Largemouth and smallmouth bass are arguably some of the most targeted freshwater species across many regions of the globe. In most cases, fish can be caught simply by using one lure, but in some cases, success can be dramatically increased by using a one-two punch approach to bass fishing.
For the purpose of this article, we are going to take a trip back in time to the Big City Bass fishing article, and fish the mighty three rivers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Smallmouth bass in this region can sometimes be difficult to find, let alone catch, so this tactics really comes in handy.
Begin your one-two punch by throwing a topwater bait such as a Strike King Standard Buzzbait, River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90, or most other variety of small topwater baits. These baits allow you to cover large expanses of water and will help you locate fish. Fish will strike these lures with aggression in some situations, but in a majority of situations, the fish will short-strike the bait leaving you wondering what happened and if your lure actually has hooks. This is where part two of the one-two punch takes place. By keeping another rod at your disposal rigged with a smaller soft plastic worm or tube such as a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worm, or Strike King Pro-Model Coffee Tubes, while throwing the topwater bait, you have now made yourself into an ultimate bass catching machine. If a fish comes up and strikes the topwater bait but is not hooked, immediately reel in the topwater and cast the soft plastic worm at the exact location of the strike. A majority of the time the fish will be waiting anxiously for another attempt at the food source the it just took a swipe at and instantly eat the soft plastic.
This tactic has proven successful time and time again in many situations and has even attributed to strong tournament finishes for many anglers. Though this technique seems very simple, it is a truly effective way to land more bass on your next outing and be more successful on the water!