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Best Artificial Bait 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated February 1, 2018
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Edwin GarrettHey friends! I’ve got something important to talk about today! Here are the best artificial bait for 2018 – based on my own expert opinion, feature sets, prices, and overall popularity.

Eventually, I found something that would suit my needs but it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one who might be having the same problems I did. In this article, I’ve listed down the Top 3 list. These are the best artificial bait your money can buy.

Best Artificial Bait of 2018

There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy artificial bait and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place.

I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands. If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a artificial bait that suits your need.

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№1 – BOMSO 1pc Fishing Lure 6 Segment Lifelike Trouts Swimbait Multi Jointed Artificial Bait Crankbait Hard Bait High Carbon Steel Treble Hook

BOMSO 1pc Fishing Lure 6 Segment Lifelike Trouts Swimbait Multi Jointed Artificial Bait Crankbait Hard Bait High Carbon Steel Treble Hook

Multi jointed body, moves flexible, simulation fish tail shows
3d holographic eyes and verisimilar body make it a life like fish
Material: Abs plastic
Literally no flaws

Why did this artificial bait win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.












№2 – Fishing Lure 6 Segment Lifelike Swimbait Jointed Artificial Bait Crankbait Treble Hooks for Bass 

Fishing Lure 6 Segment Lifelike Swimbait Jointed Artificial Bait Crankbait Treble Hooks for Bass 

 6 segment fishing lure, 3D eyes and verisimilar body detail as real fish.
Multi Jointed Body – Connect with textile fabrics, moves flexible, simulation fish tail shows.
Durable ABS material contributing to long service life.
It seems hot quickly.
A bit expensive.

Why did this artificial bait come in second place?

The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.












№3 – Proberos Pencil Fishing Lures Artificial Jigging Bait 3.94″/0.53oz 6# High Carbon Hook 3D Eyes Bassbaits 5 Colors

Proberos Pencil Fishing Lures Artificial Jigging Bait 3.94

GREAT MUST-HAVE ITEM FOR ANGLERS – Widely Targeting At Predator Fishes Such As Catfish, Perch, Bass, Redfish, Trout, Bream, Muskie,Roach, Walleye etc For Both Freshwater and Saltwater. Well-packed And Gift-wrap available – Perfect Gifts For Birthday, Anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc.
Small size.
The front panel is moving back and forth.

Why did this artificial bait take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.












Artificial Bait Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy artificial bait, right? No!

Other Considerations in Choosing Bluegill Lures

Choosing the right bait will also involve the water and weather conditions. Moreover, you should know that small baits are ideal for spinning and spincasting tackles. A bluegill is a variety of small panfish, so small baits work for them.

You should also consider the weather conditions when deciding which your lure to use. A bright and colorful bait is perfect for fishing during bright days. On the contrary, fish will likely get allured by dark-color baits during cloudy and dim days. It will also help if your bait can produce sound or vibrations.

Crickhopper Fishing Lure

One of the most excellent fishing lures for bluegills is the Crickhopper Fishing Lure. This particular bait can unleash the predatory instinct of bluegills once they see it float on the water!

The Crickhopper Fishing Lure mimics the natural appearance of crickets. In fact, its appearance is almost the same as to a real cricket. Since bluegills love this insect, you can guarantee that this bait will work effectively!

This bait can dive deep in the water; thus bluegills can see them. Specifically, this bait can be submerged up to feet. If you are hunting any other freshwater game fish, you should use this lure.

Moreover, the Crickhopper Fishing Lure is capable of fast retrieval. Once you hover it with erratic movements, bluegills won’t simply ignore it! The full potential of this lure can be attained if you use a double loop knot on a 10-pound line.

Rapala Ultra Light Minnow

Bluegills can never resist minnows. After all, this small fish is part of their natural diet! The Rapala Ultra Light Minnow is one of your best choices for a bluegill bait. Each of these lures is hand-crafted and tank-tested. Therefore, their durability is top notch.

The Rapala Ultra Light Minnow also possesses a life-like appearance. In fact, it has external scales and 3D holographic eyes. Because of these features, freshwater predators won’t give any suspicions on this bait. It should also be noted that this bait has a special lip design.

One good thing about the Rapala Ultra Light Minnow is that it has a weighted body. It can glide underwater for a realistic swimming action. By then, bluegills will rush towards this bait! It also notable that this lure has a unique wobbling motor to attract fish.

Here is some proof in point.

I recently asked a pretty well-known and well-respected fishing guide in Florida if he preferred live bait or artificial lures if he had to pick one for a tournament.

