Here are five weedless lures that are sure to put that trophy bass in your hands.
When it comes to bass fishing lures, not much can stand up to the action topwater lures can garner. But when it comes to overall bass-catching ability, the weedless lures we use will target bass right where they live. When it comes to shallow flats, heavy cover and lily pads, you'll need the standard in fishing lures that'll offer the greatest chance at success: the weedless lure.
Regardless of where you are, you can find largemouth bass in areas that force us to be snag-proof enough to allow our hook point to sink into that big bass and bring him in. The best lures for a bass angler involve those that let him ply the waters of the weed beds and milfoil mats that were once impossible to target.
For many years now, the bass fishing community has turned its eyes to these classic offerings, scoffing at the fierce cover where our bucket-mouthed foes reside.
5. Jelly Worm
OK, so I'm old school. I started out with a Mann's Jelly Worm, so that's what I call it to this day. Soft plastic lures such as the plastic worm (there, I said it) excel in the thick cover, you can easily keep them there. From the Texas rig to the Carolina rig, these may be the most classic weedless lures of them all. This is a bait meant for patience and persistence, but even the ardent and ever-moving professionals will slow down when the bite is on these venerable baits.
4. Plastic Frog
Whether you call it a super frog, a scum frog or a floating frog, it has to have a place in your tackle box. Once your frog has plopped onto the lily pads or splatted onto a weed mat, it'll get the attention of largemouth bass and many other aggressive fish lying in wait. Its ability to blend into the surroundings as a creature that's meant to be there gives it even more fish-catching power. And, the way it comes back cast after cast with no weeds will make you believer.
3. Flipping Jig
Due to the weedless nature of the flipping jig, they produce in the heaviest cover. The jig-and-pig combo has been a staple of bass anglers since its introduction and has never looked back. Certainly fishing a heavier lure in the nastiest of cover calls for a good braided line and a stiff rod to hold it with.
2. Moss Boss
Not much different than the weedless spoon, the Moss Boss is designed more to "glide" over vegetation. While it can be had in heavier weights, this style of weedless lure gives the angler an option to stay above the mess and still attract big bass.
1. Weedless Spoon
The Johnson Silver Minnow may have started it all, but that fact is many weedless spoons offer a way to defeat the weeds with a bait that has some weight behind it. If you're like me, you've never completely believed that they're 100-percent weedless all the time, but the single hook with a weed guard typically stays clean. This is something double hooks don't do very well.
There are plenty of other great weedless lures that could earn an honorable mention on this list, such as the jitterbug. Do you have a lure you think could crack our top five?