April 27

What Kind Of Lures Do Bass Like

What Kind Of Lures Do Bass Like?

As this springtime has come I wanted to do a post for new bass fishing anglers that want to know about bass fishing lures. When you are new everybody says that you have to use this and that, but lures have specific uses and work better in certain seasons and environments. 

Below, I will highlight the different types of fishing lures that are available for bass fishing. If you have experience with them then you can skip over it, but if you see something that is new and shiny take your time to read and learn about your next purchase!

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Plastic Worms

Rubber worms or fake worms have been around since the beginning of sport fishing. They have caught a ridiculous amount of bass and there is a good reason for it. Bass can’t resist an easy nutrient-rich meal. This should definitely be one of the main parts of your fishing arsenal. I am a personal fan of Berkley Power Worms because fish simply bite and hold on longer than normal. You should give it a try and see if this is true for you as well!

What Are The Best Plastic Worms For Bass?

As I stated before I am partial to the Berkley Power Worm. This is a standard earthworm style lure that has a ribbon tail. Another one of the best types is used in the Ned Rig. This is called the Senko Worm or Yamamoto Senko. Gary Yamamoto is a plastic fishing lure manufacturer that has helped me catch many largemouth bass when I was younger. I recommend all of his baits.

Another type is what I refer to as a grub. It is a shorter and fatter body plastic worm. It is used a lot in my self proclaimed grub and spinner combo. You may know of this as the Beetle Spinner. It replicates a baitfish. It can be used for largemouth bass and striped bass just the same. The manufacturer that you use for this does not matter.

Plastic Worm Techniques

Many techniques exist for fishing a plastic worm. I will quickly go over the list so that you will know what is available. If you need to learn more about this search my website for specific articles on this.

  • Texas Rig - This involves using a bullet weight ahead of the hook and hooking an offset hook so it is weedless and hiding inside of the worm. 
  • Carolina Rig - This involves an egg sinker that is freely moving on the line to a swivel. This swivel is 2-4 feet from the worm. This allows it to float up off the bottom and stays in the strike zone of deep lethargic fish longer.
  • Ned Rig - This involves putting a Yamamoto Senko worm on a jig. You can cast and reel the lure in or jig it. This works at all depths
  • Wacky Rig - This involves hook a worm in the middle and slowly jerking it and letting it fall. This imitates a helpless worm.
  • Floating Worm - This involves using a Carolina Rig or Texas Rig worm and pumping it with air. This makes the worm float more to stay in the strike zone or allows the tail to sit more upright, which allows you to make a better presentation.
  • Weightless Worm - Hook a worm similar to a Texas Rig, but without the weight. You can slowly move it through the water and it will gradually sink.
  • Jig Trailer - You can cut a worm in half and just add it as a trailer to a jig of similar color. This will add size and tail action to  the jig
  • Spinnerbait Trailer - You can cut a worm in half and just add it as a trailer to the spinnerbait of similar color or red color. This will add size and contrast to the spinnerbait


I believe crankbaits to be one of the best lures for accessing your environment and finding out where the fish are. Many professional bass fishermen have used crankbaits to test large bodies of water quickly. This is something they do when they have their practice days and are just running off local information and their topographic maps.

If you want to use a crankbait then you should look at the different types that are available and see which ones are best suited for where you currently fish. Not everything is needed, but if you want to have everything I won’t stop you.

How Does A Crankbait Work?

Every crankbait has a “wobble” to it that imitates a baitfish. It is known that faster or slower speed can initiate strikes. The degree of the wobble can also initiate strikes as well. Unless you have a degree in oceanography and love watching baitfish swim knowing exactly how they move is hard to do. However, getting close isn’t that hard and can help you choose the right crankbait for the job.

Crankbait Types

There are several crankbait types out there that you can use to catch bass. Each type has different wobble and shape. Primarily this is for the depth that they had to travel under the water to reach the fish. Some are just to allow it to move in a certain way. Below, I will go over the types of crankbaits that you can use and how you can use them.Enter your text here...

Lipless Crankbait

Primarily these are metal and have a little bit of wobble to them. The eye hole is on the back of the crankbait. They are painted to mimic the baitfish or forage of choice. They almost always have rattles within them to gain attention. You generally use these for cranking at high speeds or for jigging. This a great lure for striped bass in the chrome color.

