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