Types of fishing and lures
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Method One of Six:
Assessing Fishing Conditions
1. Use slow moving baits and slow moving presentation when fishing in the Winter or the cold. With lower temperatures, bass will not expend much effort and will only bite when your lure is immediately within their strike zone.
2. Break Spring into 4 segments called pre-spawn, spawn, post-spawn, and late Spring. Pre-spawn means that bass will be around the 8–15 feet (2.4–4.6 m) depth, spawn means they will move up to their spawning beds, post-spawn means they will move back down to 8-15 feet, and the late spring has bass moving towards the shore early in the morning and out towards structures later.
Pre-spawn occurs when waters climb to around the 45 degree mark. Spawn occurs when water is between 55 and 65 degrees. Post spawn occurs at different times and doesn't happen to an entire lake due to differences in water temperatures. Late Spring is basically the beginning of summer when temperatures climb upwards of 80 and 90 degrees.
3. Fish along the shore early in the morning during the Summer and off of structures during the day. When fishing in the Summer, bass will be closer to the shore early in the morning to feed then move into open water around creek channels and structures.
They will school together and feed on shad near the top of the water so it's best to use topwater, plastics, jigs, and even lipless crankbaits.
4. Fish the first cool night of the Fall. As the temperature drops in the Fall, bass will be feeding closer to shore but will show more erratic behavior. The first cool night of Fall is a good time to look for a feeding frenzy as bass prepare for the upcoming cold months.
5. Analyze the terrain. Depending on the weather and which phase of their mating cycle they are in, bass may like to stay close to certain areas or hide within debris. Vegetation, rocky bottoms, shallow flats, fallen trees, structures, bushes and grass can all provide ample places to cast. Research the swimming habits that may correspond to the time and place that you are fishing.
Method Two of Six:
Fishing with Crankbaits
1. Utilize crankbaits when you want to cover a lot of water. These lures are quite versatile. You can use them in light vegetation, rocky bottoms, shallow flats, and through bushes and grass.
Many crankbaits include rattles that helps bass find the bait. Another good feature to look for on a crankbait is very visible eyes. Glowing eyes seem to work best as predatory fish target the eyes when striking.
Crankbaits come either lipless or with a lip and each is effective dependant on depth and the speed at which you reel.
2. Examine how deep you will be fishing. Use lipless crankbaits if you’re fishing in 1 foot of water or if you’re fishing as deep as 50 feet. You will have to reel faster or use a lighter lure in shallow water, whereas you will reel slower or use a heavier lure when fishing deeper water. Use a specific lipped crankbait depending on the depth of the water because they are classified as shallow, medium or deep diving based on a 10 pound nylon monofilament or fluorocarbon line. Use square bill crankbaits or crankbaits with round, stubby lips and sharp angled off noses when fishing for bass in shallow water, around wood or rock. Deploy medium-diving crankbaits when fishing in a 5-10 foot range. If you’re fishing 12 feet or deeper, use deep-diving crankbaits.
3. Examine the water conditions. Lipless crankbaits can easily be ripped out of grass or bumped along a clean bottom whereas a lipped crankbait will hit something and kick outwards because the lip acts as a deflector.
Use lipped crankbaits when fishing through wood cover like tree limbs or stumps.
4. Choose the shape of your crankbait. The shape of your crankbait determines how much movement you will get, which is important depending on the temperature of the water as bass are less active in colder temperatures.
With a more rounded-bodied crankbait you’ll get a wide wobble that is attractive to bass that are aggressive, usually when water is warmer; in contrast, a flat crankbait with narrow sides will have a tighter wiggle that is more appealing to bass in cold water who won’t react to large movements.
5. Match your line with the diving depth. Pair the correct size of line with your crankbait according to how deep you want the bait to run.
For example, use a 10 pound fluorocarbon line to lighten up a deep diving crankbait or you can use the same 10 pound fluorocarbon line to get a medium diving cranbait to stay at its deepest range.
