How to fish Weaver Lures
Weaver Lures like all lipless crankbaits are very versatile, however not having treble hooks make Weaver Lures even more versatile. They can be fished at any depth with a variety of retrieve methods making them very productive lures that can cover a lot of water in a variety of situations.
I find that a slow rolling retrieve is a great presentation for pre-spawn bass. However, jigging them by slowing lifting the rod tip until you feel a few wobbles and then letting it naturally drop back down is my favorite and most productive method of fishing the Weaver Lure. You almost always trigger the strike on the drop and often after you let it sit on the bottom. The Weaver Lure does a great job of looking like a struggling bait fish on the way down and bass just can’t resist. When you feel that tap-tap…count a second and set that hook. The trick to this method is to be patient. Fish it slow. This method is also great for the fall.
As it warms up and you head into summer, it’s time to start fishing the edge of the grass and other vegetation. Fish that shore line with a relatively fast retrieve with varying speeds and rod tip action and hang on. Also, look for cover where those big bass like to hide and fish through it. Again, not having treble hooks will allow you to fish the Weaver Lure in a way you might not fish a typical lipless. It will swim through vegetation with relative ease and right over limbs, logs, and other structure.
When you’re targeting those deeper fish, count down to the right depth and apply a steady retrieve. That will keep the Weaver Lure in the target zone. Jigging at the target depth is also a very effective presentation. Don’t be afraid to let it drop all the way to the bottom as well, mimicking a dying baitfish.
As long as you can locate the fish, it’s difficult to fish the Weaver Lure poorly. Once you determine what technique triggers the strike, keep working it and you’ll have a great day on the water.