By Hiro Naito

How would you answer if you are asked to list the common elements of artificial bait?

This answer would categorize fishermen into two basic groups of bass anglers: naturalist or scientist. Naturalists will say lures must look realistic to get a hungry bass to bite it. Scientific anglers, however, know bass will take an artificial bait out of a reaction or defensive reasons. You can increase the odds of a strike if you understand scientific side of bass fishing.  

For example, the Cotton Cordell Ripplin’ Red-Fin’s waved side often confuses anglers who don't understand the purpose of it. That undulating surface also confuses bass - even it is dead still, floating on the water. With the high floatation, C85 can be used as wake lure. When it is creating wake, it is easy for bass to realize the bait is moving. But when it is stopped, waved body still makes them to think the bait is still moving. Bass’ curiosity will glue their interest to the lure. Some may come close to investigate. As lure starts moving again, reaction will kick in to hit the lure.

One of my most productive ways to use this lure is …

1. Cast beyond the spot I am fishing
2. Bring the lure to that spot a wake.
3. Make a dead stop for three seconds or more.
4. Twitch it short but very fast to create popping sound
5. Let it float back again and wait few second before moving again

The versatility of this lure comes from built in action that combines a minnow-type lure, a wake bait and topwater.