Another bait that offers a little flash on the back end and is extremely effective around fry guarders is a two-toned floating worm. A floating worm is one of the staples in the boat with my dad and me all through the spawning process and throughout most of the year for that matter. But around the spawn in particular, my dad has one in his hand 90 percent of the time as I rotate through other baits.
It’s effective around the spawn for the same reasons a Fluke is. A floating worm can be worked slowly right at or below the surface without intimidating the fish at all. But when the time comes to target fry guarders, we’ll often swap over from our straight black or bubble gum floating worms to a two-toned one with a flashy tail. Again, I think the fish focus on the tail the same way they do the stick worm/tail spinner combo. Which really gets the fish’s attention, but can lead to a lot of short strikes if you’re quick on the trigger.
This bait comes handy when there’s a little color to the water, which is quite often the case this time of year as spring rain can muddy up much of the water we like to fish quickly. So having a bait like this that complements the stick worm/tail spinner combo so well is critical. In the clearer water, we’ll stick with the stick worm. In the more stained water, we’ll typically swap over to the two-toned floating worm.
Anytime you have bass coming off the bed, begin looking for fry. Keep a keen eye out for little balls of fry as you pass through the shallows. Be watchful as your bait comes through the water so you don’t miss the wake of a hesitant bass following your bait or the scattering of fry as they clear a path. When you see these things happening, slow down and present the bass with a Fluke, two-toned floating worm or stick worm with a tail spinner and I guarantee you’ll start getting bit.