Bass fishing is one of the most popular types of freshwater fishing. Bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, will strike a variety of lures and bait, live in a wide geographic area, fight strongly when hooked and usually exhibit an aggressive behavior. All these reasons result in making bass fishing a great angling experience. And what is the best way to catch them? There are many effective methods but plastic worm fishing for bass has proven to be one of the very best techniques to catch these fantastic fish!
Bass can be caught on many types of artificial lures sure as spoons, spinners, spinner baits, surface lures, diving plugs, flies and plastic worms. Fishing plastic worms for bass is a proven method and has become very popular with bass fishermen. Some bass anglers swear by them and will tell you that they hardly ever fish with any other type of lure. Generally plastic worms, occasionally called rubber worms in some regions, are considered a warm weather fishing method for temperatures over 55 degrees but can be effective at most times and conditions.
While there are various ways to fish a plastic worm the Texas rig is probably the most frequently used method of rigging the worm. It can also be a bit tricky to master. The long shank hook is inserted through the head of the worm and the point is embedded into the body of the worm to make it weedless. The point of the hook is not exposed so it will not shag vegetation but the point is almost coming all the way through the worm so when the hook is set it does come through the worm and hook the fish. There are a few variations of the Texas rig. Many fishermen use a slip sinker with it. For me I have had much better luck with no sinker added. With light tackle the weight of the worm alone is enough for a good cast and the motion is more lifelike without a sinker.
Any visit to a fishing or sporting goods store will prove that there is no shortage of colors and styles for plastic worms. The actual selection can make a big difference when fishing. The best suggestion is to have a decent variety to choice from. Fortunately they are inexpensive. Solid colors, two tone, speckled colors are all available. The shape varied from simple to curl tail, lizard, fish, split tail, leaches, etc. All can be effective at the right time and conditions.
Some helpful tips that can help with plastic worm fishing for bass –
- Use smaller worms when fish appear to be inactive.
- In clear water try using light colors or translucent worms.
- In darker water use darker worms such as blue, purple or black.
- Vary the speed and motion of your return until you discover what appeals to the fish. It will vary from time to time.
- As with many types of fishing learn what works in the area you are fishing. Sometimes speaking with other fishermen can provide some valuable information (and sometimes it won’t!).
- Fish close to cover and drop offs. Fish are seldom found in open areas.
A general method for plastic worm fishing for bass would be as follows – Cast to a likely looking location, usually near cover. Let the worm drop completely to the bottom on a slack line, then engage your reel, but watch for movement on the line as it sinks. Gently lift the rod tip up, then let it fall back down, feel for any fish activity on your line. As you begin the retrieve keep the rod up somewhat. Do not hold the rod down with the tip near the water. Watch your line carefully as well as pay close attention to the feel. Be patient. If nothing happens lift up enough to pull the worm toward you, reel in a small amount at a time and continue. Over time vary the speed of this type of retrieve. Sometimes a bass will pick it up gently and swim away, sometimes they will tap and nibble at it, sometimes they will take it in their mouth and just stay in one place and at other times they will slam it will all their might. Almost anything can happen!
When you are ready to set the hook lower the rod quickly and take in any excess slack with the reel and then lift sharply to set the hook. Do this all rather quickly, lifting upward. If you miss the strike immediately let the bass have another chance to get caught. He is looking to bite something so get your hook back in his feeding zone again as soon as possible. Often they will bite again right away. When you do hook a bass try to get him away from thick cover and into open water if possible.
With some practice and patience you may soon realize just how effective fishing plastic worms for bass can be. Make sure you always obey your local fish regulations and laws, practice good conservation, handle fish properly and please practice catch and release. Tight lines!