Top 10 Bass Fishing Helpful Tips
Bass fishing means a name shared by different species of fish on both fresh water and marine.Bass fish is classified into two different categories which are: largemouth Bass and smallmouth Bass. It is fun and entertaining. Largemouth Bass and smallmouth Bass are both popular game fishing across the US today. It is also very popular fishing in South Africa where the largemouth bass is often found in lakes and dams.
Utah has some world-class smallmouth fishing—but the number of venues is limited. Giant bass are caught in Arizona, but the reservoirs can dry up completely in drought years. Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri have the potential to growbig bassand lots of them. Certainly, anglers from those states would include them, but timing is a factor, too. Anglers that have been around a while know that good fishing comes and goes—and right now the bass fishing in Alabama, Tennessee, and Michigan might be better than ever before.
Tourism statistics also reveal that the following states are visited often for purposes of fishing bass of one species or another. Bringing up the point— which is better? A smallmouth, a spot, or a bucketmouth? Impossible to determine. All are equal in our eyes, giving an 8-pound smallmouth about the same value as a 20-pound largemouth, or a 7-pound spot. Which further complicates the following list. So we present the states in alphabetical order. Which of the ten is best? You decide.
When fishing preferably use lures rather than actual bait such as worms or corn. Lures with bright colors and tail like bits are very helpful.If you love Bass fishing or you want to engage into the fun , then I will be sharing 10 useful tips that can help you to become genius with Bass fishing below:
Top 10 Bass Fishing Helpful Tips
Bass fishing tips for the die-hard Bass angler out there. We will unveil lots of bait that will allow you to hit it big in Bass fishing field. NOTE: Fish are more smarter nowadays, so the bait used is very important.
- The first thing is to set your hook
Setting the hook when ready for Bass fishing is very important , Any top water bait used requires a mainrule of thumbwhen setting the hook; wait until you feel the weight of the fish then send the hookhome! By waiting, it gives us a sign that Mr. Basslikeswhat he has in his mouth and doesn’t want to let go. Basically, to Bass it’s an easy meal that is ready to be eaten. If you take it away too soon the Bass may not have time to grab and go, then much! Feeling the weight of the Bass then ensure your hook is well sets. Though it’s hard to do, especially when your heart is racing with unbearable excitement. The reward on the end of our line is well worth it!
- Tube Jig tactics
As we all know, is infamous Bass fishing bait. When it comes to the jig head itself, what type are you using? Long ago tube jigging was done with a barrel shaped jig head that had to first be inserted into the tube from the back end then tied on to ourmain line. On the water it can be time consuming, but they are quite handy at times. For example, when dock fishing I like to insert these jig heads not quite all the way in so that it traps air, therefore prolonging its spiral fall to the bottom. This ‘hang time’ under docks is lethal and best done with the cylindrical head.
The other type of tube jig head has a different shape all together. It is not cylindricalshape, it is tapered and for good reason. Time on the water is not wasted using this type of jig. Instead of inserting it from the back end we insert the jig, hook first, in the front end. Basically, where the eye of the jig protrudes the tube is where we insert the point of the hook, and keep inserting until the jig is totally buried in the tube. There is no re-tying. This jig head has a great advantage over the other type in that, obviously, we save a lot of time and most importantly, when the bite is on, changing used tubes is a snap.
- Customizing your jig
When it comes to jigs, rarely do I fish it right out of the package without some kind of fine tuning. I like a nice compact look to my jigs so I hook the trailer lengthwise threading the hook horizontally through the meat of the trailer instead of just poking it through the trailer. Even when using chunks I like this method of rigging my jigs. Pork is different in that, well, have fun hooking it through lengthwise because you’d best be near a hospital; you will need one.
By threading the hook through onto the shank of the hook we have created a compact Bass catching unit. Many jig skirts come over sized, as far as I am concerned. Because of the short bite trailer, I like to cut back the skirt so that the trailer can do its thing freely, without coming incontact with anything but the fish’s mouth. By cutting back the skirt it tends to spread out a littlemore. In the water, the flaring out makes a world of difference. It gives it more body and quicker motion with the tip of the rod and that is more appealing to the Bass.
