Best Bass Lures for 2017

best bass lures

Bass fishing techniques change almost daily.

So do the lures used to catch these prize fish

Have you got the right kit in your tackle bag?

Well let's have a look...

best bass lures

Like everything in life things change, modern technology and advances move in and help make things a little bit easier for all of us.

Bass lures are no exception and they have become so sophisticated and realistic that fish cannot resist them.

Does this take some of the fun out of fishing? You tell me.

But answer the question after you land an 8 pounder...

Lets take a look at the best Bass fishing lures that are catching prize fish today.

Strike King 10XD - Best Crankbait

One Bass lure that really hooks monsters is the Strike King 10XD. Used by Kevin VanDam at the Bassmaster Elite series in Toledo Bend in 2016 this lure attracts some monster fish.

To highlight the effectiveness of this lure KVD was sitting on 29lbs 5oz of Bass after only day 1, 5lbs ahead of the rest of the field.

Rose Kuli Hard Bass Lure - Best Hard Bodied Lure

The Rose Kuli Bass lure is one of the most realistic and effective lures on the market today. The hard bodied lure is so life-like it's as if you have a real live swim bait on your line.

This lure has great action in the water and can be fished at multiple depths.

Crank in the lure quickly and it tilts slightly in the water which mimics an injured fish

It is available in multiple patterns and colours. Great lure for Bass and other predatory fish.

Can be fished from the shore or from the deck of a boat.

best bass lures

There has been a lot of chatter and rave reviews about this lure, the majority of which are positive. The only fault we could find was with the quality of the treble hooks. You may want to switch them out to your preferred hooks before you fire this into the water.



  • Unbelievably realistic in the water
  • Great swimming action at multiple depths
  • Lure finish and overall quality
  • A few people have complained about the hook quality.

Bico Jig - Best All Year Round Bass Lure

If you are an all-year-rounder then you are going to want to get yourself a Bico Jig. These lures are super effective and will coax even the most nervous Bass out from it's hiding place any time of the year.

This lure comes equipped with top-quality OWNER hooks, giving you additional strength and durability which lead to secure hooksets.

The lead-free heads provide increased size which allows for a nice skipping action without the added weight.

The flat head design presents your bass lure in a nice upright position when it hits the river or lake bed.

Made in the USA.

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While Jig fishing can be the most productive method of lure fishing for Bass it is one of the harder ways to fish. It takes a fair bit of practice to get everything right, but with a bit of practice you will be hauling in monster bass in no time at all. Great for fishing all types of water especially a river system with weeds as the lure simple skips over them.

We especially like the stiffened weed guard on this particular jig. When you first look at it you may think it's a bit 'too' stiff but the design of the hook allows for perfect hook sets every time a bass decides to take a lunge at this lure. 

    • This is our top choice for Bass Jigs so make sure you have one in your tackle bag...



  • Quality - Overall this is a superbly made lure
  • Action - Flat bottomed design makes for great action in the water
  • Utilised the awesome Owner hook range
  • Requires a bit of getting used to

If you are looking for more info on Jig Fishing for Bass then who better to explain to you all about them than Scott Martin. Check out his video below.

Rapala Rattlin 05 - Best Rattle Lure

The Rapala Rattlin 05 fishing lure sings the same tune as Bass... The rattle noise will draw out the monsters lurking in the deep dark corners of every river or lake.

Great swimming action at both fast and slow retrieval. 

The built-in rattle attracts even the most stubborn of fish.

Equipped with two razor sharp treble hooks to ensure a nice hook-up every time.

Rapala Rattlin 05 Fishing Lures

These long casting bass lures are superb in any fishing conditions. The rattle heightens curiosity in the fish and attracts even the most stubborn predators. Couple this 'rattle' with the legendary Rapala wobble and you have a lure the fish can't resist.

This crank-bait lure can be used by beginners as well as seasoned professionals. Most of the better fishermen will have on in their bag anyway... Just remember that when fishing this lure it will sink to the bottom as soon as you stop reeling it in so you may want to avoid very weedy areas.

    • Great build quality from Rapala that should last you through plenty of exciting fishing trips.



  • Action - Great at both slow and fast retrieval
  • Quality - Well built and long lasting lure
  • Awesome lure for catching Bass
  • Nothing to report

Check out the official Rapala video below to get a few insights and tips from the pro's

Strike King - Best Spinnerbait for Bass

The Strike King spinnerbait is the king of all spinnerbaits. -  Try saying that with a mouth full of chips...

The most popular spinner bait for light rods and tackle.

Works great on smaller fish and waters that have been fished all the time.

So easy to use even a beginner can master it in a very short time.

The Colorado provides great action and movement in the water. Great for drawing in the fish.

Can be used to catch largemouth, smallmouth, rock bass, as well as crappie and bluegill.

strike king spinnerbait

One of the best things about using spinnerbaits to catch bass is their versatility. Extremely easy to fish with and great for beginners and kids to get started with. Don't be put off by this if you are a seasoned fisherman as they will always perform no matter the conditions.

    • The dark lure shown here is superb for catching large bass. Another popular and effective pattern is the all white spinnerbait.



  • Usability - Perfect for even beginners
  • Action - Simple to cast and use in all conditions
  • Quality. Solid enough lure and well made
  • Nothing to report

Rapala Shad Rap

Another option for an excellent Bass lure is the Rapala Shad Rap. This lure is dynamite for Bass fishing.

Mimics a wounded baitfish which is irresistible to hungry Bass.

Excellent lure for casting or trolling behind your boat.

Can be reeled in lightning quick or a slow retrieve - doesn't matter as the fish will attack it anyway.

rapala shad rap

Nice action with this lure. Swims deep and well through the water. It can be fished with a slow retrieval or at a more rapid pace - depends on your fishing style really. May be a bit light for some fishermen due to it's balsa makeup. Well finished and deadly for Bass.



  • Bass love this lure and it works time and time again
  • Action - Swims deep and tracks well
  • Quality. Superb - It's a Rapala!
  • May be a bit light for long casters

We would love to hear your thoughts on this review. We picked our best bass lures from the hundreds of lures available. What lure can you not leave home without? Let us know in the comments below.

Tight lines.​

6 replies
  1. Weldon
    Weldon says:

    Have had great success with the Bico Jog and have fished this up and down the country all year round. Great lure for Bass and my favorite lure in the bag.

    • Rod Reel
      Rod Reel says:

      Thanks Weldon. We agree 100% with you. This is a great Jig for bass. Have you tried anything else? Maybe the Rapala Rattler Lure?



    • Rod Reel
      Rod Reel says:

      Cheers Quinton. Agreed, this is a super bass lure and we too have caught some nice fish with it. Have you ever tried fishing it in shallow water from the shore?


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