Do Bigger Lures Catch Bigger Fish?

Over the years I have heard both sides of this debate. Some people will swear that if you use the 10″ soft plastic worm over the 6″ or the 1/2 ounce Rattle Trap over the 1/4 ounce that you catch larger fish.

I have to agree with this but only partially. On those long summer nights I have seen the larger worms produce more and larger fish, but I have also seen days in the pre-spawn pattern where a 1/4 ounce rattle trap would kill them when they would not touch the 1/2 ounce size. I have lived this by losing my last 1/4 ounce rattle trap in the middle of a good day then switching to the very same color in the larger size and not catching another fish all day. This also supports my method of trying to never have a single one of any lure, but that is a post for another day.

I think that when conditions are less than perfect, sometimes the fish will not hit a larger lure that they would hit when they are more aggressive. Let’s face it, as bass anglers we find ways to entice aggressive behaviour from the fish in order to catch them.

Is there a defined YES or NO to this question? I have to say no. If I am forced to choose one of the two I choose that bigger lures do not mean bigger fish all of the time.

What do you think?

One thought on “Do Bigger Lures Catch Bigger Fish?

  1. I couldn't agree with you more Scott! There are too many variables that come into play when determining what size and what kind of lure to use. Throw in the aspect of what color is best and you now have the equivalent of a mathematical formula on your hands. I have always subscribed to the theory that it's up to the fish to decide what it is that they want. The challenge for us as anglers is to find the "magic" formula of bait.
    Approximately how many casts do you personally launch before you decide, "This bait isn't working"?

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