Despite all of the artificial lures created for bass over time, the plastic worm remains the one that catches the most fish. These worms come in a myriad of colors, shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: they resemble a worm. Plastic worms can be fished in deep and shallow water, and where there is cover and vegetation as long as the angler knows the proper way to reel the worm in during the retrieve.
Weighted Texas Rig
A Texas rigged worm has a small bullet weight in front of it on the line, which makes it possible to be reeled in in such a manner that the plastic worm appears to be moving from one spot on the bottom of the pond or lake to another. Let the worm settle straight to the bottom after a cast. Raise up the tip of the fishing pole just a little as he reels in before letting the rod tip fall back down, which will make the plastic worm go back down to the bottom. Repeat this process, slowly reeling in line each time. Be acutely aware of any changes in the direction of the line or any feeling such as a tapping that might indicate a fish is biting. If a fish does bite, lower the rod tip before rapidly bringing it back until it is well over your head to set the hook. Reel in quickly to get the bass away from any structures that it may seek which will tangle the line.
Cast a Texas rigged worm without the weight onto or over lily pads. Reel it in quickly until the plastic worm actually goes up onto the lily pads. Let the worm sit on top of the lily pad for a moment before reeling it in so that it drops into an open area of water. The first movement to get it off the lily pad should be a gentle one so as not to make the plastic worm jump too far from the lily pad. The concept is to attract a fish with the initial commotion and then have it waiting to ambush the worm when it slips back into the water.
Once the worm is back in the water, stop reeling, and allow the rig to sink about 1 to 2 feet. Many times, a fish, especially a bass, will hit the worm before it sinks very far. If no fish strikes, slowly retrieve the worm and cast it back out, repeating this process.
If you want to fish open water with a Texas rigged worm, let the worm sink back down to the bottom after reeling it in for a short time. Then make it twitch on the way up to the surface before allowing it to go back down. These movements can make a fish bite, often in reaction to what the worm is doing as it goes by the fish.
Fishermen that cast toward structures such as docks, boulders, downed trees in the water, and sunken logs should let the worm sit for 5 or 6 seconds before twitching the rod tip and reeling it in, as this can get a fish to strike. Once the plastic worm is away from the structure, it can be reeled in quickly before being cast back.