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How To Fish Plastic Worms (The Best Ways) | Bass Fishing

How To Fish Plastic Worms (The Best Ways) | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here with And today I wanna talk to you about fishing
plastic baits, fishing plastic worms, those type of things. Now if you’ve been fishing ’em for a while,
you’re bound to pick up a few tips from this video. And if you’re new to fishing, if you wanna
try out fishing plastic lures and baits, this video’s definitely for you. What I wanna do is talk to you a little bit
about the kind of equipment, the universal setup if you will, for fishing plastic lures,
and then I’m gonna take you through some of the different techniques that have worked
for all kinds of plastic baits. So let’s talk about equipment, starting with
the rod. What I have here is a medium-heavy power,
fast action tip rod. Seven foot. This is arguably, you know, the leatherman. This is the universal tool that you can use
for fishing all kinds of baits. Matter of fact, I’ve got three or four rods
like this in my rod locker right now, all rigged up with a couple of different baits. This is your standby. This is the… If you’re starting out getting rods and reels,
this is the one you wanna start with, really. It’s a seven foot, medium-heavy power fast
action rod. Paired with it here is a, just your, you know,
baitcasting reel. Anywhere, any time, you know… Any gear above 6.3:1 is really a good gear
ratio. This one’s about 7.1, I think it is. You want a good, strong drag system, and a
smooth casting reel so that’s easy to adjust, works just fine. You know, you don’t have to go with the most
expensive out there, but don’t go cheap either, you just want a really good drag system. That’s the most important thing, really nice,
smooth drag system. That’s key. And then line, 15 pound line. I use copolymer line. Braid, I know a lotta people like braid, but
braid isn’t all that universal. It tends not to do as well in rocks. It can get frayed and dinged up in there,
nicked. So what I like to do is use copolymer line. Fluorocarbon is great, it’s also a bit expensive. We’re looking for a universal setup that works
in all kinds of conditions. I think copolymer works best for that. You can use fluorocarbon if you want, if your
budget lets you do that, but I’m not getting fancy here, we’re not using leaders or anything
like that. It’s just straightforward, easy fishing. Tied onto that is your plastic bait. I’ve got… You can use a plastic worm, any kind of thing,
anything you want that’s made outta plastic. This happens to be the Rage Tail Rage Bug,
one of my favorites. Absolutely love it. What I’m using here is a three-eighth ounce
tungsten bullet sinker, tied on with a 3/0 hook. That is your universal setup. That’s pegged with a bobber stopper right
there, if you can see that. That’s universal. You can swap this bait out and put just about
any bait on there that’s made outta plastic and you don’t have to rerig everything, so
that’s…it’s very versatile. That’s what I like the most about this. So that’s your setup, that’s your rig. Let’s talk a little bit about how to fish
these baits, any kinda plastic bait. The first and most easy one to do, is just
cast it out there. Just cast it and let it sink. Flip the bail over, and what you wanna do
is watch that line. And you wanna be in contact with it, so don’t
let it fall completely on slack line, but maintain contact with it. So semi-slack. Reel up some of the slack and feel it with
your rod tip. A lotta times the bite will come, and you’ll
feel that through your rod tip, you’ll feel that boink, right? You know, a bump, bump, right through your
rod. But oftentimes the bite happens when you are
just looking at the line. Watch where that line enters the water, and
if you see it bump, twitch, go sideways, if it does something that you didn’t do, odds
are a fish did that, so you better set the hook. The other thing I want you to do when you
cast out like that is pay attention to how long it takes before it hits the bottom. Cast it out there, and if you have to, do
some sorta countdown, some cadence. One, two, three, four, okay there, it hit
the bottom, all right? So now I know about how deep it is there. And if you’re going along fishing a shoreline,
and every time you cast it’s about a four count, five count, then one of your casts
all of a sudden is one and it stops, a fish probably just opened his mouth and grabbed
it and he’s just sitting there, and you never felt a thing, but because you were paying
attention to that fall, set the hook, okay? Swings are free. If you’re not sure if it’s a fish or not,
set the hook. And speaking of that, before I get to the
couple other techniques here, when you set the hook, here’s the deal. What a lotta people do, they do a feel game
with the fish, right? They throw it out there, it falls, they’re
in contact with it, they’re in the hook set position ready to go, and what they do is
they’re…they think there’s a fish there, they feel something going on, and so they
reel down, they’re tightening on the line, they’re feeling, and then they feel another
tug, and they’re like, “Okay, that’s a fish,” and then they set the hook, right? That’s not a very good hook set. If your line is already tight, what’s gonna
happen is the fish, he’s got his mouth on it, okay, he’s clamped down on it, and if
your line’s already tight, you’ve probably snugged up that..the bullet sinker right up
to the inside of his mouth. So if you set the hook, what you’re gonna
do is turn his mouth around. You’re gonna turn his head. The bait really isn’t gonna move very far,
if at all in his mouth, so the hook really isn’t gonna set. If this has ever happened to you, you’re fishing
a plastic bait, you’re fishing the…fishing all the way back… Sorry, sorry, you set the hook, you’re fighting
