Five Bass Baits to use Anywhere

Fishing is one of the most popular sports around and the bass is one of the most sought out game fish. Bass fishing is enjoyed by anglers of all ages and skill levels and it’s something that can be done all across the nation.
This species can be found in all types of water and they’re different types of bass to seek out such as the white bass, spotted bass and the smallmouth and largemouth bass. You don’t need any fancy gear to catch this species but you do want to choose your bait wisely for the best results.

There are a number of different baits that can be used to catch bass ranging from live bait to artificial bait and all of them have their advantages. It’s hard to say which bait would be best to use at any given time because it will depend on the circumstances. For example, where and when you’re fishing along with which species of bass you’re seeking out will make a difference and determine which baits would work the best.

Still, there are a few baits that can be used anywhere and most anytime that you go bass fishing. These will normally yield results no matter what the situation is and they’re the ones that you’ll want to take along with you on every fishing trip if possible. These can be used when fishing in lakes, ponds, rivers, streams or when fishing for sea bass.

Here are five bass baits to use anywhere you go fishing:

1. Worms- When bass fishing, worms are one of the most popular live baits you can use. The bass are attracted to them so they always seem to get excellent results. They’re inexpensive and easy to acquire making them one of the best all around bass fishing baits you’ll find.

2. Live Minnows- Bass are naturally attracted to minnows so, you can never go wrong using this bait. However, they do require a little more care and effort than worms. They need to be kept in a live well or cooler where they will stay fresh until the end of your fishing trip for the best results. Bass won’t normally strike at dead minnows.

3. Crankbait- These artificial lures provide a lot of action that’ll get the attention of a hungry bass very quickly. They can be fished in all depths and any type of water.

4. Plastic Worms- Since the bass is so attracted to live worms it only makes sense that they would also be attracted to plastic worms. After all, technology has made it possible to make these lures so lifelike that it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.

5. Spinner Bait- Spinner baits have interchangeable skirts and blades so you can make changes in a matter of minutes to create the perfect bait for the situation no matter what the case may be. They can also be used with a variety of fishing methods and in all types of water making them a necessity for the tackle box.

The bait you choose can make a huge difference in the amount of success you enjoy when bass fishing so, it’s a good idea to put some thought into it when choosing your bait. Carrying these baits with you at all times or at least two or three different ones, will give you something to fall back on when you’re trying something new and it’s not getting the best results.

Once you have been fishing for awhile you’ll learn which baits seem to work the best in your area. This is when you can begin experimenting with different types of bait to see what kind of results you get. Still, it’s always a good idea to have some of the baits mentioned above with you to ensure you don’t go home empty handed if the bass are being picky or something new is simply not working.

These five baits can even be used for all types of bass species so if you’re not sure which one you want to fish for, it won’t make a difference. All types of bass will be attracted to them so you’re sure to get some bites. The size of the bait you use will help determine the size of the bass you can catch so consider size carefully.

As a general rule, you’ll catch larger bass with larger bait but you’ll also be limiting yourself to fewer bites. If you don’t care as much about the size as you do how many you catch, then it’s recommended you use small bait to encourage more bites.

Your presentation is also very important because no fish will strike at something acting unnatural. Therefore, you need to practice your presentation and learn the different retrieval speeds that can make your bait, whichever you choose to use, look more natural and you’re sure to get results.


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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