With today’s gimmicks, gizmos and gadgets some anglers forget the simplicity of fishing the old faithful soft plastic worm. The soft plastic worms are one of the most versatile types of artificial lures. They can be used in diverse conditions and can be rigged in several different ways.
Why fish with plastic worms
The best part is that they are inexpensive. For about the cost of a hard plastic crankbait, anglers can gear up with worms, hooks and a few bullet sinkers. In this post let’s review some tips for the a bag of worms , hooks and bullet sinkers for about the cost of one hard plastic lure. a bag of worms , hooks and bullet sinkers for about the cost of one hard plastic lure. a bag of worms , hooks and bullet sinkers for about the cost of one hard plastic lure. a bag of worms , hooks and bullet sinkers for about the cost of one hard plastic lure.for the savvy worm angler. With water temperatures on the rise summer is a great time to slow down a bit and wet a worm.
Soft worm fishing technique
Feeling the bottom and the structure gives the advantage to worm fishing. Anglers increase sensitivity with the feel of a graphite rod usually 6.5 to 7 feet in length. The rods preferred by worm anglers are often in the medium to medium heavy range. These heavier rods also give a bit more backbone when setting the hook. When setting the hook with a soft plastic worm, anglers drop the rod tip taking up slack in the line. Worm anglers become methodical line waters, especially at night, which is very important to hook set timing when fishing a worm.
The soft plastic worm can be rigged on a drop shot, Wacky, Texas or Carolina rigged, the versatility of these baits along with the affordability is what has made them so popular among bass anglers. They can be fished with or without a weight. Unweighted worms on light line can be twitched in shallow water making the presentation more lifelike. And adding weight can get them deep to structure and through vegetation to where the bass are. The conditions fished will determine the needed size of line. Water clarity and depth as well as the type of cover that is being fished will help the angler decide the choice of line. Under normal circumstances, the preferred line size for bass anglers is usually between ten and fourteen pound test range.
Choose the right color
Soft plastic color choices are endless. As a rule of thumb, most anglers stick to the basic natural colors in your selection of worms. In shallow clear water conditions green, brown and blues do well; while in stained or deep water brighter colors perform well. At night black worms give great contrast against the sky as bass look up feeding. Experiment with color for the conditions you are fishing.
Speed is necessary
Speed is another factor that anglers should consider when fishing soft plastic worms. The worm simply cannot be fished too leisurely. Once an angler believes that he is fishing a worm too slowly because he isn’t catching bass, he should first try to slow down even more. When fishing a worm slowly, anglers can feel things often missed with a fast retrieve. If hook sets are missed, first try sharpening the hook, then add more weight for greater sensitivity and feel.
Worms can be fished all year, but there is something about the summer bite that makes these baits the go to for many anglers. If you’re stuck in a rut not catching any bass with your crankbaits rig up one of these classics that are time tested and angler approved. You will be glad you did.