Bank Fishing with Plastic Worms | How To

Bank Fishing for Bass
Plastic worm fishing tips that work from the bank! Bass Fishing Tips from top pro Michael Neal that have never been revealed until now!

Bait & Gear

Big Bite Baits Baby B2 worm:

Gamakatsu Tungsten worm weight:

Gamakatsu Round Bend Offset Hook:

Bobber stopper:

Denali N3 7-foot-4 medium heavy rod:

16 lb Sunline Shooter fluorocarbon fishing line:

7.1:1 Gear Ratio Reel:


Hey, guys, I'm Michael Neal here with Bass Resource and I want to talk to you about fishing a plastic worm from the bank and why it's a great option. And I'll just start with that as far as why it is a great option. You can catch bass on a plastic worm day or night, 365 days a year, anywhere you're at in the country as long as it's not iced over.

So the way that I would recommend rigging it from the bank is just a Texas rig. I mean, it's very simple, it's very weedless. It's something that you don't have to carry a whole lot of extra tackle in your pack or in your bag that you're carrying around the bank.

So just a Texas rig with some sort of lightweight, this is a 7-inch Big bite Baby B2 worm with a 3/0 offset round bend Gamakatsu hook. That's as simple as it can be for a Texas rig. That's all you really need and it's just a bait that, whatever you're fishing around, you can throw it in. If it's grass, you can throw it through grass. If you've got rocks, it'll come through the rocks well. If it's wood and laydowns that you've got, it comes through that well also. And if it's just open water, those fish are going to see this, they're going to feel the commotion from that tail, and they're come from it a little bit a ways away. They're gonna feel that with the lateral line. So again, it's just a great bait that you can throw anywhere.

And one tip I'll give you for bank fishing is something I used to do a lot. I used to fish a lot of ponds, a lot of farm ponds, and that was a bait that I threw a whole lot. I love throwing topwater but when I really wanted to catch a lot of fish, that's what I would rely on. Just a 7-inch ribbon tail worm.

And you have to make sure you cover everything effectively from the bank. You see guys in a boat a lot of times, they're really burning down the bait. They got their trolling motor on high. They're trying to hit as many high percentage areas as they can in a day.

But you don't really have that option from the bank, so I would really recommend stopping in one spot, and you're standing there, and just imagine that you've got 180 degrees or you've got a clock, you've got a clock from 9:00 to 3:00 all around you. So just start and just pick it apart like you're cutting a pie or you're trying to make every 30 minutes in that clock.

And when you cover more water like that you're going to learn how everything up on the bottom sets up, so you're going to find some rock piles, you're going to find a brush pile that's out there, you're going to find a washed-in log, or you're going to find a shell bed, or whatever it may be. And then you can remember where that cast is and then you can go back to those spots and hit the sweet spots and rotate through them a little bit quicker.

But a ribbon tail worm on a Texas rig is something you can take anywhere in the country, farm ponds to the Great Lakes and catch a lot of bass on them. Make sure to check out these tips and hopefully you'll catch more fish from the bank on a plastic worm.

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