Best Lures for Bass Fishing vs. Most Popular Lures for Bass Fishing

00:01 Speaker 1: What’s up, guys?In today’s video, I’m gonna talk about some
of the best lures for bass fishing versussome of the most popular lures for bass fishing
and how those are not the same. Before I get started, go down and click that
little subscribe button in the right-handcorner of your screen and hit that little
bell so you know when I put a new video out. So let’s get started. 00:26 Speaker 1: All right, so let’s go ahead
and talk about the most obvious, probably,what is the most popular lure in bass fishing?Definitely, not the best lure in bass fishing,
but the most popular. And that would be the frog. It’s a very versatile bait. You can use in open water, up in grass, near
docks, down a riprap, around boat ramps, allover the place. Very popular. Everybody wants to catch them on a frog. If I started a lure company, if I started
my own lure company, I’d probably only makefrogs for the first three years, because everybody
buys frogs and everybody always wants to buythe newest and latest and greatest frogs. Here’s one from Lunkerhunt, I can’t wait to
try that. I love frog fishing. I caught a 9-13 earlier this year on a frog
in a private lake. Did a video on it, I’ll post the link to that
video in the description. 01:14 Speaker 1: But anyway, it’s not the
most or the best lure for bass fishing. One: It doesn’t work all the time and it doesn’t
work everywhere you go. Some places it’s seasonal, some places people
never catch them on frogs. And the biggest thing with frogs, it’s a very
low hookup ratio. Everybody’s expecting that bite. When that bite finally comes, when they finally
get that big giant explosion on the frog,first thing they do is they rip it right out
of its way before it’s even in its mouth. So very low hookup ratio with frog fishing. I know people are gonna disagree with me on
that, but go right ahead. Leave it in the. . . Tell me all about it in the comments. How you disagree with me. But this is definitely one of, if not the
most popular lure in bass fishing, and I havebunches of them, ’cause I do like frog fishing,
but it’s not the best. 02:08 Speaker 1: Let’s get into what is some
of the best lures in bass fishing. That’ll be the pattern for this video. We’ll talk about a popular lure and then one
of the best lures. One of the best lures in bass fishing, and
I know people are definitely gonna disagreewith me on this, and that is great, is the
fluke. The fluke is made by Zoom. The super fluke, the fluke is made by Zoom. This is made by Bitter’s, a local company. It is not a fluke, but everybody refers to
them as a fluke or a soft plastic jerkbait. It’s a fluke. That’s what it is. The fluke is probably one of the best lures
for bass fishing because it can be thrownin a variety of locations, around docks, down
riprap, around boat ramps, out in open water,through the grass. You can fish a fluke in a lot of the same
places you can fish a frog, but it’s not asintrusive and it’s a little more enticing. 03:06 Speaker 1: Again, a lot of you guys
have seen my video on how to fish a fluke,my favorite color is watermelon red. I do throw other colors, but I love watermelon
red. I’ve caught them in lakes, as far West as
Texas, all the way up to Upstate New York,Michigan and every place in between, a lot
here in Florida on a fluke. You can fish them with a small weight on them. You can fish them on an underspin. People put them on umbrella rigs. People Texas rig them. People Carolina rig them. And I like to fish them weightless on a 4/0
offset extra-wide gap hook, dead stickingit. You can work them on the surface, you can
work them under the water, like I said. One of the best, most versatile baits in bass
fishing, is the fluke or the soft plasticjerkbait, ’cause this is not a actual fluke. This is made by Bitter’s. But that, in my opinion, is one of the best
lures for bass fishing. Easy to fish. Tons of videos out there on how to fish a
fluke. I have a video out there, but definitely one
of the best lures in bass fishing. Let me know what you think. On to one of the more popular lures in bass
fishing. 04:18 Speaker 1: Next, I’m gonna talk about
topwater lures. And I kinda struggle with which category to
put these in, whether it’s most popular. . . It is one of the most popular techniques or
one of the most popular lures for bass fishing,but it’s also kind of one of the best because
you can catch fish in a lot of different areasthroughout the year on a lot of different
types of bodies of water with topwater lures. So I’m not really sure which category to put
