I am new to the board and am very interested in the types of lures other fishermen use. I have always been a live bait kind of guy but I never seem to be able to break the 3 pound weight that way. I am doing research and reading up on what is working for other people, gonna be a long hard road but I will get there. I bought a few rattle traps and a couple jerk baits this weekend and tried them out but didn't get a nibble. I know it is early in the season so I am not frustrated yet. I have some rooster tails and some grubs and worms that I tried last year, other than a few small bass none of them seemed to work for me. I am sure it has a lot to do with technique also but I was wondering if anyone felt like laying some sage advice on a newbie to lures. At the age of 36 I am finally stepping away from minnows and worms and need a little direction. I pulled a 3 1/2 pounder out last year on a minnow and bobber and my wife laughed at me for hours at how excited I got. I am like a little kid when I catch a big fish and I want to know the joy of hooking on to a true HAWG this year! Thanks for the help!