Best Worms and Creature Baits For Bass Fishing - Buyer's Guide

Today we continue the Buyer's Guide Series with a look at our favorite soft plastics. We've chosen 12 of our favorite plastics including worms, tubes, creatures, and minnow baits. Some of them are old stand by's while others are wild cards you might never have heard of.

This bonus video is designed to help you wade through the hundreds of soft plastics on the market and focus on the proven producers and best new options without wasting time and money. Each of these baits has been producing for us and we're confident will do the same for you.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we have confidence in. Whether you're finesse fishing, flipping, or chasing a reaction bite, there are baits here that will work for you. We're including some of our favorite colors and size recommendations for each as well. In no particular order, here are the baits...

1) Yamamoto Senko 5" and 6":

-Some of our favorite senko colors include Green Pumpkin black flake, Green Pumpkin Watermelon laminate, Baby Bass, and June Bug.

2) Zoom Super Fluke:

- The Fluke can be used to mimic any baitfish so "match the hatch" the best you can. Some of our favorite colors are Tennessee Shad, Green Pumpkin, Albino, and Smokin Shad.

3) Strike King Fat Baby Finesse Worm:

-Favorite colors include Blue Fleck, Green Pumpkin, and Watermelon Red Flake.

4) Net Bait 6.5" T-Mac Worm:

Favorite Colors Include Green Pumpkin, Junebug, Kentucky Special, and Texas Craw.

5) Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig:

Not to be confused with Al Gore's Man Bear Pig, the Reaction Innovations version is a true fish producer! We've seen incredible results with this bait and often throw it in place of the Brush Hog. Favorite colors include Hematoma, Okeechobee Craw, Tramp Stamp, and Watermelon Red.

6) Keitech Crazy Flapper 4.4":

This bait is a sleeper and you should really check it out. It has a TON of action and shines on a light Texas rig. Favorite colors include Green Pumpkin, Double Trouble, Green Pumpkin Fire, and Sprayed Grass.

7) Roboworm Alive Shad 4":

Give your fish a unique look with this full-bodied worm. Favorite colors include Aarons Magic, Hologram Shad, Margarita Mutilator, and Morning Dawn.

8) Dry Creek 3.5" Tournament Tube:

Favorite colors include Butt Ugly, Green Pumpkin, Old Ugly, and Mocha Copper Pepper.

9) Z-Man Finesse TRD:

If you haven't thrown a ned rig yet, you're missing the boat. This one is for you! Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Goby, Yoga Pants, and Mud Bug are all proven producers.

10) Roboworm Ned Worm:

Favorite Colors include Aarons Magic, Desert Craw, MM3, and Peoples Worm.

11) Realis V-TailShad:

Unique bait that works equally well on a dropshot or a Damiki Rig. Favorite colors include Bluegill, Ghost Pearl Silver, and Violet Wakasagi.

12) Roboworm Fat 6" Straight Tail Worm:

The Roboworm is a proven bait in the West that is winning tournaments all over the country. Favorite colors include Aaron's Magic, MMIII, People's Worm, and Red Crawler.

13) Jackall Archelon:

This is our favorite flipping bait fished on a heavy Texas Rig. Favorite colors include Green Pumpkin Candy, Green Pumpkin Pepper, and School Bluegill.

Favorite Flippin Stick- Expride 7'11" Extra Heavy:

Favorite Hooks, jigheads, and weights...

-Vike Tungsten Weights:

-Strike King 3/16 Tube Heads:

-Gamakatsu 4/0 Superline Worm Hook:

-Ned LockZ HD Heads:

-Owner Shaky Ultrahead:


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Senko Trick to catch more fish

The Yamamoto Senko is one of those baits that just flat out catches fish. Whether you're flipping heavy cover, skipping under docks, or fluttering the bait down bluff walls, it has a place in every well-rounded angler's arsenal. Have you ever wondered what it is that makes the Senko so deadly?


There is something unique about how a senko moves, but why does it work so much better than other stick baits? Well, we believe its all about the slight variation in shape that is specific to the Yamamoto Senko. Unlike other stick baits it is not truly round. When you take that difference in shape and rig it correctly, the bait becomes even more deadly than before.

The trick is to turn the bait until you find the flatter side with a slight arc to it. Rig the bait (Texas or Wacky) with the flatter side down. When the bait falls on a slack line you will have significantly more flutter and movement than if you had rigged it any other way. There truly is a right way to rig a senko.

Give it a try and let us know what you experience!

Night Fishing 101: Slow Moving Baits

Its been 6 weeks since we started this series on night fishing. If you’ve been following the series you now have a grasp on moon phase, topwater, and subsurface reaction baits. Now we’re going to jump into fishing slow-moving baits on the bottom. Watching this video crosses you over the threshold and past the half-way point in the series. The last two will be swimbaits, followed by jigs.
Typically the lag time between videos comes when I know a video will take a great deal of thought and I begin to procrastinate. The video on fishing jigs at night is one of those videos. I knew it was going to take a great deal of time and thought but for once I filmed it ahead of schedule instead of lagging behind. Believe it or not, its already filmed, uploaded, and awaiting its turn. Alright, let’s get back on track.

Slow moving baits, while not glamorous, have a place in every night fisherman’s arsenal. Some nights the fish don’t want to chase after a bait, other nights they don’t want to move, even for a slow moving bait. When you encounter these conditions very few baits on the market can top this top 5 list. The 5 baits being discussed in this video are the creature bait, straight tail worm, curly tail worm, stick bait, and ring worm. Of course its a night video so they’re all plus-size baits in dark colors but you get the point.

If you learn to properly apply these 5 baits you will absolutely catch more and bigger fish at night. I can’t count the number of nights a big senko worked slowly, or a 10″ power worm slightered through the rocks has saved an otherwise tough night.
Most of the baits mentioned are available at your local retailer but some may not be. If that is the case, here is a link to the 7″ senko at tacklewarehouse. You can also find the Spear Worm, Brush Hog, Hag’s Tornado, and Pivot Point Football.

The Neko Rig

Because I am most passionate about catching trophy-class fish I often neglect important techniques for simply putting fish in the boat. At the prompting of a good friend I agreed to start covering some more finesse presentations and other options for putting a solid limit of fish in the boat. I’ll still be covering what I know about big bass but I want to open up the site a little and include the tournament anglers.
The Neko rig is not a brand new technique. If you live on the west coast you’ve probably seen it, used it, or lost to it unknowingly. However, techniques tend to take their time spreading across the country. For those of you unfamiliar with the technique, I present the Neko rig.

It is a great option for catching fish that have been heavily pressured, are lethargic, or when fishing in post-frontal conditions.
I am not a typical finesse fisherman and often don’t fish with as light a line as I should. Personally, I fish this rig on a Dobyns 702 Spinning (7 foot, 2 power) with 10 lb braided mainline and a 6 lb fluorocarbon leader. Don’t be afraid to drop as low as 4 lb line in open-water situations to maximize the number of bites you’ll get throughout the day.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.