The UK’s Best Bass Lures

Let’s start by looking at the three bass lures that will cover you in every fishing situation. Then, let’s break down every bass lure by type and highlight some of the best bass lures for UK sea fishing along with when and how to use them.

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I’ve noticed that new anglers will often go for lures that are unlikely to work well for UK bass fishing.

If you want top performance, finding reasonably priced lures is hard. Some people make their own imitations of top of the range lures, which is a great solution if you have the time.

For the best value bass lures, check these out. They aren’t as good as the originals and do not always have identical actions, but the ones I have used so far have been incredibly good for the price. For example, here’s a classic surface lure and here’s the alternative I recommend. The main difference with these two is the hook quality is lower and they lack ball bearings to make them cast quite as far. For many, this will be a worthwhile trade off for something radically more affordable that is otherwise basically the same. If you have an opinion on these types of lures, please get in touch at mevagisseyinfo@gmail.com so I can learn from more anglers experiences.

Three Bass Lures that Cover Every Scenario

The best deals on bass lures in the UK are invariably online. These three options will cover every bass scenario you find yourself in out there.

View simple classic dexter wedge
bass lures uk soft plastics
View fancy weedless paddle tail

If I could only carry three bass lures for the rest of my life, it would be a good weedless paddle tail, a nice metal lure (spinner) and surface lure for bass fishing. The weedless paddle tail covers you for rough ground and estuary fishing. The metal can be cast a long way even in the wind and is a classic budget staple. The surface lure can be fished over the shallowest roughest ground, and is the most fun way to fish in mid to late summer. This covers all your bases for bass fishing from the shore, be it from rock, beach or estuary. Now you’ve got your staples… If only we could stop there…

The Best Bass Lures Imitate What Bass Actually Eat

Bass engulf crabs that sit and crawl along the seabed – soft shelled peeler being their favourite. They eat small pollack and other white fish, which are often reddish or orangish, and which linger motionless over the kelp. They feed on glimmering shoals of sandeel and they feed on squads of squid at night. They eat pelagic oily fish that roam the open seas like mackerel and they eat small flounder and dab straight off the seabed.

What does this tell us about the diet of a bass? It’s the stuff of a Frenchman’s dreams; a varied seafood feast. As we explore the lure types below, bear in mind that bass are eating things that move fast, move slow, are thin, fat, round, silver, red, green blue ad infinitum. Much of their food spends a lot of its time motionless or lingering.We need to keep an open mind about what types of lure bass will strike, while always considering what they are actually feeding on.

Bass lure setup deal

The lures below are insane value versions of the fanciest top end modern bass lures. They are not identical in material or performance to the versions that cost 2-3x the price. They offer a great entry point to those that don’t want to fork out but still want to fish with high end designs.

PLUGS


Plugs are sold as shallow divers, medium divers, deep divers or surface lures. There are also sinking bass plugs and floating plugs. Bass hunt throughout the water column at different times. You need shallow divers and surface lures to be able to fish over shallow rough ground and you need deep divers to plumb the depths. Plugs often have ‘lips’ which poke out in front of the lure that sets the dive depth. If you retrieve these lures faster, they swim deeper. Do nothing, and they float. If you hit the seabed and are about to get snagged up, you can often stop retrieving and your lure will float away from the snags. Bass often hit lures when you stop retrieving for a few moments. These moments are only possible over shallow rough ground because the lure floats.

Which are the best bass plugs?

The best bass plugs depend on the casting weight of your rod. It’s generally safe to fish with plugs that are within the middle of the casting weight. E.g. If you rod is rated to 28g, fishing with 18-21g plugs is a safe bet. This will help keep water resistance down so softer tipped rods don’t bend too much on retrieve, reducing bite sensitivity and your ability to impart sharp movement on your lure.

SURFACE LURES


There are two main types of surface lure that are popular for sea bass fishing in the UK – poppers and walk-the-dog style lures. The difference is that poppers have concave faces that are designed to spit water as you bring them back in. Walkers are designed to be twitched back in left to right using the rod tip to create a zig zap motion across the waters surface. Both work. Often, poppers are shorter and walk-the-dog style lures are more elongated. Since most bait fish in the UK are relatively long and thin rather than rounded and fat, this makes sliders / walk-the-dog-style surface lures the best.