the fish back, and all of a sudden, it comes loose. You’re like, “What the heck.” And you bring it all the way back and you
look, and guess what? The hook hasn’t even come out of the bait. Well that’s what happened, okay? You set…you hit the sinker on the inside
of his mouth and he never got his mouth open enough for that hook to penetrate. So, here’s what I want you to do when you
set the hook. When you cast it out there, you’re ready… First of all, the hook set position is you
have it down here, but what happens, and I’ll show you this when you’re…in the next techniques,
you’re lifting up and if you feel a bite, reel down, but don’t reel up tight. Reel down until you almost have it all the
way tight, then set the hook, and set it hard, okay? What you’re doing is you’re throwing slack
in the line, or if you’ve…say for instance you’re feeling that game, you’re doing that
feel game, if you feel that, that’s tight, and you feel that fish, drop the rod tip,
then set it. Throw some slack in it. Then what you’re gonna do with that is your
rod’s gonna gain momentum, and speed, and power before it starts to move the bait in
fish’s mouth. Then when you do that, you’re gonna piledrive
that hook into his mouth. If this bait is up against of…inside his
lips, right inside his mouth, if you set it up that hard, this cone shape, it’s actually
gonna shoot through his mouth. It will have enough power to go through his
mouth and then the hook will catch, and you’ll get a good hook set. So always have a little bit of slack in your
line before you set the hook. That’s key. That’s key to fishing these baits. You’re gonna catch a lot more fish if you
change your hook set that way. All right, so let’s talk about a couple other
retrieves. So first thing you do is you cast it out there,
let it sink, you’re casting it to a bush, or a dock, or something, it hits the bottom. What you wanna do is let it sit for a second
and just keep the line tight, and see if a fish comes and picks it up. And you can sit there for 5 seconds, 10 seconds,
or a minute, it’s up to you. But I usually let it sit for a couple seconds
and if don’t feel anything, then what I’ll do is I’ll reel down tight and I’ll lift it
up with the rod tip, and then I’ll let it sink on semi-slack line. You can see I’m reeling it, but alls I’m doing
is I’m reeling up the slack line as I bring the rod tip down. I’m not reeling the bait. Lift it up again to about the nine…10:00
position, and let it drop right back down. If he doesn’t hit in the first couple of bites,
or first couple of pumps, then I reel it back in. Most of the time the bite happens as the bait
is falling, so that technique works really well when the fish are active and they’re
hitting it when the bait is falling. However, there’s other techniques. If they don’t wanna hit it while it’s…while
you’re doing it that way, another technique is once it hits the bottom, you wanna scoot
the bait along the bottom. Keep it on the bottom. Crawl it on the bottom. The way to do that, keep your rod tip down
and don’t move it with the reel, just move it with the rod tip. Just slowly move it with the rod tip. Now you reel up the slack as you bring your
rod tip back. Now you’re ready to bring it back again. Just slowly move it with the rod tip. Now you have slack in it, you reel up that
slack as you bring your rod tip back. You’re just crawling it along the bottom. Okay, that looks like a little bait fish,
maybe a sculpin or a crawdad scurrying along the bottom. A lotta times the bass will chase it and they’ll
pick it up right off the bottom. If you get that hooks…if you get that bite… Again, if you’re all the way out here and
you get that bite, reel up first, get that slack, and then set the hook. Don’t try to hook set all the way back here. You’re gonna bring it all the way back, and
now you’re like, you can’t really set the hook, there’s nothing left, you don’t have
any power. Okay, so… And that’s the same thing whenever you cast,
if you notice, I do it instinctively now, but a cast, first thing I do is I bring the
rod tip down, I’m ready for the hook set position. Don’t keep your rod up way up here, you have
nothing left, there’s nothing to hook set with. Keep it down here. All right, so let’s give you another technique. This what I like to do is, I like to bring
the bait back, I like to swim it back a little bit. What I do is I just keep it right off the
bottom and I’m slowly reeling it, keeping it just a few inches off the bottom. This works really well, especially if you’re
fishing, say, in hydrilla, or you’re fishing it in milfoil. You wanna keep it right off the top of that,
where the fish are buried in there, you’ll entice them to come back out. So make a nice long cast, let it get down
to it, and then alls you’re gonna do is, you’re gonna bring your rod tip up a little bit,
and this varies, it depends on how deep the bait is and how deep the vegetation is. Sometimes you’re gonna have your rod tip up
here, but I like to keep it down as low as I can get away with and just slowly swim it,
just slowly reel it over the top of the vegetation. And wait for that bite. Again, get ready for the hook set position,
get ready to set that hook whenever that fish bites it, because boy you better be ready. Because when those fish hit it, you gotta
slam it home. Because again, that hook point’s texposed,
it’s buried a little bit in this bait. Those are the basic retrieves that I use when
I’m fishing plastic baits. For the most part, you can catch fish doing
any of those retrieves, be it you’re fishing docks, you’re fishing weeds, you’re fishing
submerged trees, whatever, it’s the same different types of techniques, or same techniques for
different types of baits, whether it’s a Rage Bug like this, or you’re fishing a plastic
worm, or a lizard, or anything like that. Anyway, I hope those tips helped. For more tips and tricks like this, and for
the answers to all your questions about bass fishing, visit

