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Bass Fishing Tips – Best 5 Tips on How to Catch Bass

Written on February 17, 2017   By   in Fishing Line, Spinning Reels

Want to catch bass? We’re going to cover fishing tips that will help you just as much as your best kayak fish finder will. Some of these tips come from professional anglers as listed on the site of Discovery Boating and others from the Fishing Tips Depot.Bass Fishing Tips

 

1. KNOW YOUR BASS

You must know the fish to catch it. Learn their habits, diets, and habitat.

There are many different types of bass species. The most commonly known are the largemouth. These are also the most popular among fisherman, especially in North America. The smallmouth bass is also considered quite a catch.

 

General Bass Facts

  • State fish of Mississippi and Georgia
  • Official freshwater fish of Florida and Alabama
  • Official sports fish of Tennessee
  • Apex predators. This means that they are at the top of the food chain and badass when fully grown
  • Part of the black bass species
  • Don’t like the sun so often hide
  • In the wild, they normally live for 16 years
  • Typical loners. Groups will only form when there is a lot of food. Male bass also protect the brood swarm
  • Great sense of smell to seek out prey
  • When caught they will fight and try to get free by jumping out of the water

 

Other Names for the Largemouth:

  • Green trout
  • Black Bass
  • Florida Bass
  • Lineside Bass
  • Bucketmouth Bass
  • Bigmouth Bass
  • Southern Largemouth
  • Northern Largemouth

Bass Fishing

 

What Does the Largemouth Look Like?

  • Dark green in color
  • Silver sides and belly
  • Underside can be light green or white
  • Dark horizontal stripe on its flank
  • Lower jaw is long and extends past the back edge of its eye
  • They don’t stop growing so get bigger with age
  • Maximum size: 29.5 inches
  • Large bass weight: 5 pounds
  • Maximum world record bass weight: 22 pounds

 

What Does the Bass Eat?

  • Baitfish
  • Insects
  • Frogs
  • Scuds
  • Shrimps
  • Snakes
  • Smaller fish like sunfish, minnows, and perch
  • Fry (tiny bass under 2 inches) eat zooplankton and the worms
  • Diet affected by the weather and the time of the day and year

 

Where can I find Bass?

  • Mostly in calm and warm water
  • Freshwaters like ponds, reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams
  • Between rocks
  • Where there is a lot of plants for them to hide
  • Under sunken tree’s roots and limbs
  • Muddy waters
  • Use your fish finder to help you find them

 

2. PICKING THE RIGHT FISHING EQUIPMENT

Bass Fishing Tips infographic, Bass Fishing infographic

Source: http://1source.basspro.com/index.php/component/k2/63-bass-fishing/3021-what-you-should-do-when-bass-go-deep-infographic

 

Reels:

  • Choose a reel that you are comfortable with
  • If you are just starting out choose a spin cast reel

 

Hooks:

  • Keep these sharp by filing them because bass have boney jaws

 

Lures:

  • Crankbaits
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Spoons
  • Jigs
  • Plastic Worms
  • Bass like the color red so keep that in mind when picking your lure
  • The size of the lure doesn’t matter. A bigger lure won’t get you a bigger fish

 

Bait:

  • Refer to list of what they eat for bait options
  • Nightcrawlers will also work well
  • Many professionals use buzz bait which attracts them from afar through a buzzing noise
  • Live bait is also a good choice
  • Stick to the seasons: Crawfish in Spring and shad in Summer
  • Bass will take the opportunity to feed when presented with food. Try mixing and matching your lure and bait to find what works best for you.

 

3. PICKING THE RIGHT TIME TO GO BASS FISHING

  • The best time of year to catch a bass is early Spring as they move closer to shallow waters and closer to the surface
  • Because they are sensitive to light they are more active in the early morning (1 hour before sunrise) or late in the day (1 hour after sunset)
  • They will come out of hiding on cloudy days in the afternoon
  • A storm on the way makes bass more active so fish when clouds are moving in

 

4. TECHNIQUES FOR SUCCESSFUL BASS FISHING

  • Always keep your eye on the line
  • Check line regularly above the lure for fraying of the line. You don’t want it to break when your catch tries to break free
  • Cast more than once. They like seeing the bait from different angles and will be more ready to bite
  • Use a slip bobber when using live bait so you can adjust bait depth without losing casting ability
  • Face the wind when casting because bass swims with the current. They will find your bait then before finding your boat
  • When casting, stop halfway instead of following through which will cause the bait to skip and land close to your target area

5. LEARNING FROM THE FISH

  • When you catch a bass and put it into the live well, look into its mouth as they will throw up
  • You will be able to see what it has been eating and can copy that in your lure and bait for the rest of the day

 

We are sure that you will now be ready to catch a bass. Stick to these tips and ensure that you have your trusted fish finder at hand to ensure a great fishing trip.