Live baits are probably the easiest type of bait to catch largemouth with. The reason is simple. It's the real thing. If you had a choice between a real apple and a plastic replica, which would you choose? It's not really that simple, fish can be fooled into believing that plastic baits are real, if they look real. The two best baits to catch largemouth on are minnows and nightcrawlers. There are other kinds of live baits, but these are the two most popular. They both have their own way of being fished. Nightcrawlers are generally fished using a #2 or #4 hook and suspended about two feet below the below the surface, using a float or "bobber". Minnows are fished by hooking them through their front lip while still alive. This is so that when they hit the water, they can still swim naturally and attract a hungry largemouth.
There are many types of lures that fall into the plastics category, but in in terms of largemouth bass, I'm referring to rubber worms, frogs, lizards, and leeches. Bass love rubber worms. When you go shopping for your bait, you'll see that there are literally hundreds of different kinds. I recommend finding brightly colored worms, either 5" or 6", if you want to catch largemouth bass. You can also find worms that already have the hooks in them, and yet others that are set up to be "weedless".
Bass are often found close to shore. A great place to cast is underneath trees that hang into the water and areas where there is a lot of growth next to the shoreline and in the water. You need to be extra careful not to get snagged and tangled as you fish these areas. A weedless plastic worm works great. If you follow these instructions, you'll easily land a nice size largemouth bass!