Balsum Wood Crankbait

Many lures in the 1950s were made of balsa wood that is highly buoyant and allows for DIY lures to be made. They are back in style now and you will find all your favorite colors and shapes available. You can choose metal or wood, but if you want more buoyancy I would go with wood.

Square Bill Crankbait

These became popular when professional fishermen discovered that they could be thrown into all types of cover and come out on the other side. Crankbait fishing is best if you are hitting something and then pausing afterword to mimic a wounded baitfish. This lure allows you to do that without too much worry of getting hung.

Short Lip Crankbait

These are your generally made for fishing between 0 and 3 ft in depth. I would say this is one level below top-water fishing. You generally can see the strike when using these crankbaits

Medium Lip Crankbait

These are for going 3-10 ft. deep. Now you can reach the fish that lurk just outside of your vision within the dark depths

Large Lip Crankbait

These are for going 10-20 ft. deep. Deep holes and sharp drops are great for using this style of crankbait.

Wide Lip Crankbait

If you want more wobble for your crankbait just goes wider. This will help you get more attention and maybe entice a bass that wasn’t quite sure if it was hungry or not.

How To Rig A Crankbait?

Crankbait setup is not too hard because you simply just need to tie it on with any knot that you know. I use an improved clinch knot most of the time. You don’t need an open loop knot unless you are using a spinner of some sort. 

I would prefer you use a stiffer Medium-Heavy rod that can handle the vibration of crankbaits and allow you to feel the bass more when they bite. Most people don’t think about this and then their lightweight rod is bent over with just the lure. What will happen when an actual fish gets on it!

I also prefer to use crankbaits with a baitcasting reel. I just believe I can feel the bites better when I have my thumb on the line when reeling in quickly. This is a personal preference, but you can use this with any fishing reel you like.

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Crankbait Vs Jerkbait

For the most part, there's only one real difference between a crankbait and a jerkbait. Crankbaits are usually a bit fatter and they're short. A jerkbait is skinnier and longer. the reason for this is the type of action that we want the baitfish imitation to do. A crankbait will go deep compared to its bill size and wobble. A jerkbait will wiggle from side to side making a V pattern in the water.

Most jerkbaits won't go deep unless they are weighted or have a countdown feature. I enjoy using jerkbaits a lot when I want to do a pause and jerk movement. This gives the fish time to inspect the bait and to see that it may be wounded and an easy meal.

if you're wondering which one to use in a certain situation think about this. Do I want to cover more water and discover where the fish are? Do I want to catch fish that are near the surface and lure them out with a side to side action? Depending on your answer you will choose the crankbait or the jerkbait.


Spinnerbaits have been a long time favorite of mine. Many people use the more notable bigger version and that is great. I have caught many bass on a spinnerbait near the cover and open water. It serves well as a discovery bait like the crankbait to see where the fish are hiding in an unknown body of water.

You will find them in many different shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and additions. Below I will list some parts of spinnerbaits

Spinnerbait Rod / Wire

Spinnerbait Rod or wire is what attaches the jig head to the blades that are at the end of the rod.

Spinnerbait Skirt

The skirt is rubber or hair based and allows movement to occur when the spinnerbait is reeled in.

Spinnerbait Rattle

These are BBs contained in a box that is attached to the hook. This will move and shake and make sounds that are similar to baitfish and even crayfish. the true motivator is to gain attention.

Spinnerbait Trailer

The trailer is an attachment to the hook that goes behind the skirt. This increases the size and movement of the spinnerbait.

Spinnerbait Blades

The blades are customizable and spin around the wire. They can be teardrop-shaped or long and skinny. They can be of various colors but usually silver or bronze. This helps it look like a school of small baitfish where the biggest and slowest of the biggest fish is in the back making it an easy meal for the bass

What Are Spinnerbaits Good For?

Spinnerbaits are known for being bass finders. Just like the crankbait professional fisherman used it to fish a lot of water and then a short amount of time. This allows them to find out where the fish are when I don't know the lake very well. You can use this to your advantage if you are not an expert at your local body of water.

 The spinnerbait is also good at mimicking a small school of baitfish. What's the skirt along with the one or two blades you have what is called a school of baitfish. The biggest fish which has the hook in it is in the back and it also is the biggest. This means that the easiest to capture a fish is also the biggest one, which makes fish want to bite it even more.

What Is The Best Spinnerbait?

