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How to Choose the Best Bass Fishing Lures

by Daniel Eggertsen

Anyone familiar with bass fishing knows there are several variables that determine what type bass fishing lures work best, and theories and opinions on what works best are as plentiful and varied as the people who enjoy the sport of bass fishing. There are so many types and colors of these particular lures that it can be very confusing, to say the least. One thing that is certain is that no matter how much information you have on bass fishing lures and techniques, there is no substitute for trial and error, and nothing that can take the place of experience.

Even before going any farther, realize too that the right lure depends on the location of the fish. For this reason, always make at least one of your stops out onto the lake the local tackle shop where you can find experts who are more than willing to let you in on which lures they use most often. This will save you time and money and give you insider tips specific to the region you are fishing in.

There are many manufacturers, each with their own spin on what is best, but whatever works best for you should determine what you choose. There is no one lure that works best, but there are some lures that had withstood the test of time and are generally accepted as working very well.

Consider the Color

Bass fishing lures come in many, many colors, but black, blue, green, and red are considered the best. Even if these are the only colors you ever choose, they will be sufficient. Blue and black jigs are the most commonly used fishing lures by experience anglers and work well when bass fishing. There are some considerations beyond color when choosing bass fishing lures.

Consider the Time of Year

One consideration is the time of year you are heading out onto the water. During the spring months, when bass spawn, they are very territorial and react negatively to anything that appears to be threatening to their spawning beds. In such instances, lizards or lures that mimic creatures that are a danger to these beds are good choices.

What's Your Budget?

Another thing to consider when choosing bass fishing lures is your budget. If your budget allows you to go all out, you should! Just get a wide variety of lures in all the various colors and types, try them out and decide what works best for you. If, on the other hand, with the ability to have a handful of bass lures in your tackle box only, or if you are a novice who wants to "try out" the sport of bass fishing before making a substantial investment, here are some suggestions that should work very well for you.

Every bass fisher should have a package of six-inch plastic worms. Good color choices for plastic worms used to catch bass are green (or black) pumpkin. Another necessary lure is the black and blue jig. Look for them to be in 1/2 and 3/4 ounce sizes. Finally, you should have chartreuse and white spinner bait to use when you are fishing early to mid morning along logs and other structures.

About the Author: Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information at:

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