My question has had many answers with what I think are great answers. Being from the South with Large Mouth our main target, my answer to my own question was once answered by Bill Dance....His answer is "confidence". With what ever you are fishing, tie it on with confidence. Spinner bait, soft bait,
jig, crank bait or top water baits, etc... Of course conditions dictate, but confidence in your course of action will yield success. Success breeds success, but never get so caught up with one technique or lure choice that it stunts your flexibility. BUT.... if I had to choose...a jig with a natural trailer!