How are you, Brian? And welcome to the Forums. Yes, ol' bucketmouth will hit a nightcrawler. Most of my largemouth catches on 'crawlers, though, were accidental... I was targeting a different species altogether when the bass hit.
Evvguy's right on-the-money when he said to rig it like a plastic worm. I did a lot of drift fishing with nightcrawlers on a Carolina Rig (a classic plastic worm rig... sliding bullet-shaped sinker, plastic bead, swivel & a 3' clear monofilament leader to the hook). My target species for this is walleye. I had the worm on a three-hook harness (a hook at the tip of the nose, one in the middle, & one at the tail) so it could still wiggle while being pulled along, & I was picking up largemouths (& even a smallmouth or two) as well as walleyes & saugers.
I've also picked up largemouths with the worm under a float... targeting panfish. I casted out, let it sit for a little bit, then pulled slowly on the rod. This brought the float toward me. After another pause, I'd pull it a little again, then let it rest, repeating this until I brought the rig in. The last time I did this, I don't think I caught one bluegill, but I caught bucketmouths left & right!
I also use them on just a hook (no weight, no bobber) like Evvguy, but I don't troll it. I cast it out with my ultralight or light rod & reel set, then let it fall slowly down in the water. In case you haven't tried this yet, it's deadly for trout & panfish. Well, turns out it works for bass, too... caught a number of them this way as well.
Hope I helped you out.
Keep the line fresh, the hooks sharp, and have fun fishing. God bless you. -Sonny, Life Member since 2002