Senko Worm Texas -rigged
You really can’t beat the simplicity and flexibility of a five-inch Yamamoto Senko worm. These are one of the most popular soft plastics on the market and they have been for quite some time. I recommend rigging them Texas-style, without a weight; so, they don’t sink too fast.
The best strategy is to work the Senko slow, because the bass are just starting to get their energy rolling again in early spring. Don’t jerk it too fast or create any unnatural movement. Go with a color like the one pictured above, it’s natural, and doesn’t stand out too much so you won’t intimidate the bass.
Double Tail Hula Grub
If you find that the bass are biting due to a warm streak or low-pressure system, you might want to step up to something a bit more aggressive. The Hula Grub will work best with a stand-up jig head, rigged Texas-style as well; so, you can dump it right into the weeds.
A lot of people will vertical jig a Hula Grub with a bullethead weight, retrieving and releasing slowly creating an up and down presentation. The bass usually snap when you start to jerk them back towards the boat. I go with a natural color once again and this one above has a nice reddish tint to go along with the green which mimics a crawfish.
The Kreature is a popular Yamamoto product designed for use as a drop bait into dense cover. You’ll want to rig this weedless with a wide-angle hook Texas-style and flip it as you’re trolling the shore. You can go without a sinker; because of the weight. I think that’s the ideal choice when you’re fishing early spring and the spawn.
If you’re trying to beef it up a little when the bass are active, a lot of anglers have success adding a skirted jig to it. A standard round or football head will do. This will add a lot of weight and size to the Kreature. It works great when banging it off the rocks near a dam.
Yamamoto Single Tail Grub
When you’re on the water, it’s still cold, or there is increased boat pressure and you’re having no luck. I believe in reverting back to what we know works. Single tail grubs are the best choice when the water temperature is still low, pressure is high, and the bass are still really groggy. Grab a four-inch grub, something nice and natural looking, rig it with your favorite jig head, and pitch it near the shore.