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Lures You Tried In 2014 That Did Work

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Saw the other thread, and figured a more positive one was in order.  I personally tried a ton of new gear this year and have settled on a few things that have a definite place in my tackle box moving forward.  I've gotten way WAY into fishing heavy cover.  Pads, laydown, submerged structure, weed beds and channels, you name it...  I barely fished open, rocky water or even anything 20+ all year.  It was a big "focus on the structure and heavy cover" year for me, and almost all of my new favorites are snagless/weedless in some way or another.    

 

 

My favorite finds of this year have got to be thus:

 

 

Northland jawbreakers

Deps slither Ks

Evergreen kicker frogs

1/4oz Owner flashy swimmers w/ 5.5" Bento swims 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm sure I'll think of more but that's probably a decent start.  What did you try this year that was a total WIN??    

 

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This year was the year of the fluke for me. I had tried and tried these guys for a couple years, and saw so many people having stories of success. Then I went out with a guy who used them, saw how he worked them, bought some SK Swim'n Caffeine Shad's and lit them up ever since. They're one of my confidence lures, especially rigged weightless, ran just below the surface.

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bomber crankbaits, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, tru-toungsten finesse worms, rapala and rebel jerkbaits.

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Pit Boss! The thing really is the boss. Worked for me from spring to fall, mostly texas rigged but sometimes weightless. Fantastic bait, especially for the price!

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Jerkbaits - never used them a ton in the past, but they were a big producer this year for me (BX Minnow, Husky Jerks, Flap Shad, Pointers)

 

Megabass Pop X and Pop Max - I've used tons of poppers in the past, but I spent the extra $$$ and got one of each of these and they produced very well

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#1  Rage Tail Structure Bug

 

#2  MegaStrike MegaTube Craw

 

#3  Chatterbait/ Rage Bug trailer

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Not sure how many you want but these would be the tops:

 

Extreme Shaky head + Rage Menace

Dredge Jig 1/2 brush Black blue +Rage Bluebug trailer

Pointer 78 AM Shad

Black/Chart SOS squarebill

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Keitech swing impact & impact fat on a chatterbait.

Finesse worm fishing/light tackle fishing with a baitcaster - got the correct gear for it.

Snag proof kicker frog

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Overall this has been the year of jigs for me...Im officially addicted. 

 

My best producer is the 1/4oz Mata Dredge Brush jig in Junebug/black rubber skirt with paca craw in blue sapphire.

 

2nd bait would be the scatter raps in baby bass and smash colors ...Ive seen many threads with dislike of this bait but it has produced extremely well for me this year.

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lake fork magic popper... don't know what they do that differs from other poppers but it flat out catches fish.  a bit pricey, but man it just works.

 

aside from that, i just say jigs.  i just fished them more this year and picked up even more confidence in them.

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2nd bait would be the scatter raps in baby bass and smash colors ...Ive seen many threads with dislike of this bait but it has produced extremely well for me this year.

 

Glad they worked for someone. I'm sure they catch fish, and I'm sure I need to throw them more to give them a chance, but the DT's just work so darn well.

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Glad they worked for someone. I'm sure they catch fish, and I'm sure I need to throw them more to give them a chance, but the DT's just work so darn well.

Lol truth be told Ive never fished DT's..... So it may be that Im missing out? As far as the ScatterRaps go I just bang them through cover and once on the other side I just pause them, they have a slow float rate so I think it helps when getting bit...

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A Booyah Pad Crasher turned my bass season into one worth remembering. Can't get enough of top water frogging and have had blow ups on the Booyahs, Koppers Live Targets, and River2Sea Bully Wa.

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I have only been fishing for 4 months now, but for me it was a Cavitron Buzzbait, and chatterbaits.  Beyond these two lure types the only other thing that has worked for me is Senkos and a couple other random soft plastics.  I am trying to get into spinnerbaits but so far they just haven't produced for me yet.

 

A little off topic but my goal for this year though was really to just catch a few fish and get comfortable with different types of tackle and how they work.  For the most part I achieved that goal.  My goal for next year is to gain proficiency with the following lures:

 

1.  Spinnerbait

2.  Jigs

3.  Rattle Trap style cranks

4.  Soft Body Swimbaits

 

None of those have anything to do with the types of areas I fish as much as those are the types of lures that "speak" to me and the ones I want to learn.  Of course this might explain why I haven't had much luck with them yet as well.

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I fish clear water for smallmouth and I was happily surprised at the number and size of the smallies that the Duo Realis Spin Bait 80 produced.

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This was my first year fishing by kayak, so I fished mostly soft baits until ,june then tried crankbaits and chatter baits. Can't say a killed it with either, but the biggest bass I caught this year was on a chatter bait. I caught the 2nd rainbow trout in my life on a chrome Rapala deep diving minnow.

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Bass Assassin's Bang Series Tapout Worm 7.5"

Enhanced with liquid salt & infused with Bang Scent Formula

Basically a fat Trick Worm. ;)

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 Roboworms.  I bought a pack last winter and tried them in the spring.  Went to one of my favorite bank fishing spots at a reservoir lake, tried soft worms for thirty minutes and no bites.  Didn't want to give up so finally put on for the first time a Roboworm.  Three casts and caught a bass.  Felt good working an area and not giving up and finally getting a bass.  Since then I always carry Roboworms and they have kept working for me.  

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