He told me that  he would fish artificial lures all day long because he knows it outfishes live bait given enough time and covering enough territory.

Artificial Lures

Inshore Fishing Manifesto PDF ), it is still likely you are going to buy countless packs of baits, hooks, etc. over the course of a year or two.

Live Bait if you do it yourself (throw a cast net), but Artificial lures when compared with buying live bait for every single fishing trip.

Artificial Lures

Unless you are trolling while using artificial lures/plugs, you will need to have a little skill to work an artificial lure.

How you retrieve an artificial lure is the most critical part once you find fish. A sloppy retrieve can mean the difference between a strike and a spooked fish.

Things like casting a lure to an exact target spot, twitching a jig off the bottom correctly, working a topwater plug all take some skill and practice.


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Matt Hayes shows how simple and cheap lure fishing bags specimen perch at this time of year

Bold, aggressive and built to kill, perch are the secret assassins of modern stillwaters.

While most anglers would instantly respond with the word ‘pike’ when asked to name a freshwater predator, the perch has now become top dog in the food chain on many venues.

With many managed waters now devoid of pike, the perch has become the number one predator and in venues boasting a large stock of prolific breeders – typically carp, roach and bream – the source of prey food has risen to banquet levels.

There’s never been a better time to be a perch as the record number of specimens in our lakes testifies.

What’s more, autumn is prime time for perch fishing. Cooler temperatures, less intense sunlight and shorter days means perch can exploit their predatory advantages to the maximum.

As the clarity of water improves and the perch reach a fever pitch of aggressive hunting behaviour, a golden opportunity is created for outstanding lure sport.

Lure fishing – the use of an artificial bait to mimic a fish – is best when predatory fish are active and the clarity of the water is good.

Every autumn I spend a few days fishing for specimen stillwater perch and I often rely on a family of lures known as soft plastics.

These fish-shaped rubbery lures come in thousands of designs, sizes and colours but each is supposed to trick a perch into thinking the target is a small prey fish.

So, as we enter ‘perch time’, I’m going to detail tackle and tactics needed to catch stripies on soft plastics.

The advice I’m giving you will be a good guide to fishing over the next month or two and then again in late March and April when spring feeding conditions mimic those you find now…

Get the right kit

Working a soft plastic lure on an old float or feeder rod really isn’t good enough and if you’re going to lure fish properly you need a few bits of kit that will do a specific job.

Here’s a list of tackle you need, but the good news is you won’t need to remortgage the house. Lure fishing only requires you to buy a few pieces of relatively cheap tackle:

How to use a jig head

This photo shows a shad-style soft plastic lure and the rounded jig head weight I prefer

To mount the plastic on the jig start by spearing the hook point in the front ‘head’ end of the lure

Now thread the rubber shad round the bend of the hook and down the shank of the jig

The hook point sits mid-way along the lure with the jig head giving great casting weight

Search the water –  find your fish

Unlike carp, bream or tench that roll, leap or cruise near the surface, perch are harder to pin down.

As I said at the start of the feature if you don’t have any background knowledge on areas with ‘form’, start your search by heading for swims with structure and/or depth.

Submerged trees and reeds are obvious starting points but in swims with little cover look for areas with extra depth.

I’ve caught perch down to a depth of 30 feet and I suspect they like feeding in deeper water because there is lower light penetration. Perch will be able to use their great eyesight to better effect as they ambush fish that can’t see them.

It is also essential to search each swim methodically with a precise fan-casting technique.

The diagram (right) shows how I approach a swim by making a series of precise casts from left to right. By searching every inch of the water I can be sure the lure has been drawn past any fish in the area.

Perch are suckers for a moving bait which why you often catch them on-the-drop when waggler fishing with a maggot or worm. Working a lure through a series of narrow channels gives perch every chance to see the lure working.

Once you’ve done this – it’ll probably take you 20-40 minutes – you need to up-sticks and move swims.

Because you only need a rod, net and a small bag of lures to go perch fishing with plastics, there is no need to weigh yourself down with lots of kit. Once you’ve exhausted a swim pack up your gear and move on, you could have a change of fortune in another spot.

However, don’t let a failure to catch in one swim make you write it off as a dead area. If you feel confident a swim should produce perch because it has lots of structure or form for producing the goods, be prepared to return to the same spot later as the daylight fades.

On bright days especially, perch that didn’t feed in the middle of the day will go on the hunt at dusk.

Picking the perfect plastic – Matt’s top five perch jigs

When I’ve been on family holidays to the mecca of lure fishing – the USA – one of my highlights of each trip has been a visit to the Bass Pro chain of tackle shops.

