when I fish for bass, I usually use a plastic worm such as the senko or a yum dinger. I catch a lot of bass on them and have built good confidence when fishing with these plastic worms.
they are cheap, and I don’t mind losing them if I snag up. here, I’m fishing from a bridge in about 3 feet of water. I’m using a weightless plastic worm on a 3/0 gamakatsu wide gap hook, and 10# mono leader. if I’m fishing deeper water, I would use a drop shot, but with the water being around 3 feet deep, I went weightless.
for presentation, I’m casting out and slowly reeling in, pause, twitch, and repeat. slower is better. the water is warming up here and the bass are in pre-spawn.
in addition to a plastic worm, crank baits work well too.