When I think back about big bass I’ve caught, one thing comes to mind and that’s lure presentation. An erratic retrieve, in most cases, has produced many of my biggest bass.
Why is that? Because this retrieve most closely mimics live forage. When danger threatens, they are going to do something different, like speed up, retreat, go crazy, play possum or try to hide. In most cases though, they will move out like a late freight train.
Fishing lures such as plastic worms, jigs, spinnerbaits (slow-rolled), crankbaits (fished in a stop-and-go retrieve) and even topwater lures can be worked erratically to imitate a frightened baitfish.
The best thing I can tell you is if you want to catch big bass, watch how baitfish react when a fish is after them, and then try to duplicate that reaction with whatever artificial bait you’re using.
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By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award winning
Outdoor World Radio