In this article, we will go over some basics of bass fishing and give you tips and tricks that will help you land more fish in the boat. You won’t be needing fancy tackle and equipment. Also, prevailing weather has a massive impact on where you’re going to find them. Many folks don’t know this, but bass fish used to be just in the Great Lakes and more central states but now, thanks to restocks, they can be caught in western, northern and Canadian provinces too as well as all over the United States.
Here are some tips for catching some bass:
1. Seek out waters full of crayfish and minnows – their prey – in cold, clear waters. Still waters run well; whether in lakes, brooks or rivers. The more northerly the fresh water, the better. Catching old bronzebacks – as they are often named in Canada – is very dependent on weather conditions.
2. On windy days, when the sun is out, these are easiest to catch. They tend to work their way around and above shoals of smaller prey. You can use a lure, because they are often in very shallow waters. Use a nice big worm or a minnow and let it slowly sink into five to ten foot of water. Keep near rocky shores and beds, in quiet waters. They don’t mind a wave or two, but not raging tides.
3. In quiet weather where there’s no wind and water looks like a mirror, it’s definitely easier to see the fish but not necessarily to catch them. The food which they prey on will hide in these deep, dark depths. The bronzebacks naturally follow them down. But try sinking tub jigs farther down into the depths. Be warned: these guys can be very elusive following their food.
4. When it’s raining or when a low pressure system is passing, the fish tends to leave off feeding and head to the deeps. They can go up to forty foot down. So it maybe worth leaving your fishing for a better day, or try using heavy tub jigs. By contrast when its very hot and sunny, bass can hide amongst reeds and weeds. You can try a weedless rubber bait in this case. But really, stick to those windy and mildly sunny days.
5. The very early spring can often be the best time to fish for them, just after the ice has broken. The water needs to hit around 55 degrees fahrenheit for them to come out and hungrily seek out prey. Some people have great success fishing in May and June however, especially in the more northern climes. Every lake and river has its own pattern which can change from year to year, so ask the local fishermen and charter companies for their advice.
6. Young bass, ranging from 0.5 to 3 pounds, will shoal together and feed in packs. But your bigger targets, and those of most anglers, stay in mating pairs. A big one will try and deter its younger rivals from their territory so there may be fewer fish than you expect.
7. A big, older fish will see off all the competition, which can make pickings slim, but with the help of some smallmouth bass fishing tips, you should be fine. They’re perhaps best left to it, for at least an hour or two. Then come back quietly and unobtrusively. Use lines without weights, and grub, worm, live bait or tugs.
8. Use the right equipment – You need a flexible and strong rod since Bass fishes are really strong. Next, you’ll need a reel; spinning reels are recommended for beginners since they are easier to manage. However, when you get the hang of bass fishing, you may upgrade to a more versatile baitcaster reel which allows you more power to draw the fish out of the water.
9. Wash your hands-largemouth bass are sensitive to unnatural scents and therefore you need to thoroughly wash your hands with soaps that do not have odor. Alternatively you can apply bass attracting scent to your bait/lure.
10. Using realistic bait/lures. Rapala and Yo-Zuri are examples of realistic lures.The more you use realistic baits the higher your chances of attracting the bass.
Below is a list of some of the best bass fishing lures commonly used:
Spinnerbait is one of the most popular bass fishing lures used today. They come in many different colors such as red, yellow, white, brown, black and so forth with gold or silver blades. Many anglers prefer the metallic spinnerbaits but all designs are bright and shiny to attract the attention of the bass. Some spinnerbaits have rubber skirts that are designed specifically for getting the attention of the bass. You can change these skirts making this type of spinnerbait more versatile.
When it comes to the shape of spinnerbait you should use, you need to consider the types of fish found in the water where you are located. Spinnerbait is designed to imitate the bait fish found in different waters to outsmart the bass so they will take the bait. These tend to trick the bass into taking the bait by impulse.
Another very popular bass fishing lure is the crankbait lure. It was given this name because the lure is connected to the end if the line and then you crank it back to the area where you are fishing. Some crankbaits sink directly to the bottom of the water while others float on the top. There are even crankbaits that stay suspended at the depth where you stopped reeling it in. Crankbaits are designed for shallow, medium and deep waters.
The topwater plug is a great lure that floats along the top of the water. When you get a bite it will be pulled down into the water so you know it is time to set the hook. They work great around lily pads, trees, stumps and around docks. They help prevent you from getting hung up on obstacles while fishing for the bass. Some examples of topwater plugs include spoons, jitterbugs and boppers.