Creature Baits have become quite popular even though they don’t always mimic a natural food source for largemouth bass. These rigs usually have legs dangling in all different places to excite bass with some extra action. There are baits in many different sizes also, so you may be fishing a 3″ bait on a drop shot rig when bass aren’t very aggressive and then a 10″ creature bait when the bite is hot.
How to Fish Creature Baits for Largemouth Bass
Hop Them Along The Bottom
It is tough to beat a well-placed creature bait that is fished slow. Give the bass a chance to eat your bait and you will get a lot more bites.
Jerkbait Retrieves Work Great
With some creature baits, they look awesome when fished with a jerkbait retrieve. Fish the heavier creature baits on a weightless rig or use a little bit of a weighted swimbait hook and you’ll be all set for using a jerkbait retrieve.
Best Rigs for Creature Baits
Bass Jig & Creature Baits
Some creature baits look great on the back of a bass jig. Fish them slow and around all types of cover and you’ll catch plenty of bass.
Drop Shot Rig
With some creature baits, a drop shot rig is an awesome rig and it can be used around all types of cover, shallow and deep. You just have to experiment with the different types of creature baits to see what looks best in the water with this rig.
Florida Rig / Texas Rig
The Florida rig is a great rig for creature baits. Rigged weedless, you can fish around all types of cover.
Shaky Head Jig
The shaky head jig is another great rig for fishing with creature baits. Some creatures look better than others on a shaky head jig, but most will look very good rigged this way. By rigging it weedless, you can fish it around all types of cover just like the Texas rig.
A swimbait hook works great with creature baits. Fish it similar to how you would a texas rig and you’ll catch plenty of bass. Most anglers think of swimbait hooks as the preferred rig to use for swimbaits. You can swim some creature baits with a swimbait hook, but it works well when fished slowly around cover too. The swimbait hook gives the bait a gliding action down to the bottom and this makes some creatures look flat out awesome. This helps with reaction strikes.