- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 22, 2005


If you’ve had a tough time finding cooperative bass in the tidal Potomac River, pay heed to U.S. Coast Guard-licensed fishing guide Dale Knupp.

“When things get tough, I downsize my lures,” he says.

Knupp prefers a 3-inch Senko plastic worm attached to a Daiichi Fat Gap Bleeding Bait Hook. It’s a blood-red, wide-gap worm hook that is inserted Texas-style so it won’t pick up weeds. A tiny 1/16-ounce slip sinker might be called for.

But I’ve taken Knupp’s idea into another direction. I, too, use the 2/0 Daiichi Fat Gap Bleeding Bait Hook, but I rig it weedless onto a Strike King 3X Zero worm that has been impregnated with salt and garlic, and I do not use a slip sinker because the Zero sinks nicely without added weight. To do the downsizing, I cut a few inches off the regular 5-inch worm and insert the hook at the blunt, cut-off end. The bass love it.

Knupp insists it’s the bleeding hook that attracts the fish. I think it’s the red worm hook and the garlic-flavored Strike King worm in a junebug color. It can be your double whammy. Try it.

— Gene Mueller

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