A common question for all the lures is what is the best one. no matter what you do you can't be wrong and you can't be right. As far as I'm concerned it's best if you use tandem blades. It is also good if you know what lure colors are popular in your area. In Boston on the Charles River black and blue is the best color to use for a skirt on a  spinnerbait or jig.

It is also good to have one that has a rattle in it so it gains more attention. you also want to add a small trailer to the back end of it to make the beat even juicier for the bass who is deciding if it should bite it or not. with all these things combined, you will have a top-notch spinnerbait that can catch bass in your location.

Inline Spinners

These single wire baits have always been very interesting to me. I have acquired many over the years and many people have talked a big game about them, but I haven’t done very well with them until I went trout fishing in New Hampshire. 

When it comes to bass fishing there are a set of colors that work best for them and companies like Panther Martin have a set just for this. I would look into your local baitfish and flies and see what you want to imitate.

What Is An Inline Spinner?

A single wire with an eyelet for the fishing line and another for the hook is beaded with plastic and metal colors and designs along with a spinner that rotates around the wire. In reality, it is a very simple thing.

Hod Do You Use An Inline Spinner?

You simply reel this in and it does its job. You can do some techniques like stop and pause to help entice bites, but it is not much different than fishing with any other spinning type of bait. You should use an open-loop type of knot for a specific reason. When it is spinning it will also try to spin the wire, which will also spin the fishing line. This will cause your line to start to twist and then It will not go on your fishing reel right.

Inline Spinner Blades

Just like any other type of spinning lure the blades can be various sizes but are generally in line with the size of the body that is being used. You will notice that bronze and silver a the two-color types that you get. This will cover most of the baitfish types that you will come across.

The others will have paint blades that will further try to mimic the body of the lure or look like wings of a bug. Basically, lure manufacturers are trying to replicate what the local forage look like underwater.

Inline Spinner Bodies

The bodies of these inline spinners will usually be metal-based. I have seen some older ones that are wood or cheap ones that are plastic. I would stick to the metal as the colors and variations are vast and they don’t wear out as fast as the other options. If you want these best you will use Panther Martin or Blue Fox. These two in my eyes have cornered the market when it comes to inline spinners.

They basically bead the lure body onto the wire until they have a look that imitates a baitfish or fly. Then obviously they do a lot of testing to make sure that it catches the fish that they hope it will.

Inline Spinner For Bass

Like I stated before places like Panther Martin have made bundles and sets of lures to cater to different types of fish including bass. They are made to mimic specific baitfish and this is the reason it is for a specific type of fish. 

Grub Lure

Fishing a grub is a personal favorite because when I need to catch a fish this is what I put on the line without even thinking about it. If you have watched any of my videos I will have a mini spinner attached to a small jig head with a green or white grub on it. 

Anything from panfish up to 5lb bass will bite that thing. It is simply amazing. If I want to know if there are fish in the area I use that lure instead of a crankbait or spinnerbait. This is my own opinion though and you can make your own. However, if you have listened to a show called “Salt Strong” before they have a say on it. It is listed as their greatest lure of all time! You will find that Redfish love it!

How Do I Use A Grub Lure?

Using a grub is quite simple. You will need a jig head that will get the lure to the depth that the fish are at. Then you simply jig, swim, or jig and swim at the same time. There really isn’t any other type of way to work it unless you use stops and pauses.

How Do You Rig A Grub Lure?

You only need a jig head and grub to rig it up. You need to thread the grub on the hook so that when the top of the grub hits the head the hook exits the grub while making the grub lay flat instead of sideways.

You want the grub to lay completely straight so after a little practice, you will see where this point is. If you can hook a worm on an offset shank hook you can easily do this.

Do Bass Eat Grubs?

Yes! Bass are known for eating grubs. I believe smallmouth bass are even more likely to do this. If you really know bass well, then you will know they will eat anything they can get their mouths around…..even themselves!

How To Rig A Grub Weedless?

You can rig a grub weedless if you hook it like a worm on a texas rig. You put the hook in the front and immediately out the bottom. Then you re-hook it straight through the body so that it is completely straight. Make sure it is not being pulled too hard or not enough so it makes it sideways. 

This will enable you to have it weedless. Another way is to have a weedless jighead that has the brush guards on it. I prefer this way because I don’t have to make more holes in my grub that will deteriorate the plastic.


Using these fun baits can really get your blood moving and it is the same thing for the fish. When you ask any fishermen what type of fishing is the best. They will all tell you it is topwater fishing. There is nothing like watching a bass jump out of the water with your lure in its mouth.

