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Five Go-To Finesse Baits with Marc Henderson
Category : BACK DECK
By: Marc Henderson
Everyone’s got there certain baits that they rely on. My go-to bait when I need a big kicker fish is a livetarget frog. However, when the bite is tough, that just isn’t gonna get you a limit! So you have to downsize your gear and baits, and fish slow. If your like me, this is tough and not all that fun, but it’s what you have to do to get a limit and hopefully cash a check.
In these situations, I have found confidence in five finesse baits offered by my sponsors that always bring me some luck. There are a lot of good finesse baits out there besides these, but these are ones I have gained trust in.
1. BigLewers Drop What This is a 5.5 inch, skinny worm with a small paddle tail. I like the Rain and Watermelon Red colors. Rigging it up on a drop shot with a 6 to 12 inch leader is my favorite way to fish this worm.
2. BigLewers Lunker Plunker Jr. The Lunker Plunker is a tapered worm that comes to a flat point, which makes it great for both shaky heads and drop shots. I like it in the same colors as the Drop What depending on water clarity and forage.
3. BigLewers Devil Tail This worm is my go-to shaky head bait. It measures 6 inches long, and has a small pointed tail that has some good subtle movement in the water. I still like the same colors, plus a color called Bassmonkey which is my signature color.
4. Gambler Giggy Stick If a worm and a tube got combined, this is what you would get. It has about a half of a tube tail, 2.5 inches of hollow tube body, and the top inch is worm for securing your baits. I throw it on the 3/16 and 1/4 Giggy Heads made specifically for this bait. It is an awesome shaky head for when I want a little different profile.
5. BigLewers Stick Worm Stick baits should be a mainstay in all co anglers’ boxes. Throwing them weightless around cover, while your pro is flipping and pitching can bring some of the more lethargic fish into the boat.
I throw all of these on my Powell Diesel spinning rod, Abu Garcia Orra spinning reel, filled with either 8 or 10 pound fluorocarbon. Everyone has their go-to baits, and I suggest you find a few confidence baits for when the bite gets tough. Whether they are the same as mine or not, it is important to be prepared for tough tournaments. Find some that work for you, so that you can remain calm and confident when a tough situation arises.
Circuits fished: ABA New England East Division 5, FLW BFL Northeast,
Years co: 1
Favorite technique: Froggin’ and flippin’
Hobbies besides fishing: Hunting