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Favorite Lures of the Largemouth Guides

Lunker. Bucketmouth. Call that big bass you've been chasing whatever you want. But if you're going to fool him, you need to know the lures that will turn him on in any conditions. Direct from some of the country's best bass guides, here are the lures that will slay the hogs.

Captain Roger Lee Brown

Roger Lee Brown
Location: Lake Champlain, New York
Credentials: Brown is a former pro tournament angler turned operator of a 3-day bass fishing school with national and international cliental from as far off a South Korea, Africa, and New Zealand.
Number of years guiding: 23
Contact: (518) 597-4240; capital.net/~rlbrown/

Favorite Spinnerbait: Stanley Wedge
Color: Gold Shiner/Gold Blade
Weight: ¼ oz.
Details: “These baits are very easy to tune right out of a package. This particular lure also caught my all-time biggest bass: a 17.2-pounder. I'll grab the Colorado blade with needle-nose pliers about a 1/4-inch from the tip. Then I'll bend the blade at a 45-degree angle away from the cup. This will create a lip and give the lure five times more vibration. It’ll feel like you’re pulling a crankbait.”

Favorite Crankbait: Bill Norman Deep Little N
Color: Smoky Joe
Size: 2 ½ in.
Weight: 3/8 oz.
Details: “This lure has always been a pet bait for me. That color is a shad pattern, which is probably the most versatile for a crankbait anywhere in the country. The Deep Little N is rated to run at six to eight feet. But a fast retrieve will get it as deep as twelve and it also works really well just sub-surface if you slow-crawl it.”

Favorite Soft Plastic: Zoom Li’l Critter Craw
Color: Watermelon Red
Size: 3 in.
Details: “I have more confidence in this soft plastic in this color than any other no matter where I fish in the U.S. I’ve tried many different colors in countless conditions and Watermelon will out-fish all of them. This bait is also the best imitation I’ve found of a soft-shell crawfish, which are candy to bass. When Carolina-rigging I encourage anglers to use enclosed rattle chambers instead of the normal glass or brass beads strung on the line. The click they produce alerts bass that natural forage is near by. But what happens when weeds get wedged between the beads? With enclosed rattles, you don’t have that problem and produce an enticing click on every cast.”

Heddon Zara Spook

Favorite Topwater: Heddon Zara Spook
Color: Natural Leopard Frog
Size: 4 ½ in.
Details: “Anglers forget that all the bass can see on a big, round, buoyant bait is the belly. So colors on the back don’t make much difference. White is a natural forage color and this frog pattern has a white belly strip. Assuming the bass may catch a glimpse of the sides now and again, I stick with the frog as they are a natural forage everywhere. People put too much into working a walk-the-dog. They try to achieve long strides and they work them all the way back to the boat. I’ve caught more bass on a Zara that was sitting still than during a steady retrieve.”

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from Charley wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Great pointers to a beginner bass fisherman like me.

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from evspence wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

How come every time i take a fishing trip i dont get any of these smart guides! i always get the cheap guide whose first words are "So did you bring your tackle box?"

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

those are very true

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

im geting the lewers that actualy WORK!

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from kevandtree wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

The "Bass Coach" is the MAN!

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from markpangler@aol.com wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

My favorite topwater for bass is the Hula Popper, by Heddon. This lure in the color black is like magic for pond and small lake large mouths at night time in the summer.

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from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

OOOO I just can't wait for this summer. I am really looking forward to camping/fishing this summer. A terrible case of cabin fever. Hopefully it will be a great year of fishing coming up.

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from Ye ole Coaste wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

U guys are preaching 2 the Choir here!! I start out subnrise and abr 2hrs later throwing topwaters.Then switch 2 spinnerbaits rest of the time. My g/kids gifted me w/a new hi-speed abu l/profile reel.axctually giving up a 5500Credround reel 2try the new one.suposed to go twice as fast at half the effort thats my kinda fishN''!! hope it work's?? let U know soon. YOC Go fishN especially w/ur g/kids gotta bring um up rite b4 they go wrong.!!

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from Bob Perry wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I've got to go with Tom Redington. I live on Lake Fork where I do all of my fishing and have seen many pictures of the Hawgs he pulls in.And so does his clients.

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from Kkeltic wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Great tips for any level fisherman!

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from fawnBleat wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

my favorite topwater has to be a hula popper light green with a white belly. sort plastic would be a senko Texas-rigged with a 1/0 red wide gap hook. spinner baits depends on the day and lake honestly.

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from bassgittinart@b... wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Sounds like Mr. Brown has his act together! Excellence lure selection. The one lure I have not tried is the zoom critter craw but he has convinced me to try it.

