Yes, fake worms work just as well as real worms, in fact, some times it’s even working better. The plastic worms usually have a nice wiggle to attract the fish, and bright colors to attract the fish.

There are also some other factors in this that matters, here I will go deeper into the perks and conns of faker worms.

Plastic vs Real Worms

It is easy to get comfortable with real forms, just because you have always used them since you were a little kid going out to fish, so why stop now?

You should never overlook the effectiveness of the plastic worms if you have never tried it for ourselves. It may surprise you how good and easy they are to use. On some fishes, fishing with plastic worms is one of the best techniques out there.

Now all you need to start this out is a hook, a weight and, a plastic worm of your choice.

Casting And Pitching Hooks

This is something to think of that many of us do, we pitch to a piece of shallow cover. Then we make our way down the bank and then starts to cast to a brush pile with the same start. 

If you don’t have a straight shank hook when you are casting a fake worm, it’s not going to look real in the water, try to use a little bit bigger hooks because they will make the worm swim in a much more streamlined profile. 

Remember that the plastic worms always slide down at the hook eye upon a hookset, that will result in perfect plastic penetration and better hooking.

When you cast your worm to a cover, I would avoid big, heavy flipping hooks. The bigger hooks that you use, the more advantage you give the fish. A thinner wire also provides good penetration, and the gap is just big enough to penetrate the worm.

Cover Water Fast

some of you have surely heard that you should just, drag, and reel when you are fishing with fake worms. You can for sure get some fishes with this technique. But if you are looking to cover water and get in a good and well-planned pattern, hopping is for sure a better alternative.


If you always been the person that loves to just drag your bait, then try out this technique and see if it works better for you. 

If you are within a few feet from the bottom it will be perfect to try out and see if you will get some bites stroking. Some say that the key to success in fishing with fake worms is to cover as much water as possible.

If you hop your plastic worm about two feet and let it free-fall to the bottom again you are going to cover water a lot quicker then if you would just drag and reel. When you run across some pieces of the brush or break a line you need to slow it down a bit. So all you have to do is, to cast your worm into a nice looking are, and hop your worm once or twice when it has landed on the bottom if you don’t get any bites then just move on the next place. 

Different kinds Of Plastic Worms

When it comes to fake worms, there is a bunch of different colors and shapes, these are the most common ones.

Curly Tail Soft Plastic Worm

This is a great lure for catching spotted bass. You want to try this type of worm when the bass is holding up over the top of some weeds or rock ledges. If you cast a couple of throws and nothing bites, then you are probably using a to large bait, try to scale it down a bit as a finesse presentation to try and get some more bites.

U Tail Worms

The U tail worm has the body of a straight or a ribbon tailed worm. The only difference in the shape is like you might think when you heard the name, it’s shaped like a U. All sizes and colors here will remain the same.

Ribbon Tail Worms

This is one of the more popular worms out there, throw the ribbon tail any time you are fishing in brush or grass. The worm’s tail will resemble the swimming of baby snakes, which are common in southern lakes. This will make the bass go crazy and bite without even thinking, if you are planning to use the ribbon tail worm, then go for the larger ones, like 8-12 inch range. This lure can be fished effectively in depths ranging from 10-25 feet down. Reel back this lure by slowly sweeping your rod upwards, causing the worm to hop off the bottom, then lower your rod to allow the worm to sink back down to the bottom.

Paddle Tail Worms

The paddle tail worm works best on the grass filled lakes, or any other bodies of water that has some grass or lily pads. It is a great worm for swimming over vegetation, and if there are any pockets in the vegetation you can reel the paddle tail across the grass and let it drop into the holes. If you are using the 8-inch worm it will swim over the vegetation best, but you will be catching more fish on a 5-inch lure. You also need to have the perfect balance with your weights to make the worm swim right, the tail won’t wiggle right if you use to light of a weight, and it will sink to fast if you put on to much weight.

Pop your rod the get the tail swimming and reel it in steadily to cause the worm’s tail to flutter and put off plenty of vibration to resemble a baitfish swimming across the top of the vegetation. You can feel the worm vibrating as a spinnerbait will.

Straight Tail Worms

If you have been fishing with a ribbon tail worm without any luck for a while then give this worm a try, this worm will work best in the summertime, but you can give it a go whenever you like just to show the bass a little different subtle action. Reel the worm back in with a slow dragging motion to constantly keep the sinker in contact with the bottom to resemble a minnow that is feeding on the bottom. 

Best Platic Worms For Fishing Bass

If you are planning to go out and fish for bass then the most common types of worms is the Straight Tailed worms, Ribbon Tailed worm, U Tailed worm, and the Paddle Tailed worm. Remember that many other styles of worm exist but these are the most popular ones for fishing bass.

When you are fishing for bass with a worm it is important to choose the right color, and that is quite easy as soon as you know what to look for. First, you need to look at the water, what color is the baitfish? This and the water clarity is what only matters. If the water is really clear then you want to use a more dark worm when it’s muddy, you want to take you more colored ones.


when you are picking out the weights that you are going to use with you fake worms remember that a 1/8-ounce weight is best for creating a slow falling lure in shallower waters. Weights in the 1/4, 5/16, and 3/8-ounce sizes are best for fishing sparse cover or brush piles no more than 20 feet deep. A 1/2-ounce weight is ideal for fishing bass, holding the worm on the bottom deeper than 20 feet. 

Rigging A Fake Worm

It may look hard to get the hook right, but as soon as you know how to do it it won’t be any problem at all. First, let’s look into some of the different styles of hooks that are available. 

If you are going out for bass than choosing the right hook can be crucial to if you are going to get any bites or not.

Straight Shank Hook

Leet start out with the Straight Shank Hook, it’s a great hook when you are looking to fish in heavy covers, because they are made with a thicker metal it will allow us to set the hook harder in that thick cover.

Octopus Hook

This hook is a bit smaller and will allow us to drop shot worms to have more movement in the water, this extra movement will attract more bass.

Offset Shank Hook

This type of hook is shaped so you can hide the point into the bait for more stealth, and the worm will stray straight and inline.

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