What Are Buzzbaits Used For?

Buzzbaits are used to get the attention of bass that is looking for schools of baitfish. With all the commotion going on at the surface it can look like a very small school of fish, which will make them curious. If they are hungry they will see the big juicy skirt with a trailer on it for size.

Do Buzzbaits Need Trailers?

Trailers are not necessary to catch fish, but I personally always use a trailer because it gives the fish the idea that they will get a big juicy meal that is easier to catch than whatever is jumping around in front of it. You always want the fish to think about the easy meal. Once they see the easy meal, make sure the meal is extra big so it is worthwhile to chase.

How Do You Fish Buzzbaits?

You simply cast and reel these in at the top of the water. The spinner will turn from the pressure of the water and churn the water just like a school of baitfish does. You don’t need to slow it down or pause so it’s very easy.

The best thing you can do is work it around deep ledges that have cover near them. This will draw out fish from the cover and the deep drops to see what is going on. The maximum fish attraction will lead to the maximum amount of bites.

What Rod Do You Use For Buzzbaits?

You should use a medium/heavy rod to fish a buzzbait. I prefer this type of rod when fishing any large spinnerbait, buzzbait or crankbait. You don’t want your rod to bend too much just by reeling in the buzzbait. This will cause even more bend when the fish gets on. Then you won’t have the torque necessary to get a good hook set.


A new invention that goes between an inline spinner and a spinnerbait is all the rage. If you have been around for a while you know when a new way to fish comes around people jump on it like crazy. I will say that this particular lure actually has something to it that is worth checking out.

How To Fish A Chatterbait

You actually don’t fish this any different than you do a spinnerbait. It has a wiggle that it does like a boat rocking sideways in the see. I believe I have seen this type of lure in an old Arbogast lure from the 1960s. Maybe this is a remake of that style and given a proper name. 

Just cast and reel it in. You work it low, medium, or high. It is preferred to do around cover so large bass can take a look at it. It can mimic a baitfish or a crayfish depending on the colors and trailer you use with it.

What Are Chatterbaits Good For?

These lures are used to mimic baitfish and crayfish. Most people don’t realize you can do this with a spinnerbait as well. It definitely works better with a chatterbait since the blade does not distract from the skirt and trailer.

This is primarily a bass fishing lure, but I am sure some people will find other uses for it. As of right now, it is on-trend and you should definitely try one out. I would suggest the Z-Man version because of the quality.

Chatterbait Trailers

You can use a grub or crayfish trailer with your chatterbait. Make sure that you match the colors of the skirt and match the hatch for wherever you are fishing. It is always important to match the colors of the baitfish or crayfish where you are fishing. You will definitely notice that your catch rate will increase.

Chatterbait Blades

The blade used to make the chatterbait move is shaped in a specific way. I believe if it broke it would be better just to try to fix it yourself with a hammer and a V-shaped pliers. Otherwise, you might as well just buy a new one. 

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Getting a different color or type will probably make the lure not work as well because this blade is supposed to remain invisible and not being seen unlike inline spinners and spinnerbaits.

Chatterbaits Without Skirts

Word has got out that you can still catch fish without a skirt on your chatterbait and just with a trailer. I believe this is definitely true. Since the blade is made to be hidden all the fish see are the grub or crayfish swaying in the current. They will be able to clearly see what they are going after. 

You could possibly say this would be better in clear water when the fish can already see what is going on. Don’t try to trick them with size by using a rubber skirt. Just show them the prize and present it to them.

Popper Lure

After fishing for a complete lifetime I have yet to catch a fish on a popper. I was always attracted to poppers when Bill Dance made it look so easy. Whenever I tried it I only heard the splash of the bait and crickets on the shore.

What Is A Popper Lure

Poppers have an ice cream scoop mouth that when you pull the bait it pools the water and sprays it forward like when you try to splash somebody in the pool. This simply tries to mimic a wounded baitfish that is fluttering at the surface alone.

How Do Popper Lures Work?

You give poppers a very quick jerk and the mouth will spray water in front of the lure. This will attract fish with noise and then they will see your helpless and defenseless baitfish on the surface. You want to do this around cover if possible because you need to put it near fish that are near the surface. This will also work well near schools of baitfish.

Popper Lures For Bass

Most poppers are used for largemouth bass since they are known for attacking things at the surface of the water. However, many fish will do the exact same thing so don’t be surprised if you see a striped bass, smallmouth bass, panfish, or even a catfish come to check it out.

