While fishing, I observe lots of angler behavior, and I can definitely say
many people tend to fish plastics too fast -- especially for bass -- whether
it's a tube-rigged wacky or Texas-rigged.
We need to slow down and try new techniques for retrieving a lure. Most
anglers simply work the lift-drop, lift-drop, but there's nothing wrong with
casting out and leaving it motionless, or maybe just dragging it along a bit.
You can use both baitcasters and spinning rods
with plastics. With a baitcaster, when fishing
plastics, I run line ahead of the reel over my thumb. It's almost like fishing
We're starting to see more bass guys using long spinning rods with long-cast
reels. They're casting small crankbaits, say a No. 4
crank, but we should also use that for casting Texas-rigged worms or fishing
I recommend going to a 1/16-ounce- or 1/32-ounce bullet weight or sinker
with a Texas
rig. It would be difficult to cast with a baitcaster
for any great distance, but it'll work with a long spinning rod, say a 7-foot,
3-inch setup. I find that really performs well for more targeted, pinpointed
accuracy, especially in shallow-water conditions.
Too often I hear about anglers watching line movement to determine when bass
inhale a lure. You should be able to feel that bite taking place well before
line starts to move. Don't assume that light bites or nipping at the lure is
NOT a bass. Many times it's a big bass, so set the hook hard when that occurs.
As for plastics' size, for more aggressive fish, I step it up. A 10-inch
plastic is big, but for aggressive fish it's appropriate. After a weather
front, start with a 4- to 6-inch Texas
rig. In stable weather, go larger.
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