Here are some of the best bass fishing lures for tried-and-true consistency.
Looking to add a few new baits to your collection? There are thousands of hard baits, soft plastics and buzzbaits to choose from, from well-known brands to local start-ups.
We can't claim to know about every great bait on the planet, nor can we say what exactly will work in your neck of the woods or with your rod and reel, but we have collected 10 of our favorites below for your perusal.
Strike King Red Eye Shad
Need a shallow-water lure that's perfect for fall bass fishing? Bass fishing mastermind Kevin VanDam used this gold-tinged, lipless crankbait beauty to score his third Bassmaster Classic win in 2011. If that's not reason enough to add this one to your arsenal, we don't know what is.
Lucky Craft Live Pointer 80DD
With an impressive run of public review and a unique, long-bodied design, this lure already has a reputation for helping anglers to notch extremely productive bass fishing sessions.
River2Sea Dahlberg Clackin' Crayfish 90
Capture the hogs while they're hungry for crawfish with the Dahlberg.
Jackall Soul Shad
Used by Cliff Pace to win the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, the Jackall Soul Shad, just like the Strike King Red Eye, is perfect for the difficult waters.
A longtime classic that's risen to the top of the topwater lures category, the Rebel Pop-R will drive them bonkers with its topwater action.
Heddon Sonar Lure
Adjustable action? The Heddon Sonar has it, and is a go-to for many big game fishermen.
Rapala Ultra Light Crank
Forget larger lures. The 1.5-inch Rapala Ultra Light Crankbait is a perfect baitfish imitator that can sink to the bottom of many a bass-ridden river or stream late in the season. That it comes from one of the most noted lure manufacturers in the world only sweetens the deal.
Gary Yamamoto Tate' Pencil Bait
Tate', which means "dance" in Japanese, is a classic walk-the-dog topwater pencil bait with more character and zip than its counterparts. Big bass can barely resist, and the treble hooks will hold on tight.
Southern Lure Scum Dog
You have to add a frog to your tackle box, and the Scum Dog might be the best of the bunch.
SPRO BBZ-1 Rat
The SPRO BBZ-1 Rat might give some the willies, but it will drive hungry bass, and big ones at that, absolutely wild.
If you actually want to catch bass instead of just fish for them, then these bass lures should sit right next to your plastic worms and jig heads in your tackle box.