Choosing The Best Bass Lures

by | Jul 30, 2018 | Lures | 2 comments

How To Choose The Best Bass Lures

Not Catching? No Takes? As you Read Through you may gain Some insight to why

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How To Choose The Best Bass Lures

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to look for new Bass lures that are going to nail a big Bass. But buying the best bass lures can be an expensive pastime, to say the least.

The thing is, I’ve seemed to have more lures than I think I will ever need. But it’s always great to have a great selection. \which is a good job lure fishing can be a very addictive pastime.

Everyone seems to have a favourite nowadays and I’m no exception. Last season my favourite was ‘the Sasuke Sandbora’.

It’s kind of funny because the year before it never came out of the lure box.

I always take a good selection though, I feel it’s important to scale all the depths from the surface to the bottom when the Bass are not biting.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, there is an absolute abundance of lures to choose from, and who knows which lure really is the killer. 

Let’s face it, when the Bass are turned on, I feel you could chuck anything at them and hook one. But those days are not always going to happen are they?

So we need a good selection to give ourselves a better chance of not having a blank.

Surface lures

Surface lure fishing for Bass is one of the most exciting aspects of our great sports sport. Providing the conditions are right and on the money, we can have some explosive action looking for that big bass.

Providing the water is like a millpond and the wind is zero miles an hour we can sling on a nice Pachinko or Tackle House Vulture to see if we can get one of those Bass busting out the water and start chasing our dancing lures.

Of course, you can still fish when there is a bit of swell or a bit of chop on the water, but it’s not quite the same for me, I want to see that lure working, we want to see the lure skipping across the sea.

Now with the surface lures, we tend to do things a little different, depending on the lure. With lures like a Pachinko, Tackle House Vulture and an IMA Salt Skimmer, a ‘Walk the Dog’ action is preferred.

A gentle tap or shake of the rod tip and a slow retrieve will make the lure dance across the surface in a provocative manner that Bass just can’t resist. Alternatively, you could occasionally twitch the rod for a more shuttle action. A popper would be good for this but personally, I have not had that much success with them.

This style of Bass fishing is a favourite with most lure fishermen because of the explosive action when the fish attack the lure. It can be very exciting to see that Bass chasing after your lure.

Here is a list of 5 great Surface Lures

  • Xorus Patchinko 125 500G
  • Savage Gear Sandeel Surf Walker 155 17g White Flash
  • Tackle House Vulture – Blanc White
  • Duo Pencil Popper
  • Zenith Z Claw

Surface Lure Fishing For Bass

Xorus Patchinko 125

how to choose the best bass lures
Xorus Patchinko 125 AJI

This amazing lure the Xorus Patchinko 125 is a spin-off of its big brother the Xorus Patchinko II.

For me though, I have had great success with the bigger version that is incidentally about 25grams. 

The only thing for me though is it does make a quick splash when it hits the water. Which I think can spook the fish?

So the 125 version that is 18 grams is just the perfect alternative. Especially if that water is like a millpond.

There are a variety of patterns for the 125 for you to choose from. My two favourites are the ‘Pearl Chart Orange Belly’ and the 125 ‘Blue’.

It’s a must for all you addicted to the surface.

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Savage Gear Surfwalker

Savage Gear Surf Walker
Savage Gear Surf Walker

There is, in my opinion, a definite plus and minus to this amazing lure.

The great thing about these lures is they are a casting missile. 

The casting distance for the Surf water is probably the best of all the topwater lures, that I have used personally. There might be better ones that I haven’t tried but for me, it is the best.

The snake action of this lure must be irresistible to a hungry bass just waiting to pounce.

A slow walk the dog action will have that Sand Eel weaving with delight……bang….fish on!!

The only downside to this lure is it doesn’t fit in my lure box with all my other favourite lures, it’s just too long. 

The Tackle House Vulture 

Tackle House Vulture
Tackle House Vulture

If any surface lure is going to catch bass on the surface the Tackle House Vulture has to be a contender for the top spot.