They’re the best plugs for very snaggy, shallow water

If you’re fishing over new ground or ground that you know to be exceptionally snaggy, a surface lure might be your best bet.

They’re amongst the best bass lures in summertime

Surface lures are most effective when the water is warmer and the bass are in the habit of smashing fry from the surface. They are also more effective around dusk and dawn.

Many anglers only use poppers on clear days, in the belief that a surface lure would be hard for a bass to locate when the water is murky or there is significant surface disturbance from wind and waves. Don’t underestimate the ability of bass to hone in on a fish in distress on the surface! On clear days when bass are feeding actively and visibly (bait balls, birds crash diving etc), faster retrieves may help trigger impulsive hits. On days with murkier or rougher water with less obvious fish activity, bigger lures fished more slowly with longer pauses may help bass locate the lure so they can smash it. Pause for longer than you think you should. I confess that I find it hard to believe myself, but bass do hit black lures in murky water in the middle of the night and they do hit surface lures fished in choppy seas. How? No idea. But intuition can fail us when predicting bass behaviour.

Patchinko Surface Lure

The Patchinko is undoubtably the UK’s best surface lure and has been for years. I’ve been recommending it for years and still do today. It combines the best of poppers with the best of a walk-the-dog style lures. It does everything all in one killer lure (to rule them all).

There is the Patchinko II and the 125, as well as an even smaller version of the 100. You can find a very similar lure on Amazon at a more reasonable price or buy the original here. The original casts further and has better hooks, but the better value version is still incredible, particularly if you remove the middle hook which improves the action and reduces damage to fish being returned.

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Get out there with one of these over shallow rough ground, particularly in the summer months when the water is warmer. If you haven’t fished with a surface lure before, this will change your angling forever.

Savage Gear Lures: The Sandeel Surf Walker

If you’re looking for a surface lure that allows you to cover more ground than the Pachenko, then the Savage gear Sandeel surf walker is the best surface lure for you. This is a walk-the-dog style lure that is designed for fishing in surf (just behind the waves where the bass lurk).

Savage gear sandeel surf walker – available here.

SHALLOW DIVERS


Shallow diving plugs are the most commonly used when shore fishing for bass in the UK because generally bass fishing is done over shallow rough ground, and these lures enable you to fish it without getting in so many snags. It’s also convenient that the smaller lips on shallow divers enable them to be cast further.

The depth a plug dives to can effect which colour is best, based on the colours of bait fish that tend to swim at the depth you’re fishing. When you’re fishing in shallow water with shallow diving plugs, colour is probably more of a factor than when fishing in deeper water. This is because your lure is eye level with the bass, rather than a silhouette above it.

You might consider having one shallow and medium diving silver / white plug for imitating juvenile mullet or lance over clean ground and another for imitating darker coloured fish like gobies over shallow rough ground. Consider, when have you ever seen a goby swimming near the surface over sandy ground?

Tackle House Feed Shallow Diver

A legendary shallow diving bass lure is the Tackle House Feed Shallow. It has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable and high performing bass lures out there. They usually set you back a similar amount to a decent restaurant meal with an expensive pint. Now you can now grab a lure that’s inspired by it for a larger audience here or buy in bulk here for a ridiculous deal.

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Lures like this can be twitched back, retrieved and then paused or simple cast out and given a steady retrieve. Even amoung experienced anglers there is a lot of variation in how people work their lures. I like a steady retrieve with the sporadic pausing.

Daiwa Cotton Candy

The Daiwa shore line shiner cotton candy 97F SSR Vertice is a shallow diving bass lure that dives aout 30cm under the water. It’s proved itself over the roughest, shallowest ground. It’s name is likely to ring a bell if you’ve been bass fishing for a while. You can grab a lure inspired by it that doesn’t set you back so much here.

Duo Tide Minnow

This lure is designed for surf fishing for bass and despite being a shallow diver, allows for a bit more depth control than many other bass plugs. Change your retrieval speed and how long you let the lure hang to alter the depth. A similar product is available on Amazon.

