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Everything You Need To Know To Catch Fish On Grubs

What is one bass bait that has been used for the last decade that has provided catch after catch no matter if it was a smallmouth bass or largemouth bass? If you guessed grubs, then you are right. Grubs have always been known as the tiny bait that is used to catch big fish. These soft plastic grubs have been excellent for species like smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, perch, and walleye.

To efficiently fish with grubs an angler must first use a jig head. On the back, if the jig head a grub will be added. This simple little bait has always proven over the years. Of course, it's not the flashy bait that always wins. Most anglers view grub fishing as a last resort style of fishing. Honestly, it just takes the right spot and the correct species of fish to be effective with grubs. There are still many ways to be productive using grubs here are a few of our most effective ways to use grubs.

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Grub Fishing: How Do You Successfully Fish With Grubs?

Grubs are one of the original type of soft plastic lures that many anglers chose to use to catch many freshwater species like largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. You may be thinking to yourself, "What in the world is a grub?" Are grubs the same as the small grub worm found in the ground and under logs?

Grubworm, not the grubs we fish with.

No, grub fishing is using a soft plastic grub that mimics baitfish. There are two common types of grubs that are available on the market nowadays. The most common types are single tail grubs and twin tail grubs. Many anglers use both at some point when grub fishing. The average size of these lures will be between 2" and 5". They always come in vibrant colors to help attract fish. Like any lure, it is all about how you work it.

Grub Fishing: Best Way To Rig A Grub?

Putting on grubs

Best ways to put a grub on the hook.

Grub fishing is quite simple and does not require a lot of training. The first thing to do is pick out what type of jig head you will be using. The jig head does not need to be heavy because that will restrict a lot of the movement in the water and make it sink to fast. The perfect size jig head for grub fishing will weigh around 1/8oz. to 1/4oz. The style of the head does not matter as much. Most anglers will choose to use a circle jig head or darter jig head style. Like all soft plastic lures, you want to thread it over the jig head hook to where the hook comes out somewhere in the middle. This exposed hook will be in perfect position to catch the fish that attacks it.

There a few other rigs that work well with grubs like the Texas rig. The Texas rig seems to work well with all plastics. Burying the hook back into the grub makes this a weedless option perfect for fishing around grass and debris. Many anglers also use a grub as a trailer on a chatter bait. The motion from the tail makes it almost irresistible in the water. The last way I have seen anglers use grubs is with the umbrella rig. Although this rig is banned in all bass fishing tournaments, adding grubs to the umbrella rig gives it a bait school like presentation.

Grub Fishing: Best Way To Fish Grubs

 Grub fishing is like any other type of bass fishing. It requires a skilled angler to bring it to life in the water. We have mentioned above, several rigs that all anglers should be using when fishing with grubs. The most common with the swimbait method while open water fishing. This presentation is the jig head with grub tail. The key to this type of grub fishing is patience. Always cast out and allow for the jig head and grub to sink. Slowly crank it in with a constant jerk motion every two seconds. This jerking motion will pull that bait through the water column effectively making it swim and allowing the grub tail to add motion. It will sink back down during your two-second pause ready for another jerk. This movement is one that many anglers master when fishing with soft plastic lures. If you are fishing around debris, rocks or grass and have effectively made your grubs weedless, then do not be scared to cast it in and work it out of these areas. The bass will take notice and more than likely attack if hungry.

Grubs being used as trailers is another important way of using them. Let the grub tail do the work and attract the fish. Another great lure that it works well as a trailer is a spinnerbait. Grubs add more kick and vibration from the tail spinning and fluttering in the water. Like all bass fishermen sometimes know the better the movement, the more hookups, and hits you will receive.

Thanks For Checking Out The Grub Hub For Some Of The Best Grub Fishing Tips

Grubs may not be the prettiest, flashiest or newest lure out there, but they can still catch fish. We hope after reading this article, you will give some thought to using the grubs that were tucked away in your tackle box because you never thought you would use them. If you have any questions, please email us at or leave a comment below. We would love to see some of your best catches on grubs. We will feature these pictures on all of our social media pages. At Hunting and Fishing Depot we hope you will take a few of these tips and use them on your next bass fishing trip. The grub hub for grub fishing tips on how to catch fish on grubs.


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John Eskew - June 10, 2023

I have love fishing my whole life but until recently I haven’t had the right quality of equipment now I have lots of equipment and am looking for any real advice maybe someone in my area that likes to fish and wouldn’t mind teaching me a bit I don’t already know thank you

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