Christopher Smith

Getting Grubby: Fall Smallie Fishing With Grubs

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Kalin grubWe all are looking for that secret weapon, that $15 lure or that special sauce that will help us hook up with smallies as things cool down in the winter.

Sure jerkbaits work great a lot of the time but the bass seem to be either on them or completely off of them at any given time in many of our fisheries.

Tubes can work great in cool conditions but sometimes you want to change things up a bit and some of you aren’t patient enough to drag tubes all over the place.

Well there is a little friend that is dirt cheap to use and can be worked in numerous ways. Its called the curly tail grub! (of course, you know that already)

Here’s an example of what it can do in the fall (love those Kalin’s grubs):

Grub techniques

Now that you’ve seen the video, you can see that just swimming a grub can pick up some amazing bronzebacks.

In addition to swimming the grub, you can bounce it on the bottom or lift and retrieve, creating a Yo-Yo type of motion.

Experiment with the speed of the retrieve, depth and color. Sometimes a grub is all you need. Other soft plastics, especially swimbaits can kick ass but the cost of grubs are hard to beat. A regular ball head jig and a pack of grubs will cost you less than $3 and you’re good to go.

Want to learn more technique, with some underwater video?
Watch Dave Mercer explain:

Don’t forget these simple but effective baits, you’ll have a blast!

Check out the selection of Kalin’s here: click

And some Rage Tail Grubs here: click

3 Responses to Getting Grubby: Fall Smallie Fishing With Grubs

  1. BobLarimer November 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Grubs are my go to baits in Summer, just on a plain round head jig.
    But nothing happens in below 50 degree water.
    How cold are you guys fishing?

    • Robert H. November 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      whats your rod setup Bob?

  2. Christopher Smith November 20, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Try bouncing it along the bottom and then working up from there. I haven’t had much luck below about 45 also. I used tubes, swimbaits, jerk baits and hair jigs (frustrate me with snags on the Susky though) in below 45. With the swimbaits, i find jigging them also helps in the cold


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