Lakecaster Online Archives - Aug, 2004

Grubs - The Best Fish Catching Bait Ever

By Wade Middleton
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Wade Middleton

Just for argument sake this month I’m going to pose the question of what is the best fishing catching bait to ever come along?

Is it the spinner bait? Plastic worm? Crankbait? Jig? Or how about the ol Curly tail grub?

My vote is the grub. That bait seems to catch everything that swims. As I look back when I was a kid I always bought a package of Mister Twister grubs that came pre-rigged with a a small 1/32 OZ or 1/8 OZ black jig head with two spare tails in either white or yellow. With this bait I caught everything that swam from bass, bluegill, crappie, striper and white bass. Didn’t matter what it was they all ate that grub!

However as I got older and had more money in my pocket I began to forget that simple bait and often bought baits that catch more fisherman than they do fish. However there are times when we simply wise up and can’t get the fish to eat our newer style baits and we go back to the old stand by grub.

I want to point out a couple instances to further that thought. This past spring many tournament anglers from all over headed to the clear waters of Lake Travis to compete in the last Texas Tournament Trail event of the year. Fishing was tough and it only took a bit over 6 pounds to make the top 20 cut. During that event you could get a few bites burning a spinner bait on windy points, and occasional bite or two was also had on top water or cranking shallow cover but the grub was the bait that won the event. Jeff Kriet fishing nearby marinas won the event swimming a smoke colored grub near docks on a ¼ Wo-Bee jig head to win over $40,000.00.

Now move forward a couple of months and further south to the coastal waters around Corpus Christi. Fishing has been good on the coast this year but due to many factors it was a bit tough on my last trip down there. I tossed top waters around, I fished some larger soft plastics on a big jig head, burned a spoon over the grass until I grabbed a grub put it on a 1/8 OZ jig head and began to fish. It was so simple it was scary I pitched and casted that same grub that Jeff won the TTT on in and around sand pockets and before long I had a limit of trout in the boat and a couple big reds to boot.

What was unique in both these cases was how tough everyone was saying the fishing was however the grub caught fish. Why? I feel a grub is such a smaller profile bait 3 to 4 inches generally with a small body profile which really resembles lots of the bait fish during that time of the year. Fished on light line (I generally use 8 pound Yo-Zuri Hybird) and on a small jig head you can get anything to react to the bait.

I generally fish it two ways. First off I’ll see if I can get bites by tossing the bait out and slowly fishing it back to the boat while raising and lowering the rod tip while reeling the in. This give the grub a swimming motion so to speak. Many of the bites come when you drop the rod tip downward so be ready to set the hook at the slightest bite.

Secondly I will toss the bait out and let it fall on slack line in and around holes in grass, drop offs, boat docks etc. Watch your line here as often it will take off or there will be a fish on the line when you finally begin to retrieve the bait. Think about it as the bait falls the action that is imparted is awesome by a grub, it‘s smaller but still catches big fish as evidenced by a 4 pounder Jeff weighed in and the two 28 inch reds I caught. And with light line you have nothing to hinder that action thus you get bit all day under most any fishing condition when other baits won’t draw more than a bite or two tops.

Wade Middleton is the host of Fishing and Hunting Texas and a longtime fishing and hunting guide. You can reach Wade at or catch his show on one of the many networks that air it statewide. For more information go to