Can You Teach An Old BassHole New Tricks?
Catching Bass With Plastic Worms
My initial plan was to use topwater baits (frogs!) to entice big bass to crash up out from under the weeds, but I finally ended up having success catching bass with plastic worms.
Here’s the play by play.
Back to Hawkins Pond
Why do I love Hawkins Pond so much?
- Hawkins is small enough that I can cover a great deal of the lake.
- I know where the bass are (more than I realized!).
- I’ve caught some nice bass there over the past few years.
- It’s seldom busy, and I often have the whole place to myself.
- It’s a beautiful location with plenty of wildlife.
- Hawkins Pond bass like my offerings!
And another reason: SLOP!
The vegetation at Hawkins Pond often holds some very nice bass.
Typically I love to use topwater lures here:
- Wiggle Wogs
- Weed Demons
The first three are virtually weedless, being hollow plastic baits with double hooks protected by the plastic of the bait.
For example, here’s the Wiggle Wog.
SLOP Rocks! For Finding Bass
- Shade from the summer sun.
- Cover from bass’s predators.
- Good hiding opportunities for bass (AS predators).
- Oxygen production (so the bass can breath easier).
Slop Can Be Tough for Boaters
Thick vegetation can be very tough for traditional boaters. Simply put, it’s hard to get into the thick of all the crap. BassHoles overcome this problem by coming up as close as possible, and then flipping into the brush. But if you’re in a Hobie Float Cat (like this BassHole!), then you can move right into the thick of the slop and fish for bass that other boaters may not dare try to reach!
My fishing strategy
Right after launching, I rowed myself right across the lake to the opposite side. That’s where I often find the bass, including times with my buddy in his bass boat (using only the trolling motor).
I decided to try an area where I seldom make it to as a start. While fishing there, a few people who live or camp on Hawkins were on shore, and we had a short conversation.
What the “native” told me
We talked about finding bass, and the young man I was speaking with said, “I generally find them over there.” And he pointed to exactly the same spot I normally have the best luck!
So I worked my way back over there, and continued working my topwater frog and spinnerbait.
For a few hours I probed the top of that slop, using mostly my frog (which had been successful last time), and other times my spinnerbait.
- No bass.
- No pickerel.
- No perch.
- No nothing.
Finally I decided to try a new tactic. I pulled out a plastic worm. Well, actually it was a Yumphibian.
When BassHoles talk about plastic worms, it’s not just “worms” we’re talking about. Rather it is any one of many types of plastic / synthetic baits.
My fishing buddy and I had caught bass out on the edge of the slop (he didn’t like taking his boat into the vegetation), so I tried fishing there.
Success! Bass On!
And it worked! I caught 3 bass!
They weren’t big bass, probably about a pound and a half, but they were strong!
The first one wrapped me around a stick, but I was able to get my Hobie Float Cat over on the other side, pull the fish from the stick, and bring it aboard!
After fishing the entire morning with nothing, it was great to finally snag a few Hawkins bass!
So What Worked? YUMPHIBIAN!
As I said earlier, it was a plastic worm called a Yumphibian.
Note all the appendages:
- 2 pieces curving back from the “head.”
- 2 hefty bits just before the split.
- 2 curving, thin tails.
When the Yumphibian is in the water, it never stops moving!
And I assure you, the bass were interested!
Now, plastic worms used to be my number 1 bait for fishing for bass. Over the past few years, I’ve started expanding to other lures and topwaters.
So I decided to research fishing “slop,” and found a new technique.
Punching the Slop
I learned, from BassResource, a technique to “punch” through the slop, using a pegged Texas rigged Senko worm.
If you want to learn more about how to set this rig up, the friendly folks at BassResource offer another video showing exactly how to do that:
So STAY TUNED!
On my next trip, I’ll try “slop punching,” and let you know how it works for me!
Until then, please share your most recent experiences, what techniques you used, what new skills you learned and tried, and what your results were.
Roger, The Smiling BassHole