Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3715 July 6-20 2018 - Page 19

July 6 - 20, 2018 FRESHWATER VOL.37 • ISS. 15 19 Worm’in All Bass! > The Texas rig is the grandfather of worm presentations. It worked great four decades ago and it works just as well today. This big Lake Pardee smallmouth gobbled a Texas rigged Senko with a pegged weight. presents The Fantastic Plastic Worm B < This Folsom Lake spotted bass couldn’t pass up a wacky rigged Senko. The wacky rig is a great choice whenever you want a vertical presentation in shallow to moderately deep water. > If you want to cover ground with a plastic worm or plastic creature bait, the Carolina Rig is the way to go. Make a long cast, allow the rig to sink and then drag the rig across the bottom. Sometimes you’ll feel a tap or tick on the strike, but most often you’ll just feel pressure. Set the hook and it’s, BASS ON! < This husky Lake Berryessa smallmouth put the chomp on a purple and brown Robo Worm. Straight tail finesse worms don’t look like much in the package, but in the water the gliding action they provide closely imitates a minnow sulking along the bottom. ack in the 1950’s investment ad- visors could be heard telling their clients, “Invest in plastics, they are the wave of the future.” Whether or not an investment in the plastics industry during the 50’s helped put money in the bank I can’t say. But, I know from experience that the angler that invests in plastics or more specifically plastic worms will put a lot of bass in the boat over the course of a year and some of them will likely be big boys. Of course, plastic worms aren’t a new innovation. They’ve been around for over 50 years, yet that is a testament to their effec- tiveness. While most bass aficionados acknowledge that plastics represent a means of hooking fish when most other methods fail, few anglers are fully utilizing worms. These days some guys use worms primar- ily as drop shot baits. Others never reach for a worm unless everything else from swimbait to spinnerbait to crankbaits has failed to produce. The fact is, we could throw away ev- erything in our well stocked tackle boxes, lay in a supply of plastic worms in a few different colors, styles and sizes, add some hooks and weights, and we’d catch as many fish as we usually do over the course of a season with a much broader collection of lures. Worms are the most versatile bait avail- ab