How to Catch Bass: Top Fishing Tips and Mistakes | Bass Fishing

Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com. Today I want to talk about some of the tips
and tricks that can help you become a betterangler. I’m going to talk a little bit about some
of the stuff that’ll, you need to do and thensome of the things you should avoid. So let’s start off with the stuff you need
to do. Start it off with keeping it simple. First tip I can give you that is, you know,
us bass anglers, we like to really analyzethings and we sometimes over analyze. We over color. We over technique. Over think lures. We get ourselves, you know, stuck by, you
know, paralysis by analysis and work ourselvesinto a tizzy. Sometimes it’s just, you know, keep it simple. Really simple. If the wind is blowing, put the wind at your
back, pick up a spinnerbait or crankbait,and just cover water. Or if it’s nice and sunny out, there isn’t
really any wind, pick up a jig or a worm andstart picking a part to cover. It’s just that straight forward. Keep it simple. You’d be surprised at how easy, how much that
works better for you. Second tip I can give you, is this is especially
for a tournament, is throw what you know. A tournament, it really isn’t the time to
try brand new lures, brand new techniques,or brand new areas that you’re not familiar
with. Now don’t write me and say, “Hey Glenn, I
tried a brand new lure during a tournamentand it worked really well for me. “I’m talking about as a general rule, if you
try something brand new during a tournament,it usually doesn’t turn out in your favor. So throw what you know. Keep with your confident stuff. But that takes me to the next tip. And that is you need to be versatile. You need to learn all these different techniques
so you have confidence in them. This is especially true, like if you’ve got
something that you really don’t like to throwor you’re not familiar with, say for example,
you hate spinning gear. Or you don’t like bait casting gear or Carolina
rigs. Whatever it is, go to a lake that’s got a
lot of fish in it and throw that all day long. Don’t put it down. I know the tendency is to put the rod down
and pick up something you’re more confidentwith, but the way to get that confidence is
to just go out and catch fish with it. Because I promise you there’s going to be
a time and a place when that is going to bethe predominant way to catch fish and you’re
going to be able to put more fish in yourboat if you already feel confident with it. So go out there and learn those techniques. The fourth tip is time on the water. Nothing beats seat time. You need to get out there and spend time on
the water. Watch, you’ll learn over time, the little
nuances, how the fish change and how theybe, how they react to water level that’s going
up or down. Or if it’s a sunny day and then the cloud
cover comes in, how that changes them. And when it starts to rain or when the wind
picks up or shifts. All these type of things is going to shift
the fish around. It’s going to change their behavior and the
more time you spend on the water the quickeryou’re going to be able to recognize that
and adapt to it. It’s going to mean more fish in the boat for
you. The next tip is you have to have realistic
expectations of what your day’s going to beon the water. You know, we watch all those T. V. shows and
even on YouTube, these guys are catching fishafter fish after fish and it looks like they’re
just slaying them. So we have this expectation like, hey, I’m
going to go out on the water and do that too. You need to understand those shows sometimes
take days to shoot and they’re showing youjust the highlights. Even on T. V. or those tournament shows, you’re
just seeing, you know, half an hour, an hour’sworth of, you know, three days of fishing. So all compacted into a small amount. So have realistic expectations. That way when you go on the water you think,
okay, this is how I approach it. If I’m going to go out on the water, I say,
“Look, I really hope this is going to be agreat day. I hope I slam them. It’d be really fun. “We have great days like that every once in
a while. But if the bite isn’t on, then what am I going
to do?And think through that. If you go out on the water with that mind
set, then if you’re not slaying them rightfrom the get go, you’re not going to be as
frustrated and you’re going to be able toadapt and be able to change your tactics and
get more fish in the boat. Another tip I can give you, and this is, get
better at casting. And I’m not just talking about accuracy. With bass fishing, it’s all about accuracy. We know that. But if you can get that lure right next to
that log but it comes down with a big splash,you might as well be throwing rocks at the
fish. You’re going to scare them away. You need to be really accurate with your cast
