Let’s Look Back – Part 31

It's my contention that bass, especially the big old ones, are more inclined to show interest in lures they've not seen before.  They've probably seen more spinnerbaits like the one I have in my right hand than you and I have.  That's not going to be true of the Bomber Waterdog and its pork rind strip trailer I'm holding in my left hand. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

It’s my contention that bass, especially the big old ones, are more inclined to show interest in lures they’ve not seen before. They’ve probably seen more spinnerbaits like the one I have in my right hand than you and I have. That’s not going to be true of the Bomber Waterdog and its pork rind strip trailer I’m holding in my left hand. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I wouldn’t have bet you a cold bottle of Bud I’d ever get a bass to look twice at the goofy looking rig I was fixin’ to fish with.

If you’ve read my previous columns here at Let’s Look Back you know the “goofy looking rig” I’m talking about was a diving Bomber Waterdog bass plug with a 5-inch strip of white Uncle Josh pork rind attached to its hind end.

I’d been surprised how bass reacted to pork strips and chunks attached to a variety of lures in the past and used with different presentations. I suppose that’s why I eventually removed the teensy little spinner that came attached to the rear of the Waterdog and replaced it with a pork rind strip. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back – Part 30

I kept wondering if a 5-inch Uncle Josh pork rind strip might work better as a trailer for this Bomber Waterdog than the tiny spinner that was attached to its hind end when I took it out of the box. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I kept wondering if a 5-inch Uncle Josh pork rind strip might work better as a trailer for this Bomber Waterdog than the tiny spinner that was attached to its hind end when I took it out of the box. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Are the larger lures you’ve got in your tackle box your best bet for taking big bass?

My own fishing for a generous chunk of the past century tells me they are. As I mentioned in my previous column, this certainly isn’t “always” going to happen. But neither is almost anything else associated with putting bass in the boat.

If you read that previous column you’re also aware that I mentioned the old Bomber Waterdog being one of my big baits that produced some big bass. It didn’t happen, however, just the way that bait came out of the box. [Read more…]