MEDIUM & DEEP DIVERS


I would recommend having a medium-depth plug that’s silver or bright coloured, to imitate sandeel and launce when fishing in open water. These fish are often in the upper middle section of the water column, which is reachable with plugs that dive about 1-2m. Fish that have natural colours, browns and greens, rarely occupy this section of the water column. This is personal preference of course.

Deeper diving plugs in natural colours allow you to imitate small wrasse and pollack which lurk close to the seabed. However, in murky conditions or at night, white is popular for creating contrast, enabling your lure to reflect whatever light is present. The colour white is not a specific light wave length, it’s a collection of all visible lightwave lengths. As water gets deeper, fewer colours are visible. This means the white lure is capable of reflecting whatever light is around in lower light conditions. This is all just theory, mind.

The Ultima Artist Swimmer 105mm Sinking Minnow

This is insane value for money. It’s listed as a sinking lure rather than a deep diver, however in reality it is a shallow diving lure when you buy a value-version of it. The original is ideal when fishing over deeper water for bass, particularly if kayak fishing for bass. This version is better for fishing very shallow waters where it will dive about 1ft beneath the surface. It’s insane value for money, but as I mentioned above, you can’t expect identical performance to originals. Here it is.

Pencils

Pencil lures are pretty specialist and refer to actionless lures with a cigar shaped profile that sink relatively slowly, due to being made from wood or else designed to sink slowly. They are also often designed to suspend parallel with the waters surface – rather than diving down head-heavy and up head-raised. They are popular for fishing in areas with lots of current, which is why they were developed originally in Jersey by the bass guides over there. They are also popular for bass fishing at night. It’s thought that their success may be owed to the way they move with the water in a current and because they might look a lot like squid, which can be plentiful in British waters at night and are a popular meal for bass.

View Pencil lure here.

A Note on American Hard Lures: Crank baits, spinner baits, jerk baits – wait what!?

The American bass fishing scene understandably dwarfs the scene we have in the UK. In the UK, fishing is generally more about connecting with your roots and going back to basics. In America they are keen on ‘what’s next’, and there’s a lot of money on the line, with sponsored anglers and branded t-shirts everywhere.

A lot of the crank baits – which are basically short fat plugs – would not be well suited to fishing for sea bass in the UK. How many fish do we see in our waters that are short, fat and have green and yellow stripes?!

Somewhere amoungst the jitterbugs, various top water baits, jointed swimbaits, blade baits, suspended jerkbaits ad infinitum – there will be lures that work magic in our waters too.

As a very general rule if you’re looking for bass lures and are shopping for US style lures, look out for plugs with longer bodies and check how deep they dive. There will be some absolute gems you could discover if you put in the hours. I myself would like to experiment with a popper fly.

Rapala lures

Rapala have earned a name world-wide as makers of reliable lures, and one you should check out for applications to your bass fishing is the Rapala X-Rap – aimed specifically at salt water anglers.

SOFT PLASTICS


Let’s begin with the classics and then get to the best modern soft plastics, so you can see how and why soft lures have been changed over the years.

For those that don’t know what soft plastics are – it’s just a term for lures made from plastic that are supple enough to bend between your fingers. This allows them to move in the water like a baitfish.

Soft plastics are made from a variety of types of plastic – some that feel like stretchy and others a harder with less movement. These lures are often lower cost than plugs, particularly when rigged on a simple texas rig with a cone weight and a single weedless hook. More commonly, soft plastics are rigged on jig heads – weighted hooks – which allows the weight to blend in with the lure itself for a superior presentation to fish.

I will begin with the old school classics and work my way to the most recently developed mainstream soft plastics. All can be deadly.

PADDLE TAILS


The Early Days & Red Gill Lures (Modern Lures Below)

The early soft plastics include designs like the Red Gill, which was invented in Mevagissey, Cornwall in the 1950’s. The lure imitates a sandeel and is made from a hard robust plastic. It has a paddle tail that swims upon retrieval. In comparison to many modern soft plastic paddle tails, the hook can appear overly prominent and oversized, but the action and profile of the lures body is hyper realistic. They are not weedless, so are prone to snagging over shallower, rougher ground.

