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The relationship/correlation between your favorite and most productive lure(s)�

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As one who is guilty of thinking too much, I would like to pose some questions.

Are your favorite lures, say your top three lures you like to use more than the others also the most productive?

This has always been something I have been thinking about since I started fishing about five seasons ago and I think I have enough data to make a fair assessment of it.

In my case, it seems that for the most part, my favorite baits, the ones I like to use the most appear to account for fewer bass.

My top three favorite baits to work, i.e., impart life to are:

1) Hard Jerk Baits (e.g., Husky Jerk, X-rap): I love working these lures; jerk-pause, jerk-jerk-pause Gosh, they're a lot of fun to work.  However, with this lure type, I can only think of one fish I have hooked up.  It was a pig however.

2) Poppers (e.g., Skitter pop, homemade poppers): Man, oh man, do I have to work these topwater baits.  While I have caught some, I have come to learn that certain times have given me higher percentages of catching bass.  Also, many of the bass caught were greater than 3 lbs., which is decent in my neck of the woods.  Many of the biggest ones caught were with poppers. On the other side of the coin, after learning that there are better times than others on my waters, in its defense, I pull it out when I think its chances are best.

3) Walk-The-Dog Lures (e.g., spooks, skitter walks, sammies): Now who doesn't like to zig-zag these bad boys?  I can work them all day and just enjoy them.  To date, unfortunately, only two bass in my entire bass fishing history was caught on one.

What is the relationship/correlation between your three favorite lures to work and their productivity for you?

Also, state what region of the country you are from and general water clarity of the typical lakes you fish or your home lake.

The lakes I usually fish have are green in color with a usual clarity of about 5-10' in the Pacific Northwest.

I think this is good information to share here that could possibly lead to see if there might be trends in what some bass in different areas of the country prefer to munch on.

-ib

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Hey islandbass, interesting thread title. I Live in the great fishing state of Texas. By your info, you like the trill of top water slammin' and good on ya. It's exciting to say the least and you can get some real Mamma-Jamma's that way.   ;)

1) Jig and Rage Chunk. I make my own jig and I designed the Rage Tails so of course I love'em. I fish the Jig 25% of the time. Coming out with a bigger Craw this year so I'll be pinching it for my trailer soon.

2) 10" Worm I designed quite a while back. I fish this 25% of the time.

3) I have a Hybrid type bait, that in recent past has become my favorite. Fish it weightless, Tx rig, Carolina rig, and use it on a swimming chatterbait style jig as a trailer. Fish it 25% of the time. The remaining 25% is fishing top.

These are my favorites baits for chasin' the biggun, kinda like Capt. Ahabb and Moby Dick, cause at my age besides Grandkids, there's not alot of time for anything else.

Good fishin

Big O

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My favorite & most productive lures for quality/quantity are one in the same

#1 Texas Rigged Gene Larew 7 ½ Salty Ring Worm Cinnamon Pepper Neon/June Bug Laminated (Camouflage).

#2 Oldham's Lures Trailer Hitch Jig, 3/8 oz Black/Blue, Gene Larew Salty Hawg Craws in 6 with 1 ½ cut off the tail

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Thanks for the responses. I figured that for others, their favorites are also their most productive.

Yeah, there's nothing like a topwater strike. It's almost like a a good addiction to have. 8-)

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I look at it a different way. I don't have a favorite presentation/lure and don't start the day with any particlular pre-conceived lure or presention. I usually have 8-12 rods rigged with various lures that are appropiate for the season and water conditions and am prepared to change from those if needed. I let the fish tell me what they prefer then I use that as long as it is productive.

I have more confidence in certain presentations that seem to produce the biggest and most, but those have to be verified by results.

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T-rigs and jigs are my bread and butter. You can catch fish anytime and anywhere.

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I fish the NYC reservoirs, and each reservoir is different from the others to some extent including water clarity. Also my 3 favorites per season, change per season. But for the vast majority of the time it's:

1-Drop Shot with a 4 3/4 inch Zoom Finesse worm

2-Crankbaits bounced along the bottom of a weed line

3-Jigs & pigs pitched into weeds, weed holes, brush, and into wood.

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T-rigs and jigs are my bread and butter. You can catch fish anytime and anywhere.

X2. I'm with ya amigo.  W/ just a few different jigs and plastics you can come up w/ many dependable set ups. T-rigs for life ;)

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Not for me.

My favorite technique is fishing jerkbaits.

My most productive lures/ baits are soft plastics and recently jigs.

My "favorite" and my "most productive" have nothing in common.

8-)

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Favorite: Light t-rigs on light spinning gear

Most productive: Jig

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#1  favorite = Jig

#2 favorite = T-rig worm

#3 favorite = Jerkbaits,traps and spinnerbaits are all equal.

#1 and #2 faves are also my top producers overall.  

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