Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Plastic worms are secret weapons

Many good bass anglers say they have a favorite or a secret bait that will catch bass when nothing else will. And I bet you most of them will say it’s a certain size or color of plastic worm.

Some bass anglers will tell you that they swear by a plastic worm to catch bass, myself included. When there is big money in a big bass tournament you can be sure that most of the anglers will have a plastic worm rigged on some of their rods.

The plastic worm has been around for a long time. Lure companies like Creme have been making worms for a long time. In the beginning of worm fishing, the baits you could buy were very limited in color, style and size. A plastic worm of practically any color, style and size is now available.

All worms used to be six inches in length Now you can get four-, six-, seven-, 10-, and even 12-inch worms.

Don’t be afraid to use the big worms on small lakes. I have caught eight-inch bass on 10- inch worms. Believe me, if a bass wants a bait it will try to hit it no matter the size.

Each size and style of worm has a best time and condition to use it. There is a small, thin, straight-bodied worm that is known as a finesse worm. This bait is used when the bass are very spooky or inactive and will not hit a bigger worm. It is mostly fished on light line and light action rods. Clear water lakes like Laurel River Lake and Paintsville Lake are the types of places you would use this worm. These small worms are also good for sight fishing when the bass are on the beds.

The six- and seven-inch worms are the most common worms used by bass anglers. They will in most cases catch bass almost all of the time and in most situations. Then you move up to the big worms, the 10- and 12-inch worms. These worms, as I said, can catch small bass but when fished in the right area at the right time can be a big bass bait.

I have had the most success with big worms by fishing them at night during the hot summer. Wait until the bass are settled in on shallow cover and make your cast close to the cover and slowly hop- and jerk the bait as close to the cover as you can.

To fish the way I just described, you will want a good heavy line and a heavy action rod to set the hook and bring a big bass out of the heavy cover.

Worms come in every color you can think of now. I like to fish the basic colors like purple or blue fleck, black, pumpkin seed, black and blue and red shad. These colors work well in the water found in most of our area lakes. In real clear water, colors like cotton candy work good.

There are several ways you can rig a worm. The most common is the Texas rig. This is where you put a simple slip sinker on your line and then tie on your hook. There’s also the Carolina rig where you have a weight on your line and then a liter on your line with your hook tied on the end of it.

You can also fish a worm with no weight and just a hook and make it a topwater jerk bait. All or these rigs will work at the right times.

Give worm fishing a try this summer.

You can contact me at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com

Carr Creek Lake is now at summer pool. The lake is clear to around eight feet deep with a surface temperature of around 84 degrees.

Fishing has been pretty good. Bass are fair to good. Most bass anglers are night fishing now. Bass are being caught on darkcolored worms and jigs close to the bank and on buzzbaits and topwaters early in the morning and on cloudy and overcast days. Some nice largemouth bass have been caught lately.

Crappie are best at night on deeper main lake wood cover. Depths of around six to 12 feet deep seem to hold the best fishing. Minnows and small jigs are catching lots of good crappie. Two crappie more than 18 inches long have been caught during the past week.

Bluegill are excellent now on worms and crickets and minnows. Some nice-size ones are being caught in shallow brush piles early.

Catfish are doing well also. This is some of the best catfishing I have seen in a long time. Chicken livers and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom close to creek channels work well.

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