I helped a good cause and got a welcome reminder while serving as master of ceremonies at a fishing tournament for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
A grandfather-grandson team caught the most bass and they made the biggest impression on me — fishing a leadhead jig and a grub. Their effort made me recalled my success fishing these baits. When I got home, you can bet I found some plastic grubs to put back in my tacklebox.
Of course, these lures were once hot and everybody fished them. But lures can be fad-like. Anglers can be more fickle than fish, often moving on to the next big thing. And the old lure, though still just as effective, gets left behind until someone's memory is jarred, and, like me, they go back into storage to rediscover 'em.
I bet if you asked fishermen what lures are fished the least often today even though they have the potential to catch the most fish, many would say it's the plastic grub. Grubs can be fished in a variety of ways — you can swim it like a minnow or crawl it like a crawfish.
That it's so effective and still ignored is silly on our part. And I admit I'm just as "forgetful" as the rest. But with a recent reminder, I will be fishing it again soon.
Meanwhile here are some tips on fishing leadheads loaded with grubs.
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