Another thing I check for is the strength of the weed less brushes. Some jigs come with weed guards so stiff that if we don’t cut them back we will miss many Bass. But some are so fragile, theslightest touchof vegetation sends the hook into it, which causes frustration out on the water. Every application has its use. The stiff bristles, obviously, are used in dense cover and the opposite in less dense conditions.
Quite often the right jig color andmatchup comes with stiff weed guard brushes. In order to use them in less dense weed cover I cut back the brushes so that it becomes less stiff. I have 3 or 4 of each color and size so I can customize each and every one for different structure scenarios.
- Second Chance Bass
Hey, instead of saying, “#*@*.... I lost him”, throw a different bait in the same general area as the fish you just missed and you will be pleased with the results. Odds are pretty good you’ll have a second chance hooking that very same Bass!,The key here is time. The longer we take wondering and ‘crying the blues’ the more precious time is wasted! Cast out the backup bait as soon as possible and you will hook up!
The ‘second chance’ bait thrown should be a totally different type and style of bait altogether. This is where a partner comes in handy. There have been instances where fast baits such as Buzz Baits have missed potential hook ups, but by casting to that same vicinity with a slower bait the result is eight out of ten times, a BASS! I always keep a ‘backup’ bait nearby while I’m Bass fishing. It pays off for me and it will for you too! We definitely have nothing to loose and much more to gain!
- Choosing the right rod(spinner-baits)
Choosing the right rod and reel for the right spinner-bait is definitely important, but having the proper line can make all the difference in the world!
When we strive to get that all-important arch for sensitivity in our rods, line selection can either hinder or magnify our detection of hits. If we think about it for a minute it all starts to make sense!
Mono-filament has stretch capabilities in its make-up so, in turn; it should enhanceour rod arch sensitivity, right! Yes, it will, and because of its elasticity, rods can be beefed up a bit to make up for it. When setting the hook with a slightly stiffer rod theshock absorbing monofilament linewill help in bringing the Bass to the boat or shore. Good quality mono here is a must because loosing a good Bass can mean loosing our mind!
Braided line is also handy in that the Bass is surely going in the live well! By using braid we can sacrifice our arch of sensitivity making our rod selection that muchmoreimportant. Using a stiffer rod here will result in lost fish by pulling the bait right out of the Bass’ mouth. By using the lighter action rod, the arch of sensitivity is not sacrificed. As a mater of fact, the braided line will magnify sensitivity immensely because of its low stretch characteristic.
When decisions are made in line selection I try to make it as simple as possible. When fishing rocky bays or slow rolling spinner-baits in 10 to 12 feet of relatively snag free water, monofilament line in 12lb test is agood choice. For burning spinner-baits through thick and shallow weed growth I like to use 15lb test braided line. It really helps slice through the weeds and give me confidence in bringing the Bass in. Slow rolling heavy weighted spinner-baits in deeper water sometimes calls for 20lb braid, but this is where the thinner 15lb braid shines too. It cuts through the deeper water column to get the spinner-bait down to the bottom, in a hurry, and stay there. Also, warmer water is denser so 15lb test braid is again, an asset.
- Go deep during cold fronts
During Tournaments I have been confronted many times by cold fronts and believe you me! it can be frustrating! One thing that I have learned through the years is that when cold fronts come in I go deep!
The reason we do better in deeper water during cold fronts, in my opinion, is that the Bass down deep aren’t as susceptible to the sudden climate change as the shallow Bass are. The only thing dictating what depth to fish is the wind. When a strong wind is a part of the front then I go even deeper simply because deeper water will ‘turn’ later than shallow water. We don’t have a crystal ball to see the Bass fishing future, but at the very least we can try something that has worked in past outings!
- Approaching Bass cover
Good grade "A" Bass cover is not much good to us Bass anglers unless thought is put into the approach. A good approach involves good execution and a plan of attack.
Many feel that in order tofindout whether or not Bass cover is good or not is by going straight to it, quietly of course, so that we can have a good look at it to fish it. Why not fish while you are on your way from a distance. Many fish get lockjaw when you get there, but if you cast close to and around the good structure from a distance you will be surprised at the outcome. This is especially apparent in clear water situations.