this in. They don’t bite topwater all the time. The conditions have to be right. A lot of early morning, overcast, cloudy days
like this. But also hot and sunny days where there’s
no wind and no clouds in the middle of thesummer, they will hit a topwater plug. 05:01 Speaker 1: But you have probably one
of the most popular type topwater lures outthat’s been out for a while. It’s actually been out for years and years
and years, but made a big time come back thelast few years, is the Whopper Plopper. This is a Berkley, the Choppo. Basically, a Whopper Plopper. People love fishing those. One of the reasons I probably wouldn’t say
it’s the best is because those big treblehooks right there are gonna hang up in all
kinds of stuff. So you’ve got to fish them in relatively open
water or close to cover, but you can’t reallythrow that up in cover. Topwater plugs, you have your Whopper Plopper
type baits, you have your walking baits, likethis Dual Pitch here from 13 Fishing, a Whopper. . . Walking type bait. This is the 108, the 94, this is a Berkley
one. These are all versions of the original Zara
Spook that’s been developed over the years. One of the reasons the Spook has been copied
so much is because it’s a very good bait. 06:03 Speaker 1: Again, I don’t know if it’s
the best or the most popular. We’ll put this in a category of one of the
best, most popular baits in bass fishing,topwater plugs. You also got your popping baits and your prop
baits, can’t forget the prop baits, like theDevil’s Horse. I don’t have any Devil’s Horses in this box
but this is one by Berkley. The Spin Rocket, a dual prop bait. Love fishing topwater. Easy to use. Hundreds of different types of topwater lures. You can use them all over the place, small
mouth, large mouth, spotted bass, all hittopwater. Striped bass hit topwater, we don’t want to
leave out the stripers. We want to include everybody. But we’ll throw that in both categories of
the most popular and one of the best luresfor bass fishing. So not to hurt any of these top water enthusiasts’
feelings. Best and most popular. 07:08 Speaker 1: So here’s another one. Now that I think about it, it’s probably one
of the most popular and definitely throughoutthis whole country, probably, probably one
of the best lures for bass fishing and thatis the old standby. Everybody’s caught a fish on one Texas rig
worm. They’re inexpensive. They make them in a variety of sizes, shapes
and colors. You have your trick worm type. This is a DOA lures, eight inch CAL, it’s
a trick worm. You have your ribbon tail worms, you have
paddle tail worms, you have curl tail worms,you’ve got worms all over the place. You go into a tackle store, and they’re gonna
have more rows and selections of soft plasticworms than anything. And there’s a variety of ways to fish them. You have your wacky rig, you have weightless,
the floating worms. But as far as plastic worms go. . . There’s a fish blowing up on the surface over
here. But as far as plastic worms go, the most popular
way they’re fished is probably Texas rig. 08:21 Speaker 1: You have your screw and bullet
weights, like I like. You have. . . You can just put a regular bullet weight on
there. This is a little heavy metal tungsten weight
with a bobber stopper and a 4/0 hook. These can be fished all over the place. I’ve caught them all over the country on a
Texas rig worm. So just like the last one, it’s probably one
of the most popular but it’s definitely oneof the best lures for bass fishing. If you’re just starting out and you need to
get confidence in catching fish, tie on aTexas rig worm. I promise you, it’ll work in your lake. Can be fished around docks, around boat ramps,
around riprap, rocky points, shell beds, upin the grass, around grass. You can pitch them, you can make long cast,
you can skip worms, you can do all kinds ofstuff with them. Very versatile. Works for all three major species of bass:
Large mouth, small mouth and spotted bass. 09:15 Speaker 1: The Texas rig worm: I’m not
gonna go in depth in it because I’m tryingto cover a bunch of baits. Texas rig worm, probably one of the most popular
and best lures in bass fishing. But where I would lean it more towards the
most or the best and take it out of the mostpopular is because it is a very slow and methodical
lure to fish. And people get bored of fishing and people
don’t have patience anymore. Everybody’s a power fisherman. Not everybody can be Kevin VanDam, the power
fisherman. It takes a lot of patience to fish the Texas
rig worm, because a lot of times, you’re draggingthem or slow hopping them. So it takes a lot of patience. And that’s why I would take it out of the
