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Don't really have any opinions....usually try both and let the fish decide. Sorry it's not a great answer but it usually works. Used to fish almost exclusively trolling a grub and that  worked quite well but was quite boring for me. 

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There are days they like it swimming fast, others slow rolled, there are days they like it hopped on the bottom, so many ways to fish a grub and ..... Oh well, you know what I mean.

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The great thing about that toy is that you can do both.  FWIW this is one of my favorite bank fishing lures.  Here is what I do with my favorite grub.  Zoom Fat Albert Grub.

1 - Swimming - Obviously.  I use the VMC mushroom head jig.

2 - Hopping - Same head just different presentation

3 - trailer - I use this to trail spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, & jigs

4 - Topwater ... One of my best friends showed me this so I cant take credit for it.   He threads this on a hook about 3/4 the size of the grub.  Something like a straight shank or baitholder style  Swims it on top of the water.  Basically a mini buzzbait. He destroyed me 2 to 1 easily one day doing just this.

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5 - Drop shot & mojo rig - I haven't had much success with the drop shot BUT I have caught them that way.   Mojo rig is KILLER with a grub and works great from the bank.

Good luck!

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"Jigging" a grub is something usually referred to when fishing vertical.  It's a standard walleye and perch technique, but it'll work for bass too.  Swimming and hopping are more horizontal, and were one of the primary techniques we used for smallies back in the day.  It still works, but the drop shot is more effective.  And yes, like Felix says, these work on a ds, hooked exactly the way he pictured.

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The drop shot works good, but swimming and hopping smoke and chartreuse grubs will always be a part of my smallie arsenal, especially when they are on the bluff banks and stair step ledges

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1 minute ago, timsford said:

especially when they are on the bluff banks and stair step ledges

Man, I wish there was more of that structure around here.  I only see it in lakes in the Adirondacks, and don't get up there but once a year.

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I hear you. I feel the same way when I look at all the pics of weedbeds and lilies. There isn't a single sprig of grass in the lake I fish most, and only a few tiny beds of emergent grass in very shallow water in another lake. I love fishing the bluffs for smallie though, so it's worth it I guess. Nothing quite like a smallie coming up from nowhere and crushing a spinnerbait burned just under the surface

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That's how those ADK lakes are.  In fact, divers remove any EU Milfoil by hand! Very few weeds.  Over here, most eutrophic lakes and bays are a slop fest.

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Ive been catching white bass by the hundreds on grubs , Red Eyed shads , and Rocket Shads .I hop them and swim them . When swimming I halt after a few turns of the handle and let it sink to the bottom . sometimes they hit it falling or when I start the retrieve . My biggest fish have come when I get the lure straight under the boat , then I lift the lure a few inches and hold it still . 

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Yes, most ADK lakes have water that gets deep fast near the boulders on the banks.  There are some shallow water exceptions, Abanakee, Durant and Mason are a few that come to mind.

I'm up in the Blue Mtn. Lake area now and have been having great success with the shakeyhead  set up.  I may try out some grubs and tubes as well to see how that works, just because I like to try different stuff when one thing is working really well, LOL. Thanks for bringing another option into the mix.

Also, in the weed lakes like Durant, I may try the top water weightless grub idea.

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Both! Always. Slow roll over grass and such. Bottom bounce on rocks, shell beds, etc...

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On 9/13/2016 at 7:13 PM, Raul said:

There are days they like it swimming fast, others slow rolled, there are days they like it hopped on the bottom, so many ways to fish a grub and ..... Oh well, you know what I mean.

what lakes do you fish in mexico

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GYCB single and double tail 4" Hula hula grubs can be fished many ways effectively from shore.

Trailer on a football, round or arkie style jigs, T-rigged with sliding bullet weight and C-rigged.

The speed you retrieve lures we call cadence and that can change hourly.

Tom

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Hopping it like a jig on a weedless jig head has gained me some good results but its one of the very last baits i reach forfon my bag

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They're super versatile and can catch virtually everything.  I've seen respectable musky and pike caught on 4" Berkley Power grubs.  The great thing about them is that they are a killer finesse presentation that gets totally overlooked in most fisheries and that means you can often present them lots of different ways without spooking the same fish.  Some of my favorites:

- drift it in current - you can jig it occasionally or let it die, but let current do the work.

- dead stick in current - use enough weight on the head and let it sink and settle where you want it to.  Great for inactive fish and big fish, but it takes patience. 

- retrieved - in or out of current, you can jig it, let it die, etc. Experiment based on conditions. Sometimes erratic is good.  Sometimes letting it die every 3-4 cranks is killer.  Conditions and fish will tell you what they want. 

- as a jig - either on a ball head or as a trailer, bounce and drag it on the bottom.  If fish are targeting sculpins, madtoms, gobies, etc just dragging it on a football head can be killer.  

- on an under spin - the extra flash is great when it's slow and you want to slowly let it die.  Also, nice when it's lower light and you've been on a finesse bite.  Generally, adding a blade to a soft plastic bait can help you squeak out a few extra dusk fish. 

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I will use grubs when I have a tough bite, or in places I can't get a crankbait or just because of size, plus a grub will work at any time of the year, all depends on how and what type you fish.

I use a Darter head style jig the most with Soft baits since They seem to work better on suspended fish and I get more bites on the fall, or reeling. Or I use a bullet head Jig, Or texas rig.

I consider the Rage Menace a grub, Single Tail or curly tails, and boot tail swimbaits that are not fat a grub. Maybe it is a North East thing since Mike Iaconelli calls the beat Shad a grub....Some Flukes are like grubs, Bass Assassin makes a curly tail fluke which works really good as it is essentially a 4" Turbo Shad with a curly tail. 

I use ball head jigs but not as much as most people. I like to add a DOA Hot Head to a grub to give it eyes, or those logic lures Clip on eyes that hold baits on the hook instead of glue, I find a grub with eyes seems to work better plus makes them stay on a texas rig & more weedless, less frays in line etc...

Grubs work. All Kinds, all colors, but Smoke & Gold/Silver is my favorite.

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