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Professional Bass Fishermen Name Their Best Five Bass Baits

Day 3: My Five Best Bass Baits Professional Basser Gary Klein

Editor’s Note: You may be surprised at the wide variety of lures bass anglers trust to catch bass. If you only could pick five baits to take with you to fish for bass anywhere in the country, at any time of the year, under any weather and water conditions, what five baits would you choose? To learn the answer to this question, I’ve talked with some top bass anglers who earn their livings finding and catching bass - no matter what.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewGary Klein ( of Weatherford, Texas, has made more than 30 Bassmaster Classic appearances and has eight career wins. Gary Klein knows how to catch bass and finished second in the 2003 Classic, just 1-pound and a few ounces short of winning.

* "I don't believe you can beat a black-and-blue Rattleback ( jig for catching bass anywhere at any time, on any lake in the country. The 1/2-ounce jig is my favorite flipping lure. I like a variety of colors and styles of trailers.

* "I fish a Vibratron ( 1/2-ounce spinner bait with a gold willow-leaf blade, and a skirt called a GK4, which is shad- colored with a little chartreuse in it. The spinner bait is a great shallow-water target lure to use for aggressively- feeding bass. If I'm fishing extremely clear water, I can use this bait to draw the bass out of thick cover, and the bass will take the bait in open water. If the water is real dirty, I can reel the spinner bait alongside the target and then let it fall in front of the bass.

* "My favorite buzzbait is a 1/2-ounce chartreuse-and-white Lunker Lure. I'll fish the bait on a 7-foot fiberglass rod with 50- or 65-pound-test Spiderwire ( Stealth braid. I use the spinner bait like I do the buzzbait, as a target-oriented bait or as a raw bait in either clear or dirty water.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger View* "The Beetle Spin (, which catches all species of fish, is my survival lure. I always carry a number of these small-and-compact lures with me. Beetle Spins catch numbers of bass, particularly big bass. My favorite color Beetle Spin is white with a red dot that I fish on spinning tackle on either 6- or 8-pound-test line.

* "I'll use the 4-inch finesse worm on a drop-shot rig for my fifth choice of best bass baits. I fish a wide range of colors, including purples, blues, browns, shad and most of the colors of the rainbow."

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Legendary Angler Denny Brauer’s Top Five Choices for Best Bass Baits

Check back each day this week for more about Professional Bass Fishermen Name Their Best Five Bass Baits

Day 1: Professional Bass Fisherman Randy Howell’s Best Bass Baits
Day 2: Tim Horton and Jay Yelas Share Their Choices for Best Bass Baits
Day 3: My Five Best Bass Baits Professional Basser Gary Klein
Day 4: Legendary Angler Denny Brauer’s Top Five Choices for Best Bass Baits
Day 5: Davy Hite Shares His Choices for His Favorite Bass Baits

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