Fishing Lures and Baits

One of the most popular forms of fishing lures and baits for bass is artificial lure fishing. Artificial lures have become increasingly popular for tournaments and novice anglers. Several factors and reasons go into more interest in fishing with artificial lures. These reasons can be summed up as follows:

  1. Lures present more of a challenge and develop an angler’s skill level.
  2. When you hook a fish on an artificial lure, it’s just you and the fish at opposite ends of the line.

All anglers who love the sport of fishing want to become better. Artificial lures are the perfect way to accomplish this goal. When artificial lure fishing, you have to stay patient, understand the use, and variance of retrieval style in order to have success. You also have to acquire knowledge of what, when, where, and how to throw a particular bait.

Most anglers make the argument that this style of fishing is too expensive. Building frustration around getting them hung up and losing their lures can acquire this cost. Each day, our local experts and guides see this happen. However, with patience and a lot of practice, you can alter your odds considerably. While the old adage “a marketed lure, catch more fisherman than fish,” maybe have some truth, we can help reverse it.

Our freshwater fishing trips, especially for largemouth bass, is a solution. Our professional fishing guides provide all the baits you can lose at no extra cost. They will also show you how to properly cast, work, and prevent loss of your baits. Our local experts can also provide you knowledge that you can take home to your local waters. Pick their brain about fishing lures and baits option, colors, brands, and more on your fishing trip.

List of Artificial Fishing Lures

crank baits - wow factor artificial lures


Looking to cover water? Throw a crankbait. A shallow, medium, or deep diver will allow you to cover water in search of a variety of freshwater species. The medium-sized diver is preferred by most anglers. You can throw crankbaits around the brush, timber, grass, open water, ledges, and rocks to produce a bite.

This bait imitates baitfish. Body styles are oval, round, and flat. Some crankbaits have a lip or bill and others come lipless. Use this power bait to put more fish in the boat when artificial lure fishing.

Jerkbaits - soft and hard baits


A Jerkbait is an artificial lure that is effective almost all year long. The slender body, baitfish imitation, and action create an irresistible presentation. You can fish this bait slow or fast and even in deeper water or shallow. The motion of “jerking” your rod is where it gets its name.

Jerkbaits are most effective when the water temperature is cooler. They come either a hard-plastic with an action of floating, suspending, or sinking. You can also get a soft-plastic version perfect for grass structures like the Florida Everglades.

Soft plastic worms

Soft Plastic Worm Baits

One of the most all-around effective lures for freshwater fishing is a plastic worm. A soft-plastic worm is a slow presentation fishing tactic. You can crawl it on the bottom or swim it through the grass. Anglers of all levels and expertise can use a soft-plastic worm to capitalize on fish.

A soft-plastic stick bait is another overly simplistic fish-catching assassin. A slow fall either Texas-rigged or wacky style can increase your chances of landing that dream fish in all conditions, year-round!



Spinnerbait Lures

Spinnerbaits, a proven artificial lure for a wide variety of species since the dawn of fishing. A mix of vibration and flash draw attention and create a reaction strike from fish, especially the largemouth bass. The ease of use allows anglers to not only cover water but catch more fish. Cast it out and reel it back near almost all structures.

A spinnerbait is comprised of a lead head, wireframe and a set of blades. Depth and blade selection is important. You have three options when it comes to blades, Willow, Indiana, and Colorado. Combinations are popular as well.

Swimbaits - soft and hard baits

Swimbait Lures

Big bass fishing with artificial lures?  Tie on a swimbait and have a blast landing some giant fish. Swimbaits come in several different styles including paddle tail, soft, and hard-bodied. The most common is the paddle tail, especially for bass fishing.

Different regions of the nation and globe will call for select styles. Deeper water fisheries use hard-bodied baits to land bigger fish. Shallow water fisheries like Lake Okeechobee notoriously call for paddle tail swimbaits around grass structures. Cast and reel slowly while holding on to the big bite you are waiting for.


Jig Fishing Lures and Baits

Though it is primarily used up north and not extremely popular in Florida we do use them quite a bit during certain times of the year. A jig could mean anything with a lead head fastened on the top of the hook. While one of the best lures to date on the market is the so-called “shaky head” which is probably one of the most productive for smallmouth bass.

We do still fish the common skirted jig which when used it can produce big trophy bass. They can be used jig-style, pitching, flipping or cast and retrieve. Jigs are best used around shallow water structures like mats and isolated standing brush.

Fishing Spoons

Spoons Lures and Baits

Most common spoons wobble and ripple in the water column. The reflection of light makes fish very attracted to this style of bait. This reflection imitates baitfish that are potentially injured or in schools. An opportunistic predator can quickly be attracted when throwing an artificial spoon.

The Johnson spoon is one of the most popular on the market. Weedless capabilities make them a popular choice for anglers fishing Lake Toho and Okeechobee in select locations. Our freshwater experts can show you exactly how to work this bait.


Frog Lures and Baits

The frog is a very common freshwater lure to catch largemouth bass when fishing lakes and ponds across the nation. Hollow-body frogs are the most popular. Their lifelike presentation makes them an unresistible bait for bass.

Throw a frog in thick floating vegetation and hold on for the fight of your life. If you love topwater explosions, this is your artificial lure of choice. Their weedless characteristics make them perfect for anglers of all levels. Staying patient, slow working, and not over anticipating the strike will increase your odds of success.


Buzzbait Lures and Baits

Buzzbaits are hands down one of the most effective topwater lures on the market. Traditional black or white can entice some explosive strikes on the surface. Their fast working action and ability to cover water can help you locate and find your next big fish.

A Buzzbait, like most topwater baits, is most productively thrown in the morning or late evening. Low light conditions can increase your odds of catching fish on the surface. Once the bait hits the water, starting reeling it to present the bait properly.

Artificial Lures and Baits Techniques

Finally, here are some techniques and pointers about casting and retrieving. This information is jammed packed in all trip lengths on our artificial lures fishing trips:

Tip #1: A basic sense in fishing is “Retrieve fast in warm water, retrieve slowly in cold water.” At the same time, be prepared to vary your retrieve, in both speed and style. Fish strike for many reasons. They could be hungry, reacting to instinct, or protecting nests or beds during spawning. Change can trigger a response that increases your success rate.

Tip #2: Try to cast beyond your target area so that the artificial lure is functioning properly by the time it reaches your objective. Always key in on a target that you are casting for. Be sure to be aware of it because if you get a bite or strike, it could give you insight on where to get more.

Tip #3: Match the color of your lure to the current fishing conditions. “Light days, light colors; dark days, dark colors.” Anglers often think the opposite is correct, but it’s not. Next time you are on the water or fishing a local spot, test these methods out.

Tip #4: Remember two keywords: Presentation and Presence. You are bringing an artificial object into a fish’s environment, trying to trick that fish into biting that lure. The more naturally and deliberately that lure moves through that environment, the better your chances of catching one.

We hope these select tips and tricks help you have more success fishing lures, baits, and gear on the water. If you are looking for more in-depth knowledge, explore what a freshwater fishing guide can provide for you. A variety of different freshwater lakes and fisheries can help dial you in and help you land that fish of a lifetime!