Just Catching Bass

Just Catching Bass

I wish I could spend every fishing excursion just catching bass. I admit it still isn’t always, but the best bass lures have brought me a lot closer. There are so many out there, I was overwhelmed for years and just kept buying more and more expensive bait and presentations and only trying them a few times. There are a few that have stood out. These lures help me catch bass throughout the year in different conditions. I’m sure I have some other great lures, I just haven’t found the right conditions to unlock their potential yet.

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  1. Jigs

Skirted jigs will give you great results no matter what time of year you use them. You can be catching bass in any water temperature between 40 and 90. They work in wooded, rocky, grassy, and open areas alike.

  1. Crankbait

These are also pretty effective no matter what time of year you are fishing. You just need to choose the right design for the season and water conditions you are fishing in. Slim cranks with flat sides and a slight wobble dominate winter fishing. In warmer water, use fatter cranks with more movement to keep the fish coming to your hook. If you are fishing for bass in the deep, use a big lipped plug to bring them from the depths. You should also consider the shape of the bill depending on the water conditions. Square bills work well to deflect wood and rock. Round lips dive deeper than square bills. Coffin billed baits combine the two styles into one.

  1. Jerkbait

Jerkbait is known for working well in the winter months. However, they can actually be effective in warmer months as well. The real reason nobody is catching bass with jerkbait in the summer is because nobody is out throwing them in! They take a little bit more skill. You should drag them through grassy areas quickly. You can’t really fish one of these too fast. Keep them twitching and gliding, and you’ll score a few good bass.

  1. Finesse worms

These simple worms may not have the fancy appendages but they can snag bass any and every day. With a few different weights and attachments, you can use your finesse worm every day of the year. Add one to a Carolina or shaky head in cold waters. Use them weightless in the summer near the dock or in thick water grasses. You can even use them in deep waters with a nose hook and drop shot rig. Keep all these items in your tool box and you’ll be ready to snag big bass with a finesse worm.

  1. Swimbait

Swimbaits are pretty new to most people’s tackle boxes. Even so, they have earned their keep as one of the best bass catchers on the market. You can emulate a wide range of fish bait species and that allows them to be effective throughout the entire year. Anglers often use them with an umbrella rig in the winter months to mimic a dying shad. You can use them effectively in the summer months in both grassy and open waters as well, without much alteration.

  1. Lipless Crankbait

These little guys are great in shallow or deep waters. The same reason they are effective in water of any depth also makes them a great choice for both summer and winter fishing. They can travel across the dying grass fields of winter, or cover a lot of water and target schools of active fish in the summer. Their shape makes them good for crowded grassy or rocky areas or animating in open water.

  1. Craw

One delicious treat a bass will never say no to is a craw. They eat a wide range of small fish, but they will eat craw as long as they are available. They are naturally found in shallow weeds or rocky depths until the absolute coldest time of the year. You can fish with a plastic craw in a lot of ways. Attach them to the back of a jig, throw to into some cover, drag it on a Carolina rig, or fish it on a shakey head. Because this is one of the most important foods in a bass’ diet, they will want to latch on, so long as it isn’t the only one active.