Four bass fishing tips for beginners

Bass fishing combines relaxation with excitement to create a sport that has a little bit of everything. Catching bass is an exciting experience that keeps you alert and on your toes. Most all lakes and rivers are accompanied by beautiful scenery that creates a relaxing environment where you can kick back and let the worries roll away for a while. When you combine the two, you can see why bass fishing is one of the most popular sports around.
Bass are a strong species that will fight hard against the line when hooked. When they strike, they will usually do so very aggressively and they are a picky species. They won’t strike at just anything. You need to use bait they’re attracted to naturally and you must present it in a realistic way to get their attention. This species will sense the vibrations of the baitfish and if your bait doesn’t imitate the same type of vibrations they’re used to, they won’t take it.
Bass can hear well, too, so if you make a lot of noise you will scare them away. These are the reasons why some anglers say bass fishing is more difficult than many other species but it’s also the reason so many anglers seek them out. They are a worthy adversary that makes fishing fun and thrilling.
Bass Fishing Tips
When you’re new to bass fishing, it’s a good idea to learn all you can about this species. You can learn a lot from reading and studying about bass but there is nothing quite like getting out there and gaining real fishing experience. Don’t start out expecting to reel in a trophy fish, begin with some of the smaller bass and learn how they feel when they take the bait and how they fight the line.
Fishing reports can help you learn a lot about bass and the area where you plan to fish. Take advantage of these every chance you get. This information will help to improve your fishing skills and help you become an experienced angler.
Here are four bass fishing tips for beginners that can also help improve your skills:
1. Choose a few good lures to start with such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits and a few soft plastic worms and minnows. These lures seem to get excellent results no matter where or when you’re fishing so they make great starter lures. There is no need to buy a lot of tackle until you determine what works best for you based on the type of bass you want to fish and the area where you’re fishing.
2. Bass will hide around submerged trees, logs, docks, weed beds and other underwater structures so begin fishing these areas when seeking them out.
3. You won’t need to buy any special gear to fish for bass but it is wise to invest in good quality gear. A 6 or 7-foot medium action fishing rod combined with a spinning reel is a great choice for the beginner. You want to start out with something simple that makes it easy to feel when the bass takes the bait.
4. One of the most important things to remember when you’re a beginner is enjoy yourself. Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself by trying to catch the largest bass or a lot of them each fishing trip. Take time to enjoy the sport and learn how this species behaves and you’ll have a better time and you’ll eventually become a better angler. There will be days when you don’t catch anything but there will be others when you reel in a nice catch. That’s part of the fun and the attraction to fishing. Have patience and enjoy the scenery when you’re not reeling them in.
Bass are very smart and sometimes they can be hard to catch but using these tips can make a difference and help you become a better angler.
Things to Do Before You Go Fishing
Before you begin your fishing trip, check out the rules for the area where you plan to fish. The laws from one state to the next can be different and they can even vary by lake. The reason for this is because the rules and regulations that govern bass fishing are based on the population of the bass and the special circumstances surrounding the particular lake or river.
Always check out the weather before going fishing. It’s not safe to be on the water when it’s storming or in high winds. Make sure you have a way to stay in contact with someone onshore when you’re fishing and that someone knows where you plan to be and when you plan to return for safety reasons. Wear comfortable clothing and non-skid shoes to help reduce the risk of accidents due to falls. Taking along a few beverages and snacks will also make the fishing trip more pleasant.

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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