Plastic Fishing Worms

A plastic worm is a plastic worm and all are fished the same way. Probably the easiest of the soft plastics to start learning to fish with would be a simple plastic worm. Many anglers feel the plastic worm is the most versatile lure available. Tom still believes the plastic worm is the most effective bass lure ever produced. The smallmouth bass fishing has been very good, with fish being caught on plastic baits in the shallows. Many Bass anglers regard plastic worms as the single most effective lure for big bass.

The most popular rig used when fishing the plastic worm is the Texas Rig. The Carolina rig has a much different action when jigged, as the worm tends to sink and rise at a much different rate than its accompanying weight. The Texas rig keeps the worm from getting hung up, and the weight gets the worm to the bottom and keeps it there. The bullet weight will slide up and down the line so that when a bass tries to steal your worm, it will not detect the weight. You can vary the size of the worm and the weight to change the rate of fall, and you can fish it as slowly or as quickly as you want. The wacky worm or trick worm is any worm hooked in the middle.

You need a medium heavy or heavy action rod for worm fishing. The steps below cover how to choose the right fishing rod and explain several ways to rig it for the kind of plastic worm fishing you want to do. A part of a plastic worm can be added to a jig for fishing. There are situations, of course, in which flipping and pitching will not work. There are some soft plastic surface fishing baits you might want to look into. The more familiar you become with the worm, the more fish you catch.

Swim baits and minnows are bait fish looking soft plastics that usually have curly tails or something to give them action in the water. The grubs basic design lends itself to a constant, horizontal retrieve in contrast to soft plastic baits which are more effective when presented vertically with anglers imparting action upon them. Tube baits are hollow tube-shaped plastic baits with tentacles on them. There are any number of freshwater lures out there but no other bait has landed more fish than the good old soft plastic worm. The teeth of fish can do a number on soft baits even the bass. There are a lot of soft-plastic baits shaped and colored just like minnows and baitfish.

The weight and hook should vary with the size of the worm. When you feel the tap, jerk your line straight up, over your head, to set the hook. When a bass takes your plastic worm, you will usually feel a tap or notice the line move sideways. When you set the hook and miss the fish, reel in and check your bait. You need to set the hook in the jaw, and avoid letting the bass swim with the bait. Most bites will feel like a slight tick, pressure or you will feel or see the bass swimming off with your line.

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