100 comments on “How To Fish Plastic Worms (The Best Ways) | Bass Fishing

  1. There is never a time where I go on the water without some type of plastics rigged up. The hook set lesson is so true, I have lost so many fish to a bad hookset due to pulling the line tight.

  2. Been fishing worms ad plastics for years and a refresher of the basics is always helpful. Especially since have bad habits when I fish and get lazy.

  3. Once again, great information. I fish mainly with plastic and these were great tips, especially about the hook set. I've missed several by jerking too soon without slack in the line. Thanks again Glenn.

  4. I'm a newbie to fishing, but I'm thankful for all the tips & videos y'all post! Still learnin all the lingo & etiquette, but will use this info when i go fishing this weekend! First time ever!!

  5. Majority of my fishing is with plastic worms. What hook size goes with what size of worm? This video is very informative, especially the rod setup. Also which knot did he use for the bait? This video did answer many of my interest with using soft plastics

  6. My current pb came on a 10" Berkley worm. When they don't seem to bite anything I reach for a worm. I also love swimming them on top over vegetation.

  7. Good strategies about how to set the hook. I never heard that before. Also found the rod reel combo helpful. Thanks

  8. Great deal to have 7 footer,which for a beginner is sweet,and Agra to use copolymer,I like it.worm fishing is about patients

  9. that was very interest I caught most of my fish on plastic bait , like the part on what you talk about when the fish grab it on the fall ..