most popular lure in bass fishing categoryand put it into one of the best because there’s
probably been more tournaments in the historyof bass fishing tournaments, fished on some
variety of a plastic or Texas rig worm thanany other lure there is. Close call with the next lure I’m gonna talk
about but we’ll lean this more towards bestand take it out of the most popular. 10:27 Speaker 1: On to the next one. This next lure is probably one of the most
controversial lures of recent years. I don’t really know which category to put
it in. I think it created so much controversy because
it worked so well. It doesn’t work everywhere you go and it doesn’t
work all year long in a lot of places. So I would kind of take it out of the best
category there because you can’t throw itin a variety of situations. It doesn’t work well around heavy cover at
all. It works better in cooler, deeper water. I did a video on it, recently. It is a very popular bait. It was more popular until they outlawed it
in most of your major tournaments, like Bassmasterand FLW. And I’m sure it is not legal in the MLF tour,
but it is the umbrella rig, or Alabama rig,as it’s also popularly known. I love throwing this thing. I learned how to fish it, I learned how to
catch. I had an opportunity to do really well in
a Bassmaster Tournament up in Tennessee, untilI had some motor problems on the second day. Several years ago, about five years ago. 11:46 Speaker 1: The umbrella rig, people. . . It’s one of those lures that people love to
hate. I meet people that hate it. And I find that most people hate it because
they never learned how to fish it. They were beat down badly in tournaments by
people throwing umbrella rigs. And they got it outlawed. A lot of whining about the umbrella rig. I like it. Not sure. . . Let’s put this in a category I didn’t talk
about. Let’s put it in the most hated category. Even though, I love to fish it. People love to hate it, hate to love it, but
it works. There’s not many lures that you catch multiple
fish on one cast. You’ll have your occasional top water plug,
where you get one on the front hook, one onthe back hook. A lipless crank bait or a crank bait, but
these are known for catching multiple bassat a time. So, a lure that can regularly catch multiple
bass at a time and wins lots of tournamentsand when the bite is on, and you have a 200-boat
tournament and every single boat in the top20 catches them on an umbrella rig or an Alabama
rig, you have to put it up there with thebest. Most popular?No, because people don’t like to fish them,
you have to throw them with big heavy rods. 12:55 Speaker 1: Here I have a seven-foot,
11 heavy action, 13 fishing muse with 50. . . I think this is a 50-pound braid, and you
got to wing it out there. So lot of people, especially people that don’t
use bait casters are not gonna lean towardsthrowing an umbrella rig or an Alabama rig. So we’ll put this in its own little category
by itself as the most hated, or most loveto hate, hate it to love. Leaning towards one of the best lures of all
time, because it won so much money in tournamentsin a short period of time before people whined
and cried it right out of the tournament trails. So umbrella rig, I love it. Let me know what you think about an umbrella
rig. On to the next one. 13:37 Speaker 1: Moving on. Let’s talk about one of the best baits. It’s popular, but again, it can be slow and
methodical so a lot of people don’t like tofish it. You can’t catch them everywhere you go in
the country on it, but when I leave the stateof Florida, I seem to always have one tied
on. For a time, Denny Brauer was the all-time
leading money-winner in Bassmaster’s historyand he fishes with jigs. Jigs, and there’s all kinds of jigs, there’s
shaky head jigs, there’s jigs with just grubson them. But when most bass fishermen talk about a
jig, they’re talking about your standard,here’s a BOOYAH jig. Let me get this out of the. . . This is a bankroll jig. Hundreds of different varieties of jigs. Flipping jigs, casting jigs, skipping jigs,
shaky head jigs. I’m leaving some out. Swim jigs and kinda hard to throw it in the
category of jigs, but the bladed jig. I guess it is a jig but it’s not really a
jig. Chatterbait, bladed jig. 14:56 Speaker 1: Jigs: Probably more money
won in tournaments around this country throwinga jig than any other lure there is. I don’t throw ’em a lot here in Florida. We have a lot of grass and to be honest with
you, aside from the occasional flipping orpunching jig or occasionally during the bluegill