Whether they are fishing for freshwater bass, trout, walleye (zander) or muskies (similar to pike), most American’s use lures so the choice available to them is vast.

Luckily, many of these lures, especially the soft plastic ones, are also brilliant for perch and lots of my favourite patterns are now available from specialist suppliers here.

To ensure you arm yourself with good soft plastics from the start, here are the five I rely on most.

Whatever you do, don’t let your lure fishing for perch start and finish with this handful of designs. Experimenting with different shapes, colours and sizes of lure is one of the most enjoyable parts of the game.


The worms are similar in their appearance and effectiveness, yet there is a strong regional preference for bloodworms in southern New Jersey, while fishermen to the north prefer sandworms. Bloodworms hold the hook a bit better than sandworms, but both are relatively fragile.

In southern New Jersey, fishermen use them in rivers and back bays for spring stripers. In northern New Jersey and throughout New York, shore fishermen use sandworms in the surf and in the bays, while boat fishermen use them to sweeten trolling rigs.

A worm tipped at theend of a tube-and-worm rig is the secretto its success.

For fishing these baits from shore, fishermen have the most luck using a two-hook rig like the Pompano Rig. Tied with short leaders and small baitholder or circle hooks, this rig is best fished on back-bay mud flats or sand beaches.

Years ago, slow-trolling sandworms on a worm harness from a small boat was the preferred tactic for catching early-season stripers in Long Island Sound. Though this technique has fallen out of favor with modern anglers, it’s no less effective today, and will account for big numbers of spring stripers.

The bizarre-looking tube-and-worm rig is a proven tactic for big stripers throughout the season. Tipping the tube with a piece of sandworm is the secret to the rig’s success as the scent of the worm seals the deal for stripers following the rig.

Protect Your Precious Baits

Every fish in the ocean will snatch up a fresh seaworm if given the chance. When white perch take over your spot and pick your hooks clean, try wrapping the worm in a red or white fine-mesh netting, as is done with salmon eggs for steelhead fishing. The seaworm will stay on the hook despite repeated attacks from the bait-stealers, giving a big bass plenty of time to find your bait.

Though stripers can’t crack the shell of a full-size surf clam, when a storm does the cracking for them, they don’t hesitate to slurp down the gooey entrails. Clams are a very popular bait in New Jersey and on Long Island.

Clams are best used when fresh, bought in the shell at your local tackle shop. In the absence of fresh, salted clams are the next best, with frozen being a last resort.

Surf fishermen use clams along sandy beaches and inside mudbottom bays, especially early and late in the season. Boat fishermen anchor around back-bay structure and ladle out clam bellies to start a chum slick and bring the stripers right to the boat.

Bathe Them in Brine

At the end of your trip, if you won’t be getting out again soon, you can save your clam baits for a future outing by adding them to a kosher salt brine and placing them in the freezer. Be careful not to oversalt the clams or they will become rock-hard and useless as striper bait.

String Them Up

Fresh clams are soft and can easily tear off the hook during the cast. To prevent this unintentional chumming, wrap elastic thread around your clam bait after placing it on the hook. This will keep it inplace even when you need to add a little oomph to your cast to reach the back side of the bar.

When it comes to Atlantic menhaden, freshness is key when chunking them as bait.

Live or cut into chunks, bunker share the title of the best big-bass bait with eels.

Since dead bunker are easy to procure from bait shops, chunking is the most popular method for using this bait. Surf fishermen usually switch over from clams to bunker late in the springtime when larger stripers move in from southern waters. Boat fishermen chunk bunker throughout the season, anchoring up and doling out small pieces of baitfish while sending back a larger chunk or the head on a hook.

Both shore and boat fisherman use weighted treble hooks to snag fresh bunker.

The weighted treble, and mortal wound, causes the struggling bunker to sink below the school where opportunistic stripers make a quick meal of it. Some fishermen frown upon this technique as it can lead to stripers being deep-hooked with a treble hook, but if fishermen set the hook at the first strike, the chances of a gut-hooked fish will be reduced dramatically.

Catch Your Own

Bunker are easily caught since they give their presence away by flipping on the surface. Boat fishermen can quickly acquire a day’s worth of bait by tossing a large, heavily weighted cast net over a school of bunker inside a bay or harbor. On the ocean, both shore and boat fishermen use weighted treble hooks cast into the school and snag the large baitfish.