6. Limit the colors. Crankbaits come in the full spectrum of colours but stick to the basics of bass fishing. Choose bright shad patterns, dull shad patterns, bluegills, crawfish, and contrasting patterns.
Shad patterns work well in bright sunlight with the more muted patterns becoming more effective in cloudy but clear water.
Crawfish works well in the spring as well as for bass in shallow water.
Bluegill works well for bass that are feeding on bream during their post spawn period or if they are around docks.
Method Three of Six:
Fishing with Spinnerbaits
1. Utilize spinnerbaits when covering a lot of water quickly. Thanks to their unique blade shape, they can dive, retrieve quickly, and even weave through thick cover.
Choose spinnerbaits in standard or weedless. A weedless spinnerbait is a good option if you are fishing in a lot of cover, but are also harder to set the hook on. Add a cheater hook to catch short striking fish.
2. Choose the right blades. There are 3 major blade types: leaf, Colorado, and Indiana. Each blade type is effective for different conditions.
The leaf blade is most effective when fishing through grass and in clear water when you want a fast retrieval. It is a long slender blade with rounded points on either end to allow a faster spin and less water resistance. Deploy the Colorado blade when fishing at night or in muddy and murky water. The rounded shape allows it to spin slower giving the bass more opportunity to bite. Utilize the Indiana blade as a compromise to the slower Colorado blade and faster leaf blade.
3. Examine the water conditions. Check for debris or water clarity to ensure that you’re using the most effective blades. The larger the blade means that it is easier to maneuver around stumps, rocks, and other debris, while narrow blades move quickly through sparse grass. Spinner baits work best when it’s windy and cloudy because they are meant to cause a reaction from the bass. Use faster spinner baits in clearer water and slower ones in muddier water.
4. Match your line with the diving depth. Choose lighter spinnerbaits for shallow water while heavier lures should be used for deeper depths. The weight will range from ⅛ ounce to 2 ounces. Remember that the slower you reel, the deeper your lure will swim while reeling fast keeps your lure shallow. Blade size also affects how deep your lure will go but you can also add a trailer to your hook for buoyancy and movement.
Method Four of Six:
Fishing with Topwater
1. Employ topwaters when fishing in very shallow water, or in areas that are covered in surface vegetation such as lily pads. These lures are meant to ripple the water surface with popping and splashing as you retrieve it. In the spring, bright colors work best. In the fall and winter, black, white or gray work well. Choose topwaters that produce a lot of noise and splash to get the bass' attention.
2. Choose the right topwater lure for your water conditions. Topwater lures come in walkers, poppers, wakebaits, minnows/twitch baits, prop baits, buzzbaits, and frogs. Each different type of topwater lure is most effective in different conditions.
Walkers are most effective when covering a lot of top water quickly because it keeps the bait in striking distance for the bass.
Poppers should be deployed when fishing around stumps, docks, bushes, rocks, and small areas that are covered because these lures will aggravate bass into biting.
Wakebaits work best in clear water when fish are attracted to the V shaped wake.
Minnows/twitch baits excel in clear lakes or small areas where bass may spook at aggressive lures. They are great during spawning when bass are guarding their nests.
Prop baits should be used in places with a lot of grass, especially during spawning season. They create a lot of movement even without moving a great distance, which keeps them in a bass’ striking range
Buzzbaits should be used in sparse grass and places where you feel your lure might get snagged but you still want a topwater presentation. These are most effective after spawning during the late
Frogs are meant to mimic real frogs so use them effectively around heavy grass. They can also be used around cover as they are one of the toughest lures to snag.
3. Employ the right technique. Topwater lures are meant to simultaneously activate the feeding and agitation response from bass but require you to mimic fleeing or helpless prey with erratic movements.
