To catch big bass, your odds increase when throwing big baits. Matching the trout which are stocked in western lakes in California, Arizona, and Texas, we throw swimbaits. Swimbaits typically match the natural forage that largemouth bass eat in these lakes. In fact, big bass get big when eating trout, so its only natural we mimic trout by using swimbaits that are painted and swim like trout.
Throwing big baits requires other beefy hardware. Stiffer rods, bigger reels, and thicker line help with throwing these baits that can get up to 12 inches and 10 ounces in size. The bigger and heavier the lure, the bigger and beefier the fishign gear needs to be. It also helps when fighting a big bass by giving the angler leverage.