We all know that fisherman who has more lures than your local Bass Pro Shop. For many who enjoy bass fishing, the options seem so unlimited, that it is hard not to purchase new lures often. In order to bring some clarity and simplicity to the best options, check out these top five largemouth bass lures that are sure to keep you hooked all year long!
As many of us know, skirted jigs are certainly a prime go to choice lure, often referred to as “year-round bait.” These lures are perfect for cooler seasons or mid-summer, and the success is not limited to open water fishing either. Whether you are in tall grass, rocks, wood or open water, skirted jigs will perform as expected. Perfect for winter fishing off high shorelines or from a boat close to cattails, jigs are certain to peak the interest of largemouth bass nearby. Whether you are a fishing veteran, or a newcomer, you need to have a jig in your tackle box.
Next in line for the top spot in year-round bait is crankbaits. There are a variety of crankbaits available, and each serve their purpose throughout the seasons. Lipless crankbaits are great because they are effective whether you are in shallow springs or deep open water. You will want to use a lipless crankbait for covering grass flats, target schools of fish, or in areas with stumps. Now, flat sided crankbaits with a more narrow profile are preferred in the winter seasons, but in warmer, Summer waters a wider wobble and quick reel is more attractive to those prize Bass waiting for you to catch them. There are also a variety of bills available to help perfect the experience so these lures are certainly not something to go without.
With the ability to mimic a multitude of other baitfish species, swimbaits have jumped to the top of the list, regardless of how relatively new they are to the tackle industry. Because of the variety of swimbaits available, these lures can also prove to be effective throughout each season of the year. Many anglers have the opinion that swimbaits are just as effective as jigs, but some of that may come down to preference and style. In the winter months, swimbaits are often seen alongside an underspin or another rig that mimics a dying shad. Throughout the Summer however you will most likely see swimbaits on a jighead on open water.
One thing that bass love to feed on is crawfish. Now, this is not mentioned to take away from a great multitude of variety that bass love to eat, but crawfish are certainly their favorite meal. Because crawfish tend to live in shallow water, typically with weeds, or in deep water among rocks, these are the best places to use a craw lure. Crawfish are also active throughout the majority of the year, with the exception being the coldest parts of winter. The ways you can use a craw lure are as various as the species bass eat. Whether you fish it with a jig or, drag it Carolina rig style, Craw lures will prove to be a great imitation of perhaps the bass’ most prized food source.
Typically, we know that jerkbaits are used during the colder months of the year, so many anglers have not experienced the benefits of these lures throughout the rest of the year. Bass fishermen from the North, like in Michigan, love to rip these through tall grass and across expansive flats. There is a certain balance that is needed when using the hard jerkbait in the summertime, as you need to avoid reeling it too fast. So with summer approaching, be sure to have this in your tackle box, and give it a try.
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