There are many effective fishing techniques that fisherman use to catch fish. Traditional cast and retrieve, jigging, rigs, and float methods are common practice. Controlled depth fishing combines all techniques to trigger their aggression.

Gear

Controlled depth fishing method includes a float, jighead, and lure. Depending on the depth and flow of the water use a 1/32 ounce jighead. Freaky worms are ideal for controlled depth fishing because the fish just can't resist the action of the weighted tail. Use a round float to slow down the bait down or a cigar float for a faster retrieve. For a light bite use a smaller float. A 9 foot rod is ideal for employing this method because it allows one to cast a deeper leader, control drift with the ability to lift line out of the water, and jig the freaky worm correctly. Fish can see line, so use 6 lb or lighter for trout or crappie, we recommend Seaguar flurocarbon. Invest in a good pair of polarized glasses to visualize the fish.

Technique

The technique is simple in design, easy to learn, and fish just can't resist. Adjust the float depth to the level of the fish. To catch epic numbers of fish this step takes experience to analyze the conditions (time of day, time of year, water clarity, water temp, fish behavior) and adjust the speed, technique, depth of leader, size of float, size of jighead, color of freaky worm, and targeted species of fish.

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Summary

This fishing technique is unlike any other and will set you apart from other fisherman. Controlled depth fishing technique takes patience, time, and commitment but once its mastered fish just can't resist. The Freaky Frank's Freaky Worm is the lure of choice, change the way you fish!


Crappie is one of American's most sought after panfish. These fish are fun to catch and tasty. This article explains proven tactics that will catch cold water crappie.

When crappie fishing cold water temps in the mid 40's to mid 50's look for structure next to deep water. It's no secret that crappie like wood. Locate wood structure adjacent to 20-30 foot deep water. These panfish will move from the deep water into the structure to feed. Standing timber in 5-10 feet of water next to deep water is ideal. Under water brush piles are also hot spots.

Once the structure has been found its time to select the correct technique. Search for crappie first until a school is found by using a 1/32 or 1/16 ounce jighead with a Freaky Franks Freaky worm. Add a spray of Freaky Frank's crappie sauce to entice the finicky feeders. Cast the worm next to wood structure and jig the freaky worm in by twitching the rod tip, then allow the bait to fall. During the fall is generally when the thump is felt. Continue to move until 3 or more crappie have been caught in one location.

Once several crappie have been caught and a school is located, employ a different tactic. Freaky Frank's signature controlled depth fishing method is our go to method. This method consist of a 1 inch weighted cigar float with a freaky worm on a 1/32 ounce jighead about 5-8 foot leader under bobber. Cast the float next to wood and allow the bait to settle. Once the float tips up then the jighead is at the bottom of the leader. Next, slowly twitch the float raising the rod tip to move the float. Crappie are ambush feeders (they attack from below their prey) which makes controlled depth fishing irresistible to these finicky feeders. Controlled depth fishing allows fisherman to move the bait slow and trigger their aggression by staying in the strike zone longer. Crappie just can't resist the freaky worm combined with controlled depth fishing.

Locate the crappie by searching for wood structure next to deep water, while employing cast and retrieve method freaky worm. Once a school has been located fish really slow by using controlled depth fishing. These methods are guaranteed to work. Change the way you fish and put more crappie in the boat with Freaky Frank's.

Smallmouth bass are active feeder so use a bait that triggers their aggression. The freaky worm is an excellent choice to trigger smallmouth bass to strike. The tail of the bait and customized hand-poured plastic, gives it an erratic action smallmouth can't resist.

How to Bass Fish the Freaky XL Worm

We recommend using a 1/0 hook, next thread the hook through the nose of the bait with the hook pointing out of the smooth section of the worm. Fish this bait with a fluorocarbon (Seaguar preferred) 6 to 10 lb test line for best result. Cast the worm into a fishy looking spot (logs, stickups, large rocks above and under the water, rocky points, weed beds, or fish actively feeding on top), then allow the worm time to sink (let it sink just out of site), next reel up the slack line while jerking the rod tip, watch for the worm to surface, once it surfaces then allow the worm to fall. The fish generally strike while the bait is falling or with the initial jerk of the bait. It is important to watch the action of the worm, the bait should have a underwater walk-the-dog action. If the worm is spinning, re-hook the worm straight or get a new one. Frank's Bass Sauce is a scent that increases your hook-ability.

Wear a good pair of polarized sunglasses and watch the action of the worm underwater. Most of the time, I see the fish strike before feeling a bite. Increase your chances of success this summer by fishing prime time (daylight and dusk), fluorocarbon line, polarized sunglasses, Freaky Frank's Bass Sauce, and the freaky worm XL.

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