You're looking for bigs with something like this up here. But if you grab the Magdraft, you basically are content in maybe catching a fish in about six or seven outings.

Paul Glass:
Yeah.

Jeff Burlingame:
It's a struggle bus to throw something huge.

Paul Glass:
And where I would throw this, honestly, if you can skip this into docks, that's actually what I would recommend doing. Shorter casts, or actually getting... So normally, when you're kind of in the bank, you get your bow position, where you're facing the bank and you're casting up. I actually recommend getting as close to the bank as possible, casting out into open water, and drawing it back to you. That's going to be the most... if the fish are chasing bait patterns, they're actually coming from the deep, and they're coming towards shore, and they're trying to push fish just like this one. So my recommendation is get to the bank, cast it out, and then retrieve it back towards the bank. And if you think this is going to get shredded, I think what you're going to see, what happens a lot with this Line-Thru set up is when the fish takes this hook, the bait's actually going to travel up the line, and you're going to see all the damage done to the hook, not to the bait.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yep. That is absolutely true. And like we mentioned, with the Hail Mary, they're not going to be able to shake it, because try to shake this, it doesn't move, there's nothing to knock it off. So, because this slides up, that's sort of the benefit of doing a line-thru. And they sell like line-thru kits, you can punch a hole in basically any plastic and make it a line-thru it, which is a cool idea. What I would do with this, because your idea was really dumb, is... love you. I would actually hook that into the bait, just like that, and then you got these two trebles sticking out the bottom. It's still going to pop off when a fish hits this, of course, it's just going to fly right off like that. So we don't have to worry about, again, the bait getting shredded.

Jeff Burlingame:
But I've got this treble sort of pinned into the bait there, and I'm going to run this kind of parallel to the bank, looking for those drop-offs and weed lines. Because, and I mentioned this on our channel too, I want a toothy critter. I'm going after a pike or something, more specifically with this. Or if I know I'm on a big bass lake, then maybe I luck into a couple of those, would be sweet. But the ones and two pounders, they might hit this, I've seen.

Paul Glass:
I want big [inaudible 00:14:50] pounds, for sure.

Jeff Burlingame:
I want big ones. I want big fall fish, man. All right, so we hyped this thing up a lot. So let's just talk about how we're going to fish this. It's topwater, and this is really, for fall, this is like my favorite topwater to throw. There are many other options, like walking baits are great as well, and then of course you can throw a frog. We're going to be throwing the frog far less, up here in Michigan. But again, you guys down south, super jealous.

Jeff Burlingame:
But the popper just gets it done. I mean, we can catch any fish with this.

Paul Glass:
Yes.

Jeff Burlingame:
We're catching panfish, to bass, to pike, all sorts of options with this. I love throwing these on the river, personally. You're going to hear us bring up the river a lot, the river is a really fun place to fish, especially in the spring and fall. So I'm going to go out there and be popping this around fallen trees, and rocks, boulders, stuff like that, any sort of just barely submerged or around the surface area type of cover. It's going to be a great option for this. And then on the lake, docks, boats, all around that. Tall weeds, all around that stuff, right in front of Lily pads, and different types of cover like that works really well. And what are we going to throw this on?

Paul Glass:
So I'm throwing this on a 7'6" medium if it's a big casting setup, and I'm on open water, that's what I'm looking for. My favorite though, is a seven, seven and a half foot medium fast spinning rig, actually. And if I'm in the river, I'm actually going with a really stiff, medium, light, extra fast. I've just got a rod that's that exact spec, and that is the perfect bait for that. You're going to maintain contact with that fish in those treble hooks, you're not going to lose them. You don't have to have a giant hookset and you don't need to punch. You've got three hook opportunities, and those are really sharp hooks so it's going to be easy hookset, sweep it to the side. You are not losing that fish. I'm just beyond jacked. That is my favorite size popper. And you can literally catch anything.

Jeff Burlingame:
It's a great option.

Paul Glass:
There's also a bone color that I was trying to dig up, but I know it's in my boat, but there is a bone color that I'm telling you, if you get that one, just be like, thank you.

Jeff Burlingame:
That is the win.

Paul Glass:
I love all of them, like you can't go wrong, but that's one of my favorites.

Jeff Burlingame:
If you got the bone in this month's bag...

Paul Glass:
Just be like, "Thanks, Rick, hooked me up bro."

Jeff Burlingame:
You win, you're the winner.

