3 Must Have Baits for Covering New Water

I’ll get straight to it on this one.  Your on some new water and need to figure some things out really fast, make sure these three guys are tied on to your rods, and oohh yeah, and use that Palomar knot we went over earlier.

These baits go in any order, just get them in the water!!!

1. SpinnerBait. With so many different variations here, you cant go wrong. Fishing structure, grass beds or grass lines, pads, shallow or deep you can find one to fit your needs. In a open grass bed area, I will work a few different retrieves, from a burn, to slow role, to a stop and go and of course use all the above on the same cast. You can cover an ample amount of water with this method and of course narrow things down to whats working and whats not. Varied colors to like here, but I am partial to Chartreuse here or a Pearl White with a blue Hue glow.

2. Crankbait. (shallow – Mid Range) Once again, sooo many to choose from. In regards to my style, I am generally pulling this puppy out if I am basically in a shallow to mid range water range, Meaning, I am not casting out a deep runner and covering or searching for those bass (that’s a whole other topic), I am generally using this technique in the shallow water areas of 1-10 feet in depth with a primary focus on grass, pads or structure. As in with the spinnerbait, I’m burning the bait, slow retrieve, stop start and this is a great one for that extended pause, especially if you can those holes in the grass or channels (highways for Bass) to move from place to place. Black and Gold (when you can find them) and Fire Tiger are my go to colors here.

3. Fluke. Boy do I love this soft bait when I need to cover some water and to also slow things down. I can cover a ton of water here and trick that bass into thinking he has some easy food to jump on. Twitch, stop, pause, what cant you do here. Its great for under docks and skipping, its weedless, you can pop it out of the water, or pause it and let it drift slowly down. I mostly toss this weightless and of course skin hook it, so I can role anywhere. Top colors for me here are White Pearl and Bubble Gum.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am a bank beater and as noted here I prefer flats over the deep water approach, but it is again based on the good ole mother nature, cover some water and eliminate those areas to narrow down your approach and that rod will load!


The Bass Dude


Hey! I am a Married outdoorsman with two wonderful boys. I Love to fish for largemouth bass and love the backwater creeks and cuts of bigger waters. I was a full-time Bass angler who was lucky enough, along with two of my buddies to have numerous Bass lures with patents. I also, enjoy hunting, Mtn. Biking, Ultra trail running and basically anything to do with the outdoors.


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