Plastic Season is Here

Plastic season is finally here and hopefully the cold weather is gone. The water is warming up nicely and the bass are cruising the shallows. This is my favorite time to fish because I know the plastic baits will prevail and they are my favorite. If you check the back of the Bassmaster's magazine where they publish the pictures of the big bass, you will see that more than 80% of those big fish are caught on plastic baits. You can bet, most of the time it will be a Zoom bait.

If you don't fish worms, you need to learn because it will improve your fishing all around no matter what lures you fish. Not only will you gain confidence from learning, but it will teach you feel and patience, which are two important traits in fishing. Learning to fish a worm will get you those extra fish you need when other techniques die on you.

Worms come in all different sizes and colors but I tend to stick with shorter (6 inch or less) and the basic colors like green pumpkin and watermelon seed. Sometimes I will go to redbug, Junebug, redshad and blue moccasion and these are all you need anywhere you go fishing. The main reason I stick with smaller plastics such as the Zoom Finesse worm or baby brushhog is simple, you get more bites on smaller baits. But there are some lakes and certain times of the year when big worms like the 10 inch ole Monster works well especially around the spawn and in hot summertime.

As a rule I fish most plastics on spinning rods, I use the Woo Daves' Extreme 6'6" to 6'8"M/H, 10 lbs. Bass Pro Shops' Excel 10 lbs. green monofilament line, 1/8th oz pegged and painted slip sinker, 1/0 or 2/0 Mustad straight shank Denny Brauer flippin' hook. I am a firm believer in scented baits and I spray Jack's Juice Crawfish on all my baits. The company has a great product that will penetrate plastic, something 95% of the scents on the market won't do. Spray one time and you're good to go!

As a rule I'm looking for a shallow target to cast to such as a stump, log, dock piling, shady spot, etc., which will hold a bass. Remember that bass are structure orientated and that's where you want the worm. Wear polarized sunglasses, like Fisherman Eyewear, so you can see underwater targets to cast to. When I cast to a specific target I let the worm fall straight down on slack line to the bottom. Here is where you want to develop a feel for the worm almost as if you are weighing it each time you raise it. Develop a repetitive feeling over and over, what does it weigh, in other words how much pressure does it take to raise it off the bottom each time.
When it gets heavier than it should be or you feel a peck or anything doesn't feel right, it's time to set the hook. Remember you're not going fishing to get a sun burn, you're going fishing to jerk. Hook setting is free and it's fun, so jerk anytime it does feel right and you will find yourself catching a lot of fish.

When the bass bites don't get in a big hurry, make sure things are right and always try to set the hook on a slack line. This will give you more power on the hook set and drive the hook through the worm and into the fishes mouth. Always set the hook hard. Order the "Worming with Woo" DVD from the Bass Pro Shops, study it over and over.

Jack Swanson has developed a neat little product called the Line Keeper. It's a little spring device you keep in your pocket and anytime you need to secure you lure to your rod just clip it on and you're ready to go. It is great for Carolina rigging, once you reel in and get ready to move, just secure your leader with the keeper and when you get to the next spot everything is in order and you are ready to fish, Works great with securing your drop shot leaders also.

Good luck on your next fishing trip & may God Bless, and enjoy your Nitro.

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