There is another similar lure called the Eddystone Eel – this has a hook that comes out below the body of the lure, making it extremely prone to snagging – avoid!

The Sidewinder

A paddle tail soft plastic developed in more recent decades is the Sidewinder sandeel. This has a shorter, fatter body than the Red Gill and imitates a small round fish rather than a sandeel. It’s thicker profile increases the lures visibility to fish over the Red Gill.

The Sidewinder in the red and yellow colour ‘(Rhubard and Custard’) (red and yellow) is hugely popular when boat fishing for cod and other members of the cod family like pollock and ling. The position of the hook is suboptimal in my opinion for a lot of shore fishing for bass, because it’s prone to snagging compared to weedless soft plastics.

View Sidewinder

Savage Gear Sandeel

An even more recently developed lure is the Savage Gear sandeel. It’s become a modern classic. The main improvements made on a Sidewinder are the hook quality, superior movement and better design for casting and moving through the water. Savage Gear sandeels literally swim like fish in a way older lures simply do not.

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However, the super soft plastic that makes the lure so realistic is easily bitten straight through by fish, which means the lure often has its tail bitten off. The main culprits are pollock and wrasse. Bass are more forgiving on soft lures. It’s also possible that a softer lure is more realistic in the mouth of a fish, should the fish bite and not be hooked the first time, but this is speculative I admit.

View the Savage Gear Sandeel

Now, where do we go from a savage gear sandeel?

Fiiish Minnow

The Fiiish Minnow of course. It’s a painfully good lure, because it comes with a price tag that indicates its French makers know its the worth of their creation.

You can view the Fiish Minnow here.

Let’s consider why the Fiish Minnow has come to dominate the soft plastics section of many bass anglers tackle boxes. This lure always has the right sized hook for the body, it’s easy to rig, it casts well and it moves in the water so realistically it could fool a human. It rarely gets snagged due to the weedless design, it has hyper realistic colours for a natural presentation. It’s proven to work on just about any predatory fish, particularly when shore fishing for bass with lures in the UK. It fishes well OTD, with a straight retrieve, through the kelp, or bounced along an estuary seabed. It takes seconds to tie one on, and you don’t have to think.

It’s limitations? They are so easy to fish with that it can become tempting to stop experimenting, and that will mean missing out on discovering other effective lure patterns and styles.

They also cannot be suspended so can’t be fished extremely slowly and they won’t move as naturally in a current as a weightless soft plastic. They’re pretty hard to beat, though.

STRAIGHT TAILS FISHED WEEDLESS & WEIGHTLESS


Straight tails are soft lures with tails that aren’t designed to ‘swim’ like a paddle tail or ‘curl’ like a curly tail. “Weedless” is the word for the hooks many bass anglers rig these straight tails on – because it means the hook point is less prone to snagging. As for ‘weightless’ – that refers to the fact that the lure isn’t rigged on a jig head and has no added weight to it, so the lure will sink only very slowly in the water.

Weedless weightless soft plastics aren’t actually weightless. The soft plastic body of the lure provides enough weight that with a modern bass rod that casts under 28g as a maximum, you can cast them effectively. You can also use weighted weedless hooks to add additional weight, like the ones that come with this kit.

If you’ve ever seen an injured small fish swimming on the surface, you’ll notice they often don’t move much – just the odd twitchy movement. A twitching straight tailed soft plastic allows you to imitate a severely screwed bait fish like this.

When bass are following plugs but not taking, weedless weightless lures lures save us from blanking. Often this is when water clarity is excellent and the fish have a longer time to suss out that your treble covered hard lure isn’t what it claims to be! Conversely, in rougher seas and on windier days it’s often impractical to fish weedless and weightless.

Weedless weightless lures also allow you to fish over the roughest, shallowest ground, without your lure immediately sinking to the bottom. There is a type of weed that bass love to lurk in called devils hair or sea spaghetti – it’s that one with the long thin fronds that float up in the water towards the surface. You can’t pull a plug through that. You can sometimes pull a weedless weightless lure through it.