Create a back-and-forth or zig zag pattern on the surface of the water when you employ a walker lure. Snap your wrist and rod tip downward at a sharp angle and then point the rod tip back to the lure
quickly so it glides. Give a series of fast snaps to make the bait move from left to right.
Snap your rod tip downward to activate a poppers concave mouth and narrow tail.
Steadily retrieve your wakebait to utilize its sharp angled lip to cause it to shimmy back and forth.
Twitch and float minnows/twitch baits back to the surface to attract bass guarding their nests during spawning.
Use a series of short jerks on your rod to spray water with prop baits.
Steadily retrieve your buzzbait to employ its blade to curl the water, spitting and spraying during quick jerks.
Twitch frogs along the top of grass and water to get bass to explode onto your lure.
4. Keep the colors simple. While there are a variety of colours for each of these baits, it's best to go with black, white, green and yellow.
Method Five of Six:
Fishing with Jigs
1. Employ a short-range flipping and pitching techniques instead of casting out into the distance when using jigs. These lures give you a very accurate feel on the line, and are one of the most effective lures. The common plastic skirting attracts bass all year round. Bass will usually hit a bait while it is falling, so after it has sat on the bottom for a bit give the rod tip a small twitch to see if anything has picked up your bait.
2. Employ proper technique. To fish a jig cast out and give the line plenty of time to hit the bottom. Jigs and plastics are fished differently than other types of lures. Instead of reeling in to produce the "action", the bait is retrieved by moving the rod tip. After the bait has hit the bottom and you have given it a twitch, slowly lift the rod tip until it points straight up in the 12 o'clock position. Let it sit there for a moment and then drop it down to the 9 - 10 o'clock position and reel in the slack. Repeat these steps until your line is in. You'll have to have a good feel for your line to tell when a fish is biting so most people hold their finger against the line while lifting the rod tip. Look for sudden resistance or bumping on the line, a line that goes slack suddenly or veers sideways. To set the hook, drop the rod tip very quickly to the 3 o'clock position, and pull back hard to 12 o'clock.
3. Examine the water conditions. Jigs are most effective when employed in cover or closed to cover so be aware of the risk of getting snagged. Jigs are meant to imitate crawfish so try to make them scoot along the bottom.
Both jigs and plastic worms are best used slowly.
Use jigs around fallen trees where bass are hiding.
Brush piles on a rocky bottom, standing timber, thick grass, and flats are all prime locations to employ a jig.
Pitch or flip a jig around the angles where limbs connect to the trunks of fallen trees. Let the jig fall to the bottom with a semi-tight line.
Drag or hop your jig down ledges or drops to mimic the movements of a crawfish.
Use a ¾ ounce jig when fishing through thick grass.
Jigs are also effective when fishing on docks and piers because they provide protection from predators.
4. Keep the colors simple. Jigs are meant to imitate crawfish so they should be light in clear water and dark in murky water.
Method Six of Six:
Fishing Plastic and Rubber Lures
1. Imitate worms or lizards with Plastic/rubber lures. These lures are the most versatile and the most effective because they are so lifelike. They can also be fished weighted or weightless.
Floating plastics can be used just like a topwater, and any type of plastic can be fished weedless to allow fishing in extremely heavy vegetation.
2. Employ proper technique. Don’t reel the lure in, but rather retrieve it with purpose by lifting and dropping the rod as you take up the slack of the line. To fish a plastic/rubber lure, use the same technique as you would when using a jig. Cast out and give the line plenty of time to hit the bottom. After the bait has hit the bottom and you have given it a twitch, slowly lift the rod tip until it points straight up in the 12 o'clock position. Let it sit there for a moment and then drop it down to the 9 - 10 o'clock position and reel in the slack. Repeat these steps until your line is in. You'll have to have a good feel for your line to tell when a fish is biting so most people hold their finger against the line while lifting the rod tip. Look for sudden resistance or bumping on the line, a line that goes slack suddenly or veers sideways. To set the hook, drop the rod tip very quickly to the 3 o'clock position, and pull back hard to 12 o'clock.Use a floating plastic/rubber lure, around 7 inches, with a light wire hook using a split-shot rig or a Carolina rig.