Three Bucket Eel System

With a few tools from the garage and three 5-gallon buckets picked up at your local hardware store, you can easily build one of these systems that will keep your eels alive and fresh for days. Drill holes into the bottoms of the top two buckets and leave the bottom one as-is. Then, as the diagram on the right shows, ice in the top, and eels in the middle. The melting ice will drip onto the eels, keeping them wet and cool, but the drain holes in the eel bucket prevent them from sitting in the ice water and suffocating.

Fish The Cigar


In addition to length, crank lips can also come in many different widths. This will affect how much they move as you reel it in. The general rule is that a wider lip will create a more noticeable, or wider, wobble. A narrow lip will create a tighter wobble with a slightly higher frequency in many cases.

Feel free to check out our guide on how to use a crankbait for much more detailed information!


The blades are the reason why these lures are called spinners. As they are retrieved from the water, the blades will spin very rapidly, creating a vibration and stunning flash that make them irresistible for most fish. The size and style of blades will determine the extent of vibration and flash, and also allows you to customize your tackle based on your history of success with particular spinners.

Spinners will also often come with a skirt made from either plastic or hair. This adds to the appearance of the lure and can be optimized to many different situations. These skirts can help reduce the chance of a snag, and some spinners also come with a guard specific to that purpose.

Proper fishing tackling for speckled trout

No doubt, live shrimp and minnows catch plenty of specks, but artificial baits properly applied can yield tremendous results. Just ask Capt. Anthony Randazzo, who visits with the Mississippi Delta’s trout on a regular basis and does his best to fool the freckled fish — and their silver cousins — with man-made offerings 9percent of the time. “Fortunately, we have a very healthy speckled trout resource in and around the Mississippi River Delta,” Randazzo said. “There are plenty enough opportunities to catch more than an average number of trout from March through December without resorting to live bait. “We may have to think a little harder, fish a little harder and fish a little longer than the live bait anglers. “

But it’s all worth the effort because of the inherent benefits of artificials over natural baits, Capt. Jeff Poe of Big Lake Guide Service said. “The biggest benefit is just the amount of water you can cover,” Poe said. “If you’re using (natural) bait, you’re pretty much pulling up to a spot, tossing it out and waiting. If the fish are there, they bite and if they’re not, they won’t. “With artificials, you’re constantly moving and constantly covering water. If you move feet, it can be the difference between catching a fish on every cast and not catching them at all.”

Popular imposters

Temperature and water current are the main determinants for jig size — heavier for swift water and summer’s deeper fishing, lighter for cold, still water. “All these baits will work year round, but there are certain times that are better than others,” Poe said. “The grubs are pretty much a year-round bait. I like the beetle in the summertime when we have a lot of shrimp in the water. The Lil’ Johns and the Sand Eels — the peak time is spring and early summer, and then we get back on them in the fall.”

For hard baits, Poe throws a lot of MirrOlure She Dogs, Rapala Skitterwalks and Heddon Zara Spooks. He keeps a variety of sizes handy to match the conditions at hand, but as a general rule he finds the bigger topwaters most productive while big trout are more abundant in the cooler temperatures of fall-winter, and smaller baits tend to be more productive for the hot summer months.

Below the surface, suspending and slow-sinking baits like MirrOlure’s Catch 2000 and the classic 52M, along with Paul Brown soft-bodied baits, will tempt trout that don’t want to commit to a surface attack.

As a general rule, Poe said he does better with soft plastics in off-color water, while greater visibility increases the hard-bait potential.

Randazzo fishes a similar mix of baits, adding in DOA shrimp fished under rattling corks and ½- to 1-ounce jigging spoons.

Cork rigs offer fish-calling sound and disturbance that’s effective just about any time of the year, while the spoon excels in the last quarter of the year when the water’s cold and the fish are deep.

Target zones

Noting that seasons and salinity levels principally position the fish, Poe chases trout from the Gulf’s nearshore rigs all the way up to Lake Charles. Trout need higher salinities during spawning season, but they’ll tolerate a much lower parts-per-thousand reading during winter for the warmth and stability of upstream waters.

Randazzo said anglers visiting his lower Delta region have a huge variety of structures to target throughout the trout season. “I love to fish over shallow oyster beds in March and April, as the trout begin the first spawns of the year,” he said. “Any reefs in less than feet of water with good tide movement and baitfish present will be golden. Inside bays from Port Sulphur to Buras on both side of the Mississippi River will be productive.”

Targets change as summer settles in. “From May through August, we are targeting specks around oil and gas platforms with good bottom structure in addition to the platform foundation,” Randazzo said. “These platforms may be one to 1miles off the coastline. Deeper platforms farther out offer cooler and more oxygenated water during the hot summer months. “During this time frame, I will also look for specks to concentrate near barrier islands along and near the coastline where hard sand bottoms and access to deeper channels exist. Shallow water always presents an advantage for feeding gamefish, but they like the availability of deeper water close at hand when water temps rise in the midday hours.”

