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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on February 04, 2009
If the bass are on their beds than a jig with a tail on it works really good. Most any top water lure or a super fluke. You can work a super fluke in deep or shallow water.
I like using 3" curly tail grubs on a lead head when I fish for Largemouths on my home reservoir. I can bounce them and jig them off structure in deeper water, or I can swim them through the shallows or by cover. I try to get some in natural baitfish colors, but watermelon has always done really well for me to.
I am a big fan of a jig and trailer combo, i use either a crawfish or lizard trailer. If the fish are biting slowly I will switch to a small or bitsy bug jig, scaling down the size will initiate a lot of bites when they are hesitant to hit the larger jig
Yamamoto Senko 7" on a Gamakatsu EWG Worm Hook size 5, on a texas rig set up. Just one nasty combo, I use the black blue flake and always do well, never been skunked yet!
My most favorite lure for bass is the Jitterbug.
Springtime- when they are spawning- I like creeping a lizard toward a spawning bed, or a jig and trailer- slow and wiggly.
Summer- I love putting a damsel fly next to top cover and watching the explosion.
Spinner baits amd also lizards rigged on a short carolina rig to allow them to float just off the bottom. Chartreuse on the spinner bait and darker colors on the lizzard.
I love using shallow diving crankbaits all year round.
Everyone loves a Hula Popper
Personally, I like to use a shaky head jig. With this rig you can change the way you work it to make the conditions. The colder the water the slow the movement and the longer the pauses. The plastic work with a floating tail are best, but curly tail worms work too.
I like using a shaky head jig like beagle boy, especially when i can watch the bass et annoyed and strike it.
I say a Sinko, green or smoke color with no weight on it try it and you'll see...
A flashy spinnerbait or Beetlespin,even a Mepps if you can keep it from snagging stuff and loosing it like I always seem to do.
plastic craws work really well in my area. they will be effective all year.
When the bass are on their beds use jigs, lizards and spinners. Anything with big flash and vibrations gets um mad. But, Where I live we can't catch bass on beds but i've had very good luck fishing for gills when their on their beds with 1-2 inch plastic worms. I've been quite surprised when tossing them against brush and having a 5 pounder attack it.
When smallies are spawning I like to locate them with rattle lures such as the rattle n' rapps, Rapala makes a good rattle bait also. I find that the noise and viberation of these lures draws quick strikes in early spring. I will usally work these lures near deep rocky points and severe drop offs. Once found then I'll switch to jiggin with tubes in white/chartrusse, black/orange, or if the water clarity is clear then try something more natural looking such as a crayfish or frog imitation. Happy fishing.Mark P (Angler)
Spinnerbaits are excellent shallow water lures, particularly in the spring when fish are shallow due to the warmer water...
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