Best/Most Successful natural baits for bass

Discussion in 'Bass Fishing' started by Ravensmavsfan, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Ravensmavsfan

    Ravensmavsfan New Member

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    What, from your expierience, are the best natural bass baits.
    For me it goes like this:

    1.Goldfish
    2.crawfish
    3.Night crawlers
     
  2. Lil Hooker

    Lil Hooker New Member

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    Crawfish and worms from my experience and let me say I don't have to much but I have caught some nice bass biggest was about 7-8#
     

  3. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Shiners, nightcrawlers. I have not tried goldfish, I don't know if it is legal in New Jersey.
     
  4. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I'd say a six ought kahle hook, a large sinker and hook those bass through the lips...put them to work. LOL When I bass fish, and actually that is quite often, I use artificials. I have been having real good luck the past 5 or 6 years throwing a white spinner bait made by H&H lures. Really cheap, about $1.39 per lure. When you compare it to the other spinners at $6.00 a pop, you are not very hesitant about throwing it into good bass cover. Second most favorite bass lure is a "Black Fury" spinner bait made by MEPPS. I use the number 3. Then when all else fails, I go to a purple/grape worm. If I can't catch bass on these 3 lures, they can't be caught. Lol
     
  5. Lil Hooker

    Lil Hooker New Member

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    Almost forgot another good one frogs although I haven't been able to keep one alive for to long.
     
  6. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    2-4 inch live bluegills seem to do best for me. Theres no telling what youll catch bass or cats. But if Im targeting bass with artificials I agree with aw shucks, a white spinnerbait is great. Probably my favorite lure, next would have to be a popper.
     
  7. flannelman

    flannelman New Member

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    live snakes also seem to work good if ur not afraid to catch them. ive seen people catchin bass 10+lbs. im gonna try them this season. frogs are also one of my favorites, live or artificial. i caught my largest bass, 9lbs on an artificial SnagProof Frog.
     
  8. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    Big shiners are By far My favorite big bass live bait!!!
     
  9. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    u was crappie fishing in a little pond system in santee ca and i caught a 16 .9lb bass on an ultra light setup with 8 lb test hell of a fight i caught the female on a small shiner hooked threw the tail i hope this helps
     
  10. paleocaver

    paleocaver New Member

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    For me, and most others here in N. Alabama, it's yellowtail (threadfin) shad. We net them by the dozens in the fall and catch bunches of good smallmouth below the TVA dams on the Tennessee River.

    Also hear of folks catching and using wall walkers (log perch).
     
  11. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    i mean i was fishing
     
  12. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    The largest Bass that I ever saw,was hooked but not boated.It hit a 11 3/4 inch Bass that I was reeling in.It was caught while Crappie fishing.The large Bass hit beside the boat and knocked or slung the the smaller bass into the boat,where I later measured it.The wire crappie hook was not the right hook for a large Bass.Large Bass also love full grown Bull Frogs.You guys catching bait for big Cats?Good bait.peewee-williams
     
  13. shania

    shania New Member

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    I like using "Large Minnows" or "Crawdads" drifted under a bobber. :0a23:

    Take It Easy,
    Bert:cool:
    (Shaina)
     
  14. keller54

    keller54 New Member

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    FROG
     
  15. pickens pete

    pickens pete New Member

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    Spring lizard.Small bream/bluegill under a float.
     
  16. HookedUp

    HookedUp New Member

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    if it is on the bed you can throw just a big nightcrawler on a hook in its bed and whamm. other than that i would say bluegill
     
  17. CaptLeo

    CaptLeo New Member

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    Nightcrawlers work well for me. I don't use Goldfish since the use of Goldfish is not only illegal in SC and GA (where I do most of my bass fishing), but it can introduce an invasive species into a body of water (think about the asian carps, or the Pakus (type of pirahna) that have been invading our waters.

    My other choice of natural bait for bass is large minnows.

    I've also used some chameleons and skinks, as well as small breams.

    And I've caught some largemouths while using crickets fishing for bream.
     
  18. TennesseeJugger

    TennesseeJugger New Member

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    Just depends on what time of year it is, right now I am wearing them out on spinners, jerk baits and Zoom speed craws!
     
  19. TonyInKS

    TonyInKS New Member

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    My favorite big bass bait is a small to medium sized bluegill or sunfish/perch fished under a large styrofoam float, when the bass takes that bait it reminds me of Jaws when the barrels are cruising through the water and suddenly disapear, lol.