When specks begin migrating back toward the bays in September, Randazzo looks for them to gather in big numbers around granite boulder structures like jetties. He also investigates the various smaller granite boulders used to fortify oil/gas pipeline crossings.

In fact, any of these rock formations near the coastal areas, Randazzo said, will hold trout as they begin to move inland.

Randazzo pointed out that the fourth quarter of the year finds the highest salinities of the season within the Mississippi River Delta. At this time, he’s targeting a variety of bottom contours, preferably with accompanied bottom structure.

He said specks will slowly begin migrating up the passes into the main channel of the Mississippi River. Depending on rainfall in the Midwest, Randazzo will look for specks as far north as Empire (20 miles north of Venice) by Thanksgiving. “I simply suggest treating the river as a reservoir,” Randazzo said. “It’s a lot like bass fishing. I look for eddies in the tranquil currents (usually to 20 feet deep) and any wood or rock structure near the shores that looks fishy.”

Presentation tactics

High-current situations, Poe said, offer a shining example of how artificials offer not only water-coverage benefits but also presentation control. “Most of the time, I try to work my artificial sideways to the current,” he said. “If the current’s moving east and west, I’m casting north and south because I want that bait to sweep: It looks more natural and you’re covering that water. It’s working in an arc, more than just straight out there and straight back. “Sometimes they want it that way. I’ve seen it where if you weren’t working your bait dead against the tide, you weren’t catching them.

Poe said that, the majority of times, working the current dynamic and strategically placing his artificials for various sweeping presentations is essential to reaching trout that patrol the current edges to pick off passing meals. Certainly, natural baits will get bit too, but they tend to end up where they end up. “Speed is the most important thing,” he said. “When I see people in my boat who are not catching, they’re either going too fast or too slow. It doesn’t matter what you’re using; it can be topwaters or a jig.”

For example, Poe said just about the only time he catches trout hugging the bottom is in a high-current situation. Here, he said, it’s a low and tight deal, where dragging the bait with only 3- to 6-inch twitches gets the bites while excessive hopping gets ignored. “In another area of the lake, I’ll move away from the strong current where the trout aren’t trying to get down and get out of the current,” Poe said. “Then, you work a jig and you almost can’t go too fast. You work it with a lot of hopping, maybe making it jump to feet and sweeping your rod in big strokes. “You just have to let the fish tell you what they want.”

But in both areas, he’ll often double up for double the fun. “When they’re really biting, sometimes we’ll rig the cocahoe minnows tandem style and catch trout two at a time,” Hartley said. “If I’m looking for them, I’ll fish two different colors, but once I find what they like, I’ll use two of the same color. “Sometimes, it will barely hit the bottom and you’ll come tight.”

Calling trout consistency an ongoing experiment, Randazzo offered this advice for keeping the action rolling.  “You will learn the best methods for working each type of lure; however, the methods all need tweaking when they don’t produce,” he said. “Don’t simply give up and switch to another lure if you feel you have made the best choice for the conditions/location. “Burn that jig back to the boat if you have been getting the most success by bumping it along the bottom. Walk the dog quickly with your topwater plug if you’ve been having the best success with a stop-and-go retrieve. It’s all really a puzzle that the fish will help you put together if you just make mental notes and have patience.”

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Fishing Tips

By Anthony Contreras / June 26, 2017

Fishing for either smaller or bigger catfish is a lot of fun and can also be at times very challenging. Although it is known as being a type of fish that will eat almost anything, they prefer a particular range of baits. They can detect and smell the difference between their prey at a distance so to anticipate their movement and get them to bite – you should also use the best bait for catfish in lakes to even the odds.

Because of their honed senses, catfish are known for their habit of first sampling the waters around the hook, and since you will be fishing in lakes, their ability to taste it from a distance further enhanced. So before picking the right type of lures, you ought to know for which ones to opt first. The choice usually comes down to cut sections, live fish and dip baits.

If you wish to catch trophy size catfish, then you have to go out well prepared for any situation that is unless you want to come back home empty handed. Usually, catfish prefer live and flashy bait above all so you can’t go wrong with either kind of live and kicking fish on the hook.

This useful guide will show you in detail different sorts of the most effective lures for catching these bottom dwelling behemoths.


These are a type of a universal bait that works well for catching all kinds of catfish. Their strong smell and wriggling action attracts attention and makes them an irresistible lure. To make the best use of these make sure to stack more than five in a ball shape on 3/0 hooks and your all set to go. Their motion will cover the hook ends and make them seem like an easy target.