Paul Glass:
Yeah.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yeah, so fantastic option there. All right. So next up, we're going to be jumping into all these plastics. So here's the deal, in the MB bags, you're getting some sort of hook just about every single month. And we understand hooks are boring, but guess what catches fish?

Paul Glass:
Wait...

Jeff Burlingame:
Hooks.

Paul Glass:
The hook? Oh.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yeah, it's the hook. I mean, you could throw the plastic out there. You would just be ruining the environment and killing fish. So, I mean, maybe don't do that. But if you rig it up to these hooks, then you can catch fish. All right, so let's talk about, we got a bunch of different hooks here. So we got some EWGs, you might've gotten those. You might've gotten a straight shank worm hooks, you might've gotten the Standout Dropshot hook. You might've gotten these Dropshot hooks, look at those little tiny babies. Might've gotten the offset worm hooks. All of which are coming from Daiichi, or Stanley or Mustad, which are all great hook brands.

Paul Glass:
Absolutely.

Jeff Burlingame:
So you've got nothing to worry about.

Paul Glass:
If you don't know about Daiichi, you really should. They manufacture some of the better hooks that are out there.

Jeff Burlingame:
Absolutely. All right, so the plastic we got, we're each going to rig one. No, let's let's just go ahead and show. I think this will be the fun part.

Jeff Burlingame:
All right you guys, so we're going to go plastic by plastic, we're going to show you how we would rig this, and I think we made them different.

Paul Glass:
We did.

Jeff Burlingame:
Like we just rigged them next to each other and did completely different things the whole way, so this is going to be good. First off, we got the Deep Creek Lures Fluke. This is how I would rig it. Weightless on an EWG. Even red, red is a good option, I'll go red hook. I'm not like a huge red hook guy, but it's what we got in the bag, and that's the goal today is rig what's in the bag, right? So there you go, little Mustad EWG, Deep Creek Lures Fluke. Go.

Paul Glass:
Jeff took the easiest route. Zero creativity whatsoever.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yeah, the most obvious, that always catches, you're welcome.

Paul Glass:
It does work really well. I got weird with it. So I took that Stanley long hook, not what this is technically made for, but honestly, I'm going to go ahead and Neko rig this. So I'm going to take a nail weight, I'm going to put it right in the nose here, and I'm going to be hopping this back towards myself. This works really well if you've got like a rocky point and clear, clear water where fish can see you coming a mile away. Get as far away as you can, huck this bad boy, and then just hop it as slowly as you can back up the bank towards you. That will catch a fish, I promise you.

Jeff Burlingame:
And throw this anywhere you want, because it's completely weedless. But I'd say in shallower water right now, around grass, rock, laydowns, stuff like that, go after them.

Jeff Burlingame:
All right, so I got a double play for you on the next one, because this is the one where I went a little bit crazy, I thought. So we've got the twig from Zee Bait Co. and I rigged it two ways on a drop-shot because we had extra hooks. So here's the number six, oh my god, can you see it? That's the number six drop-shot hook from Daiichi, so it's itty bitty. So none of these plastics would naturally work on this, so what I did, is I cut the twig tail off and threw it on there. And I got to tell you guys, if you drop-shot this, especially if you're panfishing, you want to catch like a million bluegill.

Paul Glass:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Jeff Burlingame:
This will do it. This will work, positively guarantee you. The other way is do the old weedless set up right there. So you nose-hook it, and you just kind of like snub that nose right there, so that you can pull through cover much easier. And this is on that standout drop-shot from Daiichi, which is a great option as well. So standouts, if you guys don't know, you Palomar knot right there, take your tag in down through the eye of the hook there, and then you tie your weight on. And then you drop-shot this. So you can trim this up, of course, any way you want. So go as long or as short as you want with that twig, but I'm going to choose to drop-shot it because it's a little four-inch finesse worm.

Paul Glass:
Decent idea, kind of trash, wouldn't have done it. So I'm actually taking that same Zee Bait Co. twig, and I'm doing a wacky rig.

Jeff Burlingame:
On the itty bitty one, huh?

Paul Glass:
Yep, on the number six Daiichi hook. I'm not doing it weedless.

Jeff Burlingame:
Weed-full.

Paul Glass:
I'm not doing it weighted [inaudible 00:20:50]. I'm doing this on a drop-shot. So I'm actually going to rig this on a drop-shot and it's going to look like this in the water. I would use this technique when you think you have a really good shot at catching a fish, you're like that spot, there's a fish right there.