Popper Lure Technique

Just like I stated in the section above, you simply need to jerk and then pause the lure. You can do 1 jerk then 1 pause. You can also do 2 jerks and 1 pause. If you have ever seen a wounded baitfish swimming and fluttering around at the surface of the water then you know what you need to do to imitate it.

Lizard Lure

In my past, I used to use lizard lures a lot. The reason for this was the fact that knew the forage in my lake. Lizards were everywhere so I was reassured that the bass would know what it was if I threw it in there.

I didn’t catch as many bass as when I used a baitfish lure, but catching fish on something different is always fun. I remember catching one extremely aggressive fish that I called a red eye…. Because having red eyes was always fun. It bit anything that came near it no matter what. It turned out to be a species of crappie.

Plastic Lizards For Bass

I don’t see nearly enough people using lizards or even having lizards in their arsenal when it comes to professional fishing. Because of that recreational anglers don’t use them either. If you do a little research of the lake with the reptiles in the area you could find yourself being the person fishing with the juiciest forage while everything else is trying to feed the bass potato chips. 

You generally want to work a lizard-like a crayfish. You should take the approach to swim it through the water more though. It is a creature that swims below the surface of the water and creeps in the shadows were bass won’t see it so well. 

Crawfish Lure

Using a crawfish lure is something you should do whenever you know you have them as forage. Bass prefer this bait because it gives them more value for the effort they put into it. I personally know they are in the local river, but not in my location. When I go to this other location I purposefully fish lures that look like the crayfish in my area. 

Most people just can’t buy live crayfish, but if you study them online you will know they are just like fishing a worm. SLOW! Put them in the cover no matter what it is. Deep weeds, lily pads, overhanging trees, stumps…. Whatever!

Crawfish Jig

Using a crawfish lure as a trailer is the best way to fish it I believe. You are able to put this lure exactly where the fish should be and work it long and slow until you can entice a bite. I personally have to work on my patience lever for this because every time I am having a hard day I just slow down. This ironically is exactly when I start catching fish.

How Do You Use Crawfish Lure?

You can use it on a jig, spinnerbait, chatterbait, taxes-rigged or on a shaky head. When you are using it with spinners you move it fast and low to the bottom. This will imitate a crayfish who is trying to escape quickly to cover. If you use a jig or a weight then you want to work it slowly and put it right on their noses. Then you just shake it till you get a bite.

How Do You Rig A Crawfish Lure?

You will rig the crawfish lure depending on the way you utilize it. Most of the time it will simply be a trailer. In that case, you rig it like a trailer. If you use it online on a jig then you rig it like most things are rigged for the jig. Only when you do it Texas-rig style do you have some options. Mostly you should stick to the style you are using.

Jig Lure

The crayfish lure section really took a lot of the need for the explanation of this lure. You know it is a specially shaped jig head that is used with a skirt that will match the hatch. The real trick is what kind of trailer do you use with it. That is where the fun comes in. A jig is just a tool for the trailer that you use it on.

What Is A Jig Lure

As I just stated jig lures are jig heads with two types of weighted heads. A flat head for swimming through the weeds and not getting tangled. A round head or flat-bottom head for bouncing along the bottom and keeping the hook upright, which will present the bait directly to the fish.

Can You Jig From Shore?

Jigging from the shore can be done, but it is best from a boat. The reason for this is you want to make it look like the bait is coming from the cover and lurking out into the unknown where the bass is waiting. Sometimes the bass is waiting within the cover so it doesn’t make it.

If you are on the boat or shore you can work it beside cover and get the same effect. It can have the effect of forage trying to escape back into cover, which may make the bass chase it more.

What Is The Difference Between A Swim Jig And A Flipping Jig

A swim jig has a flat structure to it and it pushed weeds away from it and deflects off things. It also has the effect of swimming a bit like a manta ray. This is good for crayfish trailers that you are using with it. 

A flipping jig is either flat on the bottom or round and is made to penetrate the heavy cover and do a dance in one single spot. It is not made to work through the weeds or cover. There is an obvious use for both fo these in your tackle box and I would get a couple of each kind. Why do you ask? Because you will lose some of them and then you will want more.


A jerkbait was one of the first major fishing lure investments I made back in middle school. I actually had to do odd jobs to make money to fill up my tackle box. Guess what lure I was saving for. A Rapala minnow! That is the reason I love them so much. I have been catching bass on them for decades and they always come through.

