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Nightcrawlers For Big Bass

Don't overlook the natural baits when fishing. Next to the minnow, nothing is more copied by artificial lures than the nightcrawler worm. Bass anglers have entire tackle boxes of artificial worms, so why not try the real thing!

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Nightcrawlers For Big Bass

  1. 1. For Something Different Try Night crawlers For Big Bass Paul Katsus will use nightcrawlers to catch that finicky large bass with lockjaw. While many fishermen thinking nothing of having a box full of artificial worms, the real thing isn’t usually on their radar. All artificial worms are made to imitate the nightcrawlers with their actions and smells. So why is it anglers seeking big bass don’t use live nightcrawlers? It could be that there is a greater status attached to tricking a bass with lures. Or, it could be the angler community has been so bombarded with glossy ads from lure manufacturers that the real thing never enters their mind. Sure shiners are the preferred live bait for bass, but ever underestimate the age old recipe for big bass – nightcrawlers. More cartons of worms are sold than any other live bait. While many of these cartons of worms are sold to the occasional angler, there are those serious anglers who go quietly about their business catching large bass on the live worm. Perhaps, many serious fishermen doubt the appeal of the real thing or have not been used to trying anything but artificial imitations. With the advent of so much hi-tech everything, the basics of catching fish the old fashion way have been overlooked. Old school fish techniques do catch trophy bass. An added bonus is that there may be a large delicious catfish tugging on that line. It happens all the time depending on the waters you are fishing The most popular method for hooking the worm for big bass is to run the hook near the head end tip of the worm. Some anglers prefer to do the opposite and hook them through the tail end tip. Either method allows a natural action, so it’s basically a matter of personal preference. This type of rigging is not without its disadvantages. First the worm can be ripped off the hook during casting if the angler has a stiff action rod or is not careful. Also, the worm can wrap itself around underwater structure and escape as you reel in or flip the rod tip. The most effective way to fish nightcrawlers is to fish them by slowly raising your rod tip six to twelve inches with pauses in between each rising of the rod tip. The fish will often times hit the bait on the downward falling action. Sometimes the fisherman will get an explosive hit and other times the fishing line can be seen slowly moving as the fish picks up the bait and runs with it. Remember to fish slowly and combine the action you are imparting on the bait with the natural action of the worm. Each cast should take several minutes to retrieve as the angler wants to maximize the time the bait is being moved along. If one worm is effective, how about using multiple worms? Try using multiple worms for the World Record Bass. Hook multiple worms through the front tip of the head and suddenly you have a moving, smelly mass of food that would be hard for any
  2. 2. hungry bass to refuse. The artificial manufactures’ would love to come up with such a deadly combination of movement and smells! Try this method when you have a particularly stubborn bass that does not want to move far for his meal. It could just be the ticket to tempt that finicky lunker into biting. Often the worms will tangle themselves on the hook, so for the best fish attracting movement and fishing success, remember to untangle them after each cast. Many times nightcrawlers will be best presented to the fish by free weighting the bait with the hook being the only weight on the worm. But sometimes this is not possible because the water is deep or there is some current keeping the bait out of the productive zone. In cases like these, it is best to use a small split shot 8 to 12 inches above the bait. In those cases where more weight is required, use a sliding bullet weight with a tiny split shot 6 -12 inches above the bait, The tiny split shot will serve to keep the heavier weight from sliding all the way down to the base of the hook. You do not want to be dragging the bait on the bottom but rather slowly bouncing it off the bottom with the lifting of the rod tip. Paul Katsus will always use nightcrawlers as part of this arsenal for big bass. Have an open mind and expand your horizons by trying live worms. That trophy bass that has been eluding you may be just waiting for a change in strategies.

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Don't overlook the natural baits when fishing. Next to the minnow, nothing is more copied by artificial lures than the nightcrawler worm. Bass anglers have entire tackle boxes of artificial worms, so why not try the real thing!

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