By Alton Jones

I want to share a bit about one of my favorite soft-plastic baits for warm-weather bass fishing, the basic Ribbintail worm.

Simply put, I never go on a summertime fishing trip without my 10-inch Ribbontail Worms. A Ribbontail works well anytime the fish are relating to structure but aren’t quite aggressive enough for a big crankbait like a Fat Free Shad. It’s something you can put on and almost always get bit.

I use a Ribbontail worm primarily to fish offshore structure during the summer. That could be hump, a channel edge, or the end of a long point. Depth really depends on a lake’s topography and on the clarity of the water. If I’m fishing somewhere like Kentucky Lake, the structure is likely to be 12- to 30-feet deep. For some of the dingier lakes I fish, like one where I spend a lot of time during the summer in Texas, the structure might only be 5- to 8-feet deep.

I Texas rig the worm with a ½-ounce weight most of the time. That size of weight will quickly get the worm to the bottom, where it needs to be, and it will keep it in that zone even if there is current in the area.

While a Texas rig is my primary means for fishing a Ribbontail during the summer, I often have one rigged on a Carolina rig as well, and sometimes that is the one that produces my the kicker fish. If the Texas rig isn’t working out, try the Carolina rig for a while.

Primary Ribbontail colors for me during the summer are Green Pumpkin and Junebug, but Plum and Blue Fleck also get some playing time.