Keep in mind that just going to a tackle shop and asking the clerk is not the best way to choose a lure. You need to assess the spot you are fishing and know the water type, temperature, weed beds, native aquatic life and such. Using a plastic leech where leeches are not native is not going to produce.

Top water “surface” lures

These are the ones that stay on top of the water and you can actually see a strike. Some look like minnows or baitfish while others may resemble insects or bugs. Some may make noise or just mimic a swimming prey.

Spinner baits

These lures are designed to be cast and retrieved at a moderate speed. Metal blades attached to it spin and attract the bass on a visual level.

Soft plastics

This is probably the widest category of bass fishing lure anywhere. These can be made to look like worms, lizards, snakes or even small bait fish. The vast color selection is unbelievable. Soft plastics can be bought Texas rigged (with hooks already in them) or plain (no hooks).

Swim baits

Swim baits are soft plastic bass fishing lures that are designed to look like small prey fish. Most have tails that “wave” as they are retrieved. Usually, swimmers are retrieved like plugs; either at a steady pace or brought to a full stop, then retrieved again at a high speed.


Spoon lures look like the inside of a spoon, hence the name. They are metal, have a color side and a plain, shiny side. As a spoon is retrieved, it spins and attracts the bass visually.


This is a simple one, folks. Jigs are weighted hooks that are normally combined with a soft plastic worm. The weight causes the hook to fall to the bottom, so the angler needs to jerk, or jig, the rod tip to make it move. Done properly, it will resemble an injured prey fish. Most of the time, bass hit these on the fall. This is a particularly deadly bass fishing lure choice.


Plugs are also known as crankbaits. Typically made of either wood or hard plastic, they are designed to move in a specific way. Some will resemble small fish or other prey attractive to bass. These are classified as floaters, shallow divers or deep divers. I think you can figure out what those terms mean without too much discussion, right?

In theory, any lure can produce fish, given the proper conditions and lure selection. Bass are especially territorial and aggressive, so will attack just about any thing that moves through the water near them. This is especially true of things that look like a meal to them. The best advice is to make your bass fishing lure look like a tasty treat and you will eat fish for dinner that evening!

Catch More Bass With the Right Lure

Bass fishing has grown in popularity, both within the amateur and professional or competitive fields. To become a successful bass fisher, you must learn which bass fishing lures are appropriate. These bass fishing lures will vary depending on whether it is a morning or an evening fishing trip, the area, the body of water and the water depth. Below are a few suggestions regarding the bass fishing lures that are available and the best ways to use each lure.

One of the most interesting bass fishing lures is crank bait. Crank lures imitate an injured or weak fish through using slow movements. They can be used on top of the water or as a sinking lure. They also provide a cranking noise which the bass often finds intriguing and attractive.

Jigs are a heavier bait with a lead head and usually a single hook. They are very versatile because they are useful in cloudy AND clear water types and can be used during all times of the day. The jig is most effective when the water temp is less than 60 degrees.

Spinner baits have a large, spinning, metal fin that agitates the fish. This causes the fish to attack the lure. These bass fishing lures can be used anytime and are especially effective when the bass are spawning because during that time they are less interested in finding food.

Vibrating lures are made of plastic or metal that vibrates. They easily sink to the bottom of even deep waters. There are a wide range of bass fishing lures that can be considered vibrating lures, such as tail spinners. Tail spinners are metal baits that have a small spinning tail that lure the bass. These fishing lures are best used near tree stumps, watery beds of grass, logs, near deep water or near river currents.

Rubber worms are less annoying than lively worms, but some anglers find them to be less effective. To most get the most out of your rubber worm you should add a weight to the lure to cause the bait to sink to the bottom, then slowly reel the lure back in.

Grubs are very attractive to bass. They have a soft body with a hook attached to a head of a jig. It is the perfect bass fishing lure to use when there is insufficient cover in a highland body of water. They are also most useful in deep, clear bodies of water so that bass can see there color patterns.

Poppers can be an effective lure for bass, but are not as versatile as others.They are most useful only during the summer months and can only be used on top of the water. When you slowly reel these lures in, they create a popping motion on top of the water.

Docile, hard to catch bass is a problem that can be solved with tube jigs. These bass-specific lures work best with a spinning reel on a medium to medium-light action fishing rod.

The Many Types Fishing Lures – How They Are Different

There are so many different lure types today it’s hard to keep track of them all. This article is written with the intention of listing as many available lure types as possible while keeping it simple. Therefore even though lots of types will be listed, only three categories of lures will be talked about in more detail.

Fishing lures are usually put into categories based on how they work, or on their physically defining features. Some of the categories of fishing lures available today are surface baits, spoons, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. There are also jerkbaits, crankbaits, and soft-bodied rigs.

Surface baits are obviously lures that will float on top of the water. When a fish hits one of these lures it makes a great show and really gets the adrenaline going. So much so that most anglers try to set the hook right away, when hesitating for a second or two is the proper way to ensure the fish has the bait.

Some well known lures that fall under the category of surface baits are the Hula Popper, Jitterbug, buzz baits, darters, and prop baits. All these different subcategories have their own unique characteristics providing varying levels of movement and noise on the water’s surface.

A spoon is just an elongated chunk of metal, usually in the vague shape on an ellipse, having a treble hook on the end. Most have one side painted with various color schemes, while the other side is just the bare shiny metal.

Spoons are commonly used on pike and bass and are used with either long casts or by trolling a boat along the shoreline. Spoons that are known by a great deal of anglers include the Red Daredevil, Five of Diamonds, and Little Cleo brand spoons.

Lastly is the category of lures known as spinnerbaits. These baits range in size and color like most lures do, but they have a spinning blade just behind the eyelet, a bell shaped body, and a treble hook which sometimes includes a bit of fur as added enticement.

The speed of a spinnerbait’s blade is dependent on the rate of the retrieve. This rate will need to be changed depending on the particular lure being used and type of fish being sought.

Familiar lures from this category include both the Rapala and Panther Martin brand spinnerbaits, as well as the Blue Fox Vibrax Spinning Minnow. All are very successful spinnerbaits to use.

Although every type of lure couldn’t be discussed, the knowledge provided in this article regarding the surface, spoon, and spinnerbait lure types should provide anyone with a place to start.

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