Real grubs may be a gardener's worst enemy, but their soft plastic namesakes are often a fisherman's best friend. Unlike their living, soil-dwelling counterparts, the versatile grubs used for bass fishing come in a range of colors, sizes and styles and are essentially worm lures with tails attached [source: Ingram]. Grubs work in both cold water and warm water and can be attached to a range of different hooks, rigs and weights to help them sink to the desired depth. In cold wintry conditions, both curly-tailed grubs and flat-tailed grubs can lure in the sluggish fish that laze along the lake bottom or hide out under docks, vegetation and natural debris, and in warmer temperatures, grubs can be effective in shallow water as well [sources: Bass Resource; Ingram].
Experienced anglers may get good results by skillfully "darting" and jerking grubs near the edges of rivers and streams, but many bass fishing aficionados recommend reeling in grubs with a slow, steady retrieve to avoid snagging the lures on weeds, rocks and fallen trees, or losing the attention of slow-moving bass in colder waters [sources: Ingram; Bass Resource].
If you find yourself fishing in cover that's too tricky for grubs, make sure your tackle box contains at least a few different sizes of the next bass fishing lure on our list.