The Vulture has a fin on the belly of the lure innovative idea, to say the least.

But the reason for this I absolutely haven’t got a Scooby-doo (clue).

It definitely looks good and I’m sure it does something but at the end of the day it plain catches the fish…job done.

And like the other surface lures, we mention it cast extremely well.

The only downside is the killer version for me the pure white but think they are available. 

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Duo Pencil Popper

DUO Pencil Popper
DUO Pencil Popper

Love this lure because I caught on my very first outing trying it out. On that particular occasion, the fishing was extremely slow. 

We seemed to be surrounded by ‘Scad’ or ‘Horse Mackerel’ but they definitely weren’t going for our lures.

They were definitely after something and to be honest, that was the first time and only time I’ve ever seen that.

Then as the fish seemed to disappear I hooked into a bass but was the only fish of the night on that occasion.

I would almost certainly take a version of the Duo Pencil Popper.

Being a fairly smaller lure to the likes of the Patchinko II it has a more subtle action to it the bass love.

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Zenith Z Claw

Zenith Z Claw

This is another Bass classic surface lure. It doesn’t have the same casting distances of some of the other lures but still would be a great choice.

The Zenith Z Claw has a unique action that takes a bit of getting used to to be honest. But once mastered it’s a great lure to have in your arsenal, the bass loves me.

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Sub Surface

My go-to subsurface bass lures would be the IMA Komomo II, Tackle House Feed Shallow, and the Sazuke. I love using subsurface lures, I’ve seemed to have a bit more luck with these types of lures. The ‘Bass Man’ is a master of surface lure fishing, he really has it down to a fine tee.

The main reason I like these subsurface lures is they don’t get snagged like some of the deeper diving lures like a Zonk. This means we can retrieve over rocks that have deeper gullies to try and tease that Bass onto our lure.

I found a slow retrieve to be the most effective but will chop and change if there is no action and we are not getting any takes. Note: Remember!

Try and move to a different spot and cover as much area as you can. This is vital to get you onto a shoal of Bass.

The ‘IMA Komomo Joker’ is one of my favourite lures. In fact, the Joker was the lure I caught my previous personal best on.

On that occasion, we were fishing in about two and a half feet of water, and the Bass took my lure right under my nose. It took off like a rocket, shedding lines like it was going out of fashion.

Obviously, we were standing in the water over our knees. I eventually landed that bad boy, and to cap the day off, I even caught a Sea Trout. What a great day fishing, that was also on the Joker.

The Bass Man has had his waders punctured by a Bass that tried to escape through his legs. The lure that was in the Bass’s mouth, tore his waders, ouch.

Here is a list of 5 great Subsurface Lures

  • Tackle House Feed Shallow
  • IMA Komomo SF-145 26g Chart Back Pearl
  • Daiwa Shoreline Shiner Vertice 120S 20g Chart Back Pearl
  • APIA Dover 99F 15g Cotton Candy
  • Samson Lures

Sub Surface 

Tackle House Feed Shallow

The Tacklehouse Feed Shallow
The Tacklehouse Feed Shallow

My Battered Tackle House Feed Shallow

I must have at least 4 different versions of the Tackle House Feed Shallow.

The above is my favourite, being the 18g Pearl Rainbow, with trebles that I have replaced.

What I’ve found is this amazing lure patrols at a slightly deeper area than the likes of a Komomo II.

There is another version that has a luminous strip that you can glow up to entice that bass into action.

This is great for you who fish right through the night where the real action is in my opinion.

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IMA Komomo SF 125

IMA Komomo SF 125

IMA has a great selection of fantastic lures to choose from sometimes it’s a struggle to pick one out that you think is going to fish.

My old favourite was the Komomo II Joker Flashing Plate. I had caught my previous PB on that lure. It really is a winner.

 The only downside is getting hold of one, I’ve actually given up looking, to be honest.

