Curly Tail Grubs

Grubs are probably known more for catching smallmouth bass, but they can also be very effective for largemouth bass.  Whether you choose to vertically jig them, hop them along or swim them, you have several options for catching largemouth bass.

Popular Techniques

Swim Them

Swimming them is a very popular technique for smallmouth bass and it will work well for largemouth bass as well.  For largemouth bass though, you may want to pick the peak feeding times because more bass will be active and willing to chase a bait.

Hop Them Along the Bottom

You can hop a grub along the bottom just like you would do when fishing for smallmouth bass and it can be effective for largemouth bass.  Pick a rocky bottom or an area where you can fish it close to cover without getting hung up.

Popular Fishing Rigs

Bass Jig & Curly Tail Grub

It is tough to beat a bass jig and grub as a trailer.  Flip it, pitch it, hop it or swim it.


A simple jighead is a great way to fish a curly tail grub.  The 4 to 5 inch grubs are very popular for largemouth bass and they work great on a regular jighead.  If you use the jigheads that have a longer shank, you will get better hookups, but you don’t need a fancy rig to catch bass with a grub.

Standup Jighead

A standup jighead gives you a better presentation when hopping curly tail grubs along the bottom.  When you pause the bait along the bottom, the standup jighead keeps the tail up off the bottom which helps generate more strikes on the pause.

Swimbait Hook

Some swimbait hooks work great with curly tail grubs and the action is great.  The biggest thing is to find a swimbait hook that fits the size of the curly tail grub that you want to use.  You are going to find it much easier to get these hooks on the bigger 4 to 5 inch curly tail grubs.