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Grubs work fine. I personally haven't used them in 

a while. I prefer Ned rigs, wacky, and drop shotting.

 

Those tend to be my bread-and-butter setups.

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When things really get tough I usually down size plastics and slow down on the retrieve.  I will use a 4" Senko, a rage tail craw, or bite off an inch on the zoom U-Vibe and Texas rig.  If the snail pace retrieve doesn't work I will change the cadence.

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I absolutely love grubs! Whenever I have someone join me in my tandem kayak and if they are a beginner fisherman...... I will rig them up with a chartreuse roadrunner and 3" white  zoom or Powerbait grub. Largemouth bass of all size can't resist along with channel cats and slab crappie. Arguably Top 5 fishing lures of all time. 

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years ago grubs were one of my go to baits, when fishing was tough.

lately i have had more success with straight tailed baits, like a trick worm on a shakyhead or a ned rig.

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Sure do! I like to "swim" them to get that tail flappin'. Usually with a pegged bullet weight and a EWG hook.

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Define soft grub plastics?

Paddle tail?

Straight beaver tail?

Single curl tail?

Double Curl tails?

Grub means different things to different bass anglers.

Tom

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My very first successful plastics was a split shot rig creamer black worm. It's still a hot bait when I use it over fourty plus years later. It's from field n stream life before the internet. But I tried a culprit 12" shad worm one night I had a 13" pickerel try to rip it off my line.

 

now a yellow 2" grub works pretty well. I like the mister twister 4" split double tail grub. I like it as a trailer on my spinnerbaits. I haven't tried it alone yet. My fishing time is limited do to pain.

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Any time I'm on one of the clearer Ozark lakes, I'll have a grub on a jighead rigged up. Cast it out, reel it in slow. It's a boring way to fish, but it's very effective too. 

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Every year my confidence bait changes. A few in the recent years are

1. Zoom trick worm

2. Keitech 4.3" swimbaits with an Owner flashy swimmer hook

3. Tubes (mainly Northland Tackle fatty tube, blk/blu)

 

 

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I only use twin or sometimes single tail curl grubs for swim jig trailers. 

If I wanted the action as a stand alone twin tail, I'd rather rig a Rage Craw. 

 

 

 

Mike

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Grubs for sure have their place....but for a confidence bait....day in and day out it's a Dry Creek watermelon candy tube with a weight on the inside (Gitzit Glider style)......money!!

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My go to are Rage Craws,SK shime stix and flukes.

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21 hours ago, WRB said:

Define soft grub plastics?

Paddle tail?

Straight beaver tail?

Single curl tail?

Double Curl tails?

Grub means different things to different bass anglers.

Tom

I usually use paddletail or single curl tail grub.

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On 8/16/2017 at 9:46 PM, Dorado said:

I absolutely love grubs! Whenever I have someone join me in my tandem kayak and if they are a beginner fisherman...... I will rig them up with a chartreuse roadrunner and 3" white  zoom or Powerbait grub. Largemouth bass of all size can't resist along with channel cats and slab crappie. Arguably Top 5 fishing lures of all time. 

Love roadrunners!  My fav is a 1/8oz with a keitech easy shiner on back.  Incredibly versatile and easy to use.

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If it can be texas rigged  it will catch a ton of bass . 

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4 hours ago, IndianaOutdoors said:

Love roadrunners!  My fav is a 1/8oz with a keitech easy shiner on back.  Incredibly versatile and easy to use.

1/8 oz is my jam too! I like throwing those roadrunners rigged with a 2.5" Gulp!Alive! Black Shad from my kayak and float parellel to and casting towards shore. Just jig it back.   To this date, I have never fished such an effective multi- species bait than that. 

 

Funny you mentioned those Keitech Easy Shads. I literally bought a pack of the 3" Electric Blue/Chartreuse to pair with my 1/8 oz Chartreuse Roadrunners for the Crappie Spawn next Spring. If that doesn't work, there's always my trusty beetlespin 

 

 

 

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Yamamoto makes every type of grub you can imagine.  Curly tail, double tail and single tail Hula grubs.  

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Most of my favorites have changed over the yrs, but the one constant in my fishing life is the almighty Senko. I love throwing other baits, but I will never go out with out a Senko jigged up.

                                                                   Jim

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I can see it being a confidence bait. I use to fish them a lot. Still do. Berkley Power Grubs, Mr. Twister and Zoom stuff. I prefer worm fishing. Finesse worming I guess it's called. Someone mentioned Texas rigging I agree. 

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I almost never throw a straight grub.  I  like to use them as trailers on my swim jigs and spinner baits.

 

My confidence bait would probably be a curly tail culprit worm texas rigged.

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I was a logger for 35 years full and part time between jobs. I've seen grubs as big as the diameter of your finger. My point is don't be afraid of using the bigger diameter grubs.

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