5 Must Have Baits For Ultralight Fishing


In this edition, I will tell you 5 baits that I believe you must have in your ultralight fishing tackle box! There are a couple old ones in there, but they are classics that still work today. So the next time you pick up your ultralight fishing rod, make sure these are in your tackle box!

The first, is the all time favorite. Brought around in 1949 by Mr. Nick Creme, the Plastic Worm. This thing has caught more fish than all other baits combined probably. You can’t go wrong with a 4″ plastic worm with a curly tail in either green pumpkin, or junebug. Guaranteed fish catcher, just change up your presentation.

Second in the list, is the Rapala Floating Minnow. This thing is a topwater spook-type bait, or a shallow diving crankbait, depending on what the fish prefer that day. One other thing I like about the Minnow, is the ability to dead-stick it. I have caught more fish taking a break and talking for a second, then moving the bait again, than any other presentation. On an ultralight fishing rod with light line, these ultralight lures fly a country mile! Pick up the F4 size, it is perfect for ultralight gear.

The next would have to be a grub. The good old 2″ plastic grub. It doesn’t look like much, a little round body with a curly tail, on a jig head. To a fish though, it is exactly what they want. A slow moving, chunk of food. You can fish it deep to shallow, slow or fast. You can even burn the tail on top of the water like a buzzbait! I prefer green pumpkin with a chartreuse tail, or black, with black jig heads on both.

Fourth is the spinnerbait. I like a Booyah Pond Magic 3/16 ounce. The 1/8 ounce baits just don’t do it for me for some reason. I have had some decent size (or what I believe) fish break them. The Pond Magics hold up, but after a few months of steady catching fish, you do have to replace the skirt. You can pick up replacements easily though, online. I like the Chartreuse color for muddy water, and the White with Gold Blades for stained and clear water.

The last, but not the least, the skirted jig. Yes, even on an ultralight line, these things are proven “big” fish catchers. You will catch a lot of fish on ultralight gear, but your spinnerbait, and jig fish are going to be bigger. There is something to the bulk of the bait that pushes smaller fish out. When it comes to jig fishing, I prefer the Booyah Bitsy Bug 3/16 ounce, and 1/4 ounce. For clear water I will use the Green / Brown color they provide, and for stained water I will use black and blue. For the really muddy water, I will add a small glass rattle to help the fish locate the bait.

So there you have it. 5 Must Have Baits for Ultralight Fishing. I hope you get as much use out of these 5 lures as I have! Until next time, remember to subscribe to our RSS newsletter!

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