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July 7, 2016

Catching Bass With Plastic Worms – Fishing Log: 15th Fishing Trip, June 27, 2016

Can You Teach An Old BassHole New Tricks?

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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

Catching Bass With Plastic Worms

Serene morning at 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:

  • Frogs
  • Wiggle Wogs
  • Weed Demons
  • Spinnerbaits
Great topwater bait

The Wiggle Wog!

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.

==> Click here to read my review of the Wiggle Wog and other topwater baits <==

==> Click here to purchase a Wiggle Wog from Amazon <==

SLOP Rocks! For Finding Bass

SlopSlop, or, more appetizingly, vegetation, can be a very productive area for finding bass. Why? Vegetation offers:

  • 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

Greetings from The Smiling BassHole!

Greetings from The Smiling BassHole!

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.

Results? Zilch!

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.

Changing Tactics

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!

Strong Hawkins Bass

Finally caught a bass on plastic!

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!


Here’s what caught my bass this trip!

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!

==> Click here to purchase Yum Ferocity Yumphibian from Amazon <==

What’s Next?

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:


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.

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Awesome site! Great mix of video and written info.. Fishing is complex but you’ve provided some excellent tools and strategies here that anyone would benefit from. I wonder what a great kit for starting the kids out would be or cost?
    Good luck on your next fishing trip!

    • Thanks Jewell!

      I’m certainly learning much more about targeting bass, though I can’t always get the techniques I’m learning about to actually get more fish! However, it has certainly broadened my horizons, and given me more tools. And as you’ll see in my next post, sometimes I DO catch fish with a new bait, lure, or technique!

      Take a look at my recommendations for kids in my post How To Choose The Right Spincast Rod & Reel. This is for freshwater fishing. I recommend a spincast outfit because it’s very easy to learn how to cast and reel.

      I also recommend you find someone who can turn you on to a spot where it is EASY to catch some fish. They don’t need to be bass, just some kind of fish that are easy to catch, so the kids start out with some action. Hey, sometimes I like to find those spots myself!

      Let me know if you have any more questions, and let me hear about your adventures! (One important question is how OLD are the kids?)

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • An interesting article on bass fishing using plastic worms. Unfortunately where I live in Western Australia there are no bass to be found as they can only be found in the coastal rivers and streams along the Eastern seaboard of Australia so although I have frequently fished in local rivers I have only caught other species of fish. Plastic worms have been used by local fishermen with success for catching other species like black bream.

    • Thanks James!

      Interesting to learn that black bream are also caught with plastic worms. Of course they mimic many types of fish food, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t work for most fish, at least those that are small enough to hold in your hand. There are many much larger fish out there that would no doubt require bigger baits!

      I’d love to hear about the fish you DO catch! I believe I’ve heard Australia has some awesome trout?

      Thanks for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

    • Thanks Lily!

      Well, since you have friends who fish, maybe you should ask about joining them for a trip to see what all the hubbub is about!

      And is you do, please come back and share your adventures here (whether you hate it or love it)!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Roger
    This post will definitely help me with my worm fishing. I actually have some of the bobber stops that are in the video but I have never used them because I wasn’t sure how to. I most certainly will try them out this coming weekend. Thanks for the great info.

    • Thanks, Amateur Angler!

      I’ve been out of the loop the past few months, changes at work, etc.

      I want to try the other type of rubber bobber stops in the next season, once the ice melts and I can float my Hobie again!

      Tight lines!
      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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