Today’s post comes to us from Josh Schwartz, a member of Sportsman Channel’s digital team. Josh is an avid sportsman who spends a great deal of his free time fishing. Below is a list of his go to lures and this post reflects those that have proven effective for him when targeting bass in Southeastern WI.
Do you have lures that provide you with confidence superior to others in your tackle box?
Over the years, I’ve discovered certain lures to produce more bass for me than others and this post will show what those lures are and why they’re the most tied on.
Favorite Lures & Categories
My favorite lure categories are soft plastics and top waters.
My favorite lures to attack bass with are as follows: Jitterbug, buzz bait, jig, frog, and Rapala’s husky jerk.
I have had most success with jigs in the spring, buzz baits and jitterbugs mid to late summer into early fall.
Stay Versatile With Soft Plastics
In the soft plastic category my favorite options are twister tails, frogs, and minnow baits. Mister Twister plastics and Kalin grubs are my favorite.
You can fish them weighted or weightless, on jig heads or hooks. Soft plastics work year round, work well in rivers and lakes, both for white bass, smallmoths, and largemouths. Plus, if you lose a jig it’s more affordable to replace than other lures and can easily switch colors without retying.
I’ve found success with jigs both on inland lakes and sections of the Fox River in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Watch The Strike
For top water bass lures, buzz baits and jitterbugs are my go-to. Why? Well, I’ve found you can vary your speed to the bass’s mood.
Buzz baits are usually zipped along the top to churn as much water and make as much noise as possible. Jitterbugs are fished slower and work best over calm water or with a slight chop.
Remember to vary your speed; experiment with a slower buzz bait retrieve. Bass will tell you when to slow down and when to speed up.
Top waters provide heart-pounding action you see. Strikes come unexpectedly so don’t set the hook as soon as you see the strike. Although a natural instinct, doing so will rip the bait from the fish leaving you with an empty hook set. Set the hook only upon feeling weight (I’m still working on this).
Diving For Bass
For hard baits I like Bomber’s and Rapala’s. Bombers have a great wobble as they float to the surface. Rapala’s offer a variety of depths, options, and colors.
If you know the weed line depth or fishing by structure these baits will work great. You can consistently stay above, or alongside, the weed line or structure with the correct hard bait.
How ‘Bout Yourself?
What are your favorite bass lures? What species of bass is your favorite to catch?
Let us know what state you fish, and your favorite bass lures in the comments!