Video: Three Must-Use Baits For Fishing New Water | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
New Water baits Photos and Video by Jon Russelburg

Find confidence in any new body of water

Fishing new water, whether it’s in a tournament or for fun, can be nerve-wracking. You’re used to your home lake and the conditions in the new body of water may be completely different. That’s why when I go into a new body of water I always tie on my three confidence baits, baits that I know will help me find a pattern.

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The square-bill crankbait is usually my first cast in new water.

The first bait I tie on in new water is a square-bill crankbait. The color is up to your personal preference, but I usually use something with a chartreuse body and a black back. If the water that I’m fishing is known for trophies, I will go to a bigger body on the crank-bait. Big baits equals big fish.

For throwing a square-bill crankbaits, I want a short rod, around six-foot six-inches, and an extra fast tip. I use a 6:1 ratio reel baitcaster. A 5:1 gear ratio baitcaster is better for deep diving crankbaits, but for a square bill I want a little more speed.

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A white spinnerbait with blue flecks is deadly year-round.

The second bait I tie on every time I fish a new spot is a white spinnerbait with  a willow blade. I don’t want the noise that comes from big Colorado blades, I just want something that flashes and resembles a shad going through the water. I always keep a trailer hook close, in case the fish are short striking the spinnerbait.

For general purposes, I use a half-ounce spinner bait so if I need to fish a little deeper, I can. I want a rod with a bit more backbone and a fast tip so I can throw the spinner bait under overhanging brush but still have enough rod to pull the fish out. I want the rod to be around seven-foot long I also use a 6:1 gear ratio baitcaster with the spinnerbait.

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The green pumpkin jig is the ultimate do-it-all bait.

The last bait that I always bring to new water is a green pumpkin jig. I use a half-ounce jig head so I can work it around structure in any depth of water, from six-inches to 20-feet. I choose trailer trailer based on the water conditions.

For my rod, I use the most sensitive rod I own, which has a seven-foot one-inch length. I want to feel every stick and rock under water so I can know where the fish could be hiding or looking for a snack. Since I am not cranking the lure like with the other two baits, I use a 7:1 ratio reel to quickly get any slack out of my line and pull the fish out of cover.

Watch the video below for a full rundown of my new-water rigs:

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