Hook sizes for fishing with weedless weightless soft plastics:

A decent rule is to use a hook one size less than the length of the lure in inches. For instance. The cut off points with this rule are size 3/0 and size 6/0. Much smaller weedless hooks are better for wrasse or LRF fishing, but this guide is exclusively dealing with bass which have huge mouths. If you were keen on catching wrasse in the same session, smaller (barbless) hooks would help.

4” lures go well with size 3/0 weedless hooks

5” lures go well with 4/0 weedless hooks

6” lures go well with size 5/0 weedless hooks

Or, you can just buy a very good value pack of Momolures ‘Dolive stick’ inspired lures which come with weighted and unweighted weedless hooks of the correct size for bass.

Dolive Stick

The Dolive stick and its similar competitors has taken the bass fishing scene by storm. It’s perhaps one of the best bass lures ever made. Rig it weightless with a size 5/0 weedless hook and drift it over the kelp. The lure weighs 12.5g which is far more than most soft plastics (without jig heads). The lure is scented and deadly. The tails can be bitten off by Wrasse but that’s a fairly good problem to have. Dolive sticks have salt in the lure itself so don’t leave them with hooks rigged until you’re going to use it to avoid rust. They are much more affordable bought in multipacks from Amazon but are still very much a high performance lure for anglers using with a specialist bass rods that cast around 30g or less. With added weight, they can be used on any rod.

If these lures hadn’t been proven to work so thoroughly now, it would be hard to imagine they would work at all. They don’t move much. They hardly even sink! How do you even cast the thing? And yet, a gently twitching straight tail, hovering in the current like a small pollock hovers over the kelp, has proven to be about as realistic imitation of a small fish in terms of behaviour as you can get.

What the Dolive stick guys really nailed with this lure was making the soft plastic heavy, so it casts like a dream all on its own. That’s it’s secret.

Pick them up here

Senko Lures

The 5” senko was originally designed for the US market. The word senko means ‘flash’ in Japanese. It was designed to be a twitch bait – a bass lure that is cast out and retrieved with twitching. This works, but it turned out to work best when fished on or near the bottom, with limited movement. This lure is the king of Wrasse lures, and works for bass too.

It may look absurd, but its profile is surprisingly similar to that of a sandeel on a steady retrieve, or a lugworm on the seabed, which may explain their effectiveness.

Senko lures are very simple to use and rig. It can be rigged on a standard texas rig, or more experimentally, rigged as a whacky rig with no weight at all.

Buy them here.

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Xlayer / Ultima Stick

This lure’s popularity is in my opinion a mixture of hype and genuine excellence. Let me explain why. It’s been claimed that the ribbed body of the lure creates additional vibrations in the water which help to attract fish. In that vein, it’s also claimed that the internal rattle helps to create noise. I believe the noise makes a difference, particularly for Wrasse – but the ribs? Perhaps it’s made in the same factory they make…

Anyway, the lure has earned its place in the bass lure hall of fame. It works wonders.

Available here

The best bass lure for winter fishing?

If you’re brave enough to target bass in a UK winter, straight tail lures are your best bet. When the water is colder and life is less abundant and the metabolisms of bass have slowed down, their feeding behaviour will also slow. They will stop chasing fry all over the place, like a shoal of hungry mackerel, and start behaving wiser, looking not just for food – but for the easiest meals possible.

CURLY TAILS


Not many bass anglers reach for curly tails in the UK today.

Soft lures with curly tails used to be very popular – in particular the curly tail jelly eels. These lures have long, wormlike bodies with a curl tail on the end. They were often fished on a texas rig for pollack and wrasse back before the use of soft plastics had really taken off within shore fishing for bass or wrasse in the UK.

I like to use curly tails for pollack fishing (and Perch) and that’s it. I don’t use them for bass fishing and don’t find them particularly effective for either wrasse or bass. I believe the curly tail actually freaks out a lot of bass unless they’re really on the feed. The curly tail is often bitten off by wrasse, acting as a distration from the body of the lure where your hook lies. This isn’t a problem for pollack, which seem to love the way curly tails fall through the water column and engulf the whole lure indisciminately. My preference is for orange or green varieties for pollack.

