My choices for good baits for catching bass.
One of my favorite pastimes is fishing for bass. Over the years I've narrowed my selection down to just a handful of lured choices that have constantly helped me catch bass. I learned by trial and error what were some of the better baits for catching bass and how to use them. In this article I'll discuss some of my top choices.
One of my favorite baits for catching bass are lead head jigs. Some believe this is a hard bait to fish but for me it is one of the easier baits to use. It is very strong, durable, and you generally are using heavier line. You will be fishing these baits in heavy cover so strong line and equipment is a must. These baits somewhat imitate a crawfish which one of their preferred foods. There are many color combinations but a good choice to start are black and blue jigs. I personally like a black/brown/amber jig and probably use that color most of the time. You will generally add a crawfish imitation trailer to the bait somewhat matching the color to the jig you are using. I've caught bass over 10 pounds on these type baits.
Another great addition to your tackle box are an assortment of plastic worms. Would you believe when these baits were first produced for fishing some tried to outlaw the lure. That effort off course failed and these lures have turned into one of the most popular baits for catching bass on the market today. These lures are produced on a world of colors and styles but if you stay with a few basic colors you should be fine. My favorite colors in these type lures are junebug, watermellon/red, red shad, and black and blue. My largest catch on these type lures was a nice 11.18 pound bass.
Finally we come to the crank bait family of lures and these are also great baits for catching bass. It really depends on conditions as too which to use. They are all excellent choices. These type baits will include minnow type baits, lipless crank baits, crank baits with different size bill, and spinners. One of my favorites in these type baits is called a Rattletrap produce by Bill Lewis baits. I've probably caught more fish on that one bait than nearly all the other type baits combined. Get one in chrome/blueback and you can't go wrong. These baits get there name as you usually just toss them out and reel (crank) them back in. You can add little twitched and jerks to give them more action. I've caught many 6-7 pound and smaller fish on these type baits.
Those are my best choices of baits for catching bass. What I use will depend largely on the time of year and conditions at the time. During the colder winter months I'll use jigs and plastic baits more than the others. As conditions warm bass will become more active so baits in the crank bait family of lures may be the better choice. This is something you will learn the more time you spend on the water.
Hopefully I have given you some good ideas on what choices you make with you go to the lake bass fishing. The best advice I can give is use the techniques you like the most. Then narrow your bait selection to fit your style of fishing. Just like me, through trial and error, you will learn the technique you like to use the most and find those good baits for catching bass to fit your style of fishing.
You can learn a little more about the baits that catch those big hawgs in my blog. It may not be what your think.
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