Here are the benefits of worm and bobber fishing

I have always been an advocate of artificial lures. They allow targeting of fish species and are versatile in that you can change their color, presentation, and retrieve to better entice a certain fish to bite.

That being said, sometimes you still can’t beat the fun of an old-school worm and bobber. You also never know what might bite when using this age-old method of fishing.

Just recently I was doing some work along the Muskegon River and had some free time, like any outdoor enthusiast, I pulled out my fishing rod and decided to see what would bite.

Expecting to catch a small trout, blue gills or bass, to my surprise when the bobber dropped there was a smallmouth bass at the end of the line. The smallmouth is among the best pound-for-pound fighters, and on my travel ultralight setup, it was a blast as small, after small was hooked.

Although a worm and bobber setup is a simple method of fishing, there are things you can do to increase your chances of hooking up with fish.

Look for any type of structure, fish your bobber above rocks, sticks or the edge of a drop off. Also target the edges of water lilies or weed beds.

In a river, as I fished, the fall and a lull in the current will often find a hungry fish ready to take the bait.

While you are fishing remember to look around and remember that this is how most of us start fishing, try the old tried and true way once in a while, bring back that childlike joy of the Peach.

Tomas Truax is pastor of Lampstand Church in Wellston and founder of Truax Outdoors LLC. He can be reached at 231-884-7545; find more information at

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