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Hello all,

 

Wasn’t sure if this should go here or the General forum but a buddy of mine wants to get into Bass fishing with me and my fishing buddy this year and while I am not the most knowledgeable I am doing what I can to help him out and put him on his first bass. 

 

So my question is if you were were trying to get someone their first bass what (artificial) bait would you use? I’m thinking best bet would be a senko or a ned rig. Although maybe throwing a lipless or a spinnerbait would be easier since you would feel the bites better? 

 

What do do you think?

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A weightless Texas rigged Senko - any color as long as it's green pumpkin.

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A-Jay

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Wacky senko around anything that looks brassy

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Spinnerbaits, jigs and t-rigs are all good starter lures just kidding don't listen to me just buy senkos

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Personally I'd go with that ned rig idea. Weedless hooks if hanging up is a real issue. I honestly can't think of a better way to get someone immediately into fish. If used with those Elaztech TRD's a way to do it more affordably. Inexpensive spinning combo, 8 lb mono and a ned rig will catch them a bunch of fish. Maybe not monsters, but enough to get them interested and wanting to go back out again. 

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For a beginner bass angler one concern for me would be boredom.  Someone fishing for the first time probably won't enjoy soaking a weightless senko or slowly bouncing a ned rig back, even if its their absolute best bet to catch a fish.

 

Theres some entertainment in cranking a spinnerbait/crank/top water.  Breaks up the monotony.  If you can find a body of water to fish where those strategies will also catch fish, your newbie might find them more entertaining.  

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8 hours ago, A-Jay said:

A weightless Texas rigged Senko - any color as long as it's green pumpkin.

:smiley:

A-Jay

Truer words were never spoken.  Take it from an old fishing guide, I rigged this bait up for all of my "new" fishermen and got results.  Plus, no snags, no hooks to either the client or me and very, very good results!!  

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depends on where and when, daily conditions and who the "someone" is, but I usually start with a smallish spinnerbait, square bill, and a weightless trick worm. The key is to do your homework, and set them up for success. I recently took a co worker and her two kids, 11 and 15 who "have been going a lot, but never catch anything". They all caught at least one on both hard and soft baits. I've been the Admiral's "guide" since like the late 80s, and it's a no fish-no pay deal, so I have a lot of practice working someone up through the baits.

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I actually like a swimming senko with a 3/0 EWG. An 1/8 ounce weight (no peg) is optional but I tend to use it. You can soak it, swim it, bounce it, drag it over vegetation. Yum makes a very good one.

 

I'd go with whatever color is most natural for the area. A quick look online for Ohio baits that work in tournaments and I would think green pumpkin, watermelon, or white.

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My wife’s first bass came on a Carolina Rig...she just casts and drags it.   Still her favorite way to fish for them.

 

Son’s first fish came on a senko 

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I would go with the ned rig with the Z-Man TRD (Coppertreuse is my favorite color).  I have taken several first timers out and that is the best way to get them on fish.  Also most people are able to cast a spinning setup pretty well so being able to use that will keep them from being frustrated with a baitcaster.  I know if I want to wrench on some fish that is my go to 100% of the time now.

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A couple of weeks ago I took two 12 year old girls (my wife's cousin's twin girls) fishing at a local pond. They were novices but it only took 10 minutes of instruction to get them casting out ned rigs on spinning gear. They were bouncing and hopping those neds out in the middle of the pond in no time, and started catching 1-3 pounders like crazy, including some double-headers. All I had to do was to de-hook the bass and take the photos. Big smiles all around. Highly recommended technique for novices. Especially when the fish are biting! 

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If you're fishing from shore, a neko rig or a drop shot.  If they get bored with those two, give them a squarebill to throw around.

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On 4/4/2019 at 11:11 PM, A-Jay said:

A weightless Texas rigged Senko - any color as long as it's green pumpkin.

:smiley:

A-Jay

Hands down, this will work.

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