Creature baits come in a variety of types and sizes. With so many creature baits on the market, it’s almost impossible for the average angler to try out all of the different types of baits. Most of the creature baits are more effective for largemouth bass than any other species of fish, but smallmouth bass, spotted bass, northern pike and even muskie are caught on creature baits.
Rod, Reel & Line
Creature Baits are usually fished with a medium to heavy baitcaster and line in the 10 to 20 pound range, although, you may go lighter or heavier depending on the situation.
Drop Shot Rig
Many creature baits will look good on a drop shot rig. Some don’t look as good as other rigs, but some look great, so you have to test it out to see for yourself. As a general rule, the longer and/or skinnier creature baits will usually look better with the drop shot rig.
Some creature baits look really good on a Neko rig. It’s just a different way to be able to present these baits that can help draw a few more strikes than normal.
Shaky Head Jigs
Creature baits go great with shaky head jigs. Big and small, as long as these baits fit on the shaky head jig you’re using, it will get the job done.
Split Shot Rig
Many creature baits look great on a split shot rig. Just work these baits along slowly or use a more aggressive jerkbait retrieve and you’ll catch plenty of bass and pike in the shallows.
Swimbait hooks and creature baits go well together. The weight being on the bottom of the hook gives some of these creature baits an awesome gliding action as they fall to the bottom.
Texas Rig / Florida Rig
So many creature baits will look good on a Texas / Florida rig.
Weightless Texas Rig
Many creature baits look great on a weightless Texas rig. Most anglers will use them with a jerkbait type retrieve and most bites will come on the pause.
Best Fishing Techniques
Flipping and Pitching Them Around Cover
Hopping Them Along the Bottom
What Eats Them