Advice on How to Catch Bass
Bass fishing is one of the fastest growing hobbies of the last decade and here at Bass Fishing Techniques we are revelling in it. Businesses have taken full advantage of the commercial benefits surrounding this great hobby and this has resulted in what is now a massive choice of bass fishing tackle. We are going to give you some advice on how to catch bass below, so please pay attention.
There is a lot more involved in bass fishing than you may first realise and at bass fishing techniques we consider it our job to put you on the right road.
The one thing above all else that continues to drive a bass angler, is the hope of catching that prize winning trophy bass. Bass anglers are constantly trying to better themselves when it comes to finding and catching these predatory fish.
O.K. Lets start with bait. The results of a survey on which baits faired best, came to the conclusion that plastic worms are the number one preferred bait by professional bass anglers. Spinner bait and crank bait where not far behind in second and third respectfully. As a bass angler it is very important that you learn these types of bait if you are to enjoy this sport.
Which of these baits you will use, will depend entirely on how you will be fishing. These baits differ in how and when they are used. For instance, let us say that you will be fishing a small area; I would recommend using a worm as this kind of bait is extremely affective when it comes to catching bass, especially around partly submerged structures where bass like to congregate.
Using a worm can be slow so I would not recommend this type of bait if you where trying to cover a vast quickly to try and locate these wonderful fish. There is a problem with using plastic worms and that is that you cannot feel when the bass strikes. This is due to the fact that the sinker is heavy and the line too thick. The experts recommend using lead strip sinkers and a variable buoyancy worm. The advantages you get from using this kind of setup are;
The lead strip sinker will not move on the line which would suppress the feel of a gentle pickup.
You can use just enough lead to get the action that you require from your worm.
The bass will be able to take the worm much easier helping to firmly set the hook.
This kind of setup makes it a lot easier to free up when snagged.
You can set this rig up so that it seems to float just off bottom when fishing in shallow water. The way this is achieved is quite simple. Wrap a piece of lead around your hook, place the barb in the worm and slowly place it in the water. Watch it sink, if it sinks too fast the take a little led off. The correct amount for this is when your bait just settles on the bottom. I would also recommend using 6 Pound mono line, you could use 8 pound if you prefer.
If you use spinner type baits, you are able to cover a greater area faster. You can skim the surface or send it deep and bounce it along the bottom, it’s your choice. Spinner baits are excellent for probing around trees or partially submerged features due to their tangle free designs.
Crank baits are excellent baits for bass. With crank baits you can cover vast areas of water in a relatively short space of time. Crank baits are brilliant for checking out large expanses of water, especially if the fish may be scattered.
I would suggest that you become familiar with the three baits that I have discussed. The better you know your baits, the better you will fair on the water. Most importantly, practice, practice, practice.
Most bass are caught during daylight hours, dawn till dusk. Bass are a predatory fish so they love to be able to ambush their pray. Any spot that could provide cover for the bass is usually a good spot to start fishing.
Although bass will feed at any time of the day, dawn and dusk are the favourite times to catch bass. This is because fish feed mostly when the sun is just breaking and when the sun has just gone down. Bass like these times because if the fish are feeding then they are less aware that predatory fish are around, giving the bass a better chance of a meal. These are the times you are most likely to catch a big bass, because these are the times that bass are actively looking for a meal.
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