Top Lures & Tips to Catching Big Bass

Top Lures & Tips to Catching Big Bass
The pros who win tournaments year after year have a lot more than luck going for them. They've paid enough dues to learn what baits work best in every situation and time of year. They also know how to fish different baits to make the most of their unique strengths. Since the pros can't afford to guess, they only use lures with a proven ability to attract trophy fish. Here's how they land the lunkers.

Fishing with Senko Worms

According to, plastic worms are the most effective freshwater lures and Senko worms are the best of the best. These lures are impregnated with salt so they release a scent that attracts bass. They're also heavy enough to cast without weights, so you can maximize the squirming movements bass love to hit. Watermelon and pumpkin are the most popular colors but you should choose darker shades when the sky's overcast or the water's cloudy. On sunny days when the water's clear go with colorful worms in a lighter shade. To increase the appeal of Senko worms, rig them whacky style with your hook in the center and the worm dangling from either side. If more weight is needed, push a nail into each end.

Buzz Bait Tricks

Buzz baits are ideal for luring bass out of shallow cover and locating fish in new locations. They use sight, sound and vibration to stimulate the fish's predatory instincts and the only thing they lack is a scent. To get the most out of them, make lots of casts in all directions as you bend the buzz bait's blades to vary its speed. When a bass takes the bait, remember the bend of the blades and speed of your retrieve so you can reproduce the results. You can also bend the buzz bait wire to prevent short strikes at night and to make it track in different directions. To help bass see the lure and to persuade them that it's fleeing, use a bright or translucent bait with a trimmed skirt and fast-retrieve when you're fishing clear water.

Choosing the Right Lure

Bass aren't as active when the weather and water temperature cool down. This is when a jig that's attached to a trailer is your best bet. As with all freshwater lures, use lighter, brighter jigs in clear water and darker, heavier jigs in murky water. When the bass are active, choose lures with colors that match their normal live-bait diet. If the color of your lure is a color that bass are used to seeing in their diet, they're more likely to go after it.

Identifying Bass Hot Spots

Bass like to hang out in water that's well oxygenated, and that provides good cover, a ready food supply and plenty of shade. They like to start and end their day in shallow water but they move into deeper water during the hottest hours of the day. The first of two ideal places to work your lure is along the edge of deep-water plant growth and just off a bank that's shaded by overhanging trees on a sunny day. Find a place where a stream runs into a pond or lake and you have the second good choice where you're likely to find hungry bass.

Reeling Them In

Bass hit buzz baits more aggressively than worms so 17- to 20-pound-test is best when you're working the noisy lures. When you fish with Senko worms, 14- to 20-pound-test is an ideal line weight. Back off your drag when a bass strikes, since 10-pound bass can break 20-pound-test line if you don't let them run. When your bass comes to the surface, lower your rod tip to discourage it from jumping. If the fish jumps anyway, you can jerk your rod laterally to keep tension on the line and minimize the chance of it getting away.

Article Written By Dan Eash

Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.

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