Although you may desire a tackle box stuffed with many different lures, these essential baits will definitely fool (almost) every fish. So, clear out your tackle box and cast these six baits.
Heddon Zara Spook
This top-water bait was developed in 1939, known as Zarragossa. Its side-to-side action motivated people to call it by the phrase “walk the dog,” which is representing the technique of twitching it across the water. Today, thousands of lures are built to imitate this action.
This lure has a hard-plastic body who allows terrific consistency in action. Speaking of his fish-fooling feature, the line-tie is the most important thing here, although it’s a very small part of his design. Positioned underneath the nose, a twitch on slack line makes it dart to the side, a feature that has proved irresistible to any fish that will eat bait on the surface.
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Tip: To make this bait walk easier, use a simple loop knot as your initial line-to-lure connection.
Acme Little Cleo
The spoon is one of the oldest and simplest lure designs. These lures come in a crazy number of shapes, but one of the most popular choices is the Acme Little Cleo. Besides the fact that the paint will become fragmented and the hook will need to be replaced from time to time, this lure is basically indestructible.
Speaking of the fish-fooling feature of these lures, the cup of the spoon manages its action to a large degree. A shallow-cupped spoon will have a small wobble, while a deep one will tremble have an irregular action. Gold is the best color you can choose by this lure.
Curly Tail Grub
Although grubs have been around for a very long time, their popularity grows when Mr. Twister added the animated tail in the early 1970s. Very soon, millions of Curly Tail Grubs have been sold and many manufacturers embraced his design. The effectiveness of this lure rests on its simplicity. His baitfish profile, depending on the size you’ll choose, could simulate forage differing from full-grown mullet to shad fry. If you match to the proper-size jig head, you can be fish effectively for all species in a variety of water conditions.This lure, although looks a little dull in your hand, once that tail is pulled through the water, it comes to life. if you are targeting panfish, the best option to use is the tiny 1-inch version with a 1/32-ounce jig head. In a case jigging for cobia, opt for an 8-inch grub with an 8-ounce head.
Rapala Original Floating Minnow
This lure is made of balsa and offers two separate advantages to anglers. First one, the inconsistency of wood provides for a lure that will be erratic, which is a very good thing. The second one, it lets anglers work the bait both on the surface and beneath.
The action of the Floating Minnow is formed by how its lip is placed in relation to the body of the lure. This bait is designed to imitate injured baitfish, therefore, the lip is responsible for creating this action. In a case you are fishing for small species, opt for the 1 ½-inch, 1/16-ounce bait, the most diminutive of the series. If some big fish is your target, throw the 7-inch, 1 1/16-ounce model.
Tip: You can make a modification to this bait by sand the paint off, and then cover it with clear nail polish. Although the factory finish is awesome, sometimes the fish want something more subdued.
Spro Hair Jig
Although almost all jigs look similar, the shape of the lead head is of the highest importance. In rocky areas, a football shape is what works the best. Bullet heads punch through the grass and jigs with line-ties on the top of the head are the best for swimming.
There’re a lot of hair options to choose from. Rabbit, marabou, and squirrel are the most popular. In the other hand, deer is maybe the most durable and widely available.
When fishing for crappies, cast to likely cover or structure with a 1/16-ounce Phat Flies version and slowly twitch it through submerged limbs or over rock. When you’ll be ready for bottom-hugging grouper or snapper, drop a 3- to 4-ouncer on the wreck or rocks they live in, and slowly jig it to the surface.
Mister Twister Sassy Shad
Although there are many swim baits out there to choose from, this one is the original, coming in sizes that will catch fish from dink bream to magnum marlin. The boot-shaped tail section of this lure is exactly where the magic happens. The narrow piece of plastic that leads to the large, wide tail creates a very lifelike swimming action.
When fishing for bass, choose a 4-inch model and pair it with a ½-ounce jighead. Slow-roll it over submerged treetops and rock piles at the times when fish are inactive, and buzz it near the surface when they are feeding.