No doubt about it, when you ask the top anglers out there, they’ll tell you that bass fishing with worms is the best way to go. But why do they say this? And why is a bass more likely to take a plastic worm than a hard bait? The plastic worm tends to be more effective than other baits because of very lifelike action in the water. Then, when a bass picks up your worm, they will probably hang on to it longer than if you were giving them a crank, jerk, or spoon because the bait is softer, and feels more natural than a hard wood crank bait, etc.
Personally, I think bass fishing with plastic worms tends to yield better fish than with other baits, the problem is that you’ll generally be working the plastic worms slower than other baits, and thus you’ll have to be more patient, and more selective with the spots that you fish. With other baits, you can work them faster and easier, and be able to cover more water, looking for fish.
The Ideal Scenario When Bass Fishing With Worms
The very best situation when working worms is during the spring, summer, and early fall when the water temperatures are warm. Look for heavy cover and drop your worm right in the thick of it. This is another advantage of worms, they are almost always rigged to be weedless, and you can work your worm right through the bass’ most favorite habitat. If you are working deep water, drag the worm right along the bottom with a slow retrieve, and wait for the tap. Give the fish a moment to take the worm, then set the hook hard, to make sure to penetrate through the worm body and the bass’ mouth.
Some Different Types of Worms
Generally, worms range from about 4 to 12 inches in length. Mostly, I like to use 6 to 7 inch worms, and they will work in most cases. If you use a worm that is too short, you may not get enough tail action to attract the bass. But if too long, you may end up losing fish due to bass hitting the tail of the bait, and not getting the hook.
The color of the worm will vary based on conditions. However, generally the use of a purple, black, or motor oil color is going to work to attract the bass. Do some experimentation. In dark or murky water, you may want to use a chartreuse, pumpkin, or red color instead. But in clear water, translucent colors like blue, grape, white and red will probably work better.
The shape of worms can also vary greatly. There are a tremendous assortment of worms, eels, salamanders, lizards, and perhaps even small snakes to choose from. If you are just starting out, I would recommend sticking to a 7 inch, motor oil or purple regular worm, perhaps with a firetail (a different colored tail end of the worm).
Stay tuned for next week, when I take you through the bass worm rig, a couple of the styles that are very popular, and that I recommend for bass fishing with worms.