How to Pick Bass Fishing Lures

Jigs
Jigs are great for the seasoned angler. These types of lures are used quite often in tournaments by professional fisherman. Once you master the art of using one of these you can really start to catch bigger bass. Designed to look like baitfish, these lures really tempt bass into jumping out and grabbing their prey. Jigs come in an assortment of different sizes, shapes and colors.

Live Bait
As the name suggest, this type of bait is live and has a short usage because of that fact. This bait is great for the novice angler due to the versatility of it. Live bait allows bass to feed on what they already know to be food to them.

When using live bait you want to make sure that you use what is naturally in the area you’re fishing in. Some live bait for bass includes small fish, crustaceans, worms and insects.

Spinnerbait
These baits are extremely versatile and are great for anglers of all skill levels. They come in different sizes, shapes and colors. The most common color of spinnerbaits is yellow, brown, red, white and black with gold or silver blades. These baits are meant to make the bass grab at the line quickly out of impulse.

Spinnerbaits also come with skirts that are designed specifically to make bass go crazy. These skirts can be interchanged and is what makes this type of bait versatile. By making the bass take a bite at the spinnerbait out of impulse really makes this bait great for fooling the fish. Most spinnerbaits do this by imitating baitfish.

Topwater Plugs
These baits are exactly as they sound, they float on the top of the water. These make it great for the angler who wants to really see the bass bite. As the fish grabs the hook and pulls it down it makes it a lot easier to know when to set the line. These are also perfect for fishing in areas with lots of obstructions above and below the water. Since bass prefer to live near structured things topwater plugs make maneuvering them that much easier.

No matter what bait you choose you need to consider the environment of the place you’re at. By observing the natural settings you’re in you’ll be better prepared to catch bass. This will make for a much more enjoyable experience and make your next fishing trip one to remember.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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