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Crankbaits:

Crankbaits are very easy lures to use. They do not require much knowledge to use. The best way to retrieve them for largemouth bass is a stop and go retrieve. Use brightly coloured lures in muddy or stained water. Also, in low visibility water use crankbaits with rattles in them. Fish these lures close to cover, but watch out, the many treble hooks hanging off of it can cause snags. In clear water do not bother using crankbaits. The fish can see the obvious hooks and will notice it as a fake.

Grubs:
Grubs can be used many ways. The most common way to retrieve them are a vertical jigging motion or to crawl it along any cover. When jigging it vertically the bass seem to eat the lure mostly on the downfall. Crawling the lure can make the lure appear as a crawfish scurrying along the bottom of the lake. Using a lead head rig is most common for grubs, but when fish are very finicky use the split shot rig. The split shot rig is a more subtle way to represent the lure. In clear water use small grubs with natural colours (ex. Pumpkinseed or smoke), while in murky water use bright colours (ex. Chartreuse).

Plastic Worms:
Worms are a favourite lure among bass fisherman. These lures can be used in many different ways. The most common way to rig a plastic worm is texas style. The texas rig allows the lure to be virtually 100 percent weedless because th point of the hook is actually hidden in the lure itself. In clear water use a smaller plastic worm with the lightest weight possible. In murky water do not be afraid to use a brightly coloured worm, even though the purple and black coloured worms seem to be a favourite among most anglers.

Spinnerbaits:
Spinnerbaits do not represent anything natural on the largemouth bass' diet, but nevertheless, it is proven to be a very good lure. The willow type blade gives off the most flash, making it good for clear water. The colorado type blade gives off the most vibration and noise, making it the spinnerbait of choice for stained water. Spinnerbaits with rounded heads can be fished slowly for inactive fish, while the pointed head spinnerbaits seem to be the most snag proof. Spinnerbaits with short arms are best to use in open areas. The long armed spinnerbaits are more weed proof. Spinnerbaits with only one blade are best used for active fish but require a faster retrieve to keep the blade moving. Two bladed spinnerbaits are best for working inactive fish very slowly or else in murky water. Spinnerbaits can be retrieved in very many different ways. Experiment with the retrieve speed and style until you get the right one.

Top Water:
Top water baits can be a very fun lure to use. Seeing a big old largemouth bass jump out of the water to hit your bait is a real thrill. Top water baits are best used in low light conditions. Bass are light sensitive, therefore, they do not like looking into light. During low light times of the day (ex. Overcast days, morning, night, or extremely cloudy times) bass could go crazy over top water lures. To use top water lures to their most effectiveness, fish them using the low light times when the water is calm and in shallow water. Top water lures include, Prop baits, buzzbaits, frogs, and minnows.

 



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