Plastic Worms For Bass

Strike king 8" plastic worm

You could ask 100 different fishermen how they fish a plastic worm and you would probably get a different answer.  There would be some common themes about their retrieve, but all anglers tend to have their own technique.  

The basics of it would be that you throw the plastic worm into the water, wait a period of time, and slowly reel the bait back in.  Roland Martin when asked in a commercial for Yamamoto Senkos How Do You Work Them?   

"you don't work them, they work for you"

What he meant was that the longer you let a Senko sit, the more fish you will catch! Less is more, and patience is a virtue when fishing a plastic worm.

How To Fish A Plastic Worm

I can tell you that my favorite way to fish a plastic worm is to simply cast the bait into the water, let the bait settled to the bottom and slowly start to retrieve, sweeping the rod up and down with pauses in between. This may seem basic but let’s not over complicate the situation.

A plastic worm is trying to imitate a real earthworm that could be in the water. I would imagine that earthworms simply inch along the bottom without a bunch of erratic motion.

Most of the time when I finish a plastic worm I’m simply dragging the worm along the bottom. I let the worm sit for a period of time, sometimes for over a minute, then reel up the slack and repeat.

Allowing my bait to pause almost always triggers more strikes than when I move in, especially on highly pressured lakes.  I truly believe that bass see the worm while it is moving, then simply stare the bait down before they strike.  When the plastic worm lays motionless, the bass believes that the worm is an easy meal and strikes.

Plastic or rubber worms are by far the best bait to catch largemouth bass with because they work on any body of water and anytime of year. anytime and anywhere.  It does not matter if you are fishing a local pond or a giant lake plastic worms will find bass.  

Over 65 years ago the plastic worm was invented by Nick Creme who was simply tired of digging up earthworms to go fishing.  Nick got in touch with a duopont chemist and the rest is history.  In the past 65 years there have been many different styles of plastic worms and color variations and in the article below we dive into the hundreds of plastic worms on the market  and hand pick the best plastic worms for bass in 2019.

Types Of Plastic Worms

Ribbon Tail Plastic Worm

The ribbon tail plastic worm is basically a curly tailed worm, that combines a staright body with a flat u shaped tailed.  The reason why it’s called a ribbon tail is that the tail turns and flips in the water much like a ribbon.

Some of the most popular ribbon tail worms on the market are the Berkley Power worm, Culprit Original worm, Yum Ribbon tail, and the Zoom U-Tail wom.

Ribbon tail worms are very popular for fishing ponds, lakes and rivers.  Often fished as a weedless Texas rig.

Finesse Plastic Worm

A finesse or straight tail plastic worm is a great lure to catch bass on.  The finesse worm is a basic design that has a stick of plastic with a bulb tail.

Finesse worms vary in size from a mere 3 inches up to a 10 inch magnum versions.

The key to the effectiveness of finesse worms are that the worm does not produce much action.  Best methods of fishing a finesse worm include a drop shot, Texas rig and Carolina rig. 

The most popular types of finesse worms are the Zoom Finesse worm, Charlie Brewers Slider Worm, Culprit Finesse Worm, Robo Worm, and the Net Bait finesse worm.

Stick Worm Lure

A stick worm is a heavily salted cousin to the finesse worm, but has a ton of action as it falls.  The basic design of a stick worm was built around a ball point pen.

Without a doubt the fishing world was forever changed once the Senko from Gary Yamamoto was released. 

The Senko is the standard of what all stick worms emulate.  Many manufactures have tried to imitate the action of a senko but without much success.

The bottom line is that stick worms catch bass under any circumstance, and without a doubt the senko is the best!

Some worthy mentions of imitators of the senko are the  Zoom Zlinky Stick Worm, Yum Dinger, and the 

Centipede Plastic Worm

A centipede plastic worm is basically a 4 inch version of the finesse worm and stick worm.  The plastic worm looks just like a Centipede hence the name.

Zoom bait company made this worm famous with the ultra finesse version of the Zoom Centipede and Zoom Fish Doctor.

Centipedes are most fished on a Carolina rig, Texas rigged or even wacky style.

To put it mildly, the centipede catch fish like crazy and here are some popular versions of them.  Zoom Centipede, Chompers 4.5 Centipede, Zoom Fish Doctor.

Lizard Plastic Worm

Plastic lizards are a bass lure that resembles a lizard or salamander.  Often fished from a Carolina Rig or Texas rig.

The plastic lizard is highly effective in the spring of the year when the bass are on the beds to spawn, but they will work throughout the entire year.

One trick can be to dip the tail in a dye called spike it.  This dye can be used in a variety of colors such as Chartreuse, Red or even orange.

The most popular plastic lizards are the Zoom Plastic Lizards, Strike King Rage Lizard, or the Berkley Power Lizard

Creature Bait Plastic Worm

Creature baits range in size from 4 to 6 inches, although some lure makers are producing 3-inch versions for finesse fishing. Lure companies have varied the body styles and appendages to make their own unique creature that generates different actions.

Creature baits can be fished as a Carolina rig, Texas rig or even on the back of your favorite jig.  My personal favorite is to fish then as a Texas rig and flip them into aquatic vegitation.

The most popular colors of creature baits are natural colors like shades of Green Pumpkin, And watermelon.  Do not overlook the darker colors such as variations of Black, Black with red flake and black and blue.

The most productive creature baits on the market are the Zoom Brush Hog, Sweet Beaver, Rage Craw, and The Missle D-Bomb.

Plastic Worm Rigs

Texas Rig Plastic Worm

Picture of how to rig a texas rigged plastic worm

The Texas rig is the most popular way to rig a plastic worm. The rig consists of an offset worm hook and a bullet sinker.  The line is threaded through the bullet sinker and then tied to the offset warm hook.

