Bigger Isn't Always Better...

Written by TheDeerwhisperer on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I grew up an avid fisherman. During the summer when school was out I use to wake up at dark and fish until way after dark. My all-time favorite to fish for is the largemouth bass. I have traveled from CT to FLA chasing them. Growing up fishing for bass the theory shared by the experts seemed to always be "The bigger the bait, the bigger the fish" so like many I bought large spinners, crank baits, plastic worms, big Rapala swim baits and hit the waters…after all they are big so nothing could possibly hit it unless it was a lunker right? Wrong! Still can't believe how small some of the fish were that I caught on the bigger baits...haha. As I got older and more experienced, I started learning bigger does NOT always mean better.

As a bass fisherman I wanted to be on the water early for the morning action and then again as the sun was setting for another round of action. For the most part, mid-day fishing would slow down so I would tend to target different species of fish like crappie to have some fun awaiting the bass to turn back on…but I would still continue to target bass as well because whenever I saw structure in or around the water, the bass fishermen in me couldn’t resist casting that direction. This is where it started to happen but I didn’t quite pick up on it right away. I would use the small plastic grubs I was using for the crappie since it was what I had tied on, and once in a while, I would hit a big bass doing this mid-day…then it finally sunk in one day and I thought “wait I am catching some really nice bass with these small grubs when nothing else seems to be working…let me see what happens if I just target bass like this when the bite slows down”. The rest is history, what I have found through my own experiences is 3-5 inch grubs are big bass killers. I have caught some of my biggest bass on 3 inch grubs. Grubs are also a versatile lure that can be fished slow, fast, jigged, top water, weightless for a slow drop, weed less…making them good on all kinds of waters and situations.

I have played around with this theory with a lot of lure types, and the results were surprisingly similar… smaller was more affective more often mid-day. I also found that at night with top water action the medium to small poppers and jitterbugs had incredible results over the larger sizes.

My theory to why this is effective, is that the larger fish in the hotter months when the oxygen levels are down, don’t want to exert a ton of energy to feed and they see the smaller baits as an opportunity to eat and save energy. Again, this is just my theory and all I can tell you, is it does work for whatever reason.

So the next time you are fishing and the bite is slow, try going smaller it may surprise you!

Good luck and hope you enjoyed the tip.


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