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I dont know if you all saw this on the bassmaster home page but i thought i would post it on here and see what you all thought. I DID NOT MAKE THIS UP, BASSMASTER (PROBABLY) DID. I TAKE NO CREDIT FOR THIS AT ALL. See if you think this is right or are there lures and baits that should be added or subtracted...


Murky water
Summer
Deep running crankbait — 1/2 to 3/4 ounce; shad, firetiger, chartreuse/blue
Plastic worm — Texas rigged; 6 to 8 inches; black, purple, red shad
Plastic worm — Carolina rigged; 8 to 11 inches; black/blue, tequila sunrise, red shad
Tube bait — Texas rigged; watermelon, black/chartreuse, black/blue
Spinnerbait (willow blades) — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; white, green (on windy days)
Buzzbait — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; black, white, chartreuse
Topwater prop bait or chugger — 1/2 to 3/4 ounce; black, frog

Murky water
Spring (Spawn and postspawn)
Jig-and-pig — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; black/blue, black/chartreuse, red/black
Tube bait — Texas rigged; watermelon, black/chartreuse, black/blue
Shallow running crankbait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; shad, firetiger, red
Medium running crankbait —1/4 to 1/2 ounce; shad, craw, firetiger
Soft plastic craw — Texas rigged; black/chartreuse, brown, green
Plastic worm — Texas rigged; 6 to 8 inches; black, purple, red shad
Spinnerbait (willow blades) — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; white, green (on windy days)
Buzzbait — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; black, white, chartreuse

Murky water
Fall
Tube bait — Texas rigged; watermelon, black/chartreuse, black/blue
Lipless crankbait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; silver, gold, red
Medium running crankbait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; shad, craw, firetiger
Deep running crankbait — 1/2 to 3/4 ounce; shad, firetiger, chartreuse/blue
Spinnerbait (willow blades) — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; white, green (on windy days)
Jig-and-pig — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; black/blue, black/chartreuse, red/black
Buzzbait — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; black, white, chartreuse
Topwater prop bait or chugger — 1/2 to 3/4 ounce; black, frog

Murky water
Spring (prespawn)
Jig-and-pig — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; black/blue, black/chartreuse, red/black
Spinnerbaits (both willow and Colorado blades) — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; white, chartreuse
Lipless crankbait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; silver, gold, red
Medium running crankbait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; shad, craw, firetiger
Lizard — Texas rigged; 6 to 7 inches; green, brown, black
Soft plastic craw — Texas rigged; black/chartreuse, brown, green

Murky water
Winter
Jig-and-pig — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; black/blue, black/chartreuse, red/black
Soft plastic creature — Texas rigged; black/blue, black/chartreuse, brown
Spinnerbait (willow blades) — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; white, green (on windy days)

Clear water
Summer
Stickworm (Senko-style worms) — rigged on light-wire hook; watermelon, smoke, blue
Jigging spoon — 1/2 to 3/4 ounce; silver Weedless frog/rat — white, black, yellow
Spinnerbait (single Colorado blade) — 1/2 to 1 ounce; black, purple, red (at night)
Jig-and-pig — 1/4 to 3/8 ounce; black, purple (at night)

Clear water
Spring (Spawn and postspawn)
Grub — 4 to 5 inches on 1/4-ounce jighead; smoke, pumpkin, chartreuse
Soft plastic jerkbait — Carolina rigged; 4 inches; watermelon, chartreuse, shad
Floater/diver minnow — 4 to 5 inches; silver, gold
Floating (trick) worm — 6 to 8 inches; pink, white, yellow
Soft jerkbait — white, watermelon
Topwater stickbait — 1/2 to 3/4 ounce; chrome, black

Clear water
Fall
Grub — 4 to 5 inches on 1/4-ounce jighead; smoke, pumpkin, chartreuse
Deep running crankbait — 1/4 to 3/8 ounce; shad, craw, red (on windy days)
Blade bait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; silver, gold
Tailspinner — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; shad, chrome
Topwater stickbait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; clear, shad

Clear water
Spring (Prespawn)
Suspending jerkbait — silver, gold, clown
Finesse jig — 1/4 ounce; watermelon with small craw trailer
Grub — 4 to 5 inches on 1/4-ounce jighead; smoke, pumpkin, chartreuse
Spinnerbait (willow blades) — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; white, green (on windy days)
Deep running crankbait — 1/4 to 3/8 ounce; shad, craw, red (on windy days)

Clear water
Winter
Suspending jerkbait — silver, gold, clown
Blade bait — 1/4 to 1/2 ounce; silver, gold
Tailspinner — 3/8 to 1/2 ounce; shad, chrome
Jigging spoon — 1/2 to 3/4 ounce; silver
Grub — 4 to 5 inches on 1/4-ounce jighead; smoke, pumpkin, chartreuse
Hair jig — 1/8 to 1/4 ounce; black, brown, yellow; with or without small pork trailer
 

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It's always interesting to read what someone thinks is best. I wonder if BASS remembers that the northern and western states are included in bass fishing or if smallmouth, spots or Florida LMB exist? Some decent choices if you fish in the southern states. Not one mention of swim baits, spooks, drop shot, slip shot, spider jigs,1/2oz hair jigs, underspins, guess I'm doing things wrong....Think I will just keep on fishing my way.
Tom
Note; wonder if they remembered Amistad, CA delta or Clear lake pre spawn results?
 

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It does say the list is for beginners to help them sort out the mess of choosing bait types. They mentioned Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics, which I consider entry level basic techniques easy for a newbie to learn. Tom, you stick to what you are doing, fella. The rest of us will catch up to you someday, maybe around 2015. By then maybe we'll have some monster bass near us to try catching. Trouble is, a feller really needs to EXPERIENCE doing that to be able to DO it with any confidence. Most of us might never get the chance. I figure California voters will outlaw inland boats then fishing long before I get back out there. You've already lost vast expanses of offshore fishing places.

Jim
 

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Can't even surf fish between point Conception, Santa Barbara to the Oregon border. It's not the resources are in trouble, it's the green people wanting the beaches and lakes to themselves. Green, like the color of money. These people are making a lot of green regulating everyone else. Keep in mind what starts in CA tends to spend to the rest of the country!
The C-rig is the same as split or slip shotting and perfect for the beginner or advanced bass fisherman. They had a lot of jigs listed and jigs are not for the entry level fisherman.
Tom
 

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Jigs! Yeah, that's right! They needed some help putting that list together.

What ya'll needed was a lot of ******** in California that wouldn't put up with that nonsense. Nobody would make a dime trying that in Arkansas. It would all be burned down or maybe bulldozed. When the big timber companies started clearcutting everything in sight and growing trees to be clearcut again in 5 years for pulp, there were thousands of fires set in plantations in protest every year. The companies backed off and let them grow, and now are getting away from even-aged management altogether. Lesson learned. Back then I was heavily involved in forest firefighting, and since then see Arkansas is passed over for abuse of outdoor sportsmen. Fishing and hunting is way too big a business here to see much California innovations, though PETA has come close to getting hunting and fishing stopped at the polls. None of the law enforcement here would enforce that anyway. They might dabble in it like they do over meth labs.

Jim
 
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