How to Fish With Hard Baits

by Robin Reichert
Hard baits are reusable and inexpensive compared to the live bait varieties.

Hard baits are reusable and inexpensive compared to the live bait varieties.

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Hard baits are hard plastic or metal lures, which are useful for top water fishing to catch the really big bass when the water temperature begins to warm. Hard baits create vibrations in the water that can attract hungry fish. When fishing for bass or any large fish using hard baits, it is a good idea to have a wide variety in your tackle box. If the fish are not interested in one type of bait, try a different one. With a variety of sizes and colors, experiment until you find a bait that works for you.

Items you will need

  • Fishing rod
  • 20 pound test line
  • Fishing hooks
  • Variety of hard baits
Step 1

Fish with poppers to wait for the fish to bite and tug on the line before you set the hook. Use poppers in the early morning during the summer. Cast your line and wait for about 15 seconds and then jerk the line quickly three times. Repeat the casting and jerking until you catch the big one.

Step 2

Catch the big bass by using propellers on and near the surface of the water. Cast your line out and reel the bait in slowly at first, then reel in faster on the second cast if the fish are not biting. Change the speed until the fish start to show some interest.

Step 3

Fish with spooks on top of the water if the fish show no interest in propellers. Reel the spook bait in slowly in a side-to-side motion to get the attention of the big fish. Vary the speed of the bait motion to attract lots of fish.

Step 4

Use crankbaits when fishing in areas where the water drops 10 to 12 feet deep. Change the speed at which you reel in the bait from fast to slow, smoothly and then with a jerking motion. Pause every few seconds when reeling the bait in to let the fish get a good look at it and then continue reeling in.

Step 5

Use jerks, pauses and side-to-side motions when reeling in. This is how minnows and stickbaits fool the big fish by mimicking the movements of a fish in distress. Use white bait on cloudy days and shiny metallic baits when the sun is shining.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find a quiet place to fish away from water sports, such as swimmers, boaters and water skiing.
  • Practice casting until you find the place where the fish are congregated and feeding.
  • Be extremely careful when handling fish hooks; they can easily pierce your skin causing injury.
  • Be sure to have a valid fishing license for the state where you intend to fish.
  • Learn the size and catch limits for the waterway where you are fishing and never keep a fish below the size or keep more than the law allows.

About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.

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