BASS

Bass fishing techniques

There are far too many bass fishing techniques to cover in ten websites. So I will cover some basic techniques that will work for all species of bass and go more in detaillbassusda on individual lures and presentations on following pages. Bass can be found in most areas of the United States, and inhabit lakes, rivers, ponds, and even small streams. Bass regardless of individual species are by nature predatory fish and will eat most anything that swims or crawls in water. Their diet includes, any fish smaller than them, a wide variety of insects, frogs, crayfish, lizards, and on occasion a mouse or snake. The most consistent way to catch bass is to understand their diet and give them what they want to eat. For live bait fishing use minnows, shiners, worms, lizards, crayfish, grasshoppers, crickets, and even goldfish. Place the live offering in an area close to a bass and they will eat.

Artificial lures present a different set of challenges, the lure needs to closely imitate the look or action of a live presentation. Some lures are made to resemble the appearance so closely that you just cast them out and reel them in to provoke a strike, others need to have some action applied by varying the retrieve. Whatever offering you choose, remember you are trying to imitate something on a bass’s menu. Learn what the lure you are using is intended to imitate and learn to retrieve it in a  way that that fools the fish into eating it.


Fishing lures for bass

You can find a fishing lure for bass that will closely imitate anything a bass will eat, and if you walk into any major tackle shop you will see the selections are endless. Fishing lures to a fisherman are like tools to a mechanic. A mechanic knows what tool to use for any particular job. As a fisherman you need to learn what lures are good for the situation. Top water plugs are not what is needed to catch fish 20 feet deep, so I learn what a lure does best and separate my lures mostly by what dept they are most affective for. On my boat you will find dozens of tackle boxes, and on top of each box you will find a label with the dept the baits are best at and a few notes of what type of lure. I’ll list a few of these labels to give you some ideas:

Top water = 0 to3 feet deep

  • Frogs
  • buzz baits
  • Prop baits
  • Chuggers Floating Plastics

Mid depth = 3to9 feet deep

  • Jerk baits
  • Square Bill Crank baits
  • Jig and Pig
  • Crank baits
  • Texas Rig, and Carolina Rig soft plastics
  • Spinner Baits
  • Swim Baits

Deep = 9 feet and deeper

  • Drop shot rigs
  • Large Crank Baits
  • Carolina Rigs
  • Jigs

In my opinion the two most important things you can learn in bass fishing are: Accurate casting, and what your equipment will do. My advice to a beginning angler would be to select a rod and reel combo, and practice with it until you know how to cast different weights and lures accurately. You can do this in a swimming pool, or even your back yard. That way when you go to the lake to fish, you will be able to place your baits where you want to instead of snagging every tree in the lake.

 


 

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