3. Fish based on the patterns of bass during the 4 seasons. Fish with plastic/rubber lures in the Winter when bass are not very active. These lures can still be effective in warmer weather if you employ slightly more movement but the only time these lures are ineffective are when bass are very active.
4. Examine the water conditions. Plastic/rubber lures work best when water is over 55 degrees. Use large lures that are 7-10 inches when the water is murky but shorter lures that are 4-5 inches when the water is clear and the bass are lethargic. Both rigs and plastic/rubber lures are best used slowly.
5. Keep the colors simple. Choose from black, blue or purple when using plastic/rubber worms when fishing in murky water. Red hues may also work well when using plastic worms.
If you are not catching fish try changing retrieval speeds and patterns before switching lures or colors.
When using crank baits, cast your line out and begin retrieving it at a medium speed. Every 3 turns, stop and count to ten, then jerk it right and continue pulling it in. Alternate between jerking it right and left.
Try to match your crank baits to the colors of the bait fish in the water that you are fishing.
with plastics, especially worms and lizards you should retrieve the line at any
speed you want and then let it sink for 30 seconds and than raise the rod to the
12 o'clock position.
Live shiners are a good alternative to lures if you find them too difficult to use.
Add a medium spinning reel with 10 lb.-20 lb. line, and a bait casting reel on a stiff rod with 14-20 lb. line for any body of water with smallmouth or largemouth bass.
Bass are sight feeders so use plastic worms with some action in their tail to attract them in clear water.
How to Pick Freshwater Fishing Lures
Freshwater fishing lures come in a number of types, sizes, shapes, and colors. Although most freshwater lures are produced for the bass fishing market, artificial lures can be used to catch other species of fish, such as crappie, perch, walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge. While some lures go through cycles of being "hot" or "new" and then are quickly forgotten, many others have enjoyed years or even decades of popularity among all anglers. Although you can fill a large tackle box with many different types of lures, understanding which lures to use in which situations will make you a more effective fisherman. Following are steps on how to pick freshwater fishing lures based on the conditions you are fishing in and the species of fish you're fishing for.
Matching Lure Types to Fish
1. Use plastic worms when fishing for largemouth bass. Invented in 1949 by Nick and Cosma Crème and first marketed in 1951, plastic worms are probably the best-known largemouth bass lures. Available in a host of colors and lengths from 4 to 10 inches (10 to 25 cm), plastic worms have spawned a number of other soft plastic artificial lures: grubs, crayfish, and salamanders among them. Occasionally fished on the surface, plastic worms are most commonly fished in timber, brush, weeds, and along rocky drop-offs, and they are usually rigged by threading the hook through the worm so that its body covers the hook point and makes a self-weedless rig. (This rig is called a Texas rig when fished with a bullet-shaped slip sinker and a Carolina rig when fished with a leader, swivel, and egg-shaped slip sinker.)
2. Use crankbaits in a variety of situations. Also known as plugs, crankbaits are artificial lures made of hard plastic. They are so named because they are designed to be cast out and retrieved, with some versions intended to be retrieved rapidly to trigger fish to strike them aggressively. Although some are weedless, they are usually not intended to be fished around weeds, brush, or timber. Crankbaits come in several varieties, as described below: •Topwater lures are designed to be fished on the surface. These include poppers, which feature a vertical concave surface that makes a popping noise when jerked with the rod tip; wobblers, which feature plates that cause the lure to move from side to side when retrieved; and stick baits, which are thin lures without any special attachments that are given their action solely by the fisherman.
• Thin minnow lures are shaped and usually colored like minnows. They feature a small lip at the front, differentiating them from stick baits; otherwise, they may be fished on the surface or underwater, usually with a twitching motion. Normark's Rapala is the best known lure of this type.
