I always try to "match the hatch" of local forage fish. If shad are present, use a shad color and size that is appropriate. If bass fry are the forage, select accordingly. I tend to go larger than the typical forage to attract larger fish and it has worked well for me. As for hook selection, I like a heavy wide gap hook in a size 5/0 for bass as it allows the best hookup ratios for me. You can use keel weighted, or plain hooks to impart the desired sink rate. I almost always use a weighted hook to cover the water column effectively.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
- Orange County, CA
i used a 4 ot weighted hook rigged texas weedless
Extra wide gap 5/0 for mag. Weighted hook to get it off the surface if needed. I have only used on bass. Caught a 7.5 lb in 12 ft of water using weighted hook.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
- South Carolina
4/0 Gamakatzu hooks. No sinker. Pick a color that mimics what your targeted fish normally eat, but don't be afraid to experiment. You may discover something that the fish like that only YOU will know about.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
- Ft. Pierce, Fl.
5/0 mag style hook, bass love it as much as pike. i like white the best in our clear water lakes
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answered 4 years ago
- spokane, wa
Yes, bass and pike do love these baits. Fish them on 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG Hook, search for item number 426-310-25