Top 5 Baits for Spotted Bass — Tactical Bassin’

Okay, so we can’t really count. Its more like 6 categories and 12 baits but its hard to narrow it down! There are a lot of great ways to catch spotted bass but we can narrow it down a little for you. With all the giant spotted bass being caught in California there are a lot of rumors flying about secret baits, modifications, etc.

The reality is, nothing can replace time on the water. I say again, if you want to catch a giant spotted bass you have to put in the time. In addition to time, you need to be sure that your gear is dialed in. Tim breaks down the various baits that we use day in and day out to put spotted bass in the boat.

Spotted bass fishing is great for new anglers as well as pros. Unlike giant largemouth, spots have a varied diet. They may have preferred foods but they’re willing to eat just about anything that crawls or swims in front of them. If you have a preferred method that is on this list, stick to it and you’ll see success! 

Our top 5 (6) baits that you should be throwing for spotted bass are:

The Tube: We’ve found a 3 1/2″ finesse tube is best. See our Tube Video for all the details.

The Senko: Whether you’re fishing shallow or deep there is a way to rig the senko to get in front of the bass and fool them into biting.

Straight Tail Worm: Dropshot, Darthead, Shaky Head… they’re going to eat it.

The Football Jig: We use the Dirty Jigs Finesse Football. You get the bulky presentation that big spots can’t resist with a hook that let’s you use lighter line for a finesse presentation.

The Spook: Spots can’t resist a walking bait. Whether you’re using a true spook or some other brand, it needs to be in your arsenal. As an extra tip: Think “chartreuse” and you won’t go wrong.

The Swimbait: How can you beat a swimbait? The key is size. You have to find the right balance between drawing power and overpowering. Our two most reliable options are the 6″ Osprey Tournament Talon and the S-Waver 168.

Give these baits a try the next time you’re on the water. Spotted bass fishing is booming right now and you need to get involved! From one side of this nation to the other, there is a lake with monster spots just waiting to be caught!


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