by John Cone
Q. What do bass like to bite the most plastic baits, cranks baits, or top water?
A. Hey John,
I wish the answer was as simple and to the point as your question. It really depends on a lot of things.
There is not one lure that is going to be a "favorite" of a largemouth bass or any bass for that matter.
The first step is finding out where the bass are at. Once you locate them that will be the first thing that tells you what lure you need to go with.
For example, in the early mornings of a summer day, casting toward a wind blown point, a top water or lipless crankbait may work great and produce some exciting fishing.
But fast forward a few hours into the heat of the day, you may find that those bass have now moved to deeper water where that topwater lure is not going to work anymore.
In this case you may need to try a plastic worm tied to a carolina rig or bouncing a jig off the bottom of a piece of structure. That's if you know there are fish in the area.
So I guess the easy way to put it, is once you find the bass, let them tell you what they want in the current fishing conditions by tossing a few at them. This could change from day to day or even hour to hour.
Hope this sheds some light on the subject.
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