So what are we going to use instead? Well, I decided to try the IMA Komomo SF 125 it’s a cracker of a lure that’s always going to be in my rucksack.

Please remember these are only my recommendations. I don’t expect you to buy everyone. 

I still have lures that I haven’t even tried yet because I have my personal favourites that seem to work for me.

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Daiwa Shoreline Shiner

Daiwa Shoreline Shiner
Daiwa Shoreline Shiner RG50+SSR

Well, this has to be my favourite lure of 2019.

The reason being I had my best session with this killer lure.

To me, this lure has just about everything and would say that if I could only choose one lure it would have to be this one…at the moment this can easily change.

For any beginners out there you will notice with time that sometimes with lure fishing, especially for bass there isn’t any logical reason why some days you catch and some days you don’t. 

One night you catch 10 the next night none when the conditions are exactly the same.

One day one lure works the next day it’s another.

So basically it’s all about trial and error there just might not be any fish there at all.

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APIA Dover

We did our research on the popularity of this lure and apparently it’s a definite winner.

The Japanese certainly know how to manufacture great lure fishing gear. It seems all the big gun lure companies are Japanese they are just simply the best.

This lure is going to get the once over in 2020 when the bass comes flocking back to our shores.

I particularly like the red-eye on this amazing looking lure and for a 15g weight, they cast pretty well.

This is probably down to the great streamline design; it really is a missile. They remind me a bit like a larger version of the IMA Rocket Bait.

For me, the cotton candy version will probably replace my Komomo II if it does the business.

This is because the Komomo seems to be getting harder and harder to get hold off. Which to me is unbelievable they have always been in my lure box from day one.

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Samson Lures.

Again, I have been reading forums and reading all the Facebook posts you can get your eyes on.

You only have to see the size of the bass caught in Portugal to know that this Samsom lure is a monster hunter, to say the least.

Just watch the video in this link to see the Samson just nailing the big bass.

They look so simple in design and normally just white to which I’m led to believe.

I haven’t even got the Samson, and to be honest, I am not even using or had a chance to use some of the lures I’ve picked up over the years.

To be frank, if Some lures don’t catch on their debut they go back into hibernation.

Sometimes it is the lure that makes all the difference. One horrible night my mate had 14 bass to my 1.

I just did not have the lure he was slaying the bass on. It was the ‘Maria Squash’…….I have now and still haven’t used it.

The other novel thing about this Samson lure is you can get different skin to change the look of the lure.

I think this is a great idea only because of the lures plain shape they are easy to put on.

So that concludes our shallow divers on to the next category.

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Medium Diving Lures

Well, that’s my technical term for them. The MegaBass Zonk is always going to be my ‘go-to’ lure in this category. I absolutely love the Sinking Pearl Zonk.

In 2017 I lost a couple of belters while fishing with the Zonk. I reckon the bigger fish seem to go for them. Twice on the same night, I lost two fish and two Zonks.

Both those fish shredded the line of my reel so fast I could not stop them.

The problem is the rocks at this location are proper boulders, and ultimately, both Bass wrapped themselves around the rock.

Aaarrrggghhh!!!! Oh well, another £40 down the drain. Tip. The quicker you get a Bass to the surface the better the chances of landing it. Sometimes you just have to hang on and pray.

I love it when the action is like that.

The Duo Tide Minnow is another great lure, not as deep diving as the Zonk but still a great action and great for casting.

And of course, the Sazuke, that I had mentioned earlier. This was my favourite lure last year, I love them and they cast really well too.

Here is a list of 4 great Medium Diving Lures

  • Megabass Zonk 120
  • Blue Blue Blooowin 140S Shad 23g
  • IMA GyoDo
  • Daiwa Morethan Crosswake

Medium Divers

Mega Bass Zonk 120

Megabass Zonk SW120 Red Head
Megabass Zonk SW120 Red Head

Is this not the greatest lure of all time? Dare I say that but when the condition favours the Zonk it is priceless.

