June is almost here and my fingers are itching to get bass fishing! Due to local regulations here in Canada, we are not permitted to fish for bass for a few more weeks yet, so I will discuss the techniques I have used for upstate New York and Connecticut. Despite a harsh winter, the bass will begin their annual movement towards the shoreline in preparation for feeding and bedding.
Like most methods of fishing, some require additional skills like “reading the line”. Others require us to use our “sixth sense” to detect those soft or delicate bites from bass. Well welcome to the world of worm fishing, because this is a combination of everything I just mentioned and more! NOTE: When I use the word worm, I am also referring to other soft plastic shapes and creatures, which can be fished by these methods. The need for sensitivity with worm fishing is the number one skill you must perfect if you are to be successful, whether you’re using a four-inch or a twelve-inch worm. When I first began fishing worms as a child dangling them under a bobber, the worm did all the work. Now, when using the plastic worm, you will have to make the imitation look so good that the fish just cannot refuse it.