Once the hook is tied securely with either a palmar or a trilene knot you would begin to rig your worm.

How To Rig A Texas Rig

  1. To start this process simply holding the worm you would go through the tip of the worm with the edge of the hook , entering the worm to the bend of the hook.
  2. Then you would exit the worm and slide the worm up to the offset portion of the hook .
  3. Next spin the worm 180 degrees and now you’re hook point should be pointed back at your worm.
  4. Simply insert the hook into the worm and now you have a streamline bait which is ready to fish.

When To Fish A Texas Rig

The Texas great works for all seasons of bass fishing , but is especially popular during the warmer months of the year.

The main reason why the Texas rig works so well during the warmer months of the year is because aquatic vegetation grows during the warmer months. The Texas rig allows you to rig a bait that is completely weed less, which puts the lure into the areas where large mouth bass  live.

One of my favorite patterns to fish a Texas rig is by flipping grass. It doesn’t matter whether the grass is mil foil,  hydrilla,  Lilly pads or ell grass the Texas rig will fool bass.

Depending on how thick the vegetation is will dictate how heavy of a bullet sinker that I rig on the plastic worm. I may also peg this sinker against the worm which provides for a more compact in weedless presentation.

Aquatic vegetation grows  a canopy during the hot summer months, and has small crevices at the waters surface.  Below the surface towards the bottom there are open caves which is where the largemouth bass like to hide.

Simply flip the worm into the holes in the grass and let it sink to the bottom.  This may require feeding line to allow for the bait to go all the way to the bottom.

When a bass strikes the worm deep in the vegetation a swift and strong hook set is necessary. Using a rod that is 6 foot 6 inches or longer in medium heavy or heavy action is preferred.  Since the strong backbone of the rod can help winch a lunker bass out of the vegetation. 

Braided line can also help cut through the aquatic vegetation to ensure that you can wrestle a trophy bass out of the grass. 

Drop Shot Rig Plastic Worm

drop shot rig diagram

The Drop Shot rig is a bass fishing tactic that was born on the west coast of the United States.  Anglers needed to find a presentation that would catch fish under extreme fishing pressure and clear water conditions.

The Drop Shot rig consists of a hook tied to the main line and a sinker that is attached below.  Basically, the hook is suspended off the bottom when the line is tight.  

How To Rig A Drop Shot Rig

  1. The fist step to rig a drop shot is to tie the hook onto the main line.  Simply double the line and leave a long tag end, which you will end up using for the sinker.
  2. Make sure to have the tag end go back thru the eye of the hook to keep the hook point facing up when the line is reeled in.
  3. Now simply attach your weight to the tag line.
  4. The last step would be to attach your bait to the hook.  This could be wacky style or nose hooked! 

When To Fish A Drop Shot

A drop shot rigged plastic worm will work in almost any fishing situation.  You can fish it in 2 feet of water or as deep as 50 feet of water.  

The drops shot really shines when the water is clear and the bass bite has been off.  When the Bass are not biting after a cold front or if the body of water has extreme fishing pressure are prime examples of when the drop shot will be most effective.

How To Fish A Drop Shot

When it comes to how to fish a drop shot rig there are two methods that really shine.

The first method is to simply cast the drop shot out.  Let the bait settle to the bottom.  Then reel up the slack of the bait, but do not move the bait.

Next simply shake the slack line, or bow in the line with the sinker staying put in one spot.

Repeat this type of retrieve, then let the bait rest. The idea behind this is to simply shake the bait in one position and tease the bass into biting.

The second way to fish a drop shot requires that you have a boat and good electronics.

The idea is to troll around with your trolling motor watching the fish finder.  Once a fish has been located on the screen, simply let the drop shot go straight down to the fish.  

This method is called “dropping” on the fish.  This method of dropshotting is highly effective for small mouth, large mouth and spotted bass. 

“Dropping” on bass seems to work when the water is atleast 12 feet deep, the bass are schooling or the bite is extremely tough.

Carolina Rig Plastic Worm

Carolina rig plastic worm

The Drop Shot rig is a bass fishing tactic that was born on the west coast of the United States.  Anglers needed to find a presentation that would catch fish under extreme fishing pressure and clear water conditions.

The Drop Shot rig consists of a hook tied to the main line and a sinker that is attached below.  Basically, the hook is suspended off the bottom when the line is tight.  

How To Rig A Carolina Rig Plastic Worm

  1. The fist step to rig a drop shot is to tie the hook onto the main line.  Simply double the line and leave a long tag end, which you will end up using for the sinker.
  2. Make sure to have the tag end go back thru the eye of the hook to keep the hook point facing up when the line is reeled in.
  3. Now simply attach your weight to the tag line.
  4. The last step would be to attach your bait to the hook.  This could be wacky style or nose hooked! 

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drop shot rig diagram

The Drop Shot rig is a bass fishing tactic that was born on the west coast of the United States.  Anglers needed to find a presentation that would catch fish under extreme fishing pressure and clear water conditions.

The Drop Shot rig consists of a hook tied to the main line and a sinker that is attached below.  Basically, the hook is suspended off the bottom when the line is tight.  

How To Rig A Drop Shot Rig

  1. The fist step to rig a drop shot is to tie the hook onto the main line.  Simply double the line and leave a long tag end, which you will end up using for the sinker.
  2. Make sure to have the tag end go back thru the eye of the hook to keep the hook point facing up when the line is reeled in.
  3. Now simply attach your weight to the tag line.
  4. The last step would be to attach your bait to the hook.  This could be wacky style or nose hooked! 

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