spawn, if we don’t have a lot of hydrillaon the Kissimmee chain and the bluegill are
spawning right outside the Kissimmee grassedges, you can pitch a big jig with a whole
gambler crawdaddy on it, right down thosegrass lines. And I think the bass think it’s a bluegill
running up and down and we’ll catch some reallybig bass. 15:36 Speaker 1: Anyway, the jig is probably
one of the best, most productive, most versatilelures in bass fishing because it can be fished
so many different ways. You can throw it without a trailer. Most people put trailers on them. Different varieties of trailers, creature
baits. People will put frogs on the back of jigs,
you can. . . With soft body frogs, people will put swim
baits. . . Well, this is a bladed jig and it has like
a little swimming fluke on the back but peoplewill put those on your standard casting jigs. They make them up to two ounces, probably
bigger than that. You have your little skipping jigs. Finesse jigs, you can fish them around rocks,
you can fish them around docks, you can fishthem in grass, you can fish them on shell-beds,
you can fish them on boat ramps, you can fishthem on humps. Just about everywhere. They work everywhere you go. I’ve caught fish on them on Lake Champlain
up in Upstate New York, on the Douglas. . . On Lake Douglas in Tennessee. I’ve caught ’em on Lake Norman. 16:38 Speaker 1: Jigs are probably one of
the most productive baits there is. They can be. . . You can drag ’em. You can hop ’em. You can skip ’em, do a bunch of different
stuff with jigs. Don’t fish ’em a lot here, probably should
’cause I love fishing ’em. I’ve got boxes of them, varieties of jigs. But probably one of the best, if not the best
lure in bass fishing is a jig. And let me know if you disagree with that
because I’m sure you will. I’m not saying it’s the best for everybody,
but overall, throughout the country, jig’sprobably one of the best lures for bass fishing. Fished a variety of ways. Fish ’em in brush piles. I probably should try that on some of the
brush piles I fish, instead of just throwinga worm all the time. But let’s move on to another lure. 17:33 Speaker 1: So moving right along. If I didn’t talk about crankbaits in this
video in the best bass fishing lures versusthe most popular bass fishing lures, people
would have a heart attack. Crankbaits: Again, one of those lures that
might fall into both categories. They’ve been out forever. I’m sure any old grandpa tackle box you find
in the corner of a garage that hasn’t beentouched in 20 years, that you open up is gonna
have a crankbait in it. Every kid, when he gets his first lures, they
start throwing crankbaits. They do take some skill to learn how to fish
’cause most of the time, with a crankbait,you’re not just gonna throw it out and reel
it in. You have to. . . There’s a lot of different cadences. The ripping crankbaits, you can crank and
pause, you have varieties of crankbaits, yoursquare bill crankbaits, you have coffin bill,
your round bill, like the shad rap here, theseusually dive deeper. 18:35 Speaker 1: Crankbaits, you have lipless
crankbaits. I love throwing lipless crankbaits, that is
a crankbait, but not your standard. When people think of a crankbait like you
see in this box here, they don’t think ofa lipless crankbait. But a lipless crankbait, we’ll throw it in
the category with crankbaits. Very versatile baits. You can catch them on all varieties of bass,
large mouth, small mouth spotted bass, oncrankbaits and lipless crankbaits. They have a variety. . . They have sinking crankbaits, floating crankbaits,
suspending crankbaits. Various different types of bills, different
sizes of bills that take the lures to differentdepths and about every type of color you can
possibly think of from ones that are supposedto resemble shad patterns to your crawfish
patterns. So they can represent or attempt to resemble
many different types of food that bass eat. And I’ve caught a lot of fish on them. Love throwing a crankbait. Don’t get much opportunity to do it here in
Florida, but I’ve caught a lot of fish on’em and they’re great search baits. 19:42 Speaker 1: If you’re on a lake, and
you don’t know where the fish are, if youneed to cover a lot of water to find fish,
crankbaits, lipped crankbaits and liplesscrankbaits will get the job done most of the
time. But I think because they’ve been out for so
long, they wouldn’t hit the most popular,the most talked about lures out there because
they’ve just been out for so long. Everybody makes a crankbait. They work. A lot of tournaments won on crankbaits but
