Since spending hours in my favourite tackle store up the road it has always been a great fascination of mine to watch bass anglers choose their lures.
Either the angler has something very specific in mind and chooses with utter contentment, or there’s pure confusion. However, I would like to suggest a simple strategy for putting more bass on the end of your line. It may be just a motivational reminder for some of the readers, yet for others I’m foreseeing a marked improvement on their catch numbers and less frustration in the tackle store.
Most of us don’t have the luxury of spending countless hours on our favourite stretch of water working out the bass’ whereabouts. Bass move to different locations in a fishery for a variety of reasons, including seasonal changes in temperature, variations in water depth, water quality, positioning of structure and cover, and of course where their food is located. Not being familiar with a particular dam, or how the above changes will have affected the bass will mean a lot more searching to find our target species.
Naturally, using a fish finder will help you located underwater structures, and certainly with the gross improvements in electronics today anglers may even be able to actually see the fish. However, 99% of us do not have this luxury, but can rely on just three very clever ‘search baits’ to help us determine where the bass are:
The lipless crankbait
This is potentially my greatest ‘search bait’ of all time and I know it’s terrible, but I have a particular favourite in this range – I simply do not leave home without it. Before I tried this bait I would never have believed I would be writing a story one day with it at the top of my lure list.
This lures greatest asset is that it can be