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- On a sunny day, smallmouths seem to be attracted to the smoke color grub. This grub is used in clear water during spring and fall season
- When fishing on a cloudy or rainy day a chartreuse color grub seems to grab the attention of bass. If the fishing water is stained (dark color) or visibility is poor, this bright colored grub works great. The brighter the color, the more visible it is to the bass that is in the muddy, murky water.
- For the angler that is fishing in cold stained water, the pumpkin color grub works the best because it resembles a crawfish. This grub works best when used in early spring.
- Last but not least, attach the grub to the line on a pflueger spinning reel. A quality pflueger spinning reel can make a fishing adventure more enjoyable and allows the anglers the ability to make a precise cast.
The dart and the drop are two other retrieves used by bass anglers. Once again the angler will need his best spinning reel with light line. Both of these retrieves are used out in open water. The dart is a retrieve used to catch schooling bass. In this retrieve, the anglers cast the grub just ahead of the school bass and let the grub sink about a foot. Next the angler pops the rod tip, so the grub will dart out and catch the attention of the schooling bass. The angler can repeat this action again if it did not trigger a reaction from the bass.
Another retrieve used is the drop. This retrieve is used by sloping structures such as steep points, bluffs, and chunk-rock channels. The angler positions his/her boat in front of the sloping structure. The next step is to cast the grub near the structure. Then wait for it to land in the water and pop the rod tip. Just before the grub hits the water, it is popped up again. When it lands in the water the second time, remember to let the grub sink a little farther into the water. The angler continues with this action until the grub is by the boat. When the line twitches or jumps, the angler sets the hook for the bass.
Basically there are four basic retrieves with grubs. However before learning the retrieves, the angler needs spinning tackle. Purchase a quality spinning reel with a medium to heavy weight 6 foot graphite rod. Use a 6 to 8 pound monofilament line that is abrasion-resistant and has a little stretch. If your line doesn’t stretch, it may break when reeling in the bass.
After purchasing the tackle, the angler is ready to learn how to fish with a grub. Fishing with a grub is not hard to do but will probably require some practice. The easiest retrieve to master is the swim. This retrieve works best when your boat is surrounded by 8 to 10 feet deep water. Cast your line and let your grub sink to the bottom. When your grub hits bottom reel in quickly so the grub explodes off the bottom and then reel it in slowly so your grub looks like it is swimming naturally. This retrieve really tends to set off smallmouths that are sunning by an isolated stump or rock.
- To fish with a grub it is best to use a pflueger spinning reel with a 6-8 pound monofilament line that’s abrasion resistant. Next choose your grub size. A 4 inch grub is considered to be the gold standard according to many bass anglers.
- When fishing in clear and cold water (45 degrees) use a slender ribbon-tail grub. These grubs have a high visibility level and bass are able to spot them more easily.
- If the water temperature is in the low 60’s and is stained chose a shad-tail. The tail causes commotion as it is reeled. These grubs hit the water fast because they are heavier in weight. Shad-tail can also be used in a heavy current.
- When fishing for schooling bass, try using a spear-tail. Spear-tails have flat tails and hardly any vibration. However, their high-speed fluttering actions seem to set off schooling smallmouth bass.
One of the best baits for catching smallmouths is grubs. Grubs are an inexpensive jig and come in many different styles and colors. Grubs can be bought in sizes of 3, 4, and 5 inch but the 4 inch is considered the gold standard.
Smallmouths seem to eat grubs for a variety of reasons. According to research, smallies prefer long-bodied grubs that resemble shad. When smallies are active, it is best to use a steady retrieve with your pflueger spinning reel. Letting the jig fall into the water also seems to trigger the aggressive bass.
- In natural lakes these bass hide in the weed lines, humps, and rocky points that gradually slope into deeper water.
- In man-made lakes these bass tend to be found in the intersections in the river channels or around humps surrounded by standing timber.
- In rivers the bass can be found in deep backwaters and the side channels into the backwaters.
- In all of these locations the best reel that an angler could use it the baitcasting reel. Remember this type of reel allows the angler to make a more precise cast.
There are many different types of soft plastics to choose from. Some favorites of many fishermen include the following: lube, lizard, finesse worm, jerkbait, slug, ciraw creature, ribbontail worm, stickbait, curlytail worm, and swimbait. These lures look pretty real and actually feel like real food. These lures can be rigged by the Texas or Carolina rig method on a baitcasting or spinning reel.
The Texas-style rig is used by the fishermen that are fishing for bass in weedy cover. When fishing in this type of situation, the fishermen uses a baitcasting reel that has been rigged Texas style. In the Texas style rig, the hook point is buried in the worm.
Another rigging method used with soft plastics is the Carolina rig. Bass fishermen use this when fishing on a clean bottom lake because the hook is exposed. Since the hook is exposed, it is easier to set the hook and land the bass.
Soft plastics are probably the most favorite of lure of bass fishermen because of their many advantages. The lures work best with spinning or baitcasting reels. These lures can be used in clean bottom lakes or in rivers with weedy cover. Soft plastics can also be used in cool or warm waters.
The biggest advantage of soft plastic lures is the way a fisherman can retrieve them. If the water is a little bit on the cool side and the bass seem lethargic and unwilling to chase the bait, then the lure needs to be retrieved slowly. However, in warmer waters, the fisherman can make it hop along the bottom with a jigging motion or reel it rapidly on top of the water. The fisherman’s type of retrieve will depend on the water temperature, type of cover such as a weedy area or clean bottom, and the type of soft plastic lure being used. For more information on different types of soft plastics read the next part of this blog.