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J/w, what is your favorite curly tail grub for largemouth, smallmouth, or walleye, maybe even crappie. I am going to try them as a finnesse option this next year for bass. Im looking in the 4-5 inch categorie, thanks.....

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The YUM Wooly Curltail have been a remarkable bait for me.  Many a trip have been saved by these easy to fish baits.

They are offered in 3" & 4" size.  I don't know what your definiton of finesse fishing is but for me these are not a finesse bait.  Versatile as all get out but not finesse.

I T-Rig them and retrieve them steady or slow bouncing them along the bottom.  The beauty of these is if you take kids or inexperienced people fishing you can rig them up and just have them cast.  A truly weedless combo that gives them a real chance at catching whatever swims.  Hookets are a breeze if you use sharp hooks.  My 8 year-old caught a nice LMB using a YUM while I was throwing every other expensive bait I own.  She just threw it out and reeled in.  It bit and she just continued reeling.  No defined hookset just a fish!

1 of the things that I thinks sets it apart is the ribbed body.  Fish can bite it and compress the ribs and it seems to make them hold on.

I'm sure there are other brands that work just as well.

My guess is that a 5" would be too big for normal sized crappie.

CF

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Salt and Pepper Kalins grubs are one of the best out there.  Yamamoto grubs are very good as well but you will notice that the tails have a tendency to depart the grub after a short bite  :-/

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I use 2" Berkley's for crappie. Tried the 3" to see if I could get some bigger fish. Didn't work. Numbers went down and size did not go up. I tend to use bright colors for crappie. Yellow, chartreuse, orange, pink, white and black.

The 3" Berkley's are a staple for walleye. Mainly chartreuse, yellow and orange on 1/16oz and 1/8oz ballhead jigs.

4" and 5" grubs are what I use for bass. GYCB and Kalin's. For bass I rig them on a jighead when I want to swim them, but T-rig them with a bullet weight most of the time. I haven't tried the larger GYCB's yet. That's in the plans for next season. GYCB makes some huge grubs.

On a jighead, I rig them tail up or tail down. Sometimes one way works better than the other. On the T-rig I rig them tail up. I fish the t-rigged grub in and around cover, and with the tail down, it will wrap around limbs, sticks and stalks. Works much better with the tail up. I usually peg the weight. I tend to think of grubs as an option for clearer water when targeting bass, so I use natural colors. Smoke, salt&pepper, pumpkin, etc. White and black are good options for dingy water. If the water color is really bad, I don't use a grub.

Agree with Infidel, the GYCB's are a bit one the delicate side. The Kalin's are pretty tough.

The grub may well be the most under-used bait for bass.

Good luck,

GK

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I've used homemade, Mister Twister, Kalin's and others. They've all worked well, at least I haven't been able to note much of a difference in effectiveness.

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Don't use grubs for bass..................unless you want to catch alot ;D One of my favorite late season techniques is S....L.......O......W......L.....Y swimming a 3" Mister twister grub over grass on a 1/8 oz jig head. Used this on my last trip out and put several 4+ lbers in the boat in 45 degree water.

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yamomoto makes far and away the best grubs in my opinion...

deadly and often overlooked bait for largemouth and a smallie staple.

matt

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