Four Bass Baits To Try

Bass fishing is a popular sport enjoyed by all types of anglers. Being around water seems to have a calming effect that you can’t get with just any sport. This is one reason why so many people enjoy going fishing. You get to sit back and relax while taking in all the beautiful scenery around the water. Then, when you catch a bass, the excitement begins. Not many sports are so relaxing and exciting all at the same time.
The bass is a very active species that will move around a lot so this is something you need to be aware of when you go fishing. Everything affects the way they respond to your bait from the weather to the time of day you go fishing but this is what makes bass fishing so challenging and fun. You never really know what to expect after you reach the water.
The more you learn about the bass and their habits the easier it will be for you to find and catch them. For example, the bass is a unique fish that’s described as being strong and aggressive. When you get one hooked, expect it to fight hard. There are different types of bass to seek out. The largemouth bass can stretch its mouth so wide that it can eat food that is half of its own size. Once they eat something, the stomach will stretch to hold it while it’s being digested.
The smallmouth bass looks similar to the largemouth but it has a smaller mouth that will not stretch so wide. Other types of bass include the black sea bass, spotted bass, giant sea bass and the less common Guadalupe bass. Whichever type of bass you decide to seek out, the bait will play a big factor in how much success you have.
Bass Baits
There are more artificial baits made for catching bass than for any other species of fish but some anglers still prefer to use live bait. They believe it makes their fishing trips more productive. If you would like to fish with live bait on your next fishing trip, here are four of the best live bass baits to try:
1. Minnows
2. Shad
3. Night crawlers
4. Crawfish
One reason using live bait is popular with many anglers is because you can use it anytime. Since these are a natural food source for the bass, it makes sense that they would get the best response. Using live bait can help you become the angler reeling in a nice catch while others are struggling to get the bass to bite. Of course, there will be times when you won’t get many bites no matter what you do but that’s just the way it goes sometimes when fishing.
Using live bait is not always an option and some anglers simply don’t want to deal with the mess. If using live bait is not an option for you, here are four artificial bass lures that you should always carry with you when fishing.
1. Crank baits
2. Spinner baits
3. Flies
4. Soft plastic lures
These are the best bass lures for any angler, new or experienced, to carry with them because they will work in most any situation and with most any technique. This is what makes these particular baits so popular. When you have a variety of these different sizes with you fishing, you should always have something that will entice the bass to bite, even if they’re being finicky.
Bass Fishing Tips
The bass will be the most aggressive in the early morning before dawn and in the late evening. The equipment that you use will make a big difference in how well you can do when fishing. Bass are an aggressive fish they will put a lot of stress on your gear when you catch one. For this reason, it would be easy to lose a catch if your gear was too weak to hold up to the struggle. Every part of your gear is important so make sure everything is in good shape and your fishing hooks are sharp.
You can use many techniques when fishing for bass. These include trolling, flipping and pitching, casting, plug fishing and fly-fishing. Your retrieval speed is very important and it usually works out best if you start out slow and then slowly increase your speed. When you find the speed that gets the most bites, stick with it.
Before you go fishing, take time to learn the regulations regarding bass fishing in your area. Normally, there are catch and release laws that you must adhere to when fishing. If you break these laws, you could be fined and this would be a bad ending to an otherwise great fishing trip. Learning how to remove the hook without damaging the mouth of the fish is also very important because you may need to release some of the bass you 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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