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Largemouth in Lumber

Largemouth in Lumber

By Nic DiGravio

Wood laden waters are a must for any Bass angler. Over look them and you'll be missin out! Even a stump in the middle of a weed patch or a fallen tree limb can be a Bass magnet. It's the 'spot in the spot'.

There are many different scenarios of lumber real-estate that require stealth and accuracy. The key to success in lumber is using the right bait to get the job done. Now, having the right bait and bumping lumber with your bow mount, moving from spot to spot, doesn't make for a successful day so being quiet is also important.

Largemouth baitsLet's touch on some of the baits I like to use for putting lumber Largemouth in my boat. From left to right, I like the 7" Yum worm rigged Texas style with an Owner 3 odd wide gap hook. You can use a bigger hook if you want, but for me finessing this bait calls for the smaller hook. Letting it fall slowly in shallow wooded water is the reason for its success.

The Lake Fork magic shad is a great lure. I rig it with an Owner 5 odd wide gap hook and as with the worm, I rig my shad weightless. The lure moves its tail just like the real thing as it sinks. It's amazing to watch. When a Largemouth hits this bait give it time. When you feel the weight of the fish then set the hook. Casting the Magic Shad beyond lumber and jerking it back slowly through the bass's wooden haunt works wonders too.

The Senko Worm is one heck of a lure for lumber Bass. I rig this lure Texas and weightless, of course, with a 2 odd wide gap hook from Owner as well. I like to use the small hook as apposed to bigger because I have taken the time to see how this bait performs best in the water. With the 2 odd Owner hook, the Senko will fall moving from side to side and quivering at the same time. When I cast or flip the Senko into wooden pockets I give it an extra amount of line so that it can do its thing without tension. That is the secret to its success in my opinion.

The Berkley 10 inch black worm has done exceptionally well for Lumber Bass through the years. Again, rigged Texas style and of course weightless this gem of a lure gets Bass after Bass. With its good weight it is easy to cast long distances which is a great advantage on an approach to a potential spot.

The 8 inch black and blue grub is the only bait next to the jig that I use an 1/8th ounce weight. The reason is the baits curly tail. When lumber is combined with 3 to 6 ft. of water then the 8 inch grub is my tool of choice. I flip or pitch this bait into the deep wooden pockets. The weight of the lure makes it fall quicker, letting its tail twist and twirl on the way down, making it irresistible to the Bass. The key to this bait is having the depth so that the tail is doing its thing as long as possible.

For my jig and trailer selection I like to use a 1/2 ounce green / pumpkin jig with a matching craw trailer with black pincers. Flipping and pitching this lure into deep lumber pockets also has put its share of Largemouth in my boat. Like the grub, I like to use the jig and craw in the deeper wooden haunts.

When searching for Bass in Lumber arming yourself with different lures for different wooden scenarios is your best bet for success. So don't pass up casting to the log, under the tree or even deep into the roots because why would you?

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