If you are rather new to the hobby of bass fishing then you might be curious as to how to go about deciding what kind of lure or bait will be the best for you to start fishing with. Choosing your lures can be somewhat frustrating once you realize how many options there are out there, however, bass lures can be broken down into three different categories of Spinnerbaits, topwater baits and crankbaits.
Spinnerbaits are generally turned to when a bass fisherman is about to set out onto a larger area of water. These lures help the angler to fish more water in less time. They can be used with just about any depth and relatively quickly as well. Choosing the right spinnerbait involves finding the right three combinations of weight, blade composition and color that will be right for catching your fish in that particular river or lake. To do this will take some experimenting with different lures until you find one that seems to work well for you.
Topwater baits are usually used if the fisherman is out fishing in situations where the light is rather low such as days that are particularly overcast, dusk, or the early morning hours. These lures happen to work their best if the day on the water is a little on the windy side as these lures do have a way of spooking fish in still water.
Cranbaits are a time honored lyre that are considered the best when it comes to determining whether or not bass might be lurking amongst a section of weeds or not. Once a crankbait is tossed upon the tops of weeds or grass and gently trolled along, it is almost as irresistible as it gets for bass and they immediately snatch up the prey. However, crankbaits take a significant amount of practice and skill in order to fish effectively with them.
Regardless of which lure you choose to go with, you will always hear conflicting opinions among bass anglers as to which ones work the best. This is an age old debate among the bass fishing community and there is only one way that you can get in on the fun and decide for yourself and that is to give each category a shot. Still, some anglers choose to fish outside of the box and use lures that do not fall into these categories. This is always an option as well, however there is a reason these three have stood the test of time.