Catching bass on plastic worms is as old as your grandfather, or great grandfather. These little lures have lifelike movements under the water that can entice bites from even the most neutral or passive mood fish in the water. If you are wanting to catch both high quantities, as well as high quality fish, you need to tie on a plastic worm the next time you head out for an ultralight bass fishing trip. These are 5 of my favorite worms for catching tight lipped bass under any situations.
3″ Yamamoto Senko
The Yamamoto Senko in the 3″ version is, hands down, my favorite plastic work to use on my ultralight gear. The ends of the worm wiggle ever so slightly when the bait is falling through the water column, and when you lift it back up you feel the solid “thump” from a fish taking it and running. There is something about the design of the Senko that makes it often imitated, but never duplicated.
4″ Zoom Finesse Worms
On the off chance that the fish refuse to take a Senko, either because I have the wrong colors, or I’m not being patient enough, I’ll take it off and tie on a 4″ Zoom Finesse Worm. These worms were originally designed for tournament anglers, but you can catch a boat load of fish, and have a great, fast paced day, by tying them onto a 1/0 hook and slowly bouncing them around cover.
4″ Renegade Worms
What to pick up a cost effective pack of worms that still have great action? If so, you need some 4″ Renegade Worms. They are somewhat hard to find, but if you have a Walmart in your area, you can probably pick them up there. These worms, when rigged on a 1/0 with a split shot, are juicy enough to catch bass, panfish, and even catfish, and cost less than $2 per pack of 20 worms!
4″ Berkley Powerbait Power Worm
When you want to have a trick up your sleeve, you want the Berkley Powerbait 4″ Power Worms. Their patented Powerbait technology infuses baitfish and forage scents into each worm so that when you get the fish to bite you have a longer chance to set the hook. Because the bait tastes so good to fish they are not going to simply spit it out, leaving you trying to get a hookset and having the worm come flying back at your face!
Charlie Brewer’s Slider Worms
Charlie Brewer’s Slider Worms have been around for a long time. The design of these baits, with a paddle tail and ribbed sides, helps them attract attention by creating pressure waves under the water that fish feel along their lateral line. They mimic small baitfish, and other underwater aquatic creatures to help you get bites from some of the tightest lipped fish, especially during cold front conditions.
My favorite colors to use in all of these worms are Watermelon Pepper, Pumpkin Pepper, Tequila Sunrise, Motor Oil/Root Beer, and June Bug. Depending on the light conditions, and the type of forage that are in the waters you’re on, one of these 5 colors is almost guaranteed to work to help you have a great day with your ultralight fishing gear!