• Swimming crankbaits, or swim baits, are artificial lures designed to move from side to side as they are pulled through the water. One style of this type of lure is curved with a flat or concave surface at the head, which functions similarly to the lip on a thin minnow in causing the lure to swim. The Lazy Ike and Helin Flatfish are 2 examples of this type of lure.
• Diving lures feature a larger lip than thin minnows, enabling them to dive deeper when retrieved or trolled; the larger the lip, the deeper it dives. These lures may have either long, thin bodies, or short, stocky bodies. The faster the lure is retrieved, the deeper it will dive; if the retrieve is stopped, the lure, being hollow, will usually rise to the surface, although some crankbaits will remain suspended at the depth they reached.
3. Use spinnerbaits in situations where other lures would get hung up. Sometimes called safety-pin spinners for their resemblance to an open safety pin, spinnerbaits feature a weighted end with a single hook and skirt and an end with 1 or more spinners. Spinnerbaits can be fished by being rapidly retrieved across the surface so that the blades flash and splash, bumped off standing timber, or let fall to the bottom around drop-offs and other vertical structures. •Spinnerbaits come equipped with either propeller- or teardrop-shaped blades. Teardrop-shaped blades are further divided into 3 types: the willow-leaf, which is narrow and pointed on both ends; the Indiana, which is a rounded-end version of the willow-leaf; and the Colorado, which is broad and rounded at 1 end and comes to a rounded point at the other.
• Related to the spinner bait is the inline, or French, spinner, which features a tubular metal body with a willow-leaf or Indiana blade spinner ahead of it and a treble hook with a feather skirt behind it. French spinners are usually fished around rocky areas or in streams and attract trout, smallmouth bass, and walleye more than largemouth bass
4. Use jigs any time during the year. Jigs consist of a hook with a weighted head and either feature a hair or feather skirt or a plastic grub. Most jigs have round heads, but some jigs feature flat or triangular heads that either impart a swimming motion or keep the hook upright and out of rocks and weeds. Jigs are normally retrieved in an up-and-down motion and can be fished in warm or cold water situations, usually by slowing the retrieve as the water gets colder. Some jigs feature stiff brush or wire guards to keep them weedless, while most feature only a bare hook. Nonetheless, the best places to fish jigs are usually those places where they can get hung up, near weeds, brush, or rocks. (Jigs are the cheapest type of artificial lure, however, so the loss of a few jigs is usually not as consequential as the loss of a crank bait.) •Some jigs are rigged with removable safety-pin spinners, usually with a small grub body. The most familiar jig of this type is the Bass Buster Beetle Spin, a popular lure for a number of fish species.
• Jigs may be fished in several ways. When fishing for bass, jigs are often flipped or pitched short distances instead of being cast long distances like most lures. They are usually retrieved with a lift-and-drop motion, slowly raising and lowering the rod so that the jig falls on a taut line. They may also be retrieved straight, with the rod kept at a 10 o'clock position to impart a swimming motion to the lure.
5. Use spoons for a number of different species. One of the oldest lures, the spoon was developed in 1850 by Julio T. Buel of New York, supposedly by cutting the handle off a teaspoon and putting a hook on it. The resemblance to the bowl of a spoon causes spoons to wobble from side to side as they are retrieved, which is what draws fish to them. Smaller spoons have been used to fish for trout and panfish, while larger spoons have been used to fish for bass, pike, walleye, and other large fish. •Most spoons are designed to fish below the surface; these spoons feature a treble hook attached with a split ring. Two of the best-known spoons of this type are the Eppinger Dardevle, most familiar in its red-and-white striped pattern, and the Hofschneider Red-Eye, noted for 2 plastic eye-beads and hooks at the front and back. Thicker versions of these spoons may be cast or trolled, with the thickest designed to be fished like jigs, while the thinnest versions are designed exclusively for trolling.
