Bass Fishing Info

Bass fishing is one of the most popular sports enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages. Anyone can fish for bass and you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to have a good time. You can catch bass on ever the most basic equipment but it is wise to use good quality gear to avoid losing the fish you hook.
The bass is known for being a strong fish that will fight hard against the line when hooked. They’re a smart species that is very aggressive, which are the qualities that make fishing fun and exciting. In addition, they make a tasty meal. They’re smart because they won’t strike at anything.
They can see and hear very well and they seem to know instinctively the vibrations produced by their natural food source. Therefore, if you don’t present your bait correctly, you’ll send them swimming off in the opposite direction. They hear very well too so if you’re making a lot of unnecessary noise, you won’t have much luck catching this species.
How to Fish for Bass
Several methods can be used when fishing for bass all with great success. This is one of the reasons why bass fishing is so popular. You can choose the way you want to fish based on the equipment that you have access to and personal preference. Fly-fishing is becoming more popular because the flies will imitate the vibrations and movement of the natural food source. However, it does require practice to learn how to become a good fly-fisherman.
If you’re using a boat, trolling is a great technique to use when the bass are in the deeper parts of the water. Casting can be done from boat or shore and it’s one of the easiest methods to use and therefore is the most common.
Using electronics will make finding the bass easier. Look for areas where there are plenty of plants and vegetation and you’ll most likely find bass nearby. You can also find them around stumps, docks, submerged trees and brush.
Once you find an area where the bass are plentiful, try different retrieval speeds until you find the one that gets the best results. It all depends on what kind of mood the bas are in. Sometimes, they will respond to a slow retrieval and other times, they will hit the fast moving lures the best.
Bass Fishing Baits
When it comes to bait, there are more options available than for any other fish. Bass, like most any other species, will respond well to live bait. This is their natural food source and they recognize the smell and movement so they automatically strike at it. The best options for live bait include worms, minnows, shad and crayfish.
There will be times when using live bait is not appropriate or you may not want to deal with the aggravation that comes along with using it. In these cases, you can always turn to artificial lures. With the selection of life-like lures available today, you can catch just as many bass with these as you can with live bait if they are biting. Some of the best artificial lures to use are soft plastics, flies, spinnerbait and crankbait.
Match the size of the bait up to the size bass you’re seeking out. If you fish with small bait, you will attract small fish. If you fish with large bait, you’ll attract the larger bass but this will limit the number of bites you get because the smaller fish will pass it by. Make sure you don’t go too large for the type of bass you’re trying to catch or you won’t get any bites.
A Few Bass Fishing Tips
Before you set out on your fishing trip, decide which type of bass you want catch. The largemouth, smallmouth, flathead and channel are the most popular and found in most all areas. Knowing which one you want to catch will make it easier to prepare for your trip because you’ll know which baits and methods will be the most effective.
Always check the rules and regulations for bass fishing for the particular lake or river where you plan to fish. The rules can be different for different fishing spots even if they are in the county. The rules are based on the bass population and circumstances of each area and each body of water.
Check out the forecast before you head out so you won’t be surprised by a storm while on the water. This is certainly no place to be during a lighting storm. Excessive winds can also hinder a fishing trip so knowing what to expect can keep you safer and make your trip more productive.
Dress appropriately based on the weather conditions and don’t forget the glare free sunglasses, sun block, hat, raincoat and wear a comfortable pair of shoes that won’t slide out from under you when wet. Add some beverages and snacks and you’re ready for a day on the water. Reeling in a big bass is fun and exciting. This is a smart fish that is often hard to catch so it leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment when go home with a good catch.

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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