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Lures And Baits For Bass Fishing

By Iain Loveman

Iain Loveman

What is one of the first things to come to mind when you are asked about "bass fishing"?

I want you to be honest, bet it was lures.

Try a different route, think about, sinkers. Use your technique to work the weight, lift it, drag it, hop it, shake it, swim it and let your bait do it's own thing.

Rigs include Splitshot, Lindy, Carolina, Mojo, Texas,
and 3 Way Swivel.

The best times to use topwater lures are early in the morning or later in the afternoon on those calm, overcast days.

You will be fishing in moderately deep water with temperatures above 50°F.

Now that I have said all this you can see why they are more of a specialty lure and don't get much use. Please, don't forget that topwater lures have no built in action, so its up to you to put in the zigs and zags and other fish like motions during your retrieve.

Walking Baits, (Skitter Walk and Zara Spook) are best in deep water and are great search lures. Cast out as far as possible and let it rest till the surface rings disappear. While pointing the rod tip toward the water snap the slack out of the line with your wrist.

Prop Baits, (Skitter Prop) work well with a little bit of wind, at night or in dark, stained or muddy water. Toss your lure around obstacles such as rocks, trees, logs and docks. After pausing for a second, rip it back a couple of feet using erratic twitches and pauses. There are no set rules so don't be afraid to experiment with your speed and power.

Popper Baits, (Skitter Pop, Pop R and Chug Bug) perform best in shallow, clear water. Cast the line out and let it rest, then pop it back. You want to hear that popping sound. Experiment a bit and define your noise and pause pattern. You will have to wait for the bass to bite before setting your hooks.

The Largemouth Bass is American's all-out favorite game fish! It is probably the most glamorous species in the fresh waters of the world today. The largemouth is fundamentally a lake fish, and that is where it colonizes best. It is not a scavenger, it is strictly predaceous! Read Life of a Large Mouth Bass by Chris Bowser.

Bass fishing can be a rewarding hobby and what better fun could there be than going on a fishing vacation. Exploring a new lake in search of that giant bass can be a fun and sometimes frustrating time. Here's some tips on how to get you up to speed when fishing in a new area.

If you are serious about bass fishing, even as a recreational past time then you'd better make sure you are using the right rod. Understand the importance of a Bass Fishing Rod by Dean Caporella

Bass fishing has a fascinating history . It started in the late 18th century and continues to progress until today. It probably was originally practiced in search for food among the people in the south of the United States. Since then, it has started gaining numerous audiences of all ages and nations.

Floating minnow baits can be used in conjunction with topwater lures and suspending jerkbaits. Send your floating minnow out on a long cast and wait for the water to settle, then
after what seems eternity, twitch the lure and then pause. If you don't get a hit then
retrieve slowly a couple of feet and try it all over again.

I prefer to throw spinnerbaits in the spring, and I like to flip, too. But when bass are shallow and they're not aggressive enough to hit a topwater or spinnerbait, the floating worm is a great fallback bait to go to. These lures are effective anytime the fish are shallow, especially in the spring and fall.

Probably the best all round lure for catching bass is the spinner. You can troll it, cast it or jig it and it works in both lakes and rivers.

  Fishing Article Of Interest: Bass Fishing Tips (Jigs)