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Saltwater Lures For Freshwater Bass


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#1 basslover12345

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Posted February 01 2013 - 08:53 AM

Anyone ever use saltwater lures for bass? What lures? Experiences? Way saltwater colors work for bass?
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Posted February 01 2013 - 09:43 AM

If you can target redfish or speckled trout in the salt, then you have a portion of the lures that will work for bass as well. I know the following lures are cross-water and work perfectly:

Topwater: Bomber Badonkadonks, Heddon Zara Pup and Spooks, MirrOlures, Rapala Skitterwalks
Suspending: MirrOlure MirrOminnows, 17MR, 18MR, 52MR, STTRs, Rapala X-Raps/Subwalks, LC Pointers, SPRO McSticks, etc.
Crankbaits: wakers like Mann's -1, SPRO BBZ-1 floaters, Tru-Tungsten floating shads or Strike King King Shads; Lipless crankbaits or Rapala deep divers.
Soft Plastics: ZOOM Super Flukes, Bass Assassin Jerk Shads and Sea Shad/Swimming Mullets, etc.
Spinnerbaits: Betts 1/4oz Beetle Spins (#4 gold blade and a large beetle in craw or chartreuse), SK Redfish Magics or the Bomber version.
Spoons: ADLs, Kastmasters, Johnson's Silver Minnows, Hopkins and Blades or Manns Little Georges.
Jigs: 1/4-3/8oz finesse skirted jigs in brown/orange (I know reds love these! hint hint)
Jigheads: 1/4 oz ballheads paired with a 3-4" curly tail grub, paddle tail
Alabama or Flounder Rig: add the jigheads above or even weightless flukes on the outer arms and a spoon or larger bait on the center arm.
Vertical Jigs: the single tuna vertical jigs also work in deep holes for bass, walleyes, pike, etc.

If it's a lure that mimics any of the forage that the target species chases, it will transfer between both water types! I use almost all of my gear between both.

The key is to make sure you rinse off the lures and the rod/reel combos you used with warm water after each use to prevent corrosion.

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Posted February 01 2013 - 11:13 AM

Anyone ever use saltwater lures for bass? What lures? Experiences? Way saltwater colors work for bass?

 

Rage has a saltwater lineup, shrimp, crabs etc. in another thread I was asking Big O about them for bass. He indeed said he has used them with success. Here on the St. Johns you can catch a bass on a live shrimp too.  Besides a shrimp and a craw are similar in profile. As far as colors many of the plastic shrimps I have are white, chart/silver flake, oranges/copper, rootbeer chart. I would use them in a pond, seem all pretty typical colors. dunno about eletric chicken but if you score them on the cheap then try them.

 

Also checkout bomber saltwater grade. They have a website and you can score some decent stuff like the badonka donks, heddons, and swim jigs for 2-4 bucks


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Posted February 01 2013 - 12:21 PM

I found out that every Bomber I own are salt water lures. I guess that's why each one cost me $2.50 here in Michigan. This one is my favorite lure.jpg (sorry if the image isn't shown this is my first time uploading an image.)



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Posted February 02 2013 - 02:40 AM

Anyone ever use saltwater lures for bass? What lures? Experiences? Way saltwater colors work for bass?

Assuming you already have S/W lures, because if I you didn't just buy freshwater lures.  Most lures are pretty universal as far as what kind of water and what kind of fish you can use them for.  For the most part I use s/w lures in salt and freshwater lures in fresh.  Only exceptions are a plastic fluke, spoon and bucktail jig.  I'd be paying more attention to matching the lure to the rod, rather than a specific lure.

Not that I haven't used every single lure mentioned, but 30 years of saltwater fishing has taught me 1 thing, all I need to use is a plastic fluke, bucktail, top water lure and a spoon, anything else is just for the sake of variety.

One thing I would to try if I'm ever up north is to use one of my surgical tubes on muskie or pike, I think they might be killers.


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Posted February 02 2013 - 10:36 AM

Boot tail type swim baits with fish head jigs started out in salt water, migrated to fresh water. The drop shot rig with octopus hook was originally a salt water rig. A-rig started out as a water trolling spreader rig. As mentioned spoons, jigs and surface poppers are common salt water lures.
Most salt water lures have galvanized steel XX hooks that should be changed for fresh water, if that is where you plan to fish them.
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Posted February 02 2013 - 06:56 PM

Exude Brand Mr. Twister soft plastics like the Dart.

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Posted February 03 2013 - 09:11 AM

A Pop-A-Dog is one of my favorite topwater baits for bass. Its a saltwater bait.


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Posted February 03 2013 - 02:19 PM

I find I use more bass lures in the salt than salt lures on bass, but I'll do it both ways. I've only had 1 fish ask me if the lure was "technique specific" before biting it...


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Posted February 03 2013 - 03:05 PM

You answered your own question, the common denominator is the magical word "lures", or in other words, lures are to lure predatory fish and pretty much most prdatory fish will be attracted to lures. In practical terms most "salt"water lures are modified versions of "fresh"water lures, the paint job may be different, the hooks may be upgraded to stand corrosion, it may be larger or heavier but they are pretty much the same, same thing applies to most plastics; so to answer your question, yes I do use saltwater lures for bass fishing, for example Rapala Magnums are deadly bass baits, I found a couple of decades ago that small size ( about 4" long ) hollow head octopus soft platic lures made killer punching baits and so on.

 

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Posted February 03 2013 - 04:47 PM

Rattletrap type lures in mulllet and mackeral work great. Most chugger type baits work great...Heck, try the larger versions of the senko type baits. I use these for both freshwater and saltwater bass.

 

My first saltwater striper was on a 1/2 oz deep diving Strike King freshwater Crankbait on a freshwater rod.

 

Fear not the saltwater/freshwater mix...LOL


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Posted February 04 2013 - 03:43 AM

The biggest difference between freshwater and saltwater lures are the size and hooks used, predatory fish in either environment will strike both types of lures.

The above mentioned Poppa Dog is my favorite, IMO Mirrolure uses the strongest hooks.


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Posted February 04 2013 - 04:15 AM

Don't forget the saltwater line.

 

I use 15 pound test Ande mono for some bass presentations.


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Posted February 07 2013 - 09:58 PM

I bought a package of rage tails with a scent inside. It was on clearance at Dick's for like $3 bucks. I threw it in my buggy without looking at it, I saw rage tail and jumped on it. When I got home I figured out it was for saltwater. I don't remember exactly what they are but I know they are clear with silver glitter inside with a yellow tail. Maybe 4 inches long. Do you guys think they will work in fresh water? I rarely fish saltwater or I would save them, but right now they are just collecting dust.

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Posted February 08 2013 - 02:05 AM

^^^ I have no doubt they will work ^^^


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