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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.
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.
- Always bring different types of live bait or lures, thermometer, and a reliable baitcasting or spinning reel with the right weight line.
- Fish in lakes, ponds, or rivers with water temperature in the 60 – 70 degree range.
- Largemouth bass are most active at dawn or just before dusk. They tend to feed during these time periods.
- On cloudy days, largemouths have a tendency to feed throughout the day, but on sunny days, they go to deep water or hide in the weeds.
- Largemouths tend to eat heavily before a storm hits but when a cold front passes through, they head for cover in thick brush.
Some people say gizzard, while others prefer the anatomical term, chicken liver. Whatever your speech preferences, it means a tough and slimy slab of meat, which must be cut for a fish’s dining pleasure. Really, raw gizard is tough enough that it must be carved with a very sharp knife. In spite of all the work, it is the best friend of any fishing reel. Catfish in particular love the bloody stench, particularly if it is warm, and even more so if allowed to mellow for at least a few hours.
For catfish, cut the liver into cubes about a cube inch, then attach them to the hook. Since the bait is unlikely to be moving, it it possible to use two hooks or more on the fishing reel. It is unlikely that the fisher will end with two fish, but then if one fish bites, others tend to follow like copy catfish.
In the case of any raw bait with a heavy weight, it is ideal to use a baitcasting reel. They are accurate and support a heavy line. Baitcasting reels also tend to have a very strong and stiff rod, for fighting big catfish and for driving the hook into the fish’s mouth.
The type of fishing situation will determine the type of line needed for the Shimano spinning reel. The most line weight needed for a spinning reel is usually 10 lbs or less. Using more than this weight can cause backlash and other problems.
Beside the line weight, anglers also consider their fishing situation. When fishing in or around rocks, anglers tend to use the monofilament line that is tough or extra tough. If the water is clear, fluorocarbon line works great for this situation. Last but not least, when fishing around the lily pads or grassy area, try using the braid or fused line.
When fishing on or near a dock for bass consider the following tips:
- Fish on docks that provide shade.
- Cast underneath the dock if possible.
- Fish by a dock that has covered boats that look like they have not been moved, the bass have probably not moved either.
- Fish on docks that are anchored by post and in 4 feet or less water.
- Fish midday not morning or evening.
When fishing on or near a dock for bass consider the following tips:
- Fish on a dock that is surrounded by clear to moderately clear water.
- For fishing in front of the dock use topwater or spinnerbait.
- Fish on a sunny day.
- Fish on a dock that has bulrush patches or lily pads nearby.
- Summer time is the best time to fish on a dock.