Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tequila Sunrise

When one thinks of the word tequila, they often think of long nights, extreme partying, and many regrettable decisions, or quite often one probably does not remember too much when the word tequila comes in mind. On the other hand, the word sunrise brings about a particularly different array of emotions. The act of slapping an annoying alarm off, a horrible morning class, or bad traffic are thoughts synonymous with sunrise. When these two words are juxtapose together it is no easy task to find the connection. Not so fast though.... I present to you the bass catching machine the Tequila Sunrise:

This bait is not only a personal favorite of mine, but also a highly reguarded fish catching bait by many anglers world wide. When the idea came to me to do a blog solely dedicated to a certain bait I was a little bum founded at first, but after little consideration it was a simple task to chose a bait. I just looked in my tackle box and all I saw looking back where those flimsy tequila sunrise worms.

For those of you unfamiliar with this bait let me set the story with a little back drop. When bass fishing (in freshwater) many anglers resort to a technique of fishing that is as old as the water itself: worm fishing. Personally this is my favorite type of bass fishing, for it not only produces a productive quantity of fish, but the quality of the fish is unparalleled. The worm of my choice is the tequila sunrise, it is given this name for its distinct color pattern. In the murky waters of the Tampa Bay area, this bait really has a "glow" about it as it flutters up and down along the bottom.

You can find this color worm at any local bait and tackle store, but I prefer to buy mine from just the simple place we all know and love: Walmart. The tequila sunrise worm is made by a variety of manufacturers, but I prefer to stick with the Culpert brand. Although they are a little pricier, $3.97 a pack, I find that the extra spare change is worth the quality. I like to fish with the standard size of 7.5 inch worm, but I will fish with the 4 inch worm occasionally. The reasoning for down sizing like this would be due to the fact that you maybe fishing at a heavily fished area. In this case you want to present a smaller bait to the fish, to thus enhance your chances of landing fish.

Bass fishing is starting to heat up, and now you know what to throw at these fresh water monsters. So next time you think of tequila, don't only think of a hangover, but also think of the sunrise. Because with that tequila sunrise worm you might just catch a monster like I have!


  1. That's a nice fish you got there! Thanks for the advice on the lure. I occasionally go bass and spec fishing at my friend's grandparent's lake. I can't remember what bait we used the last time we went, though. All I remember was, the fish were biting! It's been a while since I've been fishing. I may have to make plans soon!

  2. I love to fish, and my husband does too, but I had to show him how to use fake baits. And now he studies the baits, but I had never heard of a Tequila Sunrise, we always use the Bass Pro Shops tournament series.

  3. So I am guessing the hangover fish get from getting hooked to this tequila is much worst than ours. It seems like a great name for fake bait, I wonder if there is a story behind that.