Australian Bass Fishing


Best Lures for Bass - The Perfectly Packed Tackle Box

Australia bass fishing is one of the most exciting, invigorating types of fishing in the world. There’s a lot more to it than just throwing a bait out and hoping it will get bit. You have to be able to outsmart the bass. They’re on to you, and if you don’t make your presentation correctly you may miss a lot of them before you even get a good look at one; particularly in heavily fished areas. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to stock your tackle box and become familiar with the best bass fishing lures for bass fishing.

To Catch Bass, You Must Think Like A Bass

That’s the goal: Learn what forage is in the fish’s habitat. If there are a lot of bait fish, you need a lure that resembles a bait fish; maybe a perch or a minnow (Rapala is a good brand for these). If there are crayfish, you might try a lure that looks like a crawdad or a shrimp. Any lizards? Try a plastic bait that looks like one of those.

So you have a lot of options, you just have to know the water where you are fishing. If the water is clear, try a top water bait; plugs, poppers, fizzers (makes a buzzing noise), paddlers, flies or frogs. Or try a wobbly crank bait just under the surface.

Top Water Baits/Surface Lures

Maybe the most popular of all bass fishing lures in Australia is the surface lure. To be sure, this may also be the most exciting way to land a lunker. Catching a bass will get your blood flowing anyway, but watching a surface explosion as an angry bass attacks your lure is a real heart stopper. Sometimes they will come straight out of the water and it seems as though they sound just like a freight train.

There are many ways to work a top water bait, and every way should be tried until you start catching fish. Some baits should be cast out and reeled in steadily, some should be allowed to sit for a few seconds then brought in some more, some should be ‘popped’ all the way back in. Popping is a method of jerking the bait to cause a commotion in the water, and doing this either steadily all the way in, or as before, with frequent pauses.

Plastic Baits/Lures

Australia bass fishing with plastic baits is not as popular as using surface lures, but should be explored. Plastics (they look and feel more like rubber) require good technique because you really have to move a plastic bait in a fashion that resembles the real-life action of a worm, lizard, crayfish or water you are using. These are mostly used with light weights to get them down near the bottom, and then inched in slowly with pauses. I recommend you experiment with weightless Flukes and Senkos. You can thank me later.

Spinner Baits and Crank Baits

Spinner baits have flashy spinners, or blades, attached that ‘spin’ around as you reel them in. There’s a lot of debate on exactly what they are supposed to resemble, but whatever it is, they work. These are especially good in the morning and cloudy windy days.

Crank baits get their name because you ‘crank’ them in with your reel. These come in every shape and color you can imagine, and usually resemble bait fish. Many anglers love them and use them all the time. There are shallow, medium and deep divers, and they are all great for covering a lot of water quickly while searching for bass.

Whatever bass fishing lure you decide is your favorite, every tackle box should include something to cover all three of the above mentioned water columns. So, maybe you would like some plugs or poppers for surface fishing, a crank bait or spinner bait for the middle column, and a bag of plastic worms and some jig heads to cover the bottom. Loaded up with these tools, you’ll have the perfectly packed tackle box and you’re likely to be the winner in the Australia bass fishing game.



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