Apparently, nightcrawlers work great in calm waters such as lakes since their smell and movements create a large scent area around the hook. It will motivate bottom dwelling catfish to spring into action and go for a bite. You can also aim for underwater crevices and logs where these big fish usually reside when not active.

Live shad is always an effective bait for catching both big and small types of catfish. Since they’re available in large numbers in lakes and rivers, you will have little difficulty finding them to use as bait. They are very smelly and tasty, and that will be enough to get the attention of your target bottom dweller.

The best why of using shad is to slice it up into smaller pieces for both the spread around the fishing area and hook attaching. You can create a sort of fillet strips by cutting off the tail and the head and make long body cuts. Use the entrails and guts to create a luring area but don’t overdo it as you only want to raise attention and lure catfish towards hooks.

Specifically, for flathead catfish, you want to leave at least palm size shad alive and kicking on the hooks to attract interest with motion. As usual, lower the hooks near underwater crevices, rocks, and logs to maximize your catching success. After that, it becomes a waiting game until you feel the first impulse of the downward pull of the whole line.

Dip baits

There are plenty of both industrial and homemade dip baits advertised as being the b est bait for catfish in lakes. These are all using their extreme sense of smell to their advantage. Available in all shapes and sizes, these usually very bad smelling lures, will work wonders for your catching performance.

The best way of using the full potential of dips in still waters like lakes is to group them in a circle area to attract your prey. You will have a tough time keeping them on hooks since they quickly dissolve in water. However, nothing is stopping you from using rubber worms with holes that can be full of dip.

Inshore fishing can be expensive enough as it is.

Fuel, tackle and more all add up to burn a hole in my wallet, so anything that keeps hard-earned dollars from escaping is a plus.

One of the greatest expenses inshore anglers face is live bait.

Shrimp are the most common live bait and people generally purchase anywhere from 50 to 300 for their fishing trips.

At 30 cents apiece, that cost quickly adds up, never mind tipping the guy getting the bait, keeping shrimp alive and cleaning up the mess they create.

But, when you use Berkley Gulp shrimp you can reduce the number of actual shrimp you buy.

Or, do away with live shrimp and learn how to use a baitcaster to work artificial lures.


Jigs are typically fished by with short distance flipping and pitching methods, as an alternative to long distance casting. It is often quite difficult, particularly for inexperienced fishermen. For that reason, If you have more experience and skills, then the smoother jigs there will be. You will find an excellent variety of countless specs designed for jigs, in fact it is essential that fishermen pay extra attention to this. If you are able to match the precise color, the exact weight and size to the fishing conditions that you are fishing in, then you are on your way to greatly improve the efficiency of this particular lure.

Normally, jigs may also have a plastic-type skirt to disguise the hook. It will help to lure the bass, and some kind of weedprotector can really help the lure sneak throughout heavy cover. Jigs are probably the very best bass lures to utilize all through the year. The jig that I recommend you get is the BOOYAH Boo because it is perfect in virtually any jig fishing circumstances. What you have to do is to make absolutely certain that you have one that is heavy enough to strike thru weeds and also one that can reach the bottom because that is where they have a tendency to acquire the most strikes.

Fishing for Bass

The bass fishing community has gone through a serious development since the beginning of late 19th century, having the freshwater bass growing to become the most desired fish to catch in the United States. It has resulted in awesome innovations of all kinds of fishing equipment that have acquired an important emphasis on the progress of fishing lures.

Selecting your Lure

Probably one of the most crucial elements of bass fishing is lure choice. When you walk through a fishing gear shop it can become quite confusing. But it doesn’t have to be, because the reason why I made this guide is to help you select the best lure and spot the top quality lure that is proven to provide you the best result you can get. If you are a beginner, then I sincerely hope this will be a helpful guide, even if you are a newcomer or regular bass fisherman.

All those bass lures mentioned here above are the ones that have high quality stamp on them and will effectively help you to success in your fishing trip. My main objective with this information here above was to give you honest and accurate information about bass lures, information that you will easily put into practice effectively and most of all, information that are from experts.

You Get What You Pay For

You will discover new lure styles continuously appearing. However, they do not often last for very long. The key listings of standard lures mentioned on this web site are all proven to be of consistent quality. It is as though all lure design available continues to be examined and refined bass lures all the way down to this key list. Needless to say, almost all of the new lure models are manufactured more to capture bass fishermen, instead of bass. I sincerely hope that browsing through this site will help you to discover the best lures that will suit your personal style of bass fishing.