The thing is with the Zonk, it dives a lot deeper than the subsurface lures obviously.

Around our neck of the woods, and the depths we fish the Zonk, unfortunately, gets left on the bench. Only on a rare occasion can we get to put the Zonk into action.

Normally on the bigger tides.

Oh, I will still take one and maybe a dance of gratitude around one when the fishing is poor.

It’s just common sense not to risk getting it snagged on a rock or thumping a great lump of kelp. It can work out to be expensive.

The other problem with the Zonk is that if the water is a bit shallow and it starts scuffing the sea bed the ‘bib’ can snap off then the lure is just useless.

Getting on a more positive note the Zonk has a distinctive tremor that vibrates your rod tips.

To me, that tremor must attract the fish in the vicinity of where you’re fishing.

They also rattle just to add another level of greatness to them not that this lure needs it.

Here are some of the great variety

  • Cruising Blue
  • Pearl 
  • Shengitsu Iwashi

If you can get any of them, let me know. 

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Blue Blue Bloowin

I don’t know about you but I had never heard of these lure in my lifetime.

But I’m sure you would agree that they have class written all over them, well, bass in our circumstances.

The action of these lures is incredible and I think you would agree once you have seen these bad boys in action you will understand what I am talking about.

They dive to around the 1-meter mark, so like the Zonk 120 a bit too deep for around our neck of the woods depending on the tides.

I haven’t written a sinking category because I felt it not necessary. Perhaps I should write another post on sinking lures.

However, please remember that even the DUO Bay Ruff (which is a surface lure) still sinks if you stop reeling so don’t decide to light up a cigarette midway through your retrieve, it’s going to work out expensive.


You can still use the sinking lures over pure sandy bays. This seems to be a very popular way to fish for bass this year 2019.

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The IMA Gyo Do

This Is a 23g lure so this is also a great caster which in turn is perfect for finding deeper and clearer waters depending on your area.

Because the majority of our fishing is at night the Chart Pearl version is the one I would go for.

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Daiwa Morethan Crosswake 111S Candy 21G

This strange chubby looking thing by all accounts is another one of those lures that could just be the winner when all else fails.

I must stress that some of the lures we mention are from our research and reading from forums.

This basically is to help any newbies or lure anglers that may want to try something a bit different.

Trust me, there are lures in my arsenal of plugs that I haven’t even mentioned. Even going through the different websites and seeing if any of the lures I have not been able to replace are available, I will find new lures I just have to buy.

This can be very addictive to be honest so be careful, don’t go bankrupt!

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How To Choose The Best Bass Lures

Soft Plastics

The Savage Gear Eel: This is the ‘go-to lure, when things just are not happening, as far a takes goes anyway. I’ve been amazed at how effective these jelly-like lures have worked when everything else has seemed to fail.

Also only having one hook makes them a lot easier to unhook a Bass that you have just landed. Whenever using a Zonk or Tide Minnow or a lure with three treble hooks, I’m always hoping the fish hasn’t taken the lure right down its throat.

This can be even more challenging at night time when you can’t really see what you’re doing because you’re trying to keep your light away from the water. If you’re on dry land this does not matter because you can face away from the sea.

Normally we will hide behind a rock if it’s convenient, depending where you’re fishing. Luckily this doesn’t happen very often, we want those Bass back in the water so eventually, they can double in size.

There are a multitude of soft plastic lures to choose from, some types are of a weedless nature that can be snag-free. This is because the hook is facing up the other way.

This way the hook tends to stay free from the weed and rocks. unfortunately is not always 100% foolproof, our tides can take the lure around the rocks.

You could always retrieve a little bit faster so the lures of the bottom. But this kind of defeats the object for me.


ok, so that’s the end of our updated review some of the lures we use on a daily basis.

For those of you scratching your head wondering what happened to the Soft Plastics and Spinners we recently posted two review articles on both of them so check them out below click the links:

5 Must-Have Soft Plastics Lures

Bass Spinners and Metals


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