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Curious... if you could only use one bait per technique what would that bait be? (give hook choice etc if specific)

 

Weightless Texas Rig - 5” Senko on a 3/0 EWG hook

 

Weighted Texas Rig - Zoom Ol’ Monster on a 4/0 EWG hook

 

Stuff I’m still trying to find my favorites on...

 

Shakeyhead - 

Drop Shot - 

Wacky Rig - 

Carolina Rig - 

Ned Rig-

 

 

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The only way to know what your favorite will be is to start fishing them.My #1 favorite is a plastic worm, Texas rigged. I use different worms, hook sizes, weights, etc. Too many variables to pick one. It's hands down caught more fish in 35yrs than all other baits I've used. I don't fish as many different teqniques as some do, but I don't feel I'm missing out. For much of the season, a T rig worm is that good.

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Just about all my hardbaits I made myself. I don’t fish soft plastics much but for them I would say:

 

Weightless: Cabin Creek Oval Sinking Worm on 4/0 Texposer hook. 

 

Jig: Santone Lures Swimbait Jig head with Boss Skirt

 

Jig trailer: Zoom Super Speed Craw

 

Texas Rig: Netbait C-Mac 15’ worm

 

Dropshot: Strike King 3x elaztech finesse worm

 

Frog: Teckel Sprinker Frog

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Just give me a bunch of terminal tackle and a 100 Pack of 3.5 inch tubes and let me work.

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For wacky rig:

 

•1/16 oz VMC wacky hook with weed guard

•5 inch Berkley Maxscent General or Kalins WAC-O-Worm (baby bass color).  Either brand works as well as Yamasenkos, but has stronger scents, are less expensive, and more durable.

•Clear wacky worm sleeve sold by Cadman’s Custom lures (much better than O-rings)

 

Lights out!

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In the warm spring and really hot summer time months like 95 degrees or more in the evenings or 70 degrees in the mornings throw a Holla popper or a frog or any topwater and you will catch a hog promise u or throw any bottom bait when its hot in the day time bc they are on the bottom in the hot summer time like that i throw a wacky or texas rigged senko on hot days or cloudy days.

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For me it would be a 1/4 ounce slider pro spider head and a 3.5" Water Red Tube.

 

Close second would be the same slider head and a 5" Kalins Ron's craw grub.

 

Both baits and colors catch em in all water colors I have encountered.

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1 hour ago, cgolf said:

For me it would be a 1/4 ounce slider pro spider head and a 3.5" Water Red Tube.

 

Close second would be the same slider head and a 5" Kalins Ron's craw grub.

 

Both baits and colors catch em in all water colors I have encountered.

That’s just cheating.......

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Weightless Texas Rig - 5" Senko Gamakatsu 4/0 ewg 

Weighted Texas Rig - Netbait Baby Paca Craw Gamakatsu 4/0 ewg 

Shakey head - Zoom Trick Worm Megastrike Shake2 Pro ewg

Drop Shot - Berkley Powerbait Pro Twitchtail  Gamakatsu Split/Drop Shot #1

Wacky Rig - 5" Senko 

Carolina Rig - N/A😝 

Ned Rig- Zman TRD                                                                                      

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Shakeyhead - Zoom trick worm/roboworm 

Drop Shot - zoom fluke

Wacky Rig - 5” senko  

Carolina Rig - zoom fluke/lizards(many brands work the same for me)

Ned Rig- Zman TRD (of course!)

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-Magnum rage bug-favorite pitching bait-6\0 straight shank-65lb braid or 22lb fluoro

-Rage menace-favorite punch bait-4/0 straight shank-same lines as above

-Yum mighty worm-big texas rig straight- tail-Gamakatsu magnum g-lock-18pb fluoro

-Mag ol' monster-big ribbon tail-Gamakatsu magnum g-lock-same line as above

-Rage craw-small texas rig-4/0-Gamakatsu g-lock-16 or 18lb fluoro

-Yum f2 craw chunk-jig trailer seiberts jigs-16-22lb fluoro

-RI pocket rocket-stick worm-4/0 g-lock-16lb fluoro

-Havoc grass pig-swimbait-chatterbait-15lb mono

spro king daddy-frog-65lb braid

-Zoom finesse worm-drop shot/shakey head. 1/0 offset wide gap-15lb braid to a leader of 4lb p-line cxx

 

 

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3 hours ago, Dorado said:

That’s just cheating.......

Then for crank I go with the trusty Bandit 100 and I think I have the hat trick;) although looks like the op is just looking for plastics. 

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4/0 ewg worm hook - GY/Daiwa Neko senko

7/0 3/8oz trokar weighted swimbait - 6" brush hawg, 5.8 keitech swimbait

Shakeyhead - GY/Daiwa Neko senko

Drop Shot - 2.8 keitech swimbait

Wacky Rig - yum dinger  or zman zinkerz

Swimjig - SK 4 rage two craw or 3.8 keitech

Ned Rig - zman zinkerz cut in half

No Carolina Rig 🤔

 

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T rig zoom magnum lizard

Weightless trig fluke

Jig rage craw

C rig zoom magnum lizard

Drop shot. Robo worm 

 Ned rig - wont do it. 

 

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17 hours ago, clh121787 said:

T rig zoom magnum lizard

Weightless trig fluke

Jig rage craw

C rig zoom magnum lizard

Drop shot. Robo worm 

 Ned rig - wont do it. 

 

“Ned Rig - won’t do it.” made me laugh. Don’t do it!

 

If there is ever a lure and a presentation that would bore me out of my mind it’s putting 2 inches of a worm on a tiny jig head and dragging it slowly across the bottom...

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1 hour ago, FCPhil said:

“Ned Rig - won’t do it.” made me laugh. Don’t do it!

 

If there is ever a lure and a presentation that would bore me out of my mind it’s putting 2 inches of a worm on a tiny jig head and dragging it slowly across the bottom...

I only fish a ned rig or drop shot if the bite is tough. There are several ways to retrieve the ned rig. I very seldom drag it across the bottom. I use it for smallies much more than I do largemouth

To me the drop shot is the most boring. reminds me of watching paint dry. I occasionally use it , but it is definitely a last resort bait. 

 

T rig - Ol monster

Shakeyhead - trick worm

Drop Shot -  roboworm

Wacky Rig - senko

Carolina Rig - super fluke

Ned Rig- 1/2 zinkerz

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One of the things I like most about bass fishing is that bass will hit a wide variety of lures. Because of this I do not have one favorite lure and instead enjoy using several types of lures. There are times that a specific lure works the best but it is not a guarantee that lure will always be the best in every situation. With that said the best thing to do is spend time on the water, learn what the bass bite in the area you are fishing in, and with time you will be very consistent at catching bass.

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