Nearly every bass angler will agree that the number one staple in his or her tackle box is the rubber worm. While many other types of lures and baits are popular, many bass anglers will attest that there is nothing quite as reliable as the rubber worm when it comes to bringing in largemouth bass.
Artificial worms come in wide varieties. Anglers can find these worms in scents designed to attract fish, salted, and in a rainbow of colors.
You may ask yourself which rubber worm is the right worm for you. The answer to that question can be found by considering several factors.
First, consider the area you will be fishing.
The temperature of the water plays an important role in which type of rubber worm you should use.
The color of the water is an indicator of whether you should use lighter or darker colored worms.
What baits attract them?
What lies beneath the water is another consideration you should make in choosing your rubber worm. Waters with large undergrowth will require thought in choosing a rubber worm that a fish can detect in the foliage.
In this situation, many anglers rely on scents to attract the fish closer to the worm. A good rule of thumb is if the fish can see and smell your lure, they are more likely to take a bite.
Popular belief is that if the watercolor is light, you should use a lighter-colored worm. Likewise, if the watercolor is dark, a darker-colored worm is favorable. Keep in mind that this is simply a suggestion; many anglers have luck using the opposite theory.
Trial and error
Generally speaking, the best way to choose the rubber worm that will work best for you is by trial and error. Make notes of the weather conditions, water conditions and color, time of day, wind, and any other factor that could make a difference in the outcome of your trip.
There’s an app
If an angler is willing to spend the extra money, there are products on the market called “color selectors.” With this handy app from Fish Buoy, an angler dips a sensor into the water; the sensor sends a message to a small handheld computer device that will recommend the type and color of artificial worm for the temperature and color of the water.
When shopping for artificial worms, try a variety of colors and try each one in different fishing conditions. Make notes of what works best for you. As the old saying goes, the best education comes from experience.
Once you know what works best for you in the areas you fish, choosing the rubber worm that will result in the largest number of bites will come easy.
Many anglers believe that extra scents, salts, and other additives are unnecessary. The best advice that can be given regarding rubber worms is practice, practice, practice.