Bass Fishing for Dummies

•    Make sure that you are prepared before heading out. This includes having all of your gear together, in good shape and ready to go. It also includes things that can keep you comfortable such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, snacks and beverages.
•    Always be observant by paying attention to everything around you. This is for both your safety and so you can learn how to tell where the bass would most likely be found and what baits to start with. As a general rule, you want to choose bait that is similar to the natural food source.
•    Never be afraid to experiment and try new things. This is how you “fine tune” your own skills and learn what works best for the area where you’re fishing.
•    Be patient when you first start out because you can’t expect to be perfect and reel in lots of bass your first trip or even every fishing trip that you make.

Eventually, you’ll need to do some experimenting to determine what works best for you based on where and when you go fishing. The advice listed above is simply designed to give you a starting point so you can get off to a great start. Over time, you will learn many techniques and tips that will help you be more productive. Who knows, one day you may even decide to compete in a few bass fishing tournaments.

The bass is a challenging species that will put up a great fight. If you want to become a professional, then you need to work on your skills and continue to learn all you can about bass. The more time you put into fishing for bass, the better angler you’ll become so go out every chance you get.

Since you are new at bass fishing it’s recommended that you pay special attention to safety issues. Being on the water in a boat or onshore can be dangerous in certain situations. The weather is a huge factor and you should always head home if bad weather sets in. When out on a boat you need to know the safety rules of the lake, have your boat up to code and always have your life vest on.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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