THE BEST SUMMER SOFT PLASTIC BAIT FOR BASS
Summer is almost here and now is the time to get on the water and catch a few bass. “Early summer is a great time of year to fish for aggressive bass,” said Brian Bychowski from Dubro Fishing. “I love using a Dewey soft plastic when I am fishing for large and smallmouth bass. This time of year I often fish the great lakes. Finding fish can be difficult but once I find them, I like the versatility of using soft plastics.”
THE DROP SHOT RIG
One of Bychowski’s favorite tactics is a drop shot rig with a small plastic worm. “A drop shot rig is simple and effective. I like using a small dewey bait like a boom stick or a squirmy wormy and drift and drag the presentation along the bottom. I let the weight bounce off the bottom and I like my worm to be anywhere from 10-18 inches off of bottom. This rig is great because it can bounce off the rocks and the sand and not get tangled easily. The fish that are hanging out near bottom often hit the worm as it is bouncing along. If I go a little bit without catching a fish, I will adjust the depth of my bait. Sometimes being closer to the bottom or a little higher up in the water column can make a big difference in the number of fish I catch.” A ned jig is another presentation Bychowski uses when fishing with small soft plastic worms.
THE WACKY RIG
Another great presentation that works well for large and smallmouth bass is the wacky rig. This rig consists of a soft plastic worm and an O-ring. “The Dewey Boom Stick soft plastic worm is a great worm for the wacky rig and it comes in a variety of colors,” Bychowski said. “Almost every hardcore angler at some point or another tries the wacky rig over the course of a long day of fishing. Bass love this rig, it is easy to tie on, and often you can catch lots of bass on this rig before the soft plastic is ruined. Most anglers use the O-ring and hook in the center of the worm so the worm dangles in the water and makes a lot of motion in the water.”
THE CREEPY CRAW
In the late spring and early summer when smallmouth bass are on the beds, using a Dewey Creepy Craw worm along the edge of beds is an awesome bait to use to entice big bass to bite. Bass will typically bite more out of protecting their bed than they will out of hunger. A crawfish slipping along the edge of a bed will get a bass that will ignore any other type of bait to strike.
Live bait prices are on the rise, making this summer a great time to use soft plastic presentations that bass can’t resist. Dewey Baits offers a wide variety of soft plastic options for bass fishing.