BASS SPINNERS


Spinners & Metals

What used to be called ‘spinners’ are now often called ‘metals’. These lures cast better than anything else and provide their own weight and are very easy to get fishing with. For this reason, newbies and experienced anglers often reach to metals for their ease of use. If you’re just getting into bass fishing with a light spinning rod or modern lure rod that casts about 28g – grab some 21g casting jigs and needles. They are super nice to fish with.

Metal lures allow you to fish a lot of ground because they cast so far, and by adjusting your retrieving speed you can determine the depth you fish. This means you can fish a few inches deep over very shallow rough ground if you wish, or easily plump the depths. Contrast that with plugs, which you need to switch out every time you want to significantly change your lures depth.

The presentation of metals may not be ideal for bass fishing much of the time. I’ve fished with metals a lot, and found I don’t catch nearly as many bass as I do with larger soft plastics and hard lures. However, the long range casting and ability to search out large areas for water is a huge advantage. As is the easy lure contact in windy conditions of rough seas. Many species will hit them, and they are a great generalist staple.

Needles – Savage Gear Needles

The word needles is used loosely, some use it to refer to pencils. I’ve using it to refer basically to long thin casting jigs like the Savage gear needle.

These lures cast further than anything else, and their narrow profile allows you to fish right up to your rods maximum casting weight since they won’t create as much drag in the water.

These lures are useful when you want to cover huge amounts of ground. They are perfect for searching out fish at surf beaches. The larger size of many of these needles compared to a lot of casting jigs and wedge shaped lures gives them an advantage for bass fishing. I noticed that I started catching a lot more bass when I just increased the size of my lures. Do note though that I was fishing ultra light before getting into bass fishing, not coming directly from a traditional bait fishing background.

The Classic Dexter Wedge

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The success of the dexter wedge in decades past was probably due to their being a lot more bass around to catch.

Lures like this have been around forever. Some of the early fishing lures made in the 1600’s in Scandinavia were early versions of todays metals. They cast well, making them satisfying to fish with. If you’re fishing an open mark – that is – somewhere where you do not know what the structure is or an open beach or deep water estuary – hard lures allow you to search out the fish effectively. Metals can be fished in all conditions over any type of ground, provided you keep them higher in the water column over rough ground. Tin the larger sizes, they are heavy bass lures which cast well on more traditional spinning outfits, which makes them a go-to for those that prefer classic fishing equipment rather than modern lure rods.

This lure has been around for a long time. Bass hit them. Mackerel hit them. They are best used over clean or at least mostly clean ground, since their trebel hooks dangle below the lure and are therefore somewhat prone to snagging. The smaller the hooks, the more likely you are to get out of a snag.

You don’t see a huge number of bass anglers raving about this lure today, but it is a staple everybody has one in their tackle box as it’s earned its place over decades.

View Classic Dexter Wedge

Modern Casting Jigs

Modern casting jigs are designed of course for jigging, which is the practice of dangling a line directly down the side of a boat and allowing the metal lure to shimmer and spin down the water column, falling vertically below the boat, before lifing your rod and reeling some more before allowing it to fall once again.

The lure is now used for a much wider range of purposes and is perfect for mackerel fishing. If you’re after bass, you will be using larger lures than are best for mackerel.

View casting jigs.

The Toby Spoon is Dead

Sometimes referred to simply as a ‘toby’, they are classic spinners that have a more elongated body than a mepps spinner, and are almost always silver in colour. They were designed by Abu Garcia for trout fishing in Scandanavia to imitate the Tobis fish – a little slender minnow*.* Due to the larger flat surface on a toby spoon compared to other metal lures, they fall more slowly in the water and create a lot of movement. This is a classic lure often used by anglers seeking to stick to their roots. The first spoon was developed in the late 17th century, also in Scandanavia. They were different from other lures in that they didn’t really look like fish – and yet were still highly effective. Despite being proven over literally 400+ years, I do not use them. Modern casting jigs are best for my fishing style, but many love the toby spoon.

