10 Top Bass Lures for Mexico

Point customers to these 10 top bass lures when they’re heading south of the border to the famed lakes in Mexico. (These lures work in Texas and elsewhere, too.)

10 Top Bass Lures for Mexico

Mexico largemouths are just different.

Sure, they’re Florida-strain fish. But they’re not as finicky as their Sunshine State ancestors, at least partially because they grow more quickly – less time to get smart! – and are generally less pressured. They’re also stronger, seem to have rougher lips and often fight more like a smallmouth.

These factors, along with expectations of memorable catches, including for double-digit bass, likely makes Mexico a destination for some of your customers. Reliable outfitters offer safe, top-class lodging and experienced guides. Your customers who want to go will need to buy lures. Be ready for them.

Mexico bass aren’t stupid or careless. They don’t hit lures indiscriminately and sometimes will turn up their noses at less-than-perfect presentations. In my 15 or so trips to interior Mexican lakes, plus another half-dozen to the border to fish Falcon Lake, I’ve seen times when they wanted only one lure, or one color of that lure, and we worked tirelessly with a plug knocker or Super Glue to make sure we had enough. That’s complicated by the fact that I usually fly to Mexico. Limitations on luggage size and weight mean I typically have to make some tough choices.

At times, I’ve had great success in Mexico with hard jerkbaits, square bills and Chatterbaits. But here’s a starter list of 10 products I’d recommend to your customers:

 

10-Inch Black/Blue Worm

The 10-inch worm is versatile. Texas Rig it. Carolina Rig it. Swim it through deep trees. It’s snag-resistant and offers a big profile while not discriminating against some smaller fish. And there’s something about that blue tail that drives Mexican bass absolutely nuts. Pair with some sort of bobber stop to peg the weight and minimize snags.

 

8-inch Watermelon Lizard

Like the big worms, this old standby — the 8-inch watermelon lizard with red flake — is good every day of the year and can be fished multiple ways. I was tempted to lump them together, but there are days when the bass show a decided preference for one over the other. Pair with chartreuse dipping dye or marker pen.

 

6-inch Green Pumpkin Senko

There are days when you can simply go down the bank with a wacky-rigged Senko and clean up. It’s also exceptional on bluffs and on gravel points. Be sure to recommend 17- or 20-pound fluorocarbon, which seems to work better than braid, to customers for this technique.

 

Flipping Jig

Another standby, 1/2- and 3/4-ounce flipping jigs in black/blue or brown with a matching trailer, can be dynamite when bass are feeding on the “langostinos” instead of tilapia or shad. The jigs also can be fished slowly in areas that normally hold big fish. Jigs must have stout hooks; bass bend wimpy ones and break hearts.

 

Storm Wildeye Swimbait

Swimbait gurus may have other preferences, but at a little over a buck apiece your customers can throw these 4- to 6-inch Storm Wildeye swimbaits anywhere and not worry about getting hung up.

 

Zoom Super Fluke

Again, old standbys rule: White or watermelon/red weightless in shallow Mexico waters often will fool bass that won’t commit to a topwater. Sometimes the Zoom Super Fluke beats all other soft plastics on a Carolina Rig. It also can be used as a swim jig or Chatterbait trailer. Sell this legendary bait with Super Glue or Mend-It, unless your customers want to buy a lot of baits.

 

Deep-Diving Crankbait

The biggest populations of Mexico bass live deep much of the year and sometimes it takes a fast-moving lure to trigger them. Your buyers should pack deep crankbaits such as the Bomber Fat Free Shad — long the gold standard in Mexico — but the Rapala DT20 and Strike King 6XD, along with the magnum 10XD (top photo), have their moments. Citrus shad, chartreuse/blue and “barfish” that mimic tilapia are top picks.

The author lands giant bass at Lake El Salto in Mexico on big, deep-diving crankbaits that mimic tilapia or other baitfish. Your customers can take the same lures on their trip.
The author lands giant bass at Lake El Salto in Mexico on big, deep-diving crankbaits that mimic tilapia or other baitfish. Your customers can take the same lures on their trip.

Spinnerbait

Mexico bass absolutely will annihilate a big-bladed spinnerbait, and they can be fished in inches of water or 20-plus feet deep. If your customers don’t have a spinnerbait in hand when the wind kicks up, they’ll be sorry. Remind your customers that trailer hooks in Mexico’s thick cover will be snag-magnets. Take trailer hooks to add if fish are hitting short.

 

Rico Topwater

It’s tough to choose only one topwater, but the blurping, popping, 1/2-ounce Rico in a shad pattern is a proven winner. It can be fished painfully slowly or ripped across the water like a fleeing forage fish. Sell with a selection of replacement trebles, including feathered trebles. The rough mouths of Mexico bass and thick cover demand frequent changes to avoid losing the fish of a lifetime.

 

Lipless Crankbait

A chrome or shad-colored “Trap” can be cast into the next county (or “next country” in this case), and is the absolute best choice for the schooling fish that occasionally come up just out of reach. Hot color suggestions would be shad, chrome and bone. Customers should know that if the fish chew the paint off, they should keep throwing it because it’s a good one.

That’s a starter kit you can sell to anyone going to Mexico. When the airport attendant puts that suitcase on the luggage scale, your customers can be confident its contents are adequate.

When your customers return from Mexico with good stories of big fish, they may take  the big bass baits to local lakes.
When your customers return from Mexico with good stories of big fish, they may take the big bass baits to local lakes.


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