I have been fishing for bass for over 40 years. I grew up in South Florida and caught many "bucketmouths". I have used hundreds of different lures and since living in Charlotte, NC for the past 15 years, I have found the MOST successful, go to lure. It's the Strike King Sweet Tater Pie Shim-E-Stick. The bass just go crazy for this stick bait. I have fished it with and without a weight, wacky rigged, like a worm, like a jig, with a float,in weeds, and in green scum ponds. The bass just can't seem to resist it. I have tried other Strike King colors and other brands of stick bait, but nothing compares to the Sweet Tater Pie(orange, brown and red). They are about $4.00 for about 8. They are pretty durable for about 3-4 caught fish. Good Luck,
give them a try. You won't be disappointed.