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bass lures, jigs,baits etc
Posted: 10 June 2013 02:40 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am new to bass fishing and am confused by all the baits jigs top water mid water etc that I see. Can anyone explain these to me and recommend some ones for a newbie to try out on his own and an explanation how to setup my pole and use.the lures etc effectively?

Posted: 11 June 2013 09:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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There are lots of good articles on this site to help you. And lots of good fishermen. For the necessary basics you should research the Meandering blog by Troy Jackson from roughly Jan 2012 to April 2012. He did a series on the legendary lures that most guys have in their tackle box, then a series on colors. Good stuff for what you are looking for. Also- he details each trip with a log book entry that might give you tips on what to fish with depending on water temp, color, air temp, wind etc… Just a good starting place. Good luck and welcome.

Posted: 14 June 2013 10:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Oh man, where to start on that question?  First up, thanks to Mike for the endorsement.  I too would have to say that’s a good starting point but I’m a little biased. 

So many factors come in to play such as season, water temp, water clarity, structure and so on.  So here’s my very abridged version of where to start.  In general I don’t fish too deep and it takes more time or experience to get the hang of it in my estimation so I would start shallow in your bass fishing education (8’ or less) which should work fine this time of the year if chasing bass early or late in the day.  I’d also stick with some of my favorites that I lump together in a category I affectionately refer to as “brainless.”  The term means that you can essentially cast them out and reel them in and later work on some subtleties once you get some catches and confidence. 

Spinnerbaits - white or some variation and I’m lately partial to Booyah tandem (multiple blade) models.

Crankbaits - Mann’s baby 1-, Strike King Pro models (sexy shad) or squarebills and Rapala DT6 to DT10 (parrot).

Worms - No doubt in my mind a Senko wacky rig, real easy, real effective, real addictive (2/24/12 blog entry I believe).  My favorite color is natural shad but may be out of production, watermelon or green pumpkin hues are also winners as is rainbow trout.

Topwater - I’d stick with a buzzbait for starters but you’ll need a fast reel or practice in getting it headed back to the boat as quickly as possible to get it riding the surface.  Frogs in the slop are also a blast (literally) and not too complicated but frustrating with missed hookups and you need a “pool cue” type rod and heavy line to horse ‘em out of the weeds.

Jigs - I usually only throw a living rubber type jig early or late in the year (Feb-April and Oct-Dec) and black/blue with a pork trailer instead of plastic.

Lipless Crank - A rattling bait is real good for covering a lot of water and I throw Strike King Red Eye Shads (red craw or sexy shad) but like the buzzbait it is handy to have a fast reel and get ‘em cranking right away if shallow or weedy.

Other - You can’t go wrong with a Mepps inline spinner and floating Rapalas have long been a producer, cast ‘em, let them sit and then give a twitch to dive under the surface, let sit until the ripples die down and repeat unless a bass gets in the way.

With the exception of the Senkos and some of the Rapala baits everything listed is also not overly expensive in fishing gear terms which is a very important consideration in my book.  You’ll find some outrageously priced stuff out there but I can’t imagine it works a whole lot better and I’d probably cry if I lost one.  I’m also cheap on line with Trilene 10-12 lb. test monofilament on my casting reels and 6-8 on spinning rigs.  I don’t fish as much as I used to so I don’t get overly carried away on pricey rods and reels and you can often find a reasonable deal on a rod and reel combo.  I’d not buy those online, however, unless it is to replace a model you already have as there is no substitute for handling it first to get a feel for the balance and action.  I’ve also found 6’6” or above to be more versatile in handling a wide variety of lures and presentations and learn a baitcaster if you haven’t already, there’s no substitute for many of the bass lures and presentations.  However, spinning rigs are my mainstay for wacky rigs and lighter lures/presentations.  Tackle bags over tackleboxes for me with utility boxes of varying compartments to store the gear, a hanging bait box is also great for spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  One of my favoites is a 9” X 7” X 2” utility box that is not compartmentalized, good for baggies of plastics, scale, camera, pliers, clippers, maybe a fishing log (highly recommended)...

One final suggestion is to purchase at least two of each lure as it really stinks should you lose one and not have a backup when the fish have taken a liking to it.  Sure I forgot something but that should be a reasonable start.  Also seems like a good idea for a blog entry but then again, everything sounds like a good blog entry to me.  Hope this helps.  Talk to you later.  Troy