I rarely get anybody that calls me and says,”Hey, can we throw crankbaits today?”It’s always the frog. Frogs, frogs, frogs, frogs. So we’ll put that in one of the best categories
and ot one of the most popular categories. Popular, but not one of the most popular crankbaits. 20:32 Speaker 1: Moving right along. This one’s gonna start some controversy. A lot of people are gonna disagree with me
on it. But let’s talk about flipping and punching. Flipping and punching, what category am I
gonna put that in?One of the best lures or techniques for bass
fishing, or one of the most popular?I’m gonna put it in one of the most popular
techniques for bass fishing, and by far not,one of the most, or the best lures for bass
fishing. There’s gonna be a bunch of people that disagree
with me on that. As a fishing guide, if I get a request from
a different part of the country, or just randomly,about how are the fish biting?The question, how are the fish biting?One of the things. . . I’ve actually had people call me and go, “Are
we gonna be frogging or punching?”Like those are the only two techniques we
could possibly ever do here in Florida isfrogging or punching. By punching. . . Punching’s kind of a newer term that’s come
in in the past few years ’cause we alwaysrefer to it as flipping. And I guess, it’s kind of been separated out
’cause people flip wood, they flip docks,and we punch through grass, but it’s all kind
of in the same category. 21:48 Speaker 1: Big heavy rods, which a lot
of people don’t like to fish with. This is a 7 foot 11, extra heavy, 13 fishing
rod, 65-pound braid. I only have a one ounce weight on here because
we were punching through some scattered semi-heavyhydrilla a while back with a vile bug creature
bait there. Most of the time when people are flipping
or punching, they’re throwing creature baits. There’s other lures you can throw on there. The majority of the time, it’s some sort of
craw or creature bait when we’re flippingor punching. It does work a lot, it doesn’t work all the
time. There’s tournaments won on it, but not as
many as you think are won flipping or punching. Have I had 20 and 30-fish days flipping or
punching?Yes. I’ve had 30-fish days on Okeechobee, and on
various lakes on the Kissimmee chain, so itcan be productive. The majority of the time, you don’t get very
many bites when you’re flipping or punching. As far as flipping and punching, lay downs
and wood outside of Florida, other parts ofFlorida and some of your man-made TVA, Tennessee
Valley Authority Lakes, it does work well. 23:05 Speaker 1: I still wouldn’t put it in
the best. . . One of the best lures for bass fishing because,
to be one of the best, it has to be somethingeverybody can do, not everybody can do this. It doesn’t always happen. It is a technique that will let you down a
lot of times. You go out and practice or pre-fish for a
tournament and you get on a big flipping biteor a big punching bite. You’re all geared up, you’re gonna put a sack
in that live well, 20 pounds, 30 pounds. Tournament time comes and those fish have
moved, and you’re not gonna find them whenyou’re punching or flipping. You need to put on a search bait, like a crank
bait or jerkbait, top water, that type ofstuff. So I would put. . . So many people are gonna disagree with me
on this. I would take this out of one of the best bass
fishing lures and put it into one of the mostpopular. Am I saying don’t go do this?No, because I love flipping. I don’t get many opportunities to do it when
I’m guiding. Love it, won some money flipping, punching,
but not the best. Because not everybody can do it and it doesn’t
work all the time everywhere we go and itcan let you down. On to the next one. 24:14 Speaker 1: Okay, this is gonna be the
last lure I talk about in the video. And I know I’m leaving some lures out, like
jerkbaits and bladed jigs. Talk about those real quick. Everybody likes storm bladed jigs or chatterbaits. They work, very popular. It’s good bait. They don’t work everywhere you go and they
don’t work all the time. Jerkbaits, versatile bait, moving bait. Don’t really. . . I don’t think the chatterbait and the jerkbait
meet this category of best of anything. They’re just good overall baits. Don’t work all the time. Don’t work everywhere you go. I love throwing a chatterbait. I love throwing a jerkbait, but they’re kind
of honorable mentions when you’re talkingabout best or most popular. Chatterbait or bladed jig will get way up
there with the most popular but because alot of people have never caught fish on them. Everybody talks about them. A lot of money has been won on them, but I’m
