The lures I’m about to list can be found in just about any pro’s boat, regardless of his sponsorship. When money is on the line, they tie on what it takes to win and worry about shooting product commercials later.
I have absolutely no financial incentive to list these lures. This is me sharing my personal observations of the most popular lures after spending time with dozens of pro anglers. These are the lures I keep seeing repeatedly. If there are any particular colors that I’ve noticed over and over again, to the point that it overshadows other color options, I will list those too.
Without further adieu, here is the list in no particular order:
1. Lucky Craft RC 1.5 cranks (discontinued)
2. Yamamoto Senko (genuine, not knockoff) - green pumpkin watermelon
When it comes to the Senko, there ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.
3. Megabass Ito Vision
4. War Eagle Screamin’ Eagle spinnerbait – Spot Remover, white
5. Roboworms – Aaron’s Morning Dawn
6. Stan Sloan Zorro Aggravator spinnerbait
7. Sweet Beaver – California 420
8. Shad Rap – shad
9. Lucky Craft Pointer – Ghost Minnow
10. Zoom Super Chunk trailers – green pumpkin
11. Wiggle Wart
12. 4×4 Lures Swim Jig – black/blue, white
13. Fat Free Shad – Citruse
14. Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper and Little Dipper
15. Bandit 100 and 200 – rootbeer
16. Rapala DT-6 – hot mustard
17. Vixen/Repo Man
18. Super Spook
19. Lucky Craft Sammy
20. Zoom Trick Worm – red bug, watermelon red
Okay. Now I’ll just wait for my phone to ring from angry pro bass anglers who are mad that I shared this. Don’t tell their sponsors!! I swear that in a couple years the Jackall Aska will be added to this list. It’s a fairly new bait, so it hasn’t fully spread yet. The Berkley Havoc Pit Boss is another I thought of adding, but I’m not sure it’s there yet.
What lures am I leaving out? If you’ve been around a lot of professional anglers, what lures have you seen them throw? Bonus points if it’s not their sponsor’s bait.