Fishing is great fun. In fact, rarely have I met anyone who doesn’t like fishing after trying it. But it’s a challenging hobby, one that requires patience, Lures and skill. Even the most experienced fishermen have bad days. They are not strangers to a day without a single catch. However, it is this that makes fishing so interesting.
I know this because I am an avid fisherman and there are those days that go by when I just don’t catch anything. My favorite fishing is for largemouth bass, because this type of fishing is more of a challenge, and truth be told, who doesn’t love to eat bass. Besides, Bass is usually abundant in most ponds and lakes, as well as in the rivers throughout the nation. So to get you off on the right foot, let me share with you some of the best lures you can use for bass fishing.
Top Water Bait
This kind of lure runs along the surface of the water to entice fish. You can be use it almost anywhere and anytime and every fisherman will have his favorite, so telling you which one is best is a little difficult. You may not often see this type of top water bait in bass fishing competitions, but they are actually recommended by many experts. Buzz baits (also known as top water bait) are good for locating bass fish that are attracted to looks, sounds and vibrations made by this lure. Zara Spook, Jitterbug and Pop-R are all great lures of this type and work especially well from late spring to early fall.
Summer is the best season to use crank bait lures. Among the advantages is the lure’s ability to go deep (10 to 20 feet) and its built-in function, allowing a fisherman to retrieve the lure steadily. Some crank bait has a lip feature which gives the lure better diving potential. When choosing a color, try the one that matches the color of the forage in the river, lake or pond you fish in.
Some experts say that jigs are the most versatile of all the artificial lures and among the most popular. Of those available, fishermen seem to prefer the Buck tail jigs. These are sized 1/8 to ½ oz. and come with an auger-tail plastic grub. Weedles crawdad colored jigs, and Rebel Wee Craw sized 1/16 to ¼ oz. are also popular. These come in simple designs and a variety of shapes, colors and weights. You can move them into your bass territory without much of an issue. Remember though that largemouth bass prefer bulkier rubber jigs, especially in the summer when the fish move to the shallower parts of the water.
Plastic worms are also very common for bass fishing. These come in different colors and offer a different kind of prey. Note that this type of lure requires a lot of hours of practice. You have to know how to move the lure just right, but once you master it, you’ll want. Worms are effective during the summer months when the water is warming to 55 degrees or more. But you can use these in the cooler seasons too. Try the Night crawlers which are excellent for most bass locations, but consider the color you use. Use a lighter and more translucent shade like pearl or green in clear waters and darker colors like purple in murkier waters.
A word for the wise though, a good lure does not equal a good catch. Practice makes perfect as they say. And don’t forget you’ll need a lot of patience too.