When to Use a Big Plastic Worm Bass Fishing

Fishing Big Plastic Worms for Bass

Here’s a look at everything you need to understand about when to use a big plastic worm for bass fishing. To many fisherman get wrapped up in what bait, and the most important thing to learn is when to use each bait. Big softplastic worms are a great way to catch big bass and numbers of fish. Learning when to use them will help you a ton out on the water. This article will walk through the fundamental principles of when to use a big softplastic worm along with other key concepts for big worm fishing. Enjoy the post!

When to Use Big Plastic Worms Fishing

Here’s a few things you need to know about when to use a big plastic worm for bass fishing. First, a big plastic worm is anything around 10″ long. As hard as it is to believe bass really do chew these things. Bass tend to eat them better during certain parts of the year.

The best time of year to use a big worm is when the water temperatures are warmer. The warmer water increases a bass’s appetite, so they want a bigger meal. The big plastic worm is a perfect offering at this point. Usually around the 70 degree mark seems to be a good time. You can count on them to work best from late spring to early fall.

Tie on a big softplastic worm when you want to up-size your catch and eliminate catching smaller fish. A big 10″ worm will help cut out a lot of small bites. Although, you will be surprised at how small some fish are that will eat a big plastic worm.

A big worm also performs really well in low light conditions. Big plastic worms create a good disturbance to draw attention from a long way off. Night fishing, early morning, and cloudy days are when a big worm can really catch some bass. Dirty water too. Here’s a list things you need to look for to know when to throw a big plastic worm.

  • Warmer Water Temperatures 70+ degrees.
  • Up-size your fish catches
  • Low light conditions (dirty water, night, early morning, late evening, cloudy)

What Big Plastic Worms Are Good

There are a ton of big plastic worms to choose from. Here is a list of some good ones you can use with confidence. Good big plastic worms have a few key components to them. The first thing you should consider is finding one with a good color. Another thing to look for is the action the bait produces under water. Plus, sometimes the type of plastic the worm is made of can make a difference as to whether you will get bites are not. These three big worms listed below, are ones I’ve used to catch bass matching this criteria.

When to use big plastic worms fishing
When the water is warm, and in low light conditions is when you should use big plastic worms fishing. This bass my son caught choked a big worm down during conditions like this.

How To Fish Big Plastic Worms

Avoid hours of trail and error and do the following to help you fish a big plastic worm better. Use a nice medium heavy baitcasting rod and reel set up. Fishing a big worm requires some heavier equipment to be able to cast further, and work the lure effectively. 100% fluorocarbon line is essential. 14 lbs is a good medium ground line to help get you more bites and works well around heavy cover.

To rig up your big plastic worm to draw more strikes use a light bullet weight.  A lighter weight enables your bait to glide down more subtly to create awesome action for the bass you are trying to catch. You can often get away with heavier weights, but usually the 1/4 oz or lighter can really make a big difference in how many fish you catch on a 10 inch plastic worm.

Lastly, casting and how you retrieve your worm can play a big role in how many fish you catch on this bait. Cast accurately and place the worm on points, humps, brush, or cover where those bass are waiting to ambush prey.  Retrieve the worm with a small hop, or a short drag. Don’t move it more than 1 or 2 feet. Often people move the rod way too much, and end up jumping the worm 7 – 9 feet. Maintain contact with the bottom. You won’t go wrong.

Bass Fishing Big Worms Best Rig
How to fish big plastic worms use a a light bullet weight, 4/0 offset hook, and the zoom ole monster. Slowly crawl the bait along the bottom, and cast it into those juicy spots the bass love to lay. This is one of the best big plastic worm setups.

Big Worm Bass Fishing Video Insights

Here’s a video of all the things in this post to help you know better understand the secrets for fishing big worms for bass. This video is a demonstration of big worm bass fishing on sand hollow reservoir. I’ve also deployed this technique successfully on other lakes. It definitely is geared toward largemouth bass, and not smallmouth.



Big Plastic Worm Fishing Additional Thoughts

A big plastic worm can be fished in a variety of ways. Like the texas style as illustrated here. You can also use one of these big worms on a drop shot rig, or even on a neko rig effectively. Basically, anytime the conditions match up to what is outlined in the post is a great time to use a big plastic worm and get bites. Tie one on, and you might be surprised at what you will catch.

Finally, The links above and below in this post are affiliate links were you can pick up baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else mentioned here to “Krak” some bass using big plastic worms. Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. These links are here to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount I make for the sale of the products. I hope these products can help you “krak” some bass like they have for me. Thank you for your support!

As Always,

Stay Stoked!!

4 Responses

  1. Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong if I catch a fish towards the esophagus? I’ve never done this before and I don’t feel like I am doing anything differently but I have done it twice today. Now that I have researched it I know I should just leave the hook in. Not do the damage to get the hook out.

    1. Leaving the hook in is an option. Or get surgically try and turn the hook upside down and pop it out. It will leave a small hole that the bass will heal up on their own.

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