Still looking for new approaches to catch bedding bass during the spawn? Here is another technique to help put reluctant bass into the boat!
The method involves using an “oldie but goodie” bass bait that many bedding bass find irresistible … Creme Lure’s Scoundrel plastic worm in their “Live Color” pattern. Creme’s Scoundrel worm has been on the market since 1949 and still produces fish when other baits fail.
As a matter of fact, the “Live Color” Scoundrel was one of the first plastic worms I fished dating back to … well let’s just say more than a couple of years 😉 …
Though I often switched between this worm and Mann’s Jelly Worms, I almost always fished the Scoundrel when fishing for bass in the shallows during the spawn periods.
Most of the time, I opted for the 6″ Scoundrel in the “Live Color” pattern rigging it one of five different ways depending on the mood of the bass:
- A weightless Texas Rig
- A weightless Wacky Rig
- Texas Rig with a 1/16 oz. or 1/32 oz. bullet weight
- A light (1/16 oz. or 1/32 oz.) jighead or
- A split shot rig.
Once the rig was selected, the two weightless rigs along with the weighted Texas rig were fished slowly, sometimes literally dragging the bait across the shallow flats and the split shot and jighead rigs were usually fished somewhat faster. Always remember, experimenting with the retrieve helps identify the presentation preferred by the bass under prevailing conditions.
So the next time you hear out during the spring spawning season, be sure you pack a few “Live Color” Creme Scoundrels to help entice those reluctant bedding largemouths …