BEST SPOTTED BAY BASS LURES
The top 5 lures I use on every kayak fishing session in San Diego and Mission Bay. Let’s go over each one and how I RIG IT and FISH IT
1. A-RIG (Alabama Rig, Umbrella Rig)
LURE: A-Rig (5 Arm)
RIGGING: (TWO) Size 5 Willow Blades on top, (ONE) 1/4 Oz. Underspin with Paddle Tail Trailer, (TWO) 3/8 Oz. Underspins with Paddle Tail Trailer.
FISH IT: From a kayak start forward momentum. Look back over your shoulder then cast it behind you. Thumb the spool on your reel and feel for the vibration of the blades.Gradually let more line out until you start to feel snags. The A-rig is now on (or close to) the bottom. Engage the reel and give it 1-3 cranks to get the A-Rig to swim just off the bottom. Now the A-rig is swimming at the perfect strike zone for Spotted Bay Bass, Barred Sand Bass and Halibut. All this must be done without losing forward momentum on your kayak.
• RECON BAITS A-RIG
• WILLOW BLADES SIZE 5
• 1/4 UNDERSPIN – Cool Baits or Warbaits
• 3/8 UNDERSPIN – Cool Baits or Warbaits
2. CRANKBAITS (MED and DEEP DIVERS)
3. NED RIG
LURE: Ned Rig
RIGGING: Thread Ned Head hook straight down the center of the soft bait (TRD) for the length of the hooks shank then turn the hook 90 degreed so it comes out of the plastic. The plastic should be straight with a hook coming out of its back. See video for example.
FISH IT: Cast it up current. Engage the reel as soon as it hits the water. Let it sink all the way down. Retrieve by doing small rod tip pops then taking up the slack with the reel.
• Z-MAN POWER FINESS NED RIG 1/5
• Z-MAN FINESS TRD
• Z-MAN HULA STICKZ
RIGGING: Thread hook straight through the middle of the soft paddle tail plastic as far as the shank of the hook is long then come out of the bait centered. The bait should look straight with the hook coming out of its back.
FISH IT: Cast out and use different retrieval styles and speed variations to trigger a bite. You can slowly swim with a constant cadence or go fast so it swims higher in the water. Also you can Drag/Pause. Watch 25 Fishing Tips Video for detailed explanation of this
• COOLBAITS UNDERSPIN 1/4, 3/8 or 1/2oz (Yellow Blade)
• WARBAITS UNDERSPIN 1/4, 3/8 or 1/2oz
• ZMAN DIEZEL MINNOWZ 4″
• ZMAN SCENTED PADDLERZ 4″
5. TEXAS RIGGED FLUKE
LURE: Texas Rigged Fluke with In Line Bullet Weight and Bead
RIGGING: Thread line through Bullet Weight and Bead then tie a San Diego Jam Knot to the hook loop of the Extra Wide Gap Worm Hook. Thread the fluke on to the hook by going in the head about 1/8th of an inch then out the bottom. Turn the Thread the hook up and out of the flukes back. Pinch the fluke and slide it forward up and back to put the point of the hook back into the body of the fluke. See video above for example.
FISH IT: Fish it similar to NED RIG. Cast it up current. Engage the reel as soon as it hits the water. Let it sink all the way down. Retrieve by doing small rod tip pops then taking up the slack with the reel.
• GAMAKATSU EWG WORM HOOK SIZE 0/3
• ZOOM BAIT SALTY SUPER FLUKE 5″
• BULLET WEIGHTS 3/8 and 1/2 Oz
• ROUND ACRYLIC PLASTIC BEAD 8mm