When all else fails, it may be worth getting the soft plastics out and having a go at fishing with grubs. Grubs can be a great way of enticing the fish when all else fails. These are versatile little lures that can catch an abundance of fish on the right day.
Grubs usually come with a curly tail or a small paddle tail. These designs give off different vibrations in the water depending on which one you are using. Some days the curly tail will work, on other days only the paddle tail will be the one to give off the vibes that the fish will favor.
Fish can be fussy buggers when they want to be, and you may have to swap and change around a bit.
How To Rig A Grub
Rigging grubs is a very simple affair. I find that they can prove deadly when used with my drop-shotting gear. I absolutely love drop shotting and a small grub attached to the hook can prove very deadly for a finesse approach.
If you are using them in clear water where the fish are using their sight to hunt try experimenting with different colors until you find the one they are wanting.
A small jig head attached to the grub is another good way of rigging these small soft plastics. You don’t really want to be using these techniques on rough windy days due to the lack of weight.
Because the grub is small and light it is hard to cast or register a bite in these conditions. If you are on a boat fishing with your grubs, and it is calm conditions put a very small jig head on. The reason for this is the fish could well take the bait while it is sinking. The lighter the jig head the slower the grub will sink. Giving you more time to locate the fish.
How To Rig A Grub Weedless
If you have a lot of grass or weed in your swim then fishing weedless could be the way to go. The Texas rig would be your best choice here. Get yourself a very small bullet weight and thread it on your line.
Then get a small offset hook about a size 6 and tie it on using a Uni knot.
Grab your chosen grub and hook it through the nose and thread it all the way up to the eye of the hook.
Turn the hook around so it is facing the grub and insert the hook in a way that it comes straight through and sits parallel with the side of the grub.
Finally cast out and catch lots of fish.
What Can You Catch Fishing With Grubs?
All predatory fish will go for a grub if it is presented correctly in front of them.
In the water, a grub mimics a small baitfish in distress. But due to its small size, it can also be mistaken for being an actual grub. Both of which will entice the nearest fish over to investigate further.
These lures can be rigged in a number of different ways and can be used with a fast retrieve or a real slow one making them very versatile.
What Color Grub For Bass?
Grubs come in sizes from about 1 inch up to about 5 inches. They are also available in a huge variety of colors. As a general rule, I will suggest the right color for the right water conditions and weather. But as I said, this is a general rule that works for Bass and such fish but it doesn’t always work.
Bright Sunny Days
If the water is very clear then you don’t really need anything more attractive than natural color. They will have no problem seeing the grub in these conditions.
If the water is murky try a very bright color or do the opposite and try a very dark color such as black, purple, or black. These dark colors believe it or not will stand out well.
Dull Overcast Days
In general, the bass will feed more when the weather is over cast. Predator fish do like a bit of cloud cover.
In these conditions in both clear and murky waters, I favor the brighter colors. I think the fish tend to be able to see them better.
Also in the murky water try a curly tail grub. These will give off a bit more disturbance in the water.
The Right Tackle For Grub Fishing
Usually, anglers fishing with grubs are fishing lightly in a finesse type of way. I like using grubs on my drop shot gear but a light spinning setup can be perfect. Opt for a fairly sensitive rod of about a 6 to 15-gram casting weight and about a size 2000 to 3000 size reel to go with it. Line wise I would opt for braid around 10lb.
Braid tends to have no stretch to it so it is possible to see and feel every little bite. Mono isn’t as sensitive as braid so you may miss a few fish. I always use braid for all my different types of lure fishing.
Fishing with grubs, like all other types of lure fishing can be hugely rewarding. Bass as well as most other fish are all quite partial to a grub. Suss out your presentation and what the fish want on the day and the fishing can be prolific. As with all fishing techniques, keep trying different things and don’t give up. Tight lines and good luck.