• Another type of spoon features a single wire-weedless hook whose shank is attached to the back of the spoon. This type of spoon is designed to be rapidly retrieved across the surface and is often dressed with a strip of pork rind or other bait attached to the hook.
Part Two of Two:
Choosing the Right Lure
1. Choose lure colors according to weather and water conditions. The general rule for lure color is "bright day, light colors; dark day, dark colors." On bright, sunny days and in clear water conditions, choose lures that are light in color and mimic natural patterns. On cloudy days and in dirty water conditions, choose darker lures and those with a non-natural coloration, preferably types that make noise or vibrate as they move through the water. •A notable exception to this rule is the use of 2-toned plastic worms that feature a darker head color and a fluorescent pink or yellow tail color. Many anglers use plastic worms colored like this when fishing in cloudy water conditions.
2. Choose lure size according to the tackle you're using and the species you're fishing for. In general, choose smaller jigs and grubs when fishing for panfish (bluegill, sunfish, crappie, perch) and larger lures such as spinnerbaits and crankbaits when fishing for bigger fish (bass, walleye, and pike). Smaller lures are best suited for light and ultralight spinning and spincasting tackle (or fly rods in the case of dry and wet flies) with lines of 4 to 10-pound test (2 to 5 kg class), while larger lures are meant to be fished with medium to heavy action rods, spinning or baitcasting reels, and lines of 12 to 20-pound test (6 to 10 kg class) or better. (Lures used to fish for muskellunge, the largest member of the pike family, are decidedly larger than those used for bass, walleye, and northern pike, and often require the use of a wire leader because of the muskie's sharp teeth.) •Lure size can also be dictated by weather conditions and how fish react to them. In early spring, or when cold front conditions clear the skies and cool the water to make fish lethargic, smaller lures are usually better choices than larger lures. (Lures used for ice fishing are exceptionally tiny, usually grub jigs or small spoons.) In high-wind conditions, you may need to use a larger lure simply to have enough resistance on the end of the line to keep the wind from bowing it so that you can't detect if fish are hitting the lure. Also try casting out a spinner and just keep casting and retrieving the lure.
Best Bass Lures
Selecting and collecting bass lures is almost as enjoyable as fishing them. But which lures catch the most bass? We broke down the top 5 bass lures based on their proven ability to catch bass, their versatility, and the opinions of many professional bass fishermen. If you’re looking for more information on the best of a specific type of lure then select one of the categories from the Top Lures drop down menu above.
1. Rubber Worms
Undoubtedly, number one is the rubber worm. No other bass lure is as versatile or more attractive to bass than a soft plastic worm. This is because they are so lifelike, and when engulfed by bass feel like natural food. They are available in a wide variety of designs and dimensions, so you can choose the best size, style, and color for the conditions you’re fishing. When it comes to worm selection, our number one recommendation is the Senko Worm by Gary Yamamoto. For a color we suggest green pumkin black flake.
There are many ways to effectively rig rubber worms, and how you choose will be based on the depth of the strike zone. The Texas rig, Wacky rig, Carolina rig, and the Drop Shot rig are all very popular techniques that have been proven to be highly effective in worm fishing. But of all the rigs, the Texas rig is the most common. This rig is completely weedless, making it a great choice for entering the deep cover where bass like to hide.
Spinnerbaits can be one of the best bass lures to use, especially if you’re looking to cover a lot of water quickly. With their unique shape and retrieve action, spinnerbaits can dive deep, weave through thick cover and sink within the underwater structure. They have an odd appearance, with shiny or colored spinning blades dangling from an opened safety pin design. Spinnerbaits are usually comprised of a lead head of varying weight, combined 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 spinnerbait size ranges between 1/4 ounces and 3/4 ounces, with the most common designs being the Willow blade, Colorodo blade and the Indaina blade. Based on the speed at which the spinnerbait is retrieved in the water, the blades spin furiously and flash wildly. This helps to create commotion in the water that the bass can see, hear, and feel. The blades also help to keep the hook weedless.
