This month, I received my July Northeast MONSTERBASS box and instead of doing a stereotypical unboxing, I’m going to run through my favorite way to use the baits I received.
Whether you’re new to fishing or have been chasing big bass for years, there’s always room for improvement. If you would rig anything differently, let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
This month’s box was sponsored by Lunkerhunt, so every single bait in my box was a Lunkerhunt product! Now, without further ado, let’s dive into the baits I received and some tips and tricks for rigging them.
July MONSTERBASS Box | Bait #1: Lunkerhunt Finesse Worm
Up first is the 3-inch Lunkerhunt Finesse worm. These finesse worms are perfect for a Ned rig presentation. You can throw them on any weight head depending on the depth your fishing and the presentation you’re trying to give the bass!
Whether it’s a ¼ ounce or a ⅜ ounce head, these Lunkerhunt Finesse worms represent a great little snack for bass feeding along the bottom.
Ned rigs perform so well because they represent two of the bass’s favorite meals. It can be seen as a crawfish without any claws scurrying along the bottom, or on a lighter head, it will glide through the water towards the bottom like a wounded or dying baitfish. You can match your color pattern for the finesse worm to represent the forage you think the bass are keying in on that day!
I like to throw my Ned rigs on a G Loomis E6X with a Shimano Stradic Ci4+ and an 8 or 10-pound fluorocarbon. You’ll want a medium-light action rod so you can provide a finesse presentation and give the bass the ability to run and not pop the hook once the fight kicks off!
July MONSTERBASS Box | Bait #2: Lunkerhunt Salamander Worm
The next bait I received was the Lunkerhunt Descend Series Salamander Worm. The first thing that stood out to me about this bait was the arms were molded into the side of the bait. This makes it more of a finesse ribbon tailed worm with a thicker body than most you’d find.
I would recommend Texas rigging this bait with a 4/0 hook. What I liked about this packaging is that Lunkerhunt actually provides hooks with the baits! Depending on the cover your targeting, you’ll be able to throw this Texas rig with a ¼ ounce up to a ½ ounce bullet weight.
Due to the white color of the Salamander, I feel it will do a great job representing a baitfish. I’ll target lay downs, offshore rock piles, and grass lines with it, but the key for me will be to not peg the bullet weight. By not pegging it, you’ll be allowing the bait to glide through the water column and have a ton of action as it chases the weight to the bottom.
My favorite setup for Texas rigs is a 7’ Medium-Heavy casting rod with a 13 Fishing Concept A2 in 6.8:1 gear ratio spooled with 12-pound fluorocarbon.
July MONSTERBASS Box | Bait #3: Lunkerhunt Impact Double Colorado Blade Spinnerbait
The third bait I received was the Lunkerhunt Impact Double Colorado Blade Spinnerbait. Mine came in a bluegill or perch color pattern which is perfect for the Northeast!
The double Colorado blades will provide a ton of water movement triggering the bass to strike. I would throw this in a little bit dingier water or stained water where the bass might not get the best look at it, but they’ll be able to track it down using their lateral line.
Since this is a reaction style bait, I’d recommend throwing it on a 7’ Medium-Heavy rod with a moderate action. The moderate action is key for reaction style baits as it will allow the rod to load when the fish bites instead of pulling it out of their mouth before they’re able to engulf the spinnerbait!
July MONSTERBASS Box | Bait #4: Lunkerhunt Poppin Frog
The Lunkerhunt Poppin Frog is a hollow body bait with a finesse feel to it. It’s incredibly small compared to most hollow body-popping frogs you’d find which is awesome because it will show the bass something different than they are used to seeing.
I would recommend throwing the Poppin Frog when you have some cloud coverage and are fishing near pads or shade lines where those bass are lying in wait, waiting to ambush prey.
Due to the smaller size of this bait, I plan to tie it to a 30-pound braided line on a Medium or Medium-Heavy rod. You’ll want the rod to have some action to it due to the size of the hooks, this bait isn’t a set the hook and horse em in, you’ll need to slow down and play the fish.
July MONSTERBASS Box | Bait #5: Lunkerhunt Swim Bentos
The Lunkerhunt Swim Bentos are small profile swimbait. There are tons of ways to rig a swimbait, but this time of year, I’m going to go with a weightless presentation and swim the Swim Bentos right at the water’s surface.
The tail on the Swim Bentos is going to have a ton of action, so you’ll be able to slow-roll this through the top of the water column above grass or shallow cover.
I would recommend throwing this on a 10 or 12-pound test with a moderate action rod. The same idea applies from above for reaction baits, you’ll want the rod to load so you can lean into the hookset and make sure the bass has the bait!
July MONSTERBASS Box | Bait #6: Lunkerhunt Yappa Bug
The Lunkerhunt Yappa Bug reminds me of an old school bait I’ve found in my Dad’s tackle box… the Jitterbug. This cupped lip will provide a nice wobble action as you retrieve the bait.
What sets the Yappa Bug apart is that the cupped lip is made of a flexible material that will allow it to have a different action than the old metal cupped lips on a Jitterbug. It also has a hollow body frog hook instead of treble hooks which will help it glide through the water more efficiently.
I’d recommend throwing this on a 50-pound braid and a medium-heavy rod like the 13 Fishing Fate V3! I’d throw that heavy line because of the size of the hook shanks on the Yappa Bug. It’s going to take a solid hookset to lock that bait into the roof of a bass’s mouth, but once it’s hooked, it’s probably not coming off!
July MONSTERBASS Box | Bait #7: Lunkerhunt Phantom Spider
The last bait in my July box was the Lunkerhunt Phantom Spider… if you couldn’t tell by the video, I don’t do spiders. With that being said, I’ve seen this bait perform time and time again on social media.
With incredibly lifelike action in the legs, this bait can be slowly retrieved through the nastiest cover and provide some incredible topwater blowups.
July MONSTERBASS Box | Terminal Tackle: Daiichi Hooks
Last but certainly not least, something an angler will always need, terminal tackle. This month, I received a pack of Daiichi hooks. These offset worm hooks are great for weightless soft plastic presentations or for a Texas rig.
I prefer to slow down this time of year on those high-pressure days and toss around a weightless senko. I’m going to assume most of you have tried a weightless senko and found success, but if you haven’t, it’s a great way to catch highly pressured bass that might not be reacting to your moving baits.
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