Top 4 inshore artificial lures for Tampa Bay

When bass fishing, one usually has multiple rods rigged up with different lures/colors/rigs so that you can quickly switch from rod to rod as conditions or desires change. Applying that to Tampa Bay...

I bring four rods (that's how many rod holders are behind the seat) with me when I head out "exploring" in the mornings. Well, actually five because I have a heavier rod with a black Hogy soft bait for any cobia or tarpon I might spot and want to throw to... back to my question, what are your top four lures that you would carry, ready to go, for fishing in Tampa Bay?

For me:
I have 4 rods, med light, fast, with 2500 reels 10 pound braid-
1) Red jig head, new penny colored soft jerk bait
2) Red jig head, white colored soft paddle tail
3) Top Dog Mirror lure, red head whit body
4) A Rip-N-Slash by unfair lures, black or dark back mostly silver body

Other lures I sometimes drag around in place of one of these: a classic gold Johnson spoon, a white bucktail jig.

What are your top four lures?


  • Kokosing LoverKokosing Lover Posts: 668 Officer
    I kayak fish mostly, and prefer to bring only one (maybe two) rods with me. That being said, I pretty much default to the same few artificials time and again. So here are the four that I end up using consistently:

    Usually fish with 6# mono.
    1) 1/8oz jighead, DOA paddle in rootbeer/chartreuse (prospecting bait)
    2) 1/8oz jighead, DOA soft jerk bait in new penny (bigger trout)
    3) 1/4oz white bucktail jig (deep holes, open water, channel edges)
    4) mirrodine in greenback color (slow bite days)

    Junior Varsity lures would be DOA shrimp, kastmaster spoons (flounder), Top Dog, Yo-Zuri slash bait
  • anglingarchitectanglingarchitect Posts: 1,492 Officer
    1/2 oz johnson gold spoon, paddle tail 1/8 oz jig, mirrodine, top water zara, or top dog, or bagleys mullet.
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  • GratefulEdGratefulEd Posts: 316 Deckhand
    Spook jr. In Bone color
    Pearl jerk bait on weighted worm hook
    Doc's jig with my home-tied teaser
    Super Spook in Red/White
  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,989 Captain
    Super Spook. (Not Jr)

    Fluke (generally White, Pearl, Baby Bass, Arkansas Shiner).
    5/0, 6/0 Wide Gap Offset Worm hooks
    1/8th to 1/4oz quiality Jigheads
    X-Rap (White, Olive, Gold, Sliver/Black back)
    10inch Bass Worms (White, Pink, Chartreuse). Used on jighwads, or Offset worm hooks (Snook, Tarpon love them)
    Paddle Tail Grubs. (you pick the color)
    1/2 to 1 1/2oz Bullet weights (Bass weights)
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