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Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures for New Water | Bass Fishing

January 15, 2020

Hey, folks. Glenn May here with And, you know, I fish a lot of different lakes
all over the country. And it’s funny when I fish a brand new lake
that I haven’t been on before and I need to understand like what’s the structure made
up of? What’s the bottom contours? What kind of vegetation does it have? What’s the mood of the fish, the water clarity,
that sort of thing? It’s funny. I usually end up about the same five lures
every single time. So, today, I want to talk to you about the
top five lures I use to find fish in any given body of water. Starting with the jig, one of these right
here. So, if a body of water has crawfish, bluegill
or shad, fishing the jig is a good choice of lures to start with. You can crawl a jig really slow over rocks,
over the bottom. You can swim it through the grass, you can
fish in six inches of water and 60 feet of water. You can fish a jig vertically, you can fish
it horizontally. Really, there’s not too many lures that cover
the whole water column as well as a jig. So, it’s always a good choice to have with
you when you’re fishing a brand new body of water. Now, if a lake has a lot of cover of vegetation
and it’s not very deep, I’ll go with a lighter, like a 1/4-ounce, a 3/8-ounce skirted jig. If it has a thicker cover, then I’m going
to have to go up a little bit, go with a 1/2-ounce jig. With the heavier cover, I like to use a heavier
line like a Seaguar Smackdown 50-pound braid. That way if a fish wraps you up in that heavier
cover, you’d be able to get them out without them breaking off. But if you’re in that lighter vegetation and
stuff, you don’t need something as heavy. I can even go down like 15-pound line on something
like that and not worry about getting stuck or hung up. As far as water clarity, if the water’s clear,
then go with more natural colors such as green pumpkin or a little bit clear colors, you
know, the browns, the green hues, that sort of thing. And if it’s stained or muddy, then I will
go with something like dark colors, with bright accents, something like a black and blue jig
or a black jig with say, a chartreuse trailer or something like that. I know it sounds weird. It’s like dirty, muddy water and using a dark
color wouldn’t stand out as well. But actually, it’s a dark silhouette that
shows up there and that’s what the fish will key on. So that’s what I use, one of the lures that
I use for finding fish in a brand new body of water. The second lure I use to find fish in lakes
I’ve never been on before is something like this, a Texas rig plastic. In this case, in case you’re wondering what
it is, it’s a Rage Tail Space Monkey. But a Texas rig plastic bait is something
I use to find fish on unfamiliar waters. Well, I think a jig can work 12 months out
of the year. I do think that a Texas rig plastic in the
spring and summer actually works better. Now, for me in the spring, that often is a
weightless or slightly weighted Yum Dinger. Fishing the Senko or Yum Dinger is a dynamite
way to get shallow skittish fish that are wary of predators or just started moved up
in the shallows. It’s a great subtle bait to use to catch those
fish. But a Texas rig worm, lizard, creature or
a bug bait, it can be equally effective for probing cover. Fishing these lures in bass-holding spots
like grass, lay-down trees, docks, brush piles, and more can even yield monster fish during
the spring and summer. The next bait in my arsenal is this, the ChatterBait. The ChatterBait has proven to be an extremely
versatile bass fishing lure for covering lots of water. It fishes great around grass especially, but
it can be skipped under docks, it can be fished around flooded timber, flooded bushes, weeds,
lily pads, all sorts of things. You can fish it fast or you can crawl it at
a slow pace. You can even dredge it on the bottom, but
what I found is that it works in dirty water and clear water equally well, which can make
it better than other lure choices, which is why I use it a lot in these kinds of lakes. Now, sometimes a spinnerbait or a crankbait
lose their effectiveness if the water gets too clear or the fish get really pressured,
but it seems bass get conditioned to those lures faster for some reason, I don’t know
why, but a ChatterBait produces in cold water and warm water equally well and even in pressured
fish in clear water, plus you can cover a lot of water quickly when you’re searching
for bass, you’re trying to figure out the lake, you can’t do that fishing really slow. So a ChatterBait is an excellent choice for
figuring out a lake. All right, the next bait I want to show you
that I like to use a lot, is one of these, paddle tail swimbait. The paddle tail swimbait is an extremely versatile
asset to have, especially when you’re fishing shallow or deep water, as well as around covered
and open water in all four seasons of the year. You can scale the size and depth easily by
changing the jig heads and paddle tail sizes and you can change… They come in all kinds of colors. So, for these reasons, it’s extremely effective
at covering water and finding fish. It does lose some of its effectiveness in
dirty water, but I like it a lot in clear water. It’s a staple for me in the winter as much
as it is in the summer and I’ve been fishing it and more around things like deep brush
piles and under around docks and all kinds of deep underwater structure. I mean, it has all kinds of applications that
we’re still just learning about it. Flooded bushes are one of my favorite pieces
of cover to fish with this. It’s easy to fish. You just cast it out and use a slow, steady
retrieve to bring the lure back. There’s a ton of great swimbait fishing options
available to anglers now. I often use a RageTail swimmer and work it
up or down on size, depending on how deep on fishing and the type of cover that’s available. The next kind of bait that I like to use when
fishing these type of waters are top waters such as a frog or a toad. Now, I won’t fish a topwater in the winter,
but it can really excel at finding fish in large areas in the spring, summer, and fall. I can cover flats, I can fish pockets, I can
probe points, I can find fish that will not commit to other more subtle presentations. And even I can get fish to rise and show themselves. At least I know where they are at. I usually want the water to be at least in
the 50s before grabbing a topwater. And usually, I want stained to clear water
to fish it. So, I won’t rank it quite as high as the versatility
and some of the other bass lures that I just mentioned. But buzz baits, frogs, and poppers are my
favorites because they make a lot of commotion. The fish can hone in on them and get it. And so I always have a topwater rigged and
ready to go when I’m fishing new waters. So, those are the top five baits I use to
find fish when I’m fishing and a brand new body of water. Now, I know there’s a lot of other baits out
there that can work better throughout the year at times, for example, lipless crankbaits,
drop shots, Ned Rigs, things like that, they all have their place and time. But these are the top baits that I use day
in and day out on different bodies of water that are productive for me. And you got to start somewhere. So, start with those and you can have a lot
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  • Reply George Santos July 30, 2019 at 11:23 pm


