The word “lure” means to entice, tempt or attract. It is easy to understand why this term applies to an object dangling at the end of a fishing line into the depths of lake or river waters, since your very reason for being at the water is to do just that, lure the fish. The whole idea is to make the fish believe they want to eat the lure. So how exactly is that done most effectively? Which bass fishing lures work best?
Bass are fish that possess six senses, so when choosing a lure, it is important to appeal to those senses. Bass are also very temperamental, and can be extremely discriminate in which lure will appeal from day to day. It is always a good idea to carry several types of lures with you to be prepared for the appetite of the bass on that particular day.
When it comes to lures, a large variety is available to choose from. Major types include crankbait, swimbait, topwater, worms, jerk baits and buzz bait. Each lure type has many sub-types, far too many to mention in just one article. The best advice would be to have a few favorites from each category. Generally speaking, there are a few criteria to consider when choosing bass fishing lures. The water being fished, the equipment being used and your own personal preferences will decide this question.
Crankbait and swimbait have the appearance of small baitfish in that it will wriggle through the water, then dive when retrieved. There are both shallow and deep diver varieties, and at least one of each should find their way into your tackle. The main difference between the two is the texture; crankbait are generally hard while swimbait are soft.
Topwater lures float or are “walked” across the surface of the water being fished, visibly enticing a bass to strike. These lures can be considered to be one of the more exciting lures to use, based on the dramatic out of water response by bass generally derived when used.
Worms are always a great standby lure that usually attract bass without fail. They are available in a variety of bright colors to attract bass in murky or heavily vegetated waters, but generally work best in clear waters when they have a natural appearance.
Jerk baits come in both hard and soft textures. They provide no action on their own; rather, they depend on the techniques and motions of the fisherman’s handling of the rod and line.
Buzz bait is a surface lure, but differs from most in its appearance. A propeller blade churns the water during retrieve, offering even more visibility during night fishing or heavy vegetation in the water.
The general rule of thumb for bass fishing lures is to try each type in different situations until your own preference is determined. Again, keeping a few of each type of lure on hand during fishing expeditions will enable you to change techniques with the mood of the bass.