How to Catch Bass on Plastic Worms

How to Catch Bass on Plastic Worms
The plastic worm is one of the most popular lures used to catch bass for the simple reason that it has a long history of producing results. Fishing plastic worms for bass requires the angler to be patient and there are many different things that bass fisherman learn as they utilize this technique. The colors of the worms, where to use them, the weights that are put on the line, and how to retrieve the plastic worm are all important.


Difficulty: Challenging

Step 1
Utilize the Texas rig with a plastic worm. This type of rigging for your bait allows you to fish for bass where they live, near weeds and near structure such as logs, trees and boulders. Select a worm hook and drive it through the very top of the thick end of your plastic worm. Thread the worm hook into the worm and allow the sharp end to come out about 1/2-inch from where it entered the top of the worm. Bring the hook through all the way so that only that half inch is threaded on the entire hook. Turn the worm hook inwards and then thrust the hook into the body of the plastic worm so that it is buried in the worm. This is called a Texas rig and can be cast into weeds and other places without getting hung up.
Step 2
Fish a Texas rigged plastic worm around and through lily pads in shallow water. Bass love to hide in ambush around weeds and in the hot weather bass will use weeds as a source of shade. Cast the plastic worm into such cover and around its edges to tempt bass to strike. Cast the worm right on top of thick lily pads and weed beds, let it sit, and then slowly reel it in. Employ twitching and jerking motions as you bring the plastic worm in and be ready to set the hook when a bass strikes.
Step 3
Put a bullet weight on the end of your line and then attach a plastic worm. The worm can be rigged Texas style or not. Use lighter bullet weights in shallower water, such as 1/16ths of an ounce or an eighth of an ounce. Deeper water calls for heavier bullet weights. Bullet weights allow you to cast further and keep the plastic worm beneath the surface as you reel it in.
Step 4
Select lighter colored plastic worms when fishing in clear water and darker ones when the water is cloudy. Black, brown, and purple plastic worms will work best in darker water. Blue and green are optimum for clear water. Experiment with different colors. Remember that the deeper the water the less color shows up in the available light at those depths. If bass seem to be interested in your worm but are not hitting it hard then try another color.
Step 5
Let your plastic worm sink right to the bottom in open water or near docks. Keep a sharp eye on the line for any sign of a bite as bass will often hit a sinking worm or grab one that is sitting on the bottom. Realize that bass do not bite a plastic worm as much as they inhale it into their mouths. Bring the tip of your fishing pole up gently after the plastic worm has sunk to the bottom and then lower it. This causes the worm to move up and then down. Be ready for a strike. Set the hook hard when a bass hits and if you suspect a bass is biting don't delay in setting the hook.

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