In this article I will outline and discuss bass bait and more importantly some of the best baits that can be used to catch bass. There are thousands of choices out there when it comes to bass bait and narrowing the choices down can be a daunting task for any angler. This article will help you in determining the best bait for bass in a given fishing situation. After reading this quick article you will know the best baits for bass and can choose your own personal favorite bass bait from these popular choices.
Bass baits (as well as most fishing baits) can be broken down into two main categories, live bass bait and fishing lures that mimic live bass bait in some way, shape, or form. Any good list of the best bait for bass will include choices from these two categories and this article is no different. There is no question that that the “best” bait that can be used for bass can be found among these five choices.
- Live Baitfish – Live baitfish such as live shad and shiners are a very effective bass bait and will catch bass at all times of the year. One of the keys to fishing with live baitfish is keeping them as “lively” as possible. This means rigging them in ways that won’t be fatal too quickly. Hooking live baitfish through the lips with gang hooks or just below the backbone with a circle hook are both great ways to accomplish this task.
- Spinnerbaits – Spinnerbaits make an excellent bass bait, especially when fished near submerged trees or over and through weed beds. Spinnerbaits are an excellent way to cover a lot of water quickly, if you are trying to locate hungry bass. The vibration and flash that this bait provides is difficult for hungry bass to resist.
- Shad Imitation Swimbaits – When it comes to bass bait shad imitations can be hard to beat, especially if shad are the main forage of the bass (as they are in many bodies of water). The bottom line is that shad imitation Swimbaits make an excellent bait when it comes to fishing for almost any species of bass.
- Live Worms – Live worms make an excellent bait for bass, especially when rigged naturally on a set of gang hooks. Nowhere is this truer in the flowing waters of either a river or stream. Live worms can also be fished under floats, but drifting live worms through a bass filled river or stream is a deadly bass fishing tactic.
- Soft Plastics – Soft plastics make excellent bait for bass and come in many forms, from the well known “rubber worm” to something called creature baits which look nothing like anything that normally swims in the water. Soft plastics are excellent bait for bass and are probably the most versatile of any type of bass bait.
There is little doubt that when it comes to the best bait for bass, no matter which species of bass you are targeting, the “best” bass bait is among these choices. As I alluded to earlier, if any of these baits aren’t in your tackle box, they should be added as soon as you can.