Depending on depth use yourfastbaits. A good fast bait to use on the approach is a spinner bait, but with deeper water you can use a crank bait. If the Bass are active they will strike leaving its cover. The spinner bait with willow blades will even be warranted in weed cover for its ability to deflect them. Why not even try top water baits on the approach too! Soft finessed baits will work as well with distant casts in this situation. The point is, good Bass cover might only be good from a distance and sometimes it seems that the closer we get to it themoreclosed the Bass’ mouths get. Take your time in getting there using distance to your advantage. When you do get close enough, then slow rigs are used such as jigs and Texas rigged baits.
Wind plays a role here in the approach. I prefer to work my way into the wind therefore giving me more control of the boat. But that isn’t always the case because the wind isn’t always co-operative. Try to factor the wind into your approach because it will make it or break it as far as success goes.
On the approach I like to shut the engine down way in advance of the area and I check the temperature of the water. The reason for this is colder water should slow your techniques and warm water shouldquickenthem. So, when reaching for my spinner bait I already know whatspeedto start at. With the combo in hand I dismount the trolling motor into the water and start casting. You would be surprised as to how many Bass are taken in the first few casts and then some once in cover.
- Big Bass
Big Bassdon’t come easy. There have been many instances where vacationing anglers fishing for fun have hooked into big brutes. They say it was luck or by accident, but I say they happen to be at the right place at the right time. Speaking of right place, that is key to big Bass success in my opinion. An angler that searches above and beyond will be rewarded. As far as timing goes, well, let’s just say it’s anart.
“To boldly go where no angler will go” spells success in an anglers day, but using our Bass instincts, learned over the years helps us know where to go and when. I have a perfect example of such an incident. I happen to be vacationing in an Ontario northern lake that I love fishing. This particular day happened to be a tournament day on the lake and it had me wondering whether to continue the day fishing or just hang out with the family at the cottage. Of course, fishing prevailed and off I went. As I approached a bay I noticed not two, not three, but fourBass boatsall insinglefile fishing the same docks. Being a tournament angler with etiquette I took my place in line. I couldn’t pass this place up, it looked fantastic. The very first dock I came across had a lily bed mixed with submerged weed growth and good depth. It looked so good my heart was pounding with excitement. The first cast caused such a stir in this nice quiet bay that I actually felt a little uneasy, but when I boated this beautiful five pound plus Largemouth there wasn’t an ounce of uneasiness left!
- Rod Size Matters
Rod size, big or small, can give usBass anglersanother edge for success on the water. It could be the difference in not only comfort, but practicality in its usage. Again, every little bit counts especially when ounces can mean the difference in tournament success.
There are different sizes for good reason. Mind you, an angler’s height plays a major role as well, but overall rod size differences still apply. For example, in dunking, as long a rod as possible is preferred so that the reach is there. A longer rod is alsohandyfor pitching short distances which is the norm and helps create that all important pendulum effect for a stealth approach. Skipping is much easier done with a shorter rod so that the angler can skip the bait as close to the water surface as possible without sacrificing accuracy. Carolina rigging is better implemented with a longer rod as well for the many added feet of dragging and sweeping hook sets.Rod lengthapplies to shore anglersmoreso because the longer rod gives better distance in the casts, as well as good solid hook sets to get the Bass in for that great picture. Drop shotting is best done with a good lengthy rod for both the cast and working the bait. So, as you can tell different size rods go hand in hand with specialty situations and in order to achieve the results we want on the water we use what’s best suited for the task.
All in all rod size does matter, but there areexceptionsof course and there always will be. But in deciding what length to use, comfort definitely plays a major role in ourdecision. If it doesn’t feel comfortable then confidence is sacrificed and that is not a good start to our day. Confidence starts at the rod, then the reel, and because it is comfortable, it becomes part of our anatomy. That raises the level of concentration on what we are doing, not on what we are using! Therefore, focusing solely on what we are doing will only make us do it better with more SUCCESS!
- Be the Best Bass fisher
You are going to be the best Bass fisher if you understand and carefully study the tips in Bass fishing. Intelligence and hard work also help in this field .
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