The two universal bass baits are, in no particular order:
a. Plastic worm
b. Spinner bait
The 6 universal colors are:
Pumpkin (black speckled earthworm brown)
Green Pumpkin (black speckled olive green)
You can have more than this, of course. But you should always have these.
- Get some 6" soft plastic worms in [purple or black] and Pumpkin w/matched hooks, along with some 3/8" bullet weights. If you wanted only one worm color, make it black.
- Get some 3/8 oz. Colorado-blade spinnerbaits in black, chartreuse and white combinations. If you only wanted one color, make it a combo of black and chartreuse.
Then go to it.
- Rig the worms Texas style and fish them slow, with and without weight around all structure and cover. This is "Probe and Poke"
fishing. In particular, look for structure and cover in, or adjacent to, deep water. More bass have probably fallen to this set up than any other.Think wood, weed stone and shade
- Fish the spinnerbaits around the same areas, letting them run slower near the bottom and faster near the surface. This is "Move and Search"
fishing. This bait is neck and neck with the Texas-rigged worm in terms of success.(If I could only have one bait for bass, I'd take the Colorado bladed spinnerbait).
- Vary retrieve speeds and depths until you get some reaction.
- Statistically, most bass are caught from mid-morning to late afternoon. Plan accordingly.
Our man :LOLLY: said this:
"Just like any other body of water, you have to learn the patterns and pick up on what's biting."
He probably knows as much about it as we two, combined. Listen to him.