When a bass fisherman considers the bait he will use when fishing, he is faced with literally thousands of choices. Spinner bait or crankbait, topwater bait or deep diving bait, red, yellow or chartreuse, these are but a few of the choices which he faces. This maze can be easily solved by applying a logical thought process.
First the fisherman must give thought to the environment he will be fishing. By considering the presence or absence of structure the number of choices can be reduced. A crankbait will be more effective when fishing contour changes while a jig or spinner bait will better serve when dropping a lure down along a weed bed or submerged collection of brush. Consideration should also be given to the size of the area one will be covering. The use of a crankbait will permit coverage of a large overall area in a short period of time when compared to other types of lures which are by their nature used to cover much smaller areas and therefore take more time to cover a given area.
The time of year can also be used to select the proper bait. The bait chosen when fishing the relative shallow spawning areas in the spring will differ greatly from the lure chosen after spawning occurs and the bass have moved back into deeper waters. Water temperature will also help to decide which lure type to use. As water temperature increases the deeper the bass will position themselves as they seek their preferred water temperature range of 65 to 75 degrees.
Color and sound will also impact you choice of lure. Color will have its greatest impact in more shallow depths. As water depths increase the darker the lure color will appear to the bass. A lure with a rattle will also be more attractive to the bass.
After reviewing the traits of specific types of lures and relating that information to the fishing conditions you will be experiencing you will be able to select the proper lure to match the conditions you will be facing.
Source by Ken Garrett