By BILL SEIBEL
When the sun is set on broil, water temperatures are in the 80s or higher and lake thermoclines are bouncing somewhere between 15 and 20 feet, catching black bass can be a challenge best met by one type of lure — a big plastic worm.
This isn’t something new, but in a game where new stuff is all the rage we often forget that the old stuff or improved wrinkles of old stuff can be the best answer to a problem.
Few will argue that in the heat of summer and early fall, bass fishing action can be both tough and slow. Although the increased water temperatures boost the bass’ metabolism, those same water temperatures also make the fish sluggish.
The result is that the fish don’t eat as much and they want a mouthful—or maybe more correctly a bellyful—when they do eat. There are other lures that will work and sometimes work well, but statistically, day after day, the plastic worm will catch the most and best bass. And at this time of year, bigger almost always is better.
So what is bigger?
Usual plastic worms used for bass are six to 7½ inches long. Finesse worms usually are four to six inches long. Big worms start about nine inches long and can be as big as Bass Pro’s 16-inch long Snake Worm. A plastic worm 16 inches long is a huge worm, aimed at huge bass.
Of course, catching bass on any plastic worm requires thought and practice, for using these fake nightcrawlers successfully is difficult. The larger the plastic worm, the more difficult it is.
Basically, there are three types or designs of big plastic worms: straight tailed; curly tailed, with a little hook at the end of the tail; and ribbon tailed, which has a curly tail about halfway down the body of the worm. Each has specific uses.
But before you worry about how to fish the worm, you must consider the tackle you are using. Most successful worm fishermen use a heavy or at least medium-heavy action rod. Some 30-odd years ago, plastic worm anglers used 5 1/2- to six-foot rods with as much action as a pool cue.
These days rods are from 6½ to eight feet long. Rod length largely is a matter of personal choice. But there should be some action in the tip to enhance both casting and feel.
A majority of these rods are fitted with baitcasting reels, although some use spinning reels. Again, personal choice is the main factor, although some types of presentations are best accomplished with one or the other. With either type of reel, there must be adequate line capacity and a good drag.
Line also is a matter of choice, with some preferring the high sensitivity and lack of stretch of braided lines, some the quick sinking density and in-the-water invisibility of fluorocarbon and others the economy and tradition of monofilament. Line size will depend upon the type of presentations being made and where you’re chucking those big worms.
Where do you bathe her?2008-09-24 07:44:27 by katmom529
Dakota won't set foot in a bathroom, she hasn't since we got her at 6 months old. She weighs 68 pounds now and there is no way my preg arse is dragging her in there!!
If it's warm enough, just get one of those hard plastic kiddie pools and do it outside. That's what we have to do for Koda; she will chase the spray from our hose nozzle for HOURS, so we wet her down good then get her into the pool and soap her down. We let her out and spray her down to rinse her. Done, not one bit of struggle!! LOL
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