What Is A Jerkbait?

This is a minnow replica that actually looks like a minnow. It is hard plastic and has treble hooks to ensure that you will ensnare your fish. I like the fact that you can easily hook things, but I also like the idea that it looks just like what it should.

What Is The Difference Between A Crankbait And A Jerkbait?

The difference has to do with the shape and movement of the bait. Crankbaits are short and have a wobble while jerkbaits are long and skinny and slide side to side. These two types of movements mimic types of movements from baitfish.

Also certain baitfish are short and fat while others are longer and this simply will help you mimic the forage better. I am always going to push toward matching the hatch and you should too.

How Does A Jerkbait Work?

A jerkbait works how it sounds. You jerk the bait and it makes a movement. This movement is a specific movement. The jerkbait will rock from side to side and it will move like a backslash and a forward slash from your keyboard over and over. So think of it like this







As you can see this is similar to crankbaits and stick baits. Crankbaits wobble and stick baits go side to side even more than this. I have had way too much success with jerkbaits to ever give it up.

Jerkbaits For Bass

Bass of all kinds is the most popular fish that will go after a jerkbait. The reason for this is the baitfish they mimic are mostly around them. You can use jerkbaits for just about anything. I believe that everybody that is a bass fisherman should have a full set of jerkbaits in their tackle box.

Jerkbait Rod

A middle of the road stiffness fishing rod is definitely needed within you are jerkbait fishing. You need the stiffness to jerk the rod and move the lure properly. You also need some sensitivity to feel bites if they are under the surface and you don’t know if you are hung on a log or have a fish.

You can find this with whatever manufacturer you like the most. I have my favorites, but stick with the medium rods. I know you will have to fight hard to get yet another rod in your house, but having a full set of light, medium, medium/heavy in your arsenal is great. Make sure you have that for spinning and bait-casting.

Spoon Lure

Spoon lures are very popular for people who fish in deep water or for trout and salmon. I have never really had much experience with trying spoon lures because I didn’t get much luck when I did try.

This doesn’t have to be your experience though. These lures work great for many people who know very well where to fish them and what they are fishing for.

What Are Spoon Lures Used For?

Spoon lures are best used when you are fishing really deep. When I say deep I mean over 20 feet deep. You will be targeting suspended bass or bass in deep holes. You can also use this in fast-moving rivers.

What Is A Jigging Spoon?

A jigging spoon is just that. It is a spoon that you jig only. It is usually a very large lure and can’t be used in any other way. Rapala has a minnow spoon that is weedless and goes through the weeds. You can even put a trailer on it. 

The weight of the spoon will also be much heavier than most spoons that you normally use. If you have spoon lures can test their weight. Then you will know, which ones are jigging spoons.

Spoon Lures For Bass

The spoon lures that you see for bass are only for bass because of the size and the baitfish they are trying to mimic. Shad, minnows, golden shiner, etc….

Make sure that you check what your local forage is and match the hatch! Nothing will ruin your day more than getting a new lure and it doesn’t look like anything that is within your body of water.

How To Use A Spoon Lure?

Using a spoon lure is not too hard. You can work it in several different ways. You can jig it straight up and down. You can add pauses and drop it all the way to the bottom or work some other zone of the water. You can let it go with a river like it is floating downstream. You can go trolling with it as well, which I believe works for lake trout.

How To Rig A Spoon Lure?

Rigging a spoon lure is simple, but not. You need to use a loop style knot that doesn’t tightly clinch on the eye hole. This will allow the lure to spin freely and not make your line all twisted up.

You can also use a swivel clip to attach to it. It may or may not affect the action of the lure. However, you won’t have your line getting twisted up.


A stick is a cylindrical shape bait that is used to be called a cigar lure because of its shape. It has a very specific type of movement that is not unlike a jerkbait, but even more aggressive. To demonstrate this I am using keyboard symbols to show you what it looks like. You can also look at videos online to see what it does if you don’t currently own one.





The back and forth movements are more erratic than the ones I displayed for the jerkbait. The reason for this is to get even more attention! It seems you have to get the attention of whatever you want to attract before you do anything. After that, you can win them over with looks, smell, taste, or whatever. Ironically, the same goes for humans.

What Is A Stickbait?

