Experienced anglers will tell you that if you’re not snagged now and then, you’re not fishing the right spots. Known for claiming more than a few lures over the years, spots like laydowns, bridge pilings and thick grass also reward those anglers bold and tenacious enough to fish them.
With grass, it doesn’t matter where you’re fishing; odds are vegetation will be holding a few bass. Many anglers tie on a topwater bait, like a buzzbait or a frog, when they come up against grass, but here are 4 virtually snag-free lure options for fishing grass.
Spin Me Right Round
Though they’re primarily used in shallow water when anglers are trying to find fish, spinnerbaits can actually be ideal in the weeds. Go with a lighter model in the 3/8 or 1/4 ounce range, rather than a 1/2 ounce, and use spinnerbaits that feature less bulky blades. These more compact baits will move through the weeds a little easier. Be sure to use braided line, too, as it will allow you to pull your bait and bass through the grass without the risk of losing either.
Get Jiggy Wit’ It
Flipping a jig is a common method for working vegetation, but to get the most out of a jig, you’ll want to make sure to use a heavy model. The heavier the jig the better it will punch through the grass and reach the bottom. Furthermore, a heavier jig will pull free from the grass better when you give it a tug.
Crank You Very Much
It may sound crazy, but pulling a crankbait through the grass can yield amazing results. Choose a model that won’t dive too deep, but go with a crankbait that will run just above the top of the weeds. Again, braided line will be your best friend, as a quick snap of the rod when you feel the weeds tug at your bait will pull it free. Bonus Tip: You’ll find that your crankbait will move through the grass more smoothly if you keep your rod tip high during the retrieve.
Don’t Give ‘Em Any Lip
Just like a crankbait or spinnerbait, lipless cranks can draw reaction strikes from bass when you rip the bait through the grass. One thing I like to do when I’m working lipless cranks in the grass is to remove the front treble hook from my lipless crank. The lure’s body is enough to keep the rear hook from snagging a ton. Yeah, I may lose a few more fish here and there, but I don’t get snagged as much.
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