When it comes to largemouth bass baits the choices that are available seem almost endless. In this article we will discuss 3 of the most effective baits for largemouth bass and some tips and tricks for putting these baits into action. These 3 baits should be a part of any serious bass anglers tackle box. On any given fishing day, one of these three bait choices (or variations thereof) will help you experience more bass fishing success.
An important rule to remember when it comes to largemouth bass baits is that there is no “magic bait” that will help you catch bass all the time. Such a bait doesn’t exist, but there are effective bass lures that become more effective the more you put them into practice. That’s right, nothing will help your catch rates like spending time on the water practicing your craft and learning all the subtle nuances of your baits. With that said, let’s get down to the 3 effective baits for largemouth bass, shall we?
These baits are being listed in no particular order.
- Soft Plastics – The most popular form of soft plastic is the plastic worm. Plastic worms are extremely effective largemouth bass baits. Some of the most popular ways of rigging a soft plastic worm is the Carolina or Texas rig. Soft plastics in the form of baitfish and grubs are also quite effective in various bass fishing situations. Many anglers like to use soft plastics that have been manufactured with fish catching scents in them. Berkley’s Gulp products are an example of this and have become very popular.
- Shad Imitations – On many lakes where largemouth bass are present one of their main food sources is the shad. A shad is a small baitfish that bass love to gorge themselves on when given the opportunity. There are many largemouth bass baits that imitate shad on the market today with some of the most popular being the Shad Rap and the KickTail Minnow. A variety of shad imitations should be a part of any bass fisherman’s repertoire.
- Crawdad Imitations – These freshwater crustaceans are a favorite meal of large bass. On bodies of water where crawdads are present, crawdad imitations are an extremely effective largemouth bass bait. Whether you crawdad imitations are in the form of soft plastics of traditional crank baits you must have them available. If a rattle is added to your presentation it makes crawdad imitations that much more irresistible to hungry bass.
These are 3 of the most effective baits for largemouth bass and should be a part of any serious bass anglers tackle box, it’s as simple as that. Are there other baits that could be on this list? Of course, but these 3 are a great place to start and in many cases finish when it comes to largemouth bass baits. It’s also a great idea to keep in mind what Steven Wright said of anglers, “There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.” I think no truer words may have ever been spoken and that’s coming from someone who fishes 2-5 times a week!