Curly Tail Grubs

Grubs are one of the most popular lures for catching smallmouth bass. Whether you choose to vertically jig them, hop them along or swim them, you have several options for catching bass. Most anglers prefer to use the 3″ or 4″ grubs, but the 5″ grubs will still get you a lot of bites and you will catch bigger bass on average by upsizing to the 5″ sizes.

Best Techniques

Swim Them

Swimming curly tail grubs is a very popular technique for catching smallmouth bass.

Hop Them Along the Bottom

You can hop a grub along the bottom do very well for smallmouth bass.  Hop them along a rocky bottom and hold on.

Go Vertical

A simple jighead and curly tail grub is a great way to fish vertical when smallmouth bass are down deep.  This is a great presentation in the summer and fall.

Best Rigs for Curly Tail Grubs


A simple jighead works great for curly tail grubs.  You just have to figure out how light or heavy you will need for the situation you are fishing.

Scrounger Jighead

The action looks good with a curly tail grub on a scrounger jighead.  The lighter scrounger jigheads make it easier to stay just above the rocks when fishing in shallower water.


Underspins are a great way to fish curly tail grubs.  The extra flash from the spinner is a great combination with the action from the swimming curly tail.  It is an excellent search bait for finding hungry smallmouth bass.