Bass fishing 101

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5 Tips for Catching Bass

by Dan Svensson

Once you catch your first bass, you are done for. The best strategy for catching fresh water bass is to know when and where to fish and includes the right equipment. Of the 5 tips for catching bass, a short lesson on the natural tendencies of bass is most beneficial.

(1) Where

The smallmouth bass prefer the clear water in rivers and lakes; however, will dive to the rocky areas where crawfish reside. Largemouth bass can be found in forty-eight states including Hawaii. They prefer depths no more than 20 feet with a moderate amount of weed growth for cover.

(2) When

Smallmouth bass are more likely to bite when water temperatures are around 65 – 75 degrees with some adjustments. It is best to fish for largemouth bass when water temperatures range from 68 – 78 degrees. Snagging a bass year round is possible in some parts of the U.S.

(3) Natural Tendencies and Fishing Lures

Of the 5 tips for catching bass, an important one to remember is that bass use their senses to avoid danger. Lures should be realistic in looks and movement. Vibrating lures can fool a bass in muddy water due to the nerves located along its lateral line. Acoustic lures are also good for muddy water because a bass often hears the lure as soon as it hits the water.

(4) Rod and Reel

The rod a fisherman should use for catching bass depends on if he is fishing in a deep lake or a river with lots of vegetation. Consider the weight of the lure when choosing a rod, as a heavy lure can snap the tip of a light action rod. A baitcasting reel is the best choice for fresh water largemouth bass; however, the finesse of a spincasting reel is required in some situations.

(5) Other Equipment

As lighter line will cast further than heavier line, it is best to choose the lightest pound test line that will handle the conditions and size of the bass you are likely to encounter. You should use a fishing swivel to prevent the line from twisting. A sharp thin hook will permeate the tough scales of a bass faster than its counter part.

These 5 tips for catching bass would not be complete without mentioning a good fishing map of the water you plan to fish, listing the water depths. We hope these tips help you on your fishing trips!

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Bass Fishing? What About Real Worms

by Michael Kenney

Now this by no means is any kind of secret the worm has been used for fishing for who knows how long. But with a array of plastics lining the shelves of your favorite tackle outlet fishing with a live worm seems to be a lost art. There is a reason for all kinds of sprays and goop out to put on these plastic/rubber creatures and the reason is they constantly get spit out. Now put yourself in the fishes fins, you see a nice big fat worm you slowly creep up on it and start to slurp it down only to notice that the texture isn’t quite right and it has some kind of funny taste….Yuk out it goes. Yes a lot of Bass are caught on these plastics but how many you think are not caught?

As a bass gets older and wiser so does it’s keen sense of smell. Did you know a mature Bass can smell 1000 times better than your hunting dog!!!! Research has shown that for every bass that will grab your fake worm 20 will just swim by. This is a little stat that the tackle manufacture doesn’t want you to know. So armed with this new found knowledge why not give a real worm a shot? Well what the disadvantage is that the real worm is harder to keep on the hook, it takes a little bit of change in the way it’s fished. First you just can’t drag it through all kinds of thick vegetation, second is placement of your cast must be more accurate or you will be spending more time putting worms on your hook than fishing with them. The live worm must be casted and allowed to fall and sit and sit and….sit. Retrieving of your worm must be slow and even slower than that. Also when you feel a pick up let him gulp it down, BASS DO NOT SPIT OUT REAL WORMS.

You must take an ample supply with you but here is a big advantage. After you purchase your worms and give them a nice comfy home not only will they grow to about 6 inches long they will double in numbers every 3 months. Before you know it you will have a lifetime supply and probably be able to sell them. So don’t forget about the almighty Red Worm on your next fishing trip and oh they will catch just about anything that swims.

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Happy Fishing,


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