Jeff Burlingame:
There's a fish there.

Paul Glass:
And you know, there's a fish there, I'm going to target that fish, and I'm going to put this right in front of its face and just leave it there tantalizingly.

Jeff Burlingame:
Tantalizingly. Drop-shot wacky.

Paul Glass:
Yep.

Jeff Burlingame:
All right. All right.

Paul Glass:
So this is where I have two, similar to Jeff. So this is the X Zone Deception Worm.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yep.

Paul Glass:
It is a six inch finesse worm from X Zone.

Jeff Burlingame:
Definitely six.

Paul Glass:
I took the standout hook and I trimmed that bad boy up, and what I'm relying on is there's a little air pocket cavity right in the back of the tail.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yeah, sweet.

Paul Glass:
So not only am I getting the standout, where this hook is going to be standing horizontally like this, but the air pocket is actually going to keep this up and moving. So I'm just nose-hooking it, drop-shot, and I'm taking advantage of the way that worm's constructed.

Jeff Burlingame:
And it's already a very floaty plastic, so...

Paul Glass:
It's going to be just all over the place.

Jeff Burlingame:
It's going to be... What'd you say, tantalizing?

Paul Glass:
Which, okay. You had an idea, I had an idea. We're using different hooks.

Jeff Burlingame:
Bam.

Paul Glass:
Yah.

Jeff Burlingame:
So I went for the offset worm hook, in this case, for that deception worm. And you went for the EWG.

Paul Glass:
The only question I have is, are you going weightless? Weight less?

Jeff Burlingame:
Yes. It's a trick worm and I like to go weightless.

Paul Glass:
With that worm hook, I also like to go weightless. I think it's a more subtle looking hook.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yep.

Paul Glass:
I'm going to go with probably a three, it sounds, at the most, for this trick worm. And I'm going to do a Texas rig, where I liked the EWG better for a Texas rig in this scenario. So I'm going to have a weight with mine.

Jeff Burlingame:
So in either case, Texas Rigging, and you can't go wrong with a good old Texas rig. And it's a trick worm, finessey, works really well this time of year.

Paul Glass:
Absolutely.

Jeff Burlingame:
Last one we had to get a little bit weird. Personally, the Muscle Back Finesse Craw from X Zone, I would have on a Ned rig.

Paul Glass:
Yep.

Jeff Burlingame:
1000% of the time. So we didn't have any Ned rigs in this bag. So what we did is we started...

Paul Glass:
But we did in last month's bag.

Jeff Burlingame:
We did some different stuff, yeah. Last one we did, so. This month we don't, I went ahead and took that Stanley Straight Shank and just rigged it up like so. Now I understand there's a big backbone to this hook, so this part is going to be real rigid. But the benefit of the Muscle Back Finesse Craw is the floating claws. So I'm looking to just play up the action of the claws, that's my play.

Paul Glass:
On that one, I'm probably, I'm going to think about doing a Texas rig actually, unpegged.

Jeff Burlingame:
I'm not putting weight on this, by the way. It's a floating craw, I'm just going to let this slow fall around structure. Probably up banging the bank, man, that would be my move.

Paul Glass:
This one I think you can do weighted or unweighted, I just took that offset worm hook and stuck it in there, so similar to what Jeff did. My recommendation, the only time I'm actually going to grab this size of hook for this type of bait, is if I'm getting my claws nipped off.

Jeff Burlingame:
Yep.

Paul Glass:
Like every time my claws are getting bit off and I'm missing those strikes, I'm going to put the hook point as far back as I possibly can, and this is about as far back as you can get while still being weedless. Weight or no weight, I think you're good either way.

Jeff Burlingame:
All right, you guys, that was everything in the bag from this month, rigged a whole bunch of different ways. Hopefully this was helpful for you because if you're a subscriber of MONSTERBASS, you have these baits. So now you know what to go do with them. So take the bag, as long as you've got a rod, a reel, some line, and water preferably, and this bag, you're good to go.

Paul Glass:
You're fishing.

Jeff Burlingame:
Right? Take it on out there. All right you guys, get after them. If you guys liked the content, of course, subscribe to MONSTERBASS. You can go subscribe to us as well, over at Burley fishing. And we podcast right after MONSTERBASS, every Thursday, 8:00 PM Eastern. So hop from the MB live, just ditch Rick, be like "later nerd, I'm out of here," and then come over and hang out with us, because we're cooler. All right, let's get out of here, dude. We'll see you guys on the next video.

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