Every angler has bait he or she relies on to catch bass when all else fails. For many, including me, it is the good old plastic worm. This bait has been around for a very long time and has a bass catch rate and a big bass history like no other.
There are a lot of ways to rig this bait, from heavy tackle and big sinkers to fishing this bait in very deep water to floating worms rigged different ways. You can fish these baits in and around shallow weed beds and cover and get some explosive strikes. This just goes to show you how versatile this bait really is; it can be fished from the surface to the deepest depth simply by switching types of worms and rigging styles.
These baits can be fished in hot summer days to the milder days of early winter. And for night fishing for bass, this is my number one bait for sure.
Just as with most baits, this bait comes in many colors and styles and it just takes some time on the water to learn what works best in each situation. But gaining this type of knowledge is what separates a good angler from a great angler.
There are basic sizes to most plastic worms There is a four-inch worm for smaller water and to finesse fish and when bass are bedding or “spooky” to a bigger bait such as the basic six- or seven-inch worm for just about all bass fishing. There’s even a 12- to 14-inch mega worm for deeper bass. Then there are the special ones like the floating worms.
These baits are also known as a big bass lure and have lived up to that name several times. My best bass was caught on a blue fleck power worm, Texas rigged in about six feet of water on a beautiful fall day. It was under a huge log in a big creek mouth. As soon as I set the hook I knew it was a hog. After a good fight I pulled in a seven-pound, two-ounce bass. It was a beast.
If you’re not fishing worms, you’re missing out.