The soft plastic grub has been around since the early 1970’s. If you’re like me, the curly tailed grub is one the first artificial lures you ever learned to use as a kid. Over the decades, with the advent of new and innovative soft plastic bait designs, the “lowly” grub has been forgotten and discarded. Well…I am here to tell you that the grub is making a comeback. If it is not a part of your fishing arsenal, then you are missing out!
Traditionally, grub fishing has been considered a light line, spinning tackle technique. However, I usually fish grubs on bait casting gear (7’ Medium-Heavy rod), with 12 – 14lb test fluorocarbon line. I like having the power of a bait cast outfit with a little heavier line, because this technique will catch some big fish! I prefer a round jig head because it gives me the versatility of swimming the grub, and hopping it along the bottom. I choose the weight of the jig head based on the depth I want to fish…the heavier the jig head, the deeper I want the bait to go. A good middle ground is a 3/8oz. jig head. Swimming a grub is a good option, if the fish are not committing to a crankbait. Try both a fast and a slow retrieve, and let the fish tell you how they want it…and trust me, they will!
There are many different soft plastic grubs on the market. My bait of choice is the PowerTeam Lures 4.5” Grub. I only use two colors when it comes to grubs…A shad color (Blue Hue) and a Bluegill color (Green Pumpkin Light Blue Swirl).
The PowerTeam Lures 4.5” Grub has a forward ribbed body design that displaces a lot of water, and the wide tail has a staggered offset pattern which provides an unmatched “thump” and awesome action in the water. This is definitely not your grandfather’s grub!