If you’re just starting out, go with a Strike King Mini King. For color we suggest bleeding chartreuse. Its smaller in size and for that reason will get more strikes. Don’t think small lures mean small bass. You can catch just as big a bass on this spinnerbait than a larger one, but catching more smaller bass as well will build your confidence in spinnerbait fishing.
This is another lure that, like spinnerbaits, can also cover a large area of water in a short amount of time. Crankbaits are a versatile option and can be effective in a wide variety of environments such as steep, rocky banks and edges, broad and shallow flats, and along bushes, stumps, and grasslines.
Crankbaits come in various sizes, shapes, weights, and running depths. The correct selection of specifications depends on conditions, and the right choice plays an important role in determining fishing success. While crankbaits are effective in most situations, the skill level of the angler may be a little more involved compared to other techniques. Also see lipless crankbaits.
A great place to start out cranking for bass if with 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.
Jigs are most often fished using short-range flipping and pitching techniques, rather than distance casting. This can be challenging, especially for inexperienced anglers. Therefore, the more experience and greater skill you have, the easier jigs are to use. There are a tremendous variety of different specifications available for jigs, and it is important that anglers pay special attention to this. Matching the exact color, weight, and size to fishing conditions will greatly enhance the effectiveness of this lure.
For example, clear water requires lighter weights, usually combined with light line and spinning tackle. This usually requires jigs between 1/8 ounce and 1/4 ounce. For murky water, heavier jigs are called for, ranging from 3/8 ounce to 5/8 ounce. In terms of construction, 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 undulating skirt helps to entice the bass, and a weedguard can help the lure slip through heavy cover. Jigs are one of the best bass lures to use all year round. The jig we most recommend is the BOOYAH Boo Jig. Its perfect in any jig fishing scenario, just make sure you get one heavier enough to punch through weeds and get to the bottom, thats where they tend to get the most strikes.
5. Topwater Lures
These lures are designed to ripple the water surface, causing popping and splashing sounds as the angler retrieves their lure. They are not only effective but extremely fun to use, a main reason they make the top 5. In bass fishing, little can compare to the enjoyment an angler gets when seeing a bass leap out of the water in an attempt to engulf your bait.
Topwater 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 topwater lures have a cupped lip, which creates a distinctive popping sound the bass recognize. One of the key features of this type of lure is the action it displays when traveling along the surface of the water. Some topwaters even mimic the action of an actual living creature.
Topwater lures are typically fitted with treble hooks. They can be cast around grass, stumps, shorelines and in open water. When used in clear water, topwater lures are able to attract bass from depths of sometimes more than thirty feet— another major reason they are considered to be one of the best bass fishing lures around.
Bass Fishing 101
The bass fishing industry has undergone a drastic evolution since its inception in the late 19th century, with the largemouth bass becoming the most sought-after game fish in the United States. This has led to amazing developments of all sorts of fishing gear, many of which have had a special focus on the advancement of fishing lures.
Since then a long list of lures has been created, and bass are the number one fish in terms of how much money is spent on equipment for them. In fact, more tackle is made for bass fishing than for any other fish. Bass fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and a recent survey has shown that 77% of bass anglers fish with artificial lures. With thousands of different bass lures on the market, determining which are the best can be difficult.
One of the most important aspects of bass fishing is lure selection. Walking through a tackle shop or down a fishing isle at a sporting goods store can be extremely overwhelming. That is the purpose of this website, to help you wade through the myriad of bass lures out there, and select the ones that have proven over the years to have the best results. This information is aimed at the novice, newcomer, occasional bass angler, or those who would just like to know a little more about the best bass lures. It seems these are the groups most in need of this information. The bass lures discussed on this website have had proven success catching bass for decades. The goal is to provide unbiased information on these bass lures, from experienced bass anglers.