Variety Of baits That Bass Fisherman Can Use.

1734bass-and-fly-postersWhen there are a variety of baits
that work. The key is to understand why each of them
works and to only uses the correct bait for the
situation you are presented with.

In my opinion the spinnerbait is the best bait a bass
fisherman can use.

It is a versatile lure that you can use in a majority
of the situations you will encounter on the water.

There are two main varieties of spinnerbaits. One has
willow leaf blade and is designed to provide maximum
visual attractant to the fish.

The blade design creates a large surface to reflect
the available sunlight and make the bait visible to the

This type of spinnerbait should be used when you want
to attract fish through a sight pattern.

The second form of spinner has what is called an
“Indiana” style blade. These blades are rounded with
a cupped end. This design creates a great deal of
vibration as the bait is retrieved.

When attempting to fish using a sound pattern this
is the style of bait to use.

The great thing about a spinnerbait is its versatility.

By altering the speed of your retrieve you can fish
this lure on the surface of the water or as deep as
three to four feet with equal success.

It allows you to experiment with different pattern of
fishing without the need to change lures.

The spinnerbait is also a semi-weedless lure. I have
used them through the years with great success in dense
lily pads. A favorite approach of mine is to cast
directly into the pads, allowing the spinnerbait to
drop into pockets.

As a spinnerbait drops the rubber skirt flutters on its
way to the bottom. The often causes a strike on the drop.

When using this technique you need to be ready to set
the hook at this time. It is imperative also that
you have somewhat heavy line and a stout rod when
using this technique.

For deeper water pattern you need to switch baits.
The spinnerbait is no longer effective in water that is
6-12 feet deep.

For these situations I have two bait choices for you to

If the fish are very active the bait of choice in these
situations becomes the crankbait.

Crankbaits come in many different shapes. They also
have unique diving depths that are creates by the design
of the plastic lip of the bait.

You should have a variety of styles in your box so that
you can accurately present your bait to the bass at the
proper depth.

Crankbaits are designed to be retrieved much quicker
than most other baits. This bait is useful only when the
bass are active.

During the hot days of the middle of summer deep water
bass are not very active. To catch them you need a second
deep water bait in your arsenal. This is where the jig and
pig combo comes in handy.

A jig and pig consists of a colored jig head with a large
sharpened hook. Attached to that hook is a piece of pork

When I use this combo I like to have a contrast in colors
between the jig head and the pork rind. If I use a dark
jig head I will attach a bright chartreuse or white pork
rind to the hook.

I believe this combination gives me two chances to
provide and attractant to the bass. This bait is designed
to be fished very slowly. My preferred approach is to
bounce it off the bottom with a twitch of my rod and allow
it to settle back down.

I will also move it slowly with a series of jerks of the
rod tip. I am trying to create the image of a wounded
small fish.

Remember you are fishing conditions where the bass are
not very active. Bass in this state are not look to feed,
but will gobble up an easy meal if it is presented to
them the right way.

Perhaps the most enjoyable bait to use is the topwater
lure. It is the only bait that allows you to see the bass
strike it, often violently.

True topwater baits are best used in only specific
conditions. I will tie one to my line only when it is
near dusk and the water is very calm. I also like to see
topwater action on the lake before I fish in this manner.

When I observe my surroundings and see fish breaking the
surface and bass feeding off insects on the surface I
know it is time to tie on a topwater lure. When using a
topwater lure be sure not to set your hook too early.

The common mistake fishermen use when using this lure is
to attempt to set the hook when they first see the fish
behind their bait.

When you do this you will surely come up empty. You must
resist the urge to strike when you see the fish, wait
until you feel the fish with your rod tip before you set
the hook.


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