Creature Baits

Fishing Tackle | Soft Baits

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.

Tackle Recommendations

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.

Best Rigs

Carolina Rig

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.

Neko 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

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

Swimming Them

What Eats Them

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Northern Pike


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