There are no good deals on toby spoons online, so pick them up from your local tackle shop.

Mepps Spinner

Mepps is the old school angling company from the USA that helped popularised the spinner. The Mepps Aglia spinner has been wildly popular and successful for decades for all kinds of sea fish including bass, despite being developed originally for trout fishing. They are used the world over, based on the assumption that if a predatory sees something flashing, spinning and creating a lot of movement, they’re going to hit it. That theory seems to have worked pretty well, but I would argue some modern lures are much better for bass fishing in the UK, particularly for larger, wiser fish that often prefer a better presentation.

If you buy a Mepps spinner, I’d recommend choosing one that provides enough weight that it can be used without adding additional weight.

The 50g version is available here for traditional bass anglers.

What size hook is best for bass UK?

For lure fishing for bass, most people will stick with hooks size 1/0 – 5/0.

If you do not already understand hook sizes, I suggest buying lures that come with hooks ready to go. It’s a lot easier than figuring out hook sizes. The other alternative is just to buy a collection of hook sizes from size 6 through to 5/0 so you’re prepared for every shore fishing occassion.

Weedless hooks are a must for easy fishing over rough ground.

When to use each bass lure type

What’s the best colour lure for UK bass fishing?

As of 2022 the UK bass fishing scene has continued its movement towards natural coloured lures. White. Green. Brown. I tend to agree with this, though I think pollack and wrasse are a bit American in that they froth over brightly coloured, absurd looking lures. Watch out when shopping online for lures that were designed for the US bass market and are being sold in the UK. They often come in bright colours that don’t imitate the fish British bass eat. You of course will have to experiment and work out which colours work best in the area near you, as there may be regional variation based on water clarity and who knows what other factors.

Let’s also not forget that the marine world is insanely colourful – we have orange, red, bright green, turquoise blue fish in the UK. It’s not entirely absurd to fall for the US bass lures, but it’s not very fashionable at the moment with colours like AYU, silver and white dominating.

Having some long bodied- silver or white soft plastics is a good idea for fishing the middle and upper sections of the water column, or for fishing in murky water where the white contrasts nicely with a dark backdrop. For fishing deeper around the kelp, more natural colours may bring an advantage, as they more accurately reflect the appearance of the fish you find around the seabed.

Lure colour vs Lure Contrast

Colour is less important with surface lures because the fish is probably going to see a silhouette anyway. The pattern on the top of your lure is not likely to be visible at all. However, or the sake of natural presentation, silvery white surface lures are popular for imitating injured mackerel, mullet of lance on the surface. AYU, greens and oranges help imitate pollack, wrasse and other fish that live in the rocks.

Best lure colour for murky water

When the water clarity is poor, many will reach for white lures which contrast more with the darker water around them, and allow your lure to reflect whatever light is present. However, bass can be caught on black lures in murky water on a moonless night, so don’t fret!

What are the best bass lures for summertime UK?

The best lures for bass fishing in the summer are surface lures like the Pachinko. Of course this is a tongue in cheek answer, because there are no specific best bass lures for summer – but this is certainly a very fun way of catching them, because in summer bass will hit fry straight off the surface.

What are the best bass lures for winter in the UK?

In winter you may be better off targeting the cousin of the bass – the fresh water perch. But if you insist, then use straight tailed soft lures and fish closer to the sea bed much more slowly than you would in the warmer months. This is also useful for fishing for bass in Spring.

What is the best sea bass lure for shore fishing in the UK?

The best bass lure for shore fishing in the UK is probably a weedless paddle tail weighted to about 21g or 2/3rds of one ounce. This will enable you to fish over the widest variety of types of ground without getting in snags, casts very easily and does not break the bank in the same way hard lures can!

What is the best bass lure for boat fishing in the UK?

The most popular bass lure for boat fishing in the UK is a larger paddle tailed lure with a higher weighting so it falls down the water column faster. For instance, an offshore soft plastic like the Fiish Minnow offshore is ideal. Another popular option is a sidewinder, which isn’t weedless so is liable to get snagged on reefs and wrecks, but costs less.