Successful Bass Fishing Throughout the Year
It is always fun to randomly go out one day to do a little bass fishing and catch one after another. And although it is always nice to sit and enjoy the peacefulness of the great outdoors, sometimes you may find that your luck is not as great when you are sitting there for hours on end without a nibble. There are ways to avoid this predicament. Knowing the different techinques to fishing at different times of the year will almost always prove successful in the end. You will also learn that even in the not so peak times to fish, there are a few pointers to help with your luck.
Every spring when waters warm to around 60* F(or in northern areas, around 50* F) bass begin a process called spawning. Basically, this is the process of a bass hatching and "raising" their young. When this event takes place, it becomes easier to catch fish, because they are bedded in their nests, closer to the bank. Normally you can see them, since they usually bed in water about five feet deep or so. This makes it a good opportunity for beginner anglers, since they can see the where the bass are and know where to cast. Although bass do not eat very often while spawning, if you drag your bait through their nest, normally they will grab it and spit it out to remove it from the nest. This would be your opportunity to set the hook. Also, because of this process, you want to be sure you are using a very sharp hook. The most effective lures to use at the time of spawning would be soft plastics. For example, plastic worms or crawfish.
Most people may think that because it is winter you will not have any luck with bass fishing. This, actually, is not the case. Although bass fishing will take a little more time and effort in the winter months, it can be done. When it begins to get cold outside, a bass' metabolism drops, enabling them to not feed as much and making them move slower. Therefore, they are not as active. Also, the bass prefers deeper waters in the winter. Therefore, places that have steep drop-offs from a vertical structure tend to yield the best bass fishing experience during the colder months. With these things in mind, the best way to go about hooking one would be to move your lure through the water the least amount of space possible. Start out by casting your line deep into the water and leave your bait, for periods of time, in one spot. If no luck, then bring the lure up a foot or so, and wait again. A bass may be coming for your bait, but not as quickly as they would be in the warmer months. That, or you may be a little too far from a slow moving bass to entice them to grab your bait. Eventually, you will find the depth at which the bass are hanging out and get your bite. Some of the best types of baits to use during this time of year would be splitshot rigs or marabou jigs.
Some anglers believe bass fishing at night is the best way to go, especially during the hot summer months. Normally, at night, bass tend to be in more shallow waters. During the day, you may choose to use more colorful baits to catch the bass' eye. When the sun sets, though, this will not be as effective, since the colors will only blend in with the darkness. At night, bass hunt their meals by detecting sound waves and vibrations made by their potential prey. The best way to go about fishing at night would be to use black lures or ones that have specks of gold or silver in them. The darker shade would be better at contrasting against the surface or bottom of the water and the speckled ones would be best for reflecting off of the moonlight. A few recommended baits to use at night would be, black worms or tubes(with or without the shiny specks), a black jitterbug or a black hula popper.
When following these few simple tips, you are sure to get the catch of a lifetime, with more opportunities to bass fish than you may have imagined.