The reason I have chosen circle hooks as my preferred hook is because mulloway have a very hard bony mouth and a jaw hook up will most likely result in landing that fish all the way to the boat or beach. But when fishing in the surf a gang hook rig with a fresh pilchard or fillet bait can be just as deadly. Once you have set the hooks into a big jew expect a fast blistering run followed by hard head shakes and big tail thumps. As the fight progresses the fish often change direction and sprint off fast and hard, this is when fishermen can easily mistake it for an eagle ray. Don’t be too hasty, take your time and try to relax. Once you have identified your catch as a mulloway take a deep breath and concentrate. When the fish nears the boat and you think you have won the battle be sure not to lift the fishes head out of the water. This would be the same as someone shoving your head under water suddenly, of course you would go nuts just like a fish would. This is the part of the fight where a lot of fish are lost. Be sure to have a quality net and or gaff at hand, unless you’re planning on a boat side release.


Before fishing a surf beach, stand on higher ground and look up and down the beach for gutters. Gutters are simply deeper areas of water running parallel to the beach along the coastline; this is where you will find the mulloway feeding. To find a gutter, look for deeper, darker water, and areas where breaking waves reform and become flatter and wider.

Before carting all your gear down to your chosen gutter, make sure it is one you can cast into. You don’t necessarily need to cast into the deepest part of the gutter because the fish will often feed throughout and ambush small prey in the wash and the shallows. When fishing for any species off the beach always try to avoid weedy areas as they can be a nightmare in the dark.

If you are fishing in the surf the same applies when landing your fish. Take it easy and don’t rush, use the waves to your advantage and slowly ease your fish in with the breaking wave. For some reason I often relive the moments in my head over and over again where I’ve lost a big fish due to being a bit over excited. Unfortunately those memories never fade, but if you can take a breath and think back to them whilst fighting a big fish you can use that to you advantage.

Now that you have caught your mulloway be sure to take good care of it. This is in my opinion one of the best eating fish around, so if you’re going to spend lots of time and money on fishing gear and boats etc, why wouldn’t you look after your catch and take home the best flesh you can? I like to take out the guts soon after the fish is dead and the photos have been taken, not just because I want to look after the flesh but also to see what the fish has been feeding on, this can give you an advantage for the rest of your fishing day and for future sessions. The next step is to get your fish on ice as quickly as possible. If you don’t have ice use a wet towel or cloth, keep it in the shade and regularly wet it down. If you’re like me and you like to fillet your fish DO NOT use fresh water to clean your fish, if you’re at home and nowhere near the beach then use a bit of paper towel to wipe down your fillets. I like to vacuum seal my fish before freezing it as it will last a lot longer that way, mulloway generally tend to freeze well anyway.


Thanks to the Far East, our fishing tackle is no longer expensive, and, although quality is totally controlled by price, the most basic tackle will enable you to fish, allbeit at a starter level.

You can purchase a rod and reel for as little as £50, but this will offer limited casting range and durability. Spending £150 on a better quality outfit is a better option if you are serious about taking up shore angling. The cost does not end there, because all the other tackle will cost as much, if not more, than your rod and reel.

Basic shore tackle, suitable for cod and other species, includes a beachcaster 12ft to 15ft in length, rated to cast between 5oz and 8oz. A wide range of rod lengths and casting ratings are available, and most novice buyers will benefit from advice from a dealer or an experienced angler.

Two types of reel are used for shore fishing – the fixed-spool and the multiplier. The former is the easier of the two for the beginner to operate because its spool does not spin, so there is less risk of an overrun and line tangles.

Tackle for fishing from a clean shore (no rocks) involves the use of line of 12-18lb breaking strain (0.33mm-0.38mm diameter) and a lead weight of 5-6oz (150-175g), so your reel needs to be of a suitable size and capacity to make it capable of maximum distance casts with this combination. Heavier line (25-30lb) and a larger capacity reel is required for rough ground. Line as light as 15lb breaking strain will not cast a 5oz-plus lead weight safely, so a short (two-rod) length of stronger line called a shockleader (60lb/0.70mm) is essential to take the strain of casting.

Other required items include a seat/tackle box to sit on and store your spare gear in the dry, as well as warm waterproof clothing and a tripod to position your rod. The latter can be invaluable to position the rod tip high above the waves and prevent wind and swell hitting the line or gathering weed. You will require a headlamp if fishing after dark.

Various accessories are needed, such as terminal tackle, a knife, scissors, bait cotton, spare line, hooks, links and swivels. Terminal gear includes a selection of rigs in a rig wallet, plus lead weights, both breakout and fixed wired, to combat strong tide and wind.

