Are You Using the Right Lures?

Lures are one of the most important aspects of fishing for Bass. Lures come in all shapes and sizes, which sometimes makes it difficult to choose the right ones. It can be extremely overwhelming standing in front of a large display at a sporting goods store or your local tackle shop. The good news is, there are certain types of lures you can use in order to catch the most fish. Over the years, these are the top 5 lures that have proven to have the best results:

1.) Rubber Worms

The number one most effective lure is the rubber worm. No other bass lure is as versatile or more attractive to bass than a soft plastic worm. Worms are so lifelike, and when engulfed by bass feel like natural food . There are a wide variety of rubber worms to pick from, so you can choose the best size, style, and color for the conditions you’re fishing. It is recommended that the Yamamoto Senko Bait is the most effective. In terms of color, it is advised that you use green, pumpkin, or black flake.

2.) Spinnerbaits

Another top choice, Spinnerbaits are next in line. They can be one of the best bass lures to use, especially if you’re looking to a large body of water within a short period of time. Spinnerbaits are very unique in that they can dive deep, weave through thick cover and sink within the underwater structure. They have a funky appearance, with shiny or colored spinning blades dangling off of it. This helps to create disturbance in the water that the bass can see, hear, and feel in order to attract fish. These lures are normally comprised of a lead head of varying weight, along with a sharp hook, a thin wire framework, and spinning blades. A soft rubber skirt covers the main hook, and a trailer hook is often added to get those bass that strike short.

The most popular sizes range between 1/4 ounces and 3/4 ounces. The most common styles are the Willow blade, Colorodo blade and the Indaina blade. For beginners, a Strike King Mini King is a good starting point. For color, use bleeding chartreuse. Its smaller in size and will get more bites.

3.) Crankbaits

Just like spinnerbaits, crankbaits can also cover a large area of water very quickly. They can be effective in a number of environments such as steep, rocky banks and edges, broad and shallow flats, and along bushes, stumps, and grasslines.

Selecting the best style depends on conditions, and the right choice plays an important role in determining fishing success. Crankbaits are effective in most situations, but the skill level of the angler can be a little more technical compared to other techniques. For starters, it is recommended to use the Strike King Square Bill crankbait. This is your classic mid to shallow diving crankbait (3 to 6 feet). Its available in 3 sizes and a bunch of different colors.

4.) Jigs

Jigs are mostly used for short-range fishing. They are one of the best bass lures to use all year round. The technique used can be challenging for inexperienced anglers, but the more you use them, the easier it gets. Since there are a huge variety amount of different Jigs, matching the exact color, weight, and size to fishing conditions will greatly enhance the effectiveness of this lure.

Clear water requires lighter weights, usually combined with light line and spinning tackle. Murky water requires heavier jigs are used. Jigs can be as basic as a hook attached to a small metal ball at the top, often painted with fish eyes. Usually, jigs will also have a plastic skirt to camouflage the hook. The skirt helps to attract the bass, and a weedguard can help the lure slip through heavy cover. It is recommend to use the BOOYAH Boo Jig.

5.) Top Water Lures

Top water lures are designed to ripple the water surface, which causes popping and splashing sounds as you reel in the lure. They are  effective and extremely fun to use. Top water lures-known as poppers, spitters, prop baits, ect.- come in various colors and styles resembling favorite foods of bass, such as bluegill, frogs, mice, insects, and minnows. Most top water lures have a cupped lip, which creates a distinctive popping sound the bass recognize. Some top waters can even mimic the action of an actual living creature.

Top water lures are typically fitted with treble hooks. They can be cast around grass, stumps, shorelines and in open water. When used in clear water, top waters are able to attract bass from depths of sometimes more than thirty feet.

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