Are You Interested To Know Bass Fishing Techniques?
I dont know about you, but I love being the guy who is ripping bass out of the water at a breakneck pace while others watch in awe. Unfortunately for me, that didnt happen very often until I started reading up on how to catch these elusive sport fish.
After putting in a few hours of research, I was ready to put my newfound knowledge to the test. At first, I didnt have much luck, but through trial and error I began to understand what worked and what didnt.
Here are 5 tips and techniques that helped me catch my limit just about every time out:
1. Be alert and keep an eye on the water.
Fishing in an area where there are no bass obviously wont produce a good result. Unless you have a fancy fish finder (which I think is cheating), how will you know where they are?
Youll know by being alert and keeping an eye on the water around the area where you are casting from. Bass often give away their presence, and there is a foolproof way to tell. When they are on the hunt, youll see large schools of small baitfish trying to get away. Theyll be swimming very fast, and close to the surface. Cast against the direction the baitfish is swimming, and burns your lure back towards them.
2. Dont jerk your pole when setting the hook.
Im amazed at the way I see some bass fishermen set their hooks when they think they have a fish on. Youd think they hooked a whale. They jerk their pole back so hard their lure flies out of the water and everyone on shore has to take cover!
All it takes is a firm pull. The lower lip of a bass is made of very thin, almost translucent skin that tears almost as easy as paper. If you pull too hard, you can actually tear through that and separate the lower lip, dislodging your hook in the process. Keep this in mind when you set your hook, and you wont lose the fish this way.
3. Use an erratic retrieve with a lot of motion.
This is something that took practice to master. Often a bass fisherman will cast out a lure and reel it in with a consistent, methodical motion. Thats all well and good, except thats not how an actual bait fish behaves in the water.
You need to vary your retrieve, starting and stopping as you reel in your lure. After every few turns of the reel, twitch your pole slightly as you slow your retrieve. This will cause your lure to move about erratically in the water, mimicking a distressed bait fish, and an easy meal.
4. Check your line and knot strength frequently.
Let me tell you a short story to illustrate this point. A few weeks back I was out fishing for catfish as bass were spawning. I caught a couple of small ones and released them back. I usually always check my line after 1 or 2 catches, but I was feeling a bit lazy, and the fish were small anyway.
About 30 minutes later, I got a good tug and set the hook. This one was giving me a fight. I had a decent catfish on! I fought it to the shore and knelt down to grab my line and hoist the fish over the wall to shore. Just as I got the fish over dry land, my line snapped just above the swivel, and away went my nice catch! Need I say more about this?
5. Always look in the mouth of the bass before releasing it.
This might sound funny, but it can give you valuable information. Bass usually snap up their food and swallow it whole. When you hook one, it will often gag up its last meal. This may sound disgusting, I know, but you need to see what it was.
Why? So you can see what the bass in that area are feeding on, and set up a lure to duplicate it. Knowing what the bass are feeding on is an enormous advantage. If you can duplicate what it is they are currently chomping up, youll pull them in left and right!
Heres a bonus tip:
Use black and grey buzz baits and crank baits over light colored ones.
This is something that has been wildly effective for me. I was always a big fan of bright yellow and orange fluorescent lures. My logic was that the they will get the attention of the bass. Boy was I wrong.
As it turns out, bass will go after what looks like it belongs in their environment, and fluorescent yellow fish and plastic worms generally dont. Especially when it comes to plastic worms, stick to earthy colors. Bass hunt by detecting movement more than sight. Although its true that shiny things do attract them, theyre more attracted to vibration. If you want to add a little bling to your rig, use a gold or silver swivel on a brown or black lure for a deadly combination.