  • Reply Gabe Maurer July 30, 2019 at 11:23 pm


  • Reply Austin Hirsch July 30, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Great video! I just recently bought a boat and it is completely different than fishing from the bank, it seems like I have had to relearn everything I know.

  • Reply Paul Van Tries July 30, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Great tips as usual ! This after you made me buy every bait in the world. How long will you stick with a bait that is not producing ? I use the should have changed a hour ago. Very bad. Again many thanks, Keep it simple !!!

  • Reply Larry Moffatt July 31, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Hey Glenn: Do you have success with a paddletail swimbait as a trailer on your chatterbaits?

  • Reply Stoney Lonsome July 31, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Never thought about using a jig as a search lure- I've always been told they don't get bit a lot but, when they do get bit it's usually a larger fish- so in my head i kind of eliminated it as a search lure. I fish a lot of new waters though, I'll give it a shot. Right now, with the heat like it is- the fish are holding really tight to cover in most places once the sun gets up so, a jig might be just the ticket for dock fishing- a skipping jig in fact. Hmm- thanks you for the great idea.

  • Reply Zalapski July 31, 2019 at 6:08 am

    What about a big treble hook for snagging those finicky bass

  • Reply Ken Mccarthy Fishing July 31, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Always dead on Glenn,those 5 are definitely great to fish anywhere 👍👍👊

  • Reply Dagod July 31, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks, this is exactly what I needed!

  • Reply Anthony Gregorio August 2, 2019 at 12:08 am

    How is a crankbait not on this list?

  • Reply BoomerGun August 2, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Thanks for another very helpful video. I couldn't quite see what you were using for the trailer on the chatter bait?

  • Reply BassGeek August 3, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    That's some great picks especially those swim baits.

  • Reply Ricky White II August 4, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Hey Glenn. Those are my favorite baits 2 fish day in and day out year round. Thanks for the video. Keep em coming!

  • Reply B Davis August 6, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Thanks glen!! Highly informative and entertaining

  • Reply Ozark Wild August 7, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Your vids are so informative. New lake bass guy so thank you!

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