How does the strike zone help my bass fishing?

How can I use the “strike zone” to catch more Bass?

A good Bass fisherman understands the concept of the strike zone and realizes that to catch more Bass, you’re going to have to place your lure within that area.  The difficult part is figuring out where it is.  The most important lesson the strike zone concept teaches is that it’s extremely important that as a Bass fisherman, you have to be able to place the lure or bait directly in front of the Bass in many instances.  If Bass are hungry and hunting aggressively, the strike zone will be larger and just getting your lure in the area will work.  When the opposite is true, the accuracy of your cast and your willingness to keep trying are key.  Practicing techniques like drop-shotting will help improve your chances of placing your lure in the strike zone as will being able to figure out exactly where the Bass are in the water.  By using a GPS and mapping your fishing holes or sweet spots, you’ll be able to return to the areas where Bass have been biting in the past.  Keeping good notes about the time of day you were pulling in the fish, the type of lures that worked best, etc.  will all help. 

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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