Bait Presentation Trumps All
Updated: Mar 31, 2022
Probably the most common question a bass angler is faced with is; what bait should I be using? This question gets increasingly tougher when the angler is on a body of water that they are unfamiliar with. After factoring in weather, time of day and season, the answer becomes convoluted. This usually results in reaching for the sharpest hook in the tackle box.
My answer to this question is always the same and that is to use the bait that provides the absolute best presentation to the fish in the water I am fishing. Regardless of the season, time of day, depth or whether it’s a cold front, I am always tying on the lure with the best presentation to the fish. With that being said here are my top 3 lures to use that provide incredible presentation and are seldom resisted by any bass.
My first one is the Berkley PowerBait Frog. Unlike any other frog lure I have used, the Berkley frog sinks at a perfect speed while its 4 life-like limbs wiggle with any movement. I would also assert that this frog lure is the most versatile one on the market as well. The frog has a Texas rig setup so if you are in very shallow or weedy waters you can work the lure quickly turning it into a top water lure and when you hit an open patch in the weeds or in deeper water you can let it stall and sink down to where the fish are waiting. My only frustration with these lures is that all of the limbs are very flimsy and usually get torn off in a fight or even from a solid bite. Once the limb is gone the frog does not operate the same and you’re putting on a new one instead of just repositioning the lure on your hook. This can be frustrating, if you only have a few of them, but a small price to pay if it means you’re able to land that lunker that is not biting anything else.