As previously mentioned, it is a cylindrical shaped or cigar-shaped lure. I have some for largemouth bass and others for striped bass within my tackle box. Some were even gifted and are decades old. However, that does not diminish the value that they give.

What Are Stickbaits Used For?

If you have gone saltwater fishing and seen a flock of birds goes after baitfish that are at the service, you know what value this brings to your fishing experience. When baitfish move on the surface they make quick darting moves just like a stickbait to get away from predators. 

This quick left to right movement is exactly what gets fished turned on. They think a feeding frenzy is happening and they want to get in on the action. I for one definitely get excited when I see seagulls diving for baitfish and fish attacking them from all sides. I know if I have the right color lure and give a decent presentation I will catch a fish guaranteed!

How Do You Fish A Stickbait?

You can fish a stickbait by putting your rod low to the surface of the water and then giving consistent jerks to move it side to side. If you do it too fast you could lose your rhythm, but you can’t do it too slow. You really should take your movements to whatever the local baitfish are doing.

I like to have a medium speed jerk when I am using a stickbait. You should fish this over open water where you know bass are around a school of baitfish. I believe stickbaits are opportunistic baits where you know exactly where the fish are hiding. You see these used more in saltwater fishing because of this.

Sinking Stickbait

These lures are newer to the market and definitely have their uses as a saltwater lure. You want to fish these a bit differently than the floating version. First, you should let it sink to the level that the fish will see it. Then you should jerk it a couple of times and reel in the slack (This causes a pause) and then let it sink again and then jerk it again. 

When you have slack in the line the lure will wobble from side to side and reflect light that will attract fish to it. It’s a great play on the original version and is sure to provide action from much larger gamefish. I am hoping they make one for smaller freshwater fish just to have some variety from jerkbaits. 

Floating Stickbait

The traditional method for fishing a stickbait is for the floating variety. It stays on the surface no matter what. That means the fish have to be at the surface feeding or looking for something to feed on. As I explained earlier, It will work from side to side but doesn’t have any other action.

Best Stickbait Rod

I can’t highlight the best manufacturer rod, but you need a medium/heavy rod to handle this lure and be able to set the hook on the size fish this attracts. Also fish are likely to get off because they can jump and throw the lure.

To prevent this you need a rod that is stiff but has sensitivity at the tip to give leverage. Ugly Stik has a good rod for this and I have trusted them for decades. The best part is they aren’t overly expensive anymore. However, you should experiment with your current medium/heavy rods and see if they suit you well. No reason to spend money when not necessary.

Stickbait Vs Jerkbait

A stick bait is cigar-shaped with no bill or lip to make it dive or make a movement. All of its movements come from how the user moves it manually. Jerkbaits have bills that allow it to dive to certain depths.

Stickbaits will be the beefier looking bait, but less realistic when looked at up close. That is the reason that they are supposed to be used for fish that are actively feeding. Jerkbaits use movement and sight to attract and then make the fish want to bite something that looks just like the baitfish they want to eat.

Both of these baits use treble hooks primarily. You never know which way they are going to bite it so you have to be prepared to hook it any way you can. Also, most of these fish will be jumping out of the water to catch your bait. So you get some fun and the treble hooks help you feel better about not losing your fish.


I have started using this lures more and more recently because they utilize the abilities of other lures like jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. They do this while also being made of soft plastics. This obviously will make a more realistic movement and feel. You can expect a fish to hang on longer if the bait feels reel as well.

What Is A Swimbait Lure?

Swimbaits are soft plastic baitfish replicas. They are generally made to work like jerk baits, crankbaits. The reason for this is to give a more realistic look to the lure. The better mimics real life the better chance you have of catching fish.

How To Rig Swimbaits?

Most swimbaits are meant to be rigged the same way you rig a crankbait or jerk baits. You simply tie it on and go! This is a great part of using a swimbait. If you have a manual version you will be using a jig head with your bait. Then you will simply jig it or swim it through the water at the right depth.

How To Fish Swimbaits For Bass?

You should fish these lures like crankbaits and jerkbaits. It is truly as simple as that. You should work these very close to cover or next to schools of baitfish. You can work these slow or fast depending on the temperature of the water. You can also use any technique that you want to because there is no one right way.

What Are The Best Swimbaits?

The best swimbait does not exist. Everybody has there favorite. I suggest you use a company that makes color and shape that fits the baitfish in your area. Many different companies sell swimbaits and you should give each one that catches your eye a chance.

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