Bass Basics Beginner’s Tacklebox: Tyler Rivet Posted on December 28, 2020 Photo: Andy Crawford - Tyler Rivet is ready to fill a Plano 1500 tacklebox full of the tools any beginner needs to catch some bass. Photo: Andy Crawford - First up is an STH Bait Company Spike, which he said is just deadly. âYou can catch fish year-round with it,â he said. âItâs just something for the beginner; they need in the boat. It catches little fish, and it catches 10-pounders. âYou just throw it out there and let it sink and pop it a couple of times.â Photo: Andy Crawford - The Spike is rigged on an Owner wacky hook with a brush guard, allowing it to be used around fish-attracting cover. âItâs weedless, and itâs strong as heck,â Rivet said. âYou canât beat it.â Photo: Andy Crawford - The hook is pushed through the center of the Spike, with the point exposed. Photo: Andy Crawford - The STH Spike goes into the first compartment of the tacklebox. Photo: Andy Crawford - Next on his list is a Z-Man Jack Hammer paired with a NetBait Spanky swimbait. âI usually stick with the 1/2-ounce just because itâs a little heavier, and I can rip it out (of the grass) pretty quick,â the young pro explained. âThereâs just something different about it, the way itâs connected to the head. âI donât know what it does, but I catch a lot of fish on it.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He threads the Spanky onto the Jack Hammer, ensuring he lines it up to push the hook through the back of the lure. The swimbait just maximizes the lureâs appeal to bass. âIt just gives it way more action on the backside of the lure,â Rivet said. âIt moves a lot more water, and itâs a great trailer to have.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He then snugs the trailer up to the back of the Jack Hammerâs head to complete the fish-catching package. âItâs got a sharper hook, and the trailer keeper is awesome,â he explained. âYouâll never lose a trailer.â Photo: Andy Crawford - The completed bait is deadly when fished over and through submerged vegetation, Rivet said. Photo: Andy Crawford - The Jack Hammer occupies the next tacklebox compartment. Photo: Andy Crawford - Rivet is a power fisherman, so he thinks any box should have a good complement of plastics. His next lure for the box is a junebug-colored NetBait Paca Slim, which he said is just an all-around fish-catcher. âItâs just something you need to have,â he said. âItâs an all-year bait. You can throw it on beds, you can throw it deep, you can throw it on a Carolina rig. âIt mimics a crawfish, so you can use it anywhere.â He pairs it with a 3/8-ounce tungsten weight. âThatâs my go-to weight,â he said. Photo: Andy Crawford - Rivet Texas rigs the Paca Slim, using a 3/0 Owner Jungle Flipping Hook that is stronger than a conventional carbon steel hook. âThe Jungle Hook is made out of what they call Zo-Wire, and basically you cannot break it,â he explained. âItâs basically not bendable at all.â He also likes the bait keeper on these hooks. âThey donât mess up your baits,â he said. Photo: Andy Crawford - The NetBait Paca Slim combo goes into the tacklebox. Photo: Andy Crawford - His next flipping bait is a NetBait Dagger with the same hook and weight setup: A 3/0 Owner Jungle Flipping Hook and 3/8-ounce tungsten weight. âItâs brand new,â he said. âItâs just a slick profile that gets through grass pretty easy. Itâs definitely reaction bait: Just real quick, it goes right by bass and gets reactions. Itâs a great punching and flipping bait. âIt looks just like a perch or a crawfish. Itâs an all-year bait, and is one of the go-tos if youâre just starting out.â If he uses the Dagger to punch vegetation mats, he will up the weight a bit. âThe Dagger is one my favorites to punch with,â he said. âI like punching with a weight that goes through the grass just enough so it gets through there.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He drops the Dagger into the Plano. Photo: Andy Crawford - He prefers to peg his flipping baits, and his go-to are Rougarou Punch Stops. Photo: Andy Crawford - He adds the Punch Stops into the box with his plastics. Photo: Andy Crawford - A South Louisiana standard is next up. The Humdinger spinnerbait is something almost every angler around his home grew up fishing, Rivet is never caught without a handful â even though heâs not sponsored by the company. âI like a 1/4-ounce version,â he said. âItâs light, and itâll go straight through the grass without picking up any grass at all. Itâs just something I grew up fishing; Iâve always had a Humdinger.