Best Largemouth Bass Lures

I have learned a lot about how to catch largemouth bass while preparing for and competing in bass fishing tournaments. Below I have listed the top five best bass fishing lures for typical conditions.

I have done lots of freshwater fishing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey so I am very familiar with largemouth bass fishing techniques..

Baby Brush Hog with Red Specks

Watermelon Red 4 inch Brush Hog, best for clear water on bright days.

Green Pumpkin Red 4 inch Brush Hog, best for murky water and low light conditions.

Gamakatsu Offset Shank Round Bend Worm Hook, size 3/0 recommended, size 2/0 for small bass and size 4/0 for big bass.

Newt with red spots on its back. Similar to a Baby Brush Hog. These are more common in lakes than many people realize.

 

Fishing for bass with Baby Brush Hogs is the best way to catch big bass under most conditions. Brush Hogs work best in water that is less than 6ft deep and when casting near shore. The key to fishing with Brus Hogs is to be quiet. Very quietly approach an area and then realize that it is all about the “splash” literally. This lure makes a awesome splashing noise and bass come into investigate and find this lure slowly sinking in the water and simply can not resist. Even when bass are being lethargic and not hitting other lures, fish often still bite the Brush Hog. Cast it out and keep a small amount of tension on the line so you can feel when the big bass engulfs the lure, if there is firm tug set the hook! If a bass does not bite while it is initially sinking, it is not likely that a bass will bite on the retrieve. Count to ten after the initial splash and then just crank the bait in fast to save time. Obviously if there is good structure the bait can be paused and twitched to see if a bass will take it during the retrieve.

Lilly-pads are the best place to use the Brush Hogs. This is not a weedless setup though so using 20lb  braided line with 20lb fluorocarbon leader line is recommended. This way the pole has strong light line that can be cast far while also remaining invisible to the bass. The three to five foot leader is best tied line to line with the braided line.

When fishing tournaments we often show up with two poles with offset hooks on them and only fish with Brush Hogs all day.  These creature baits are that good! The red specks are key.

Note: These are not the best colors to use at night, the blackberry color would be a better choice. Dark scented baits are the way to go at night.

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Mepps Spinners

Bronze Mepps #5 with a tail, 1/2 ounce, best for big bass, casting far in murky water.

Silver Mepps #3 with a tail, 1/4 ounce, best for clear water on sunny days.

Mepps #3 witout a tail, 1/4 ounce,  great lure but having a tail typically works better for bass, bronze with red are great colors for these spinners.

Mepps spinners are great bass fishing lures for people with low patients. Using spinners there is the constant action of casing and retrieving allowing for large areas of water to be fished quickly. This lure is best for water under 8 feet deep. The slower the spinner is retrieved the more the lure will sink into the water. It is a good idea to start reeling in as soon as the lure hits the water to get the blade spinning, the spinner can then immediately be reeled slower to get it to sink deeper.

Casting perpendicular to the shore is my favorite way to fish for bass.  Fish are on the edges, especially during warm day in the springtime. The bass look away from the shore and can easily chase down a spinner.  You can often watch the fish strike which makes it that much more fun. The advantage this lure has over soft plastics and most other lures is that is covers more water. If the bass feeding aggressively they will hit Mepps spinners!  It is also easy to feel the bass bight and set the hook which make this a great lure for kids. We have been using these spinner since we had the Zepco push button reels as young kids.

If there are toothy fish in the lake such as pickerel, pike and musky using this lure can be a problem because these fish love to bite spinners as well. When a toothy fish bites and there is not a steel leader the fishing line can easily be cut. A steel-leader leader might cut down on the number of bass that bite. However, I have caught plenty of bass while using a steel leader.

Being a little old fashion we almost solely use silver and bronze colors with as much red as possible. Make sure if weeds get caught on the spinner they are removed before the next cast. Bass rarely hit a lure that has weeds on it.

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Crayfish Jig with Red in Skirt

Green Pumpkin, Zoom Super Speed Crawfish soft plastic, 3 3/4 inches. This is a great color as long as it matches the jig. Trim the first two notches off before putting it in the hook and the claws will extend out just past the skirt and flutter great in the water!

Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Jig Bait .375 ounce. Looks great with the red on the bottom the skirt! This is a swim jig so travels good horizontally in the water column. Gamakatsu black nickel heavy wire hook are strong and good for pulling hard on big bass. A great color is Bama Craw.

This jig with a cryfish combo looks great!

 

Crayfish Jigs were learned by watching our competition during bass tournaments. Teams would use this lure all day and only this lure, that is how you know it works good. This takes a lot of effort on the fisherman’s part. These jigs can be used for a few hours without getting a bite but when a big bass finally gets hooked it is worth all the work. Generally this is jigged in water 6 to 12 feet deep with large patches of sod-grass. The thicker the better. Jigging around shoals also works good. The key is knowing where the grass beds, structure or ledges are located. This can be difficult if you are not familiar with the lake.

The technique is to be drifting over grass beds and pitching the jig about four feet in front of the boat (which is drifting sideways), let the lure sink to the bottom, generally the bass will bite while the lure is sinking, so be ready to set the hook when starting up with the jig. Pull the jig 1 to 4 feet of the bottom once or twice and then retrieve the jig and pitch it again.

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Zoom Green Worm

Green Pumpkin, 9 inch length is a perfect bass fishing lure to catch big bass. Fish this similar to a Baby Brushhog, it will sink a little faster so it works great in deep sections of Lilly-pads. The second best color is Junebug which works great in murky rivers.

Gamakatsu Offset Shank Round Bend Worm Hook, size 3/0 recommended, size 2/0 for small bass and size 4/0 for big bass.

The green worm is fished similar to a Baby Brush-Hog. Advantages are that is sinks a little faster and is better to use when adding weight to target fish in 5 to 7 feet of water. This depth is a bit shallow for a jig and a to deep for a baby brush-hog.

The power of the green worm became apparent to me when fishing against my friend Ryan O. We were fishing a big pond, perfect for a spinner so I thought. The water got deep quickly from the shore and hand some grass and deep Lilly-pads. I had an advantage because I would cast in the good spots first. He would then come and fish the already been fished water and catch one bass after another after another. Some time thee or four bass from the same small patch of Lilly-pads, it was ridiculous. Even though I lost the friendly fishing competition that day, I learned a good technique so I was not complaining.

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Strike King KVD Crank Bait

Strike King KVD Square Bill Crainkbait , Color Chart Sexy Shad Size 1.5 ounce, swimming depth is 3 to 6 feet.

Crank baits are good at covering mid-depth water 5-10 feet and find out where the fish are located. When fishing rocky bottoms where there are not lots of weeds this is a good option. Although at that point you might be catching more smallmouth bass than largemouth bass. A perch color is a great choice but it depends what the bass are eating, try and match the bait with the natural food sources.

Thanks for visiting Global Fishing Reports. I hope these suggestions help you catch more largemouth lass!

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