Curly Tail Grubs

Fishing Tackle | Soft Baits

Grubs have a shorter body than a curly tailed worm, but they do feature a curly tail that works great for jigging, hopping or just swimming slowly.  Curly tail grubs are one of the most popular soft plastic baits for a variety of different fish.

Tackle Recommendations

Rod, Reel & Line

Grubs are usually fished on lighter line with lighter gear.  Many anglers use spinning rods and reels with 6 to 10 pound line.  However, with some of the heavier jigheads and the larger grubs, some anglers may be using heavy action rods with 20 to 30 pound line or even heavier while targeting pike and muskie.

Best Fishing Techniques

Hopping Them Along the Bottom

Grubs look great when hopped along the bottom.  Most anglers use a jighead, but you can use a drop shot rig also for this technique.  Use a lift and drop retrieve to work the bait along the bottom.  Most fish will hit the grub on the fall, so be ready for a bite as you drop the bait back down towards the bottom.  This technique will work well for a variety of different fish.

Swimming Them

Swimming a grub is very effective.  You can swim a grub for so many different species of fish.  The key to this technique is to use the appropriate weight so you can get your grub down to the correct depth.  Lighter weights will make it easier to fish shallow and heavier weights will help you fish deeper water.  Most anglers would swim a grub on a regular jighead, but scrounger jigheads and underspins are also great ways to swim a grub.  Using a grub as a trailer on a bass jig is also another great way to swim these baits.

Vertical Jigging

This technique is not as popular as the other two techniques listed above, however, vertical jigging can be very effective for walleye and you will also catch bass, pike and some other fish with this technique.  Just drop the bait down on a jighead, jig it up and let it fall. Repeat the process until you get a bite.

What Eats Them

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Northern Pike


and just about every other species of fish that will eat a moving bait fish

Curly Tail Grubs on a Variety of Rigs


Scrounger Jighead

Curly tail grubs have very good action on a scrounger jighead. Whether you stay small for action or go bigger for bigger fish, you can’t go wrong with a curly tail grub.

Shaky Head Jig

The bigger curly tail grubs will look good on a shaky head jig.  Some of the smaller curly tail grubs may not fit most of the shaky head jigs on the market though.

Swimbait Hooks

The bigger curly tail grubs will work well with swimbait hooks.  Hop them along the bottom or swim them throughout the water column.

Drop Shot Rig

Curly tail grubs do look good on a drop shot rig.  Hop them along the bottom or swim them just off the bottom with a drop shot rig.

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