Rigs can be complicated, but the simplest is the one-hook monofilament paternoster, and most tackle dealers will have these in a range of hook sizes.


You do not require a licence to fish for sea fish from the shore. You can fish from almost any shore venues, but exceptions include MoD firing ranges, HM Customs-controlled areas and docks. There are few private beaches.

There are no laws governing tackle, so you can use as many rods as you wish and as many hooks. Most anglers prefer two rods and a maximum of three hooks per rod, but cod fishing is often done with one bait held by two hooks, called a Pennell rig.

UK law determines the size of the fish you can remove from the sea, with legal minimum sizes for lots of species set by DEFRA and the local sea fisheries committees. The minimum size at which you can remove and kill a cod from the sea is 35cm. This is not just for competition anglers. Measured from nose to tail, fish under this size must be returned. Keeping undersized fish is against UK law and carries a considerable fine.

What is a realistic target for the cod angler? Much depends upon where you live and fish, but a double-figure cod from the shore is a prize indeed.

It is a fact that the odd large fish that is dying is often caught from the shore. Called a ‘slink’ among other local names diseased and emaciated cod are not suitable for eating, so check your fish over before taking it for the table.

Well let’s have a look…

Like everything in life things change, modern technology and advances move in and help make things a little bit easier for all of us.

Bass lures are no exception and they have become so sophisticated and realistic that fish cannot resist them.

Does this take some of the fun out of fishing? You tell me.

Made in the USA.

While Jig fishing can be the most productive method of lure fishing for Bass it is one of the harder ways to fish. It takes a fair bit of practice to get everything right, but with a bit of practice you will be hauling in monster bass in no time at all. Great for fishing all types of water especially a river system with weeds as the lure simple skips over them.

We especially like the stiffened weed guard on this particular jig. When you first look at it you may think it’s a bit ‘too’ stiff but the design of the hook allows for perfect hook sets every time a bass decides to take a lunge at this lure. 

Rapala Shad Rap

Another option for an excellent Bass lure is the

Rapala Shad Rap. This lure is dynamite for Bass fishing.

Mimics a wounded baitfish which is irresistible to hungry Bass.

Excellent lure for casting or trolling behind your boat.

Can be reeled in lightning quick or a slow retrieve – doesn’t matter as the fish will attack it anyway.

Nice action with this lure. Swims deep and well through the water. It can be fished with a slow retrieval or at a more rapid pace – depends on your fishing style really. May be a bit light for some fishermen due to it’s balsa makeup. Well finished and deadly for Bass.

There are any number of other ways to catch a prize Bass and a wide variety of lure designers out there. You could try fishing with a rubber worm or soft plastics like the yamamoto senko, using topwater frogs and flipping into the weeds, onto a lily pad or into thick cover to lure out a nice fish. Soft plastic lures can be deadly in the right conditions…

Catching big bass is not an easy pastime – you need to understand your lures and stick to one that will trigger strikes time and time again.

Conditions also play a big part on your lure selection. Are you fishing deep water and need a deep diving lure or a diving crankbait into cold water, are you fishing from boat docks or farm ponds and need a lure that is dragged across the bottom of the water column to tease out the bigger fish? Are you suspending jerkbaits or using a lure with a shaky head?

Are you trying to mimmick a dying baitfish? Something luke a redeye shad perhaps?

Somethimes a lure with plenty of flash and vibration is needed if you are fishing murky waters. Sometimes you need to enhance your existing lures and perhaps add in a curly tail or tail grubs to get the fish to bite.

On warmer days when the fish are surface feeding, in shallow water or a couple of feet deep you should be using topwater lures or maybe a lipless crankbait to catch fish.

We have a great infographic on another page that shows you how to setup a bass jig for carolina rigging, texas rig or how to configure a wacky rig and plenty of tips to catch largemouth bass and smallmouth fishing on bass lakes.

Whatever lure you settle on it’s all about trying to trigger strikes and setting the hook. If you cant do that then enjoy the sunshine because the fishing ani’t going to be up to much.

You also have to consider what type of fishing rod you use, the rod tip – is is stiff and firm for flipping big lures or are you looking for slow rolled presentation. 

Are you trying to walk the dog with a topwater green pumpkin lure or flip the strike king kvd lure far out into the swim? Have you a tackle box that can accommodate your bigger lures? Last thing you want is to be trying to remove treble hooks from your fishing pack when you should be fishing…

Your fishing gear, outside of just your lures is all critical to landing a trophy bass





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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Artificial Bait wisely! Good luck!

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