  10. Used the Rage Tail Anaconda last weekend on Falcon. The fish wouldn't touch a smaller worm so they were a detrimental part of my win!!

  11. Exactly how I learned how to set the hook on soft plastics! Fantastic vid Greg! Keep em coming! 65 years old and learn something new every video you come out with.

  12. Hey Glenn…love the tips, lots of good stuff.
    I don't really like copolymar line myself…i'll go with "cheap" fluorocarbon myself when money is tight…just a personal preference.

  13. have snap swivel on main line and tie bait on line from 12 to 24 inches at home have enough made up ahead of time for a day of fishing because my fingers don't work the best these days tying on baits on the water

  14. Good video solid reminders for the experienced angler and good information for those learning these skills soft plastics are a vital skill year round for bass fishing. I really like the way Glenn's videos are easy to relate to. Glad I found the bass resource community

  15. I have preached this hook set to my father-in-law. He wont listen. I may let him watch this video but not let him read the comments.

  16. I've only just recently started having success with soft plastics and videos like this one have really help me with it.

  17. Great video! I subbed. I like how you keep things simple. You tell us 1 rod & 1 reel to use for most applications. BRILLIANT! Simple, yet thorough and you hit the basics. Keep it up.

  18. One of the best most helpful videos on plastic baits and hook sets that I’ve ever seen. Fantastic video

  19. thanks so much! ive been fishing bass for most of my life but only with live baits and i want to get into plastic and crank baits. ive learned a lot from this video, esp the hook setting.

  20. Great information. I can see I have lots of room for improvement! For sure I will improve the next time I get out.

  21. Thanks for the awesome video! I'm about to head out in the kayak, I'll be sure to report back what I landed from these techniques later today.

  22. This man is teaching golden techniques, i hope a few rookies are wise enough to watch this video ten times, take notes and go fishing. Thank you sir.

  23. Isn’t 15lb a bit heavy for bass fishing? Not being sarcastic, honestly wondering.. heavier line seems to be harder to cast for me as well

  24. First off I just want to say your techniques work amazingly due to the fact, I’m a newbie to fishing but setting the hook on a fish has always been one of my main problems losing fish. An now I got a good way to set the hook now thanks to you.

    So the first technique still work for most baits or lure you would use or only worm bait?

  25. ty very well explained. new to bass fishing and this will help a lot. now just need to figure out how to use this in a kayak

  26. This is very well explained. Thank you for the clarity. I use some of those tips already but learned a lot watching this.👍

  27. We dont have bass, but pike and perch… My stomach turns if i see those hookset swings… I always think about the fish. The small ones dont have to fly out of the water because the hookset is too agressive

  28. How many people do not understand your video your video so how to use Plastic bait not talk about your Fishing Pole Please killer how you use The plastic bait

  29. Such a good video thanks alot man. Ive lost so many smallmouth by my house because of not lowering the rod tip and reeling down before yanking back and setting the hook. Nice talk thru

  30. do you preffer to use high vibration plastic just in low visibility conditions or you dont care about that? Thanks for your time!

  31. Glenn, it is now late Feb. 2019 and it seems like a very long time since you have done a video. I am hoping that you and your wife are doing well and that you will be back soon, either on Bass Resources or some other venue soon. Your instruction videos are wide ranging and extremely informative. When might we hear from you again.

  32. Your videos are pretty much the only ones I come back to and watch repeatedly to bone up on the fundamentals and remind myself of the proper way to do things. Such great info. Please keep up the great work!

  33. Best worm tip I got is drag that guy with a side pull. I use 12# flouro with 4/0 light wire hook and 3/16s weight. Worm never leaves the bottom unless I hop it. But I just drag it slow. I feel everything.

  34. I love you! I'm just starting in this endeavor and your video got me to a whole new level or knowledge (still need to practice) and excitement! Thank you!

  35. Got my first BC lews speedspool reel rod combo MH 7 FA and i love it good informative clip as always thank you sir!

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