As fishermen, we have never had more choice. Certainly as bass fishermen with a 360 degree view, the team at iBass has enjoyed the new trends over the past decade. We have seen Gary Yamamoto take the industry by storm with Senkos. Berkley has put a serious hurt on the live bait sellers with their Gulp. The folks at Rapala have turned hard baits soft with their Wildeye line of swimbaits. Even the tried and true frog has gotten a facelift. In more recent years we have seen the emergence of an entirely new lure type – the creature bait. These have become increasingly popular with big bass fishermen. There are literally hundreds of different models on the market today. So how does an angler staring into a catalog or at the shelves of his favorite tackle shop pick the right one? Then, after deciding, how can he know the right situations to throw it in order to score a limit of big bass? Although there are countless colors and configurations of creature baits being offered these days, the successful angler will simplify both his choice and the use of creatures. As with any bait, the right selection and use depends of knowing what works under what conditions.
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Generally, being larger profile baits, creature baits work best when fish are in an aggressive mood. However, they are also available in ‘in-between’ sizes for more general condition bites. In murky or dirty water these larger profile baits will move more water making it easier for the fish to sense its presence. A bigger bait like a creature will also work well if the water’s warmer or when fish are defending the spawn. However, in addition to these defined situations, creatures can be used in other situations just by remembering basic rules of condition- vary size, color and profile to meet varying conditions. When it comes to color, as is often the case with tubes, worms or grub tails, green pumpkinseed, watermelon/red, and black/neon are good “go to” colors covering most situations. A fishermen well versed with the water being fished can fine tune with other colors, but if you’re in the ballpark with color and you have confidence in the profile of the bait, you’ll catch fish. Suppliers will likely confirm that Green pumpkinseed is the favorite color for most creature baits as it covers the widest spectrum of water and bait conditions. It works well in the range from real clear to murky water- all but the dirtiest water. If the water’s real dirty, switching to black/neon or other visible combination will trigger bites.
Creature baits are actually easy to adapt because you fish them the same as you would other baits. Anytime you have an aggressive fish situation – use a creature bait, as the fish will react better to them than they will to other baits. In deep structure, use a Carolina rig, just like you would a lizard or worm. If you have a shallow water situation, use them like you’d use a jig. Start with the Green pumpkinseed and adjust color just as you would any other bait. Tight Lines and Merry Christmas from your iBass360 Pro-Staff. #LivethePassion