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Bought a bag of five-inch curly tail grubs today.  Never used grubs but they are supposed to be excellent winter lures.  Was planning on t-rigging, putting on jig heads, and using for jig trailers.  Any tips?

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I don't use them in winter here in Indiana, but the rest of the year I will... Jig trailers , and weightless t-rigged.. Swam on a 1/4 0z ball head jig.. Those are the ways I use them. I also use a 3" a lot in the rivers for Sauger,etc..

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They work great on chatterbaits, the vibration really makes the tail flail about triggering strikes ime.

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There are countless ways to rig the grub - but I usually fish them on a little lead head or as a swim jig trailer. Hell, I've thrown smaller ones on spinner baits with decent success. The sky is the limit!

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Grubs are a standard on the Tennessee River.

 

 

 

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My go to swim-jig and chatterbait trailer is a grub. I use other trailers from time to time, but I'd say about 75% of the time I am using a grub.

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I live using the VMC half moon jigs with my grubs. Has caught me some good bass in the past.

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I don't use them much in cold water as it takes some movement to get any action out of the tail. I prefer tubes or hair jigs. They are great in warmer water from re-spawn through fall with any of the presentations you mention

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I love grubs ! Weedless unweighted slowly swimmed ----> deadly.

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5" grub rigged and presented as described by Raul = result:

 

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a few weeks ago i caught 5 in about 4 hours using the chompers 5" skirted grub.. i had it texas rigged with a half ounce weight do to the wind... the water temp was 39 degrees and most fish were caught just off the bank in  3 to 6 feet of water... i just fished it real slow only pulling it about 6" each time and letting it sit for a few seconds and then pulling it again..

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Killer on a spilt shot rig. 

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4-5" grub on a 1/8 or 1/4 oz darterhead = slumpbuster

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I catch a lot of fish on grubs in the spring when the frogs spawn and tadpoles are plentiful.  I usually swim them on a shaky head.

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I love middle of summer fishing them weightless texas rig. I fish them like a buzzbait right on the surface. It doest make as much noise but sure gets their attention.

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I like them on the back of a Swim jig, Chatterbait, and Buzzbait.    Or If on a ballhead, I like to also attach a beetle spinner to it.

 

Never tried em weightless before....hmmm.

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I fish the three or four inch models on jigheads usually, 1/8 of an ounce to 3/8 of an ounce. The four and five inchers can be fished texas style on small EWG hooks.

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A Kalin's Lunker Grub is a great addition to a spinnerbait in the spring for pre-spawners.

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The grubs I use displace a lot of water. I like grubs with a big wagging tail . The 5 inch grub is my best producer in water over 60 degrees. The 3 inch grub is my best for cold water situations. Also the clearer the water I will go to a 3 inch grub-Reminding you that still using the big wagging tail. Click on pic

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The grubs I use displace a lot of water. I like grubs with a big wagging tail . The 5 inch grub is my best producer in water over 60 degrees. The 3 inch grub is my best for cold water situations. Also the clearer the water I will go to a 3 inch grub-Reminding you that still using the big wagging tail. Click on pic

 

I use a 4" curly tail grub as the most active grub along a continuum that includes a ~4" straight tail worm, ~4" boot tail grub (these days often referred to as a swimbait) and the curly tail grub.  Water temp, fishing pressure and general bass "mood" will influence my decision of which bait to fish.  I don't find it necessary to downsize the bait length often.

 

My preference is to fish these baits with as little added weight as necessary, but still some slight weight.  I think a little weight stabilizes the bait nose some and benefits the tail action.

 

Unless the cover being fished won't allow it, I always fish these baits with an exposed hook point (also barbless).  I like the Brewer Spider jighead when forced to tuck the hook point.  When using the Brewer head I usually slit the thicker bodies along the top & bottom seam slightly to minimize the amount of plastic these small gap hooks need to accomodate.

 

These baits are by far my most used smallmouth baits throughout the entire open-water season.

 

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