The basics of bass fishing are simple – and all experienced fishermen will tell you that. Start from examining the fishing conditions, don’t be shy to ask for advice from those anglers that know the waters you want to fish in and begin a painful trial and error process of finding the best lures and bass-fishing techniques that would be best-fitted to the situation and waters.
Tips about Bass Fishing:
1. The Technique: remember that the bait has to fall to the preferred depth, before you shake the rod tip. When you shake it, you’ll be getting the attention of the fishes. Start from doing that around 30 seconds, then shake it again in about 2 or 3 seconds intervals. Then stop and pull slowly – no more than six inches. Then back and down and repeating the process – slowly! The first thing you have to learn is that they’re not biting if you do everything too fast.
*In the Spring, anchor your boat in shallow waters and cast to deep water. Use a 1/8 ounce weight – it should be enough.
*In Autumn, do the opposite (anchor in deep waters and cast to shallows.
*In order to prevent prevent hang-ups, use a Texas rigged worm.
*Fish out the worm and keep suspended 90% of the time.
*The only way to maximize your hookup rate is to sharpen the hooks. Otherwise the fishes will often break free.
*While doodling, make sure that your presentation is natural – downsize your hooks to 1/0 or lower. Pay attention to how straight your bait is or you will spoil everything!
*Crystal clean clear waters is a tough thing to do. Keep slack on your line and “shake” the bait – not drag it.
*When the bass quit hitting during the daytime or it’s just too hot on the water, it’s time to think about starting night fishing. But don’t try it when it’s cold – you’ll freeze!
*At night bass don’t usually move far, especially Smallmouth. When the summer comes to an end, the bass move deeper and won’t come up to shallows anymore even at night. Remember also that night fishing is productive only if the bass comes
within the 20-foot radius from your fishing zone.
* Stay as close as you can to remain unseen. If you’re too far, the accuracy will suffer.
*The lure has to land on the water as silently as possible. Target the area past the target in only it is possible.
*During the windy weather, remember to put tension on the line a moment before the lure touches down. It prevent the line from blowing across obstructions.
*As soon as possible learn a casting technique that permits a low trajectory. It does not matter which one you choose first – all of them will come in time – but you have to start studying one of them as soon as you can.
*A quality rod and reel matched to the weight of the lure are absolute must! Remember also that rods with a stiff blank but relatively limber tip are much easier to use by novices.
*Do not cast with the arm and shoulder, use only the wrist.
*Before casting, lower the lure a few inches below the tip to get an extra momentum.
*Be sure to “load” the tip in order to make it bend backward.
How to cast: the Flip-Cast
*Keep your eyes on target, not on places you’d like to miss.
*Plenty of scent acts as a lubricant when trying to penetrate thick cover.
*A plastic worm with a glass bead placed between it and the weight works best for inactive fish.
*Before you check a strike, reel down until reaching a hookset position.
*A strike is not something very delicate.
*Tighten your drag all the way down for better hooksets.
*17 to 25 pound test line for bait casting gear is the minimum. 10 to 14 pound test is good only on spinning.
If you want to find a pattern, you simply have to understand the way a bass lives. The knowledge of where the bass is at any given time is something you can only develop.
And the last tip: that every single fish you catch will give you clues on how to catch another. When you caught a fish in some area, it is very probable that you’ll catch something in the same (or similar) area later.