Gawdy colors seem weird but they work

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bass fishing worm in hand

I had the word “natural” drilled into my head as I was a kid trying to learn more about bass fishing. I guess this was right at the beginning of the internet craze and I’d get on all kinds of obscure bass fishing forums, anything I could find, and research soft-plastic colors and the like. Everyone always said the word “natural” meaning green hues and sometimes purple hues in overcast conditions.

I do agree with that theory for most bass-fishing applications. But if you’re fishing a weightless soft-plastic rig for spring bass in skinny water, don’t be afraid to use some of those loud colors you might see in the soft-plastics aisle. They might look weird to us but again, a lot of these bass are super lethargic right now and they’re not biting your bait because they’re hungry; you’re creating an aggressive reaction and sometimes those funky-looking colors can help trip their collective triggers more than a more bland color scheme.

I love to throw a weightless Zoom Trick Worm on spinning gear this time of year and no, that is not a cheesy sales line… it flat-out catches ‘em. My favorite color is Merthiolate but heck, there are 63 colors to choose from on Tackle Warehouse. If I were you, I’d spend a little time on there and grab some of the gaudiest colors you can find. Rig ‘em weightless on a spinning rod and cast ‘em around any good-looking shallow cover… you might just have a day you’ll never forget. I can remember many days growing up when I’d get out of class on a spring afternoon and catch more than 30 bass on this rig before supper time.

Keep these things in mind this spring and please do yourself a favor and fish with a weightless soft plastic. You’ll have to fish it and twitch it a bit slower than normal but I’m confident your patience will be rewarded.