A big Texas-rigged worm rounds out the three must-have baits for old-school night fishing. Though dragging a worm day or night is one of my least favorite ways to fish, I can honestly say it’s the bait of these three on which I’ve personally caught the most fish at night. Though it works extremely well all summer long, the late-spring and early summer window is where it’s most likely to catch big ones when other baits will only produce strikes. The reason is simple.
Dragging a worm slowly at night shallow, you’ll often bring the bait into a bass bed unknowingly and get bit. I understand your skepticism: How on earth could I possibly know those fish are on bed in the dark? Well, that assumption comes from trial and error. Sometimes I’ll be fishing a spinnerbait at night and have a fish knock it out of line but not get it.
The same thing often happens in muddy water during the daytime. So similar to what I do during the day, I’ll pickup a follow-up bait and toss it back in. After repeated casts to the same are, the fish will typically eat the Texas rig and I’ll catch it. I’ve had or seen this happen dozens of times at night, the same as I have during the day, so though it’s just an assumption that the fish are on bed, it’s a pretty safe one in my opinion.
But even after the spawn, especially in the brutal heat of summer, a Texas rig remains the most sure-fire way to get bit in the dark. At times, the spinnerbait is a little too aggressive and the fish are just too deep to respond to a buzzbait. Though typically even still, the Texas rig is my last resort as it’s just too slow-paced for my preferred style of fishing. But if you need a bite, I suggest picking one up and keeping it wet.