â He said itâs perfect for beginners. âYou throw it out and reel it in,â he said. âItâs very simple, and it catches fish.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He prefers a gold Colorado/willow leaf blade combination when he turns to a Humdinger. âIâve alway had double gold willow leaf with a Colorado blade,â he said. âI donât know why, but itâs my go-to. Iâve used it all over the country, and it catches fish. He doesnât use trailers when throwing spinnerbaits. Photo: Andy Crawford - The Humdinger is placed in the next compartment of the box. Photo: Andy Crawford - Any tacklebox has to have a crankbait, and Rivetâs choice is a custom-painted Blackjack Lures 1.5 square bill. âItâs got a different sound to it; itâs a big knocker,â he said. âWe use it all over the place. I can use in rocks or grass.â Blackjack is a South Louisiana company that customizes lures to Rivetâs specifications. âTheyâll paint it however you want,â Rivet said. âItâs crazy how good he paints them. The are so realistic." Photo: Andy Crawford - The Blackjack 1.5 takes up the next tacklebox compartment. Photo: Andy Crawford - Another perfect beginner lure is NetBait Spanky swimbait rigged on a 1/4-ounce Owner weighted hook. Photo: Andy Crawford - The rigged Spanky is a streamlined weedless lure thatâs a no-brainer. âYou throw it out there and reel it in or twitch it, whatever you want,â he said. âIt catches big fish, it catches small fish, it catches a lot of fish.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He puts the Spanky into the next compartment. Photo: Andy Crawford - Next up is another plastic worm, this time a NetBait Big Bopper. âYou just rig it up Texas rigged, and itâs something that especially in prespawn and spawn is a great bait to use,â he said. âYou can bounce it like a worm or just reel it in. âItâs very universal and easy to use.â He rigs it on a 3/16-ounce tungsten weight. âI rig it a little lighter to keep it up in the water column and work a little slower when Iâm jigging it up and down,â Rivet said. Photo: Andy Crawford - He switches to a 3/0 Owner Wide Gap Hook when fishing worms. âWorms are a little longer, so you want to have that wider hook,â he said. âAnd it keeps it straight.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He just tips the hook through the head of the worm so he can bury the point in the plastic and keep the worm straight. Photo: Andy Crawford - The Big Bopper is dropped into the box. Photo: Andy Crawford - Keeping with worms, he then pulls out a NetBait T-Mac Straight Tail Worm. âItâs the same setup,â the angler said. âYou can throw it anywhere, and itâs simple. Itâs a real good reaction bait. Itâs a little slower. This is what I began with.â Photo: Andy Crawford - Again, he rigs it with a 3/0 Owner Wide Gap Hook and a 3/16-ounce weight. Photo: Andy Crawford - The T-Mac Straight Tail Worm occupies the next Plano compartment. Photo: Andy Crawford - The final soft plastic lure in Rivetâs beginner box is a NetBait Finesse Worm, which he rigs just like the Big Bopper and Straight Tail Worm. âItâs a little smaller, and sometimes they donât want that big bait,â he explained. âFinesse is always a good thing to go to, and you can use it year-round as well. Just pop it around and do whatever you want with it, and youâll catch fish.â Photo: Andy Crawford - Into the box goes the Finesse Worm. Photo: Andy Crawford - What box would be complete without a topwater, and his choice is a Snag Proof Poppinâ Phattie frog. Photo: Andy Crawford - The Poppinâ Phattie is a hollow-body frog that Rivet said is perfect over matted vegetation. âI always use popping frogs because I can walk the dog like a lot of people do, and it gives off a lot of water,â Rivet said. âIt shows itâs there.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He said the Poppinâ Phattie has a very soft body that is easily pushed out of the way on the strike, allowing the sharp double hooks to sink into bassâ mouths. âItâs got great hooks on it, wide hooks,â he said. âItâs a mean bait. This is my No. 1 thing to do: If Iâm not punching, Iâm frog fishing. So, save the best for last.â Photo: Andy Crawford - The Poppinâ Phattie occupies the final compartment in Rivetâs box. Photo: Andy Crawford - He said this single tray of baits will be plenty for a beginner angler to find and catch bass on any given day.