not gonna put them up in the category of mostpopular or best because a lot of people have
never learned how to fish them or don’t knowhow to fish them or on bodies of water where
they don’t work very well. 25:16 Speaker 1: So anyway, this is gonna
come to. . . This isn’t a very popular bait for a lot of
people. A lot of times, people just say they’ve fished
with them but they’ve never caught anythingon them. I catch a lot of fish on them. I know guides, buddies of mine that have fished
for a living that hate fishing with them,but you can cover a lot of water with them. A lot of tournaments are won on ’em. They work great. There’s some lakes where they work really
well. 25:39 Speaker 1: And the spinner baits. Spinner baits, a lot of my videos, you’ve
seen us catching fish on spinner baits. They work all year. They work in warm water, during the transition
times of the year, like we’re getting intonow, the fall. They work in the spring, during shad spawns,
there’s varieties of them. This is your conventional spinner bait, one
or two blades. I’ve fished them with as many as five blades
on them. They make heavy deepwater spinner baits. They make them small, finesse spinner baits. This would be kind of your average spinner
bait, two blades, 3/8 ounce. You can cover a lot of water with them. They’re not super intrusive. They do tend to work better here in Florida
anyway, when you have some wind. I’ve been on lakes in other parts of the country
where they’re just eating a spinner bait. It could be dead calm and sunny and crystal
clear water and they’re gonna eat a spinnerbait. What do the fish think they are?If you ask most people, they would think,
they would say it was a small school of baitfish. The one thing you need to remember with bass
is they don’t think, they react so I thinkit looks like food to them. 26:41 Speaker 1: Spinner baits: A lot of people
don’t like fishing them. I’m about to go throw one here because the
fish are just starting to blow up behind me. But I love fishing spinner baits. I think it’s one of the best lures of all
time. Definitely not one of the most popular because
the majority of the people I meet when I tellthem we’re gonna be catching ’em on a spinner
bait. They’ll say, “I don’t like throwing spinner
baits. “And most of the time, when they say that it’s
because they’ve never caught anything on them. And there haven’t been a ton of innovations
in the spinner bait industry in the past fewyears. So they haven’t been talked about as much. But it’s a good versatile bait. You can fish them all over the place. Fish ’em through grass, open water, deep water,
shallow water, around wood, around rocks,around grass, out in open water, schooling
fish, whatever you want. I’ve caught large mouth, small mouth, and
spotted bass on them. Spinner bait. 27:33 Speaker 1: So I know I left some lures
out. I can’t talk about everything ’cause who wants
to watch a two-hour long YouTube video. I didn’t talk about the ned rig. That’s very popular. I don’t throw a ned rig very much. Drop shot, I left the drop shot out. I left jerkbaits out, like I was talking about
earlier. I like throwing jerkbaits are great. 27:56 Speaker 1: But I covered what I think
are some of the most popular bass fishinglures and some of the best lures for bass
fishing and how some are in both categories. Some are in one category versus the other. I hope everybody doesn’t agree with me. Most people should have some disagreements
because that’s what’s great about fishing,it’s different. Everywhere you go, every state, I’ve been
to every body of water. Sometimes you can travel 10 miles down the
road to a lake or lakes that are connectedto each other that don’t fish the same. So for me to sit here and say this one bait
is the best lure for bass fishing, or thisone lure is the most popular because popularity
also goes by region, or area or species versussmall mouth versus large mouth versus spotted
bass. 28:44 Speaker 1: But overall, throughout the
country, from feedback I’ve gotten from the5,000 some-odd people that I’ve guided over
21 years and other fishermen that I’ve interactedwith. This video, I highlighted what I think are
the best lures for bass fishing versus themost popular lures for bass fishing, which
aren’t always the best. And some of them that kinda hit both categories. So thanks for watching. Please subscribe to my channel. Let me know what other kind of videos you
wanna watch, and I’m gonna do a little bitof fishing. And then I’m gonna go spend like three hours
editing this video. So see you next time.

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