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Cary Fishing Report: A Walk On The Wacky Side

What’s biting in town?

The shadow of the guard tower is at my feet, as P.G. Wodehouse said.

Winter for me is like three months in jail. You’re confined and let outside only for hard labor, to shovel snow.

I decided to make good use of the last part of the year, before everything freezes over. I wanted to learn how to catch more fish. So I surfed the Internet to find out what other anglers were doing.

I noticed there is a school of “wacky” fishing.

Anglers, posting on one website, were talking about – if all else fails – making a wacky adjustment to a “Senko” worm. It’s a surefire way to catch more largemouth bass, they were saying.

George, this fellow I work with, swears by wacky-rig fishing.  He lives in Elgin and fishes at a storm-water detention basin near his home. Other anglers, he said, get jealous because he pulls in many more than they do.

George uses an O-ring that he puts around the center of the plastic worm. The hook goes through the O-ring and not the worm.  George said both ends of the worm vibrate in a “wacky way” as the plastic worm sinks to the bottom. He said it drives the largemouth bass crazy.

I had Wednesday off and decided to try it.  The weather forecast predicted rain.  I was at the sporting goods store when it opened at 9 a.m. and bought a pack of 5-inch “Yamasenko” worms.

At the big pond at Fel-Pro conservation area, the wacky worm was putting on quite a show, with a lot of movement as it descended into the murk. But nothing was biting. At noon it started misting and then it started raining so I went home to file this report.

I’m not giving up, though. After it stops raining I’m going back out to try the Senko worm at Lake Atwood near the Jewel in Cary.

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