Plastic baits come in many styles, available in many colors and sizes. They are the most versatile.
Craws – Great for tipping jigs, though they can also be fished Texas or Carolina rigged. Extra weight will help you get down to the fish, when they are buried in heavy cover.
Grubs – Fished mainly on lead heads, try a spinner with them. They can be used in several ways.
Lizards – Fantastic on Carolina rigs.
Worms – Sizes 4 to 10 inches have their uses. Try small during cold fronts, larger during hot spells. Can be fished on a lead head with exposed hook, Carolina rigged (flats, points) – Texas (heavy cover).
Tubes – It is great around Boat docks or ledges anywhere. Fished Carolina or Texas rigged. Try a small piece of cork inserted inside to help keep it suspended when fishing it Carolina style
Fantastic Search Baits – Can be fished fast or slow, allowing you to cover large amount water quickly to find active fish.
Snag Free – Can be worked through heavy cover like weeds and wood – ideal largemouth cover – without getting hung up.
Versatile – By adjusting bait size, color or blade type, you can easily match conditions faced. Good rule of thumb: Willow leaf blades in clear water, Colorado in stained or muddy conditions.
Spinner baits are best fished on a bait casting outfit spooled with 12- to 20-pound test line. A longer rod will make long distance, casts a breeze and help in fighting the fish. Also if you use a swivel snap for quick-change use a small piece of surgical tubing on the eye. It helps from the snap from sliding down the shank of the bait
Top Water Baits
Top water condition call for calm water, overcast skies and shallow fish, though bass will rise 10 feet or more to take top water bait. Try top waters whenever you find fish holding in the slop.
Grass rats and floating spoons are deadly in this situation. Zara Spooks and Buzz baits, prop baits, poppers are hot over shallows, or near heavy cover like docks, downed trees, etc.
When a fish strikes your top water bait, wait a couple seconds for the fish to turn before setting the hook and the number of fish you will hook will increase. Those seconds of patients are important! It’s difficult to do when the water is splashing, as bass takes top water bait. Try top waters next time you are out when conditions are right. They are one of the best bass baits ever created.