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Are You Using the Right Bass Fishing Lures?

Jul 26, 2008
Bass fishing, both professional and amateur have gained in popularity over the years, with competitions proving to be a particular crowd pleaser. Of course, the available selection of bass fishing lures has grown alongside this explosion in the popularity of the sport. For the novice especially, this can present a difficulty due to the sheer variety, with different lures being more or less well suited to different locations, water types and other factors. This article will assist you in becoming more familiar with some of the most common types of bass fishing lures.


Jigs are lead-headed heavy baits with a single hook and considered by many to be the most useful of baits particularly when fishing in murky waters. Jigs catch the attention of inactive fish as well as drawing the fish of deeper waters. Whilst using this kind of lure remember that jigs are meant to create presentation so success is all about making them appear to be alive. The ideal temperature of the water for this type of bass fishing lure is less than 60 degrees which makes them perfect for night fishing trips.

Do You Prefer Rubber Worms?

Gone is the bother of dealing with real worms when you choose to use rubber ones which work equally as well. An added weight in the make-up of your lure allows a slow descent to the bottom of your fishing location. If you are fortunate, the bass will go for the rubber worm but if the lure makes it to the bottom without any action from the fish then you simply have to reel it back upwards and drop it once more.

Try Spinner Baits

These unusually shaped bass fishing lures have a large metal attachment which spins. These lures draw bass with their motion rather than by resembling their natural prey. Spinners are lures which do a good job year round, but especially during spawning season when hunger is less likely to motivate bass to bite.

Crank Baits

Crank lures work by imitating the motion of an injured fish and are used as top water lures or as sinkers. The noise made by these lures also helps to attract bass. To make the most of these lures, use a slow motion, just as would be made by an injured fish.


While poppers are similar to crank baits, they are set aside solely as a top water lure. As they travel across the water, a "popping" sound is emitted. The best time of year to use this lure is during the summertime, where slow reel action is required.


Smallmouth bass especially are drawn to these small lures. A grub is essentially a bare jig head with a soft plastic body on a hook. These bass fishing lures are ideal where there is insufficient cover. Grubs are most effective in deep, clear waters, with smoke, salt and pepper, yellow and white being the best colors to use.

Tube Baits

When surrounded with inactive fish or angling in clear water, tube jigs target the bass wonderfully. This drop bait is best accommodated on a spinning reel on between six and six and a half foot of medium-light or medium action rod but the depth of water should be no more than ten feet when using this particular kind of bait.

Vibrating Lures

These metal or plastic vibrating lures create a tremor as they are reeled in and won't get lost in deep waters. These bass fishing lures sink to the bottom and are positively bass magnets. These types of lures include the small, heavy baits with spinners known as tailspinners. Vibrating lures are great for fishing near currents and obstacles such as stumps and grass beds.
About the Author
William Scott contributes bass fishing articles to http://BassFishingAdvice.com, a website committed to providing useful tips on spinner baits.
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