You may have always wondered why there are hundreds of varieties of different tackle and lures used to catch the several species of bass. The answer to this questions would be... there is a time and place for each and every variety of lures. In dark water you must use this type, in clear water the other type. For shallow water use this lure, while in deep water you must use another with a couple add-ons. As you can see there may be hundreds of different scenarios to conquer and be able to make the bass attracted to your bait, that's why there are so many different varieties.
In this article I will explain to you the uses of each type of Bass lures and tackle as well.
Bass Lures and Tackle Types
Plastic baits- The plastic worm, lizard, crawfish, or anything else that is made out of a plastic substance is a great year round bait that is also fairly cheap. Through studies the plastic worm has won more tournaments than any other type of bait used. There are many different types of way to rig these plastics but they all seem to work very well as long as you follow the color rule at the bottom of the page.
Spinner baits- Are used to cover large area of water in a fairly short amount of time. There spinning actions causes much energy to be noticed by the bass either noticing the action or the shining propeller.
Top Water- Most exciting way to catch bass for sure. Specially efficient bait when the water is a little rough and windy. You may purchase something similar to the original Texas Popping bait which also attract the fish through sound as well. Great bait to use for shallow water.
Crank baits- Are more than likely the most versatile and useful bait for catching bass. They are very good to use no matter what kind of condition you have for underwater. They can pass through grass and algae without ever catching the leaves and making it useless. You can use crank baits year around and get the same results. Make sure you use smaller crank baits for spring fishing and as the water warms up use larger crank baits.
Jigs- Jigs are usually meant for early spring bass fishing. Naturally they are called jigs because you are supposed to pop it up and down while you are in the process of retrieving the jig. By jumping it, this creates a motion that makes the bass think it's alive and if they are hungry, you will surely get a bite.
Most useful tip for any kind of lure for bass fishing!
Clear water- Neutral, translucent, and white skirts and baits
Dirty vague water- white, blue, or even pumpkin orange color
Muddy Water- Orange, black, or chartreuse
A lot of the times the color of your bait may serve largely as the biggest factor in your ability to catch the lunkers!
And of course I have to include the most economical choice of bait to fish with.
To save money your best bet for catching bass is using the plastic worms. You can get a bag of 10 for about 2 or 3 dollars and for a total price of 10 dollars you can include some color variety and "bug variety".