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from bassboy wrote 5 years 1 week ago

What about light tackle for bass?

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from maxwell wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

what about useing the banjo minnow i hear its amazeing.

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from Antigravityman27 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

roboworms are amazing!

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from rserwe44 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

What is a roboworm??

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from rserwe44 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Is a lizard spinnerbait a good choice for spawning bass?

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from ProMoe wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

roboworm FTW!!!

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from nuclearsportsman wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

My favorite lures for largemouths are Zoom Lizards in Red Shad. They work better than any soft bait I've ever seen.

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from hippiekid wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

At the small pond by my house there isnt many bass but they are big. Theyll only really bite on worms. The twisted tail ones. I guess they like the action but i dont know. Yesterday i thought i had hit another snag when it turned out to be a 10lb largemouth.

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from hippiekid wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

A couple years ago there was a review on the Wildeye Swim Shad. It is my favorite bass bait. It has the best action comes preweighted and comes in 2 4 or 6 inch models. 4 is the best for medium to large bass. 6 is best for 7lb bass then u have to know where they are.

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from REV wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

my picks IN THIS ORDER
1. jitterbug black-frog
2. floating rapala - silver - perch
3. spinnerbaits
4. senko's
5. tubes

if had to fish one lure and was dropped off somewhere i had never fished - RAPALA

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from bassman3-15 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I just cant beat a jig or a tube.

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

try a red and black popper i always catch huge bass off it

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from evspence wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

How come every time i take a fishing trip i dont get any of these smart guides! i always get the cheap guide whose first words are "So did you bring your tackle box?"

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from Charley wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Great pointers to a beginner bass fisherman like me.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

OOOO I just can't wait for this summer. I am really looking forward to camping/fishing this summer. A terrible case of cabin fever. Hopefully it will be a great year of fishing coming up.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

those are very true

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

im geting the lewers that actualy WORK!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from markpangler@aol.com wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

My favorite topwater for bass is the Hula Popper, by Heddon. This lure in the color black is like magic for pond and small lake large mouths at night time in the summer.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ye ole Coaste wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

U guys are preaching 2 the Choir here!! I start out subnrise and abr 2hrs later throwing topwaters.Then switch 2 spinnerbaits rest of the time. My g/kids gifted me w/a new hi-speed abu l/profile reel.axctually giving up a 5500Credround reel 2try the new one.suposed to go twice as fast at half the effort thats my kinda fishN''!! hope it work's?? let U know soon. YOC Go fishN especially w/ur g/kids gotta bring um up rite b4 they go wrong.!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bob Perry wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I've got to go with Tom Redington. I live on Lake Fork where I do all of my fishing and have seen many pictures of the Hawgs he pulls in.And so does his clients.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Kkeltic wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Great tips for any level fisherman!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from fawnBleat wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

my favorite topwater has to be a hula popper light green with a white belly. sort plastic would be a senko Texas-rigged with a 1/0 red wide gap hook. spinner baits depends on the day and lake honestly.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from bassgittinart@b... wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Sounds like Mr. Brown has his act together! Excellence lure selection. The one lure I have not tried is the zoom critter craw but he has convinced me to try it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from bassboy wrote 5 years 1 week ago

What about light tackle for bass?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from REV wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

my picks IN THIS ORDER
1. jitterbug black-frog
2. floating rapala - silver - perch
3. spinnerbaits
4. senko's
5. tubes

if had to fish one lure and was dropped off somewhere i had never fished - RAPALA

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from kevandtree wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

The "Bass Coach" is the MAN!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from maxwell wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

what about useing the banjo minnow i hear its amazeing.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Antigravityman27 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

roboworms are amazing!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from rserwe44 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

What is a roboworm??

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from rserwe44 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Is a lizard spinnerbait a good choice for spawning bass?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ProMoe wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

roboworm FTW!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from nuclearsportsman wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

My favorite lures for largemouths are Zoom Lizards in Red Shad. They work better than any soft bait I've ever seen.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from hippiekid wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

At the small pond by my house there isnt many bass but they are big. Theyll only really bite on worms. The twisted tail ones. I guess they like the action but i dont know. Yesterday i thought i had hit another snag when it turned out to be a 10lb largemouth.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from hippiekid wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

A couple years ago there was a review on the Wildeye Swim Shad. It is my favorite bass bait. It has the best action comes preweighted and comes in 2 4 or 6 inch models. 4 is the best for medium to large bass. 6 is best for 7lb bass then u have to know where they are.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bassman3-15 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I just cant beat a jig or a tube.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

try a red and black popper i always catch huge bass off it

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