Understanding how to catch bass and what specific types of baits and lures will help you fill the boat is crucial to making your day of fishing a day of fishing and not casting!
Having a deep set of tackle will always help you expand your game and ability to do what you have to do to meet the specifications of the individual fishing scenario.
Understanding the differences between the most popular types of bass fishing baits and lures will further ready you to break down and analyze the situation and exactly what you need to catch
PRO Bass Fishing Method #1: Using and Rigging Worms
The first and often most simple method of catching bass
This can be a great option as you can find worms throughout the day and nightcrawlers throughout the night. Nightcrawlers can sell for anywhere from about $3-$6, so grabbing some yourself can definitely be a great way to save a few bucks!
Rig-Type #1: The Carolina Rig
The Carolina Rig is a personal favorite, and this rig allows the angler to have more free and more natural movement of the bait without the weight getting in the
It is designed to let the worm or other bait dance accordingly behind it as you lift up and down and move it across the bottom of the water. It’s similar to a big crankbait, and the Carolina Rig is perfect for investigating the bottom of the water bed.
Be sure to keep near constant contact with the bottom of the water, and fish a pretty standard worm fishing style by lifting the line, releasing the slack, and doing so in that order until you have a fish (or your bait is gone).
How to Tie the Carolina Rig:
Start by sliding a bullet or egg sinker onto your line and then tie a bead (or brass)
Next take a leader from about 2-5 feet and tie that to the opposite side of the barrel swivel. At the end of the leader attach your hook and then thread the worm onto the hook.
Rig-Type #2: Texas
The Texas Rig is probably the best for beginners, and it is the one that many people learn first because of it is easy to do. It’s also a fool-proof method, as the hook tip is actually covered by the body of the worm and thus makes it much harder for the hook to get snagged on anything!
This can sound like a difficult process, but once you get the hang of this it will become your go-to rig.
How to Tie the Texas Rig:
Start by taking the hook and putting it through the head of the worm. Push it about a quarter of an inch in and poke out of the other side at a
At this point you want the hook to be facing the body of the worm. Take the bent part of the hook and note where it will intersect with the bottom of the worm: that is ultimately where you want to hook it and thread it through.
Rig-Type #3: Drop Shot
In stark contrast to the Carolina type of rig, the drop shot allows the angler to create a rigging system in which the weight is at the bottom and the hook on the line is much higher up the line (usually anywhere from 2 inches to several feet).
The great part about this rig is the fact that you can use the weight to hold your bait in one place so you can vertically fish accordingly as you shake the bait and enticing fish to come and bite it that way.
The most effective way to use this rig is to fish vertically in an area with a lot of
When you do find a solid area that has some cover around some structure you have found the optimal spot for using the drop shot rig.
Adding slack to the line will make the worm fall, and taking slack away it will rise so use this knowledge accordingly to place your bait right where you want it!
How to Tie the Drop Shot rig:
Next take the tag end and run it through the eyelet from the side that the hook point is.
This will ultimately make the hook kick outwards with the hook pointing up. Next, either use the Texas style rigging system to actually put the hook onto the worm itself (if you have a smaller small drop shot hook simply nose hook the worm).
PRO Bass Fishing Method #2: Using
The first lure we’ll mention might not be the most pertinent or popular, but it is one thing for certain: it is extremely effective.
Topwater lures are great for a number of scenarios, and the real purpose of these lures is to have a lure that acts like a fish in distress that can easily be snatched up by another.
These topwater lures are a blast to use for a number of reasons, and seeing a bass nail that lure as it jumps out of the air can be the most satisfying feeling that you can have
Top-water lures simply work very well, and they are also great to use in a situation where you know that there is a significant amount of
Loosing lures is no fun for anyone, so this is just another reason we’ll always vouch for the effectiveness of the top-water lures!
PRO Bass Fishing Method #3: Spinner Baits
This can be great for a number of reasons, and with a larger the vibration you will logically know that bigger fish who are hungry and are looking to eat will sure to be looking out for.
Even having a quick and simple spinner bait as your backup setup can save you in the event that the water temperature drops and or the sun
In the event of the latter, be sure to throw on a spinner or other slower type of bait or lure, and be sure to cast where there is a lot of
PRO Bass Fishing Method #4: Using Plastic Worms
Plastic worms are great for colder water scenarios, or just in scenarios where you are bored or don’t want to fish with a higher-maintenance lure.
Plastic worms are generally used for colder water scenarios, but this doesn’t mean that you can throw them out into the channel of a river (in this scenario using scented or semi-scented
Using the aforementioned rigging system like the Texas or Carolina style system will really allow you to maximize the effectiveness of the way that the worm is hooked.
Be sure to keep your rod tip high to keep the line as tight as it can be as you let out line and naturally let the bait fall to the bottom of the body of water.
The most hits occur when the bait is falling, so just be aware of this! Lift your rod tip after about 2-5 seconds after the bait hits the bottom of the water, and then let it fall naturally again. And if you don’t have a fish already, then just repeat until you do!
PRO Bass Fishing Method #5: Bass Jigs
Bass jigs are a great and entertaining way to aesthetically entice a fish into snatching right up at the jig at its first glance. This lure is similar to a
These lures differ greatly from the topwater lures because jigs are more focused on the lower middle to the bottom of the water. This is great to know in a situation with a lot of underwater brush and ledges that might ultimately snag these lures and steal them from you forever!
However, don’t let this sway you from using bass jigs. Successful anglers might even tell you that this is indeed the optimal bait to use in most situations, and this is for a number of reasons.
PRO Bass Fishing Method #6: Crankbaits
Crankbaits are an interesting and underused option in the bass catching world, but they’ve certainly placed on this list for a number of reasons.
The best part about crankbaits is the variety of them that we have seen grow and grow as the market demand for them skyrocketed. These baits also move extremely quickly, and they cover a lot of ground just like the spinner and bass jigs.
That can be key for a number of reasons, and just covering more water always makes you more available to more space (and logically, to more fish).
PRO Bass Fishing Method #7: Chatterbaits
The unique design and composition of this type of lure really helped its popularity skyrocket in the early to
This ultimately implies that bigger fish are going to go after the bigger baits, or at least the
So be sure to keep a
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Bass are quite frankly sometimes a bit difficult to assess just like humans, so knowing all of the ways to catch them is essential because you never know what they are going to be looking for.
However, when we really pick up on the trends of what they are doing or not doing and we stay ahead of the weather and the fishing scenario as a whole we can really begin to breakdown and further analyze what is going to put the most fish in the boat!
Having a lot of knowledge about the different methods of catching bass and having a large variety of types of baits and lures is definitely going to expand your game and help you become a much better angler.
Try to establish a set of tackle with at least two types of each of these lures to begin to have the optimal selection for every unique fishing situation you might face, and always be sure to know at least one of the rigging systems next time you’re out on the water.