Techniques for Bass Fishing With Lures

Techniques for Bass Fishing With Lures
Largemouth bass are widely pursued by anglers. Bass are aggressive predators and will often strike just about anything. There are numerous lures and techniques that will work for bass. A rubber worm is a great choice but requires more skill than a crankbait. A topwater plug will snag vegetation and objects easily, while a spoon can be worked in thick grass and hydrilla. There is a lure and technique that will let an angler of any skill level catch bass in just about any water environment available.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Techniques for Bass Fishing With Lures

Things You’ll Need:
  • Crankbait Spinnerbait Artificial worm Jig and pig Topwater plug Weedless spoon
  • Crankbait
  • Spinnerbait
  • Artificial worm
  • Jig and pig
  • Topwater plug
  • Weedless spoon
Step 1
Rig the worm "Texas style" or use a weedless hook. Use a split-shot or worm lead weight depending on water depth. Cast worm and allow it to sink to the bottom. Retrieve the worm slowly while raising the rod tip. Pause for several seconds after raising the rod tip, then continue reeling. Repeat this all the way back to the boat.
Step 2
Cast the crankbait and reel the bait straight back to the boat. No special action is needed by the fisher as the crankbait will wiggle or "swim" as it is retrieved. Vary the retrieval speed from slow to fast depending on the sink rate or fishing conditions.
Step 3
Fish spinnerbaits by using a slow to medium steady retrieve. Let the spinnerbait ride at the water's surface. Allow the bait to gurgle and make noise while being retrieved.
Step 4
Locate structure or drop-offs in deeper water. Let a "jig and pig" sink all the way to the bottom. While reeling slowly, periodically raise the rod tip and allow the lure to slowly "walk" over any structure as you fish.
Step 5
Work a topwater plug so it imitates a wounded baitfish. Reel and then twitch the rod tip, letting the plug dive and wobble. Allow the plug to rest for a few seconds, then repeat. Vary the retrieval rate and cadence to trigger a strike.
Step 6
Attach a plastic skirt to a weedless spoon. Cast the spoon back into grass, lily pads or weeds. Reel straight in and let the spoon travel on top of the water and over the vegetation. Vary the retrieval rate from slow to fast depending on conditions.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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