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Why Did I Ever Stop Using Worms???

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I've only been bass fishing for about a year or so and when I started out, the first plastic bait I bought was a Berkely Power bait 7" worm in green pumpkin.

I had some pretty good success fishing that and then grew my tackle box into more and more baits.

I got to using so many other baits (spiners, cranks, rage craws, swim baits, etc...) the 7" worms took a back seat to all the other new baits.

Yesterday, I'm fishing in a tournament as co-angler and I'm doing pretty good flipping Rage craws, then the bite went cold.

My partner, who is very experienced fisherman, ties on a 10" Zoom worm in blue fleck and catches a 5 pounder with in a few casts, then catches a 2 pounder...

After almost a year gathering dust in my tack bag, I broke out a 7" worm and caught a 3 pounder on the 2nd cast, then another 2 pounder.

We caught our limit and ended up finishing 5th out of 25 boats, and I'm pretty happy with that...  thanks to the good 'ole worm...

Worms... I will never forget you again!  LOL

 

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes the tried and true are labeled as such for a reason. I found the same thing out several years back on a trip up North. Ended up going through a pack of 7 in Berkeley ribbon tails worms rather quickly. Still one of my favorite summer baits for bass when the bottom has light to moderate weed growth as it comes through it quite well.

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Worms, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits.....they get thrown less now that other baits are "in" lol. Not that it makes them any less effective. 

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Worms can be underrated sometimes, until you break 'em out and catch a lunker on one! Congrats on fifth place in your tourney too!

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I tend do forget about worms too, especially when I am on a lake throwing swim jigs and swim baits, and swear one is going to hit it...and they don't.

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Many of us anglers fall prey to the latest and greatest lures/techniques/gear out there and cast (no pun intended) aside the time-proven techniques and lures. I know I have more swimbaits in my tacklebox than worms and I have had more success catching bass over the years on worms than any other lures I've used. 

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There is literally an entire generation of bass on my home lake that has seen nothing but creature baits, frogs and senkos, I have gone a little old school on them recently with ribbon tail worms, tubes, and swimming a grub.........they all still work, and work well.

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I was having a so-so day fishing with my dad a few weeks ago pitching jigs, t-rigged craws, and throwing swimbaits. He pulls out a 7" powerbait worm and started racking up the quality bass. Reminded me really quick why I use to fish a lot of 7-10" worms. 

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Good timing on the post. I was actually thinking about this today at Cabella's. I've been on the river mostly and have hardly thrown a Texas rig this year. This weekend I'm hoping to get on a lake and break out the Texas rig.

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I feel the same. I don't throw them at all. I feel like I may need too soon just to see

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I relied heavily on the Zoom Ol' Monster during the summer months last year, especially black grape color. 

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I'm becoming a Powerbait believer. Seems fish will hold it well.

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More fish have been caught on plastic worms than any other type of artificial bait combined.

And yet we always grab something else when looking for a change.

Don't know why, maybe its because they're relatively cheap and we all think the newest, prettiest, most expensive thing in the box will catch the next fish that swims by.

Good lesson here.

Mike

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Congrats on the the fifth place finish . I'm still partial to the classic Manns Jelly worm .

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not to say that i forget about them, but do find myself trying to force feed something to the fish a lot of times....

for me, i find a 9" Netbait Super T Mac worm in Green Pumpkin to be about the best all around bait on all the waters i fish.  Granted each lake has that one bait that may excel, but in general this worm setup catches them on all the waters i fish....

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I always have a dedicated worm rod in the boat, always. Best follow up to a missed strike that I know of. I'll change colors according to conditions but it is usually a 6" black grape curly tail. I believe it was Tom Mann that said "Any size or color of worm will catch bass as long as it is 6 inches and purple". Folks, he knew what he was talking about.. 

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 Yep, when I started bass fishing about four years ago I quickly learned there are only a few highly effective lures, plastic worms/stick baits and plastic lizards.  During my first summer of bass fishing I had three packs of soft plastics in my bag - one pack of seven inch grape/purple power worms, one pack of Yum-Dingers, and one pack of junebug five or six inch lizards.  I caught a lot of bass on those three soft plastics Texas rigs in the evening time while bank fishing at a large state park lake.  Now I have tones of soft plastics, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, etc...  Has my catch rate improved much with those other lures?  Not really.  With crankbaits, big jigs, and spinnerbaits, it seems I have to get lucky and be in the right spot at the right time.  Finding the right time and spot seems harder than hitting the Powerball lottery.  But when it comes to plastic worms/senkos/lizards, you can almost always find bass willing to go after them.  

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 Yep, when I started bass fishing about four years ago I quickly learned there are only a few highly effective lures, plastic worms/stick baits and plastic lizards.  

Thats not an accurate post and i dont think its what you meant .  Theres a lot more than a few highly effective bass lures .

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I relied heavily on the Zoom Ol' Monster during the summer months last year, especially black grape color. 

That and the Magnum II. JuneBug and Black up here. For decades a plastic worm T-rigged was my go to presentation. Now it's just another presentation, but one I still use a lot.

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I never forget the worm, when all things fail I go to the trusty worm.  

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Remember the plastic worm is the number one bass bait.

I'm sure we over look it at times we just get caught up using other baits.

I was fishing a new spot in a big lake here from shore. About 30 feet from shore is a channel, flowing water. Another man-made lake by dam.

I put on a split shot rigged black 6" creme worm. My point of saying about the channel is the backwash. I casted the worm out and slowly moved it in. All of a sudden I thought I hit a log. The next cast I landed a 3lber. My point is worms never leave home without them. There a secret weapon.

My cousin took me bass fishing with a split shot worm rig in 1973. It worked then too.

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I got to fish for about an hour today after work at a neighborhood pond and broke out the Zoom ole monster 10" worm in June bug.

It had just quit raining and the sky was still cloudy.

I tossed the worm out around the middle and worked it back, but nothing.

On one particular retrieve, I was reeling in the worm across the moss getting ready to make another cast when a bass jumped out of no where and grabbed it!

The bass were all up shallow in some nasty moss & grass around the sides of the pond.

So I started working the worm over the moss and in a basic slow swimming type retrieve and the bass seemed to bust out of no where to get at it!

Caught 1 little one with high hopes, 2 around 1.5-2lb, and 1 about 2.5 lb.

the bigger one came out of the moss so fast and grabbed the worm so quick, it startled me.   

It's that time of year for big worms and I'm going to enjoy it!

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Probably the most boring yet most effective bait to throw at least for me.  Last summer I fished some black trick worms on a light Scrounger.  fun times!

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Berkley 7" Power Worms one of my favorites. I throw the Tequila Sunrise, as well as, Green Pumpkin. I even caught my dog rolling around on one!

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