and your entry. Pay real close attention to how soft that
lure hits the water. You want as little splash as possible. The more better, the more accurate you can
get that lure next to a stump, next to a log,next to a dock with a nice soft entry, the
more fish you’re going to catch. Practice that as much as you can. It’s not about distance. The next tip I can give you is spend time
in the back seat of somebody, the back boat. The back part of the boat, as a back seater. That, I’m telling you what, you’re going to
learn so much by fishing with other peopleas a back seater. I spent probably about my first 10 years of
tournament fishing, started in my teens, asa back seater, mostly by necessity, but I
can’t tell you how much I learned from that. Everybody fishes a spinnerbait a little bit
different. Everybody fishes a crankbait a little bit
different and so on and so forth. They have different knowledge of local bodies
of water. They have a different approach to finding
fish. They have a different approach to tournaments,
tournament tactics. It goes on and on. Even backing boats down the ramp. As a back seater a lot of times at the end
of the day you’re the one that goes up andgets the rig and you back it down the ramp. Everybody’s got a different size boat, different
kind of trailer, dual axle, single axle, differentkind of towing rigs. That changes the way that the boat will back
down the ramp and if you get all that kindof practice, I’m telling you, I’m really good
at backing boats down ramps right now becauseI’ve done so many. Just little things like that. You’ll learn so much by fishing out of the
back of someone’s boat. Do that. I really recommend doing that. So those are some of the tips that you should
do. Let’s talk about some of the stuff you should
avoid. The top tip I can give you is avoid the perfect
lure syndrome. That is trying to find the exact right color,
the exact right bait that’s going to catchfish that day. I’m telling you what, it most often boils
down to location and presentation more sothan it is the bait or the lure. I would much rather throw the wrong lure and
the wrong color in the right place than theperfect right lure and the perfect right color
in the wrong place. Case in point today, I was throwing chatter
baits and the fish didn’t really want to hitit. Well, I was burning it by bringing it back
to the boat like you normally would a chatterbait. Started fishing it like a jig, throwing it
out there and letting it drop and when ithit the bottom then they’d pick it up and
set the hook. Not a traditional way of fishing a chatterbait. So I was fishing it the wrong way but if you
fished a jig, they actually didn’t want tohit that, okay?They actually wanted to hit, I don’t know
what it was with the chatter bait, the kindof movement, something like that. But don’t get locked into thinking one lure
only works one way and you got to have thatperfect lure and you’re going to expand your
horizons. You’re going to open up to a whole new way
of fishing. The next tip I can give you to avoid is don’t
fish memories, okay?That is key. A lot of us, it’s human nature. If you have success at something, what you
want to do is replicate that. It’s our tendency to go back and try to do
it over and over again because you were successfuldoing it that way. Us anglers are no different. I’ve done the exact same thing. You have a great day on the water and the
next day, very next day, you go to the samespots and you fish it the same way and you
don’t catch fish and wonder why. Because you’re fishing history. Same thing with if you’re out there fishing
the week before and you did really well. You come back the next week and you don’t
catch them the way you were before. What you need to do is focus and be in the
moment. What are the fish doing today?Matter of fact, the pros, they’ll even break
it down to the hour by hour. The fish will change throughout the day as
the sun changes, as weather changes, the watertemperature changes, the fish will move. They adapt with it because they’re in the
moment. So try not to fish history. It’s great to learn from your experiences
but don’t try to replicate that the next timeyou go out fishing. You’ll be a much better angler. Another tip to avoid or another thing to avoid
is trying to do too much. And that, what I mean by that is you’re trying
to learn too much too quick. You know, bass fishing, you can catch fish
by so many different lures, so many differenttechniques and tactics, it’s easy to get overwhelmed
and there’s this rush sometimes to try tolearn it all. It’s hard to do it that way. What I suggest is you learn three to five
tactics or lures that you, until you get comfortablewith and you’ve caught enough fish, you feel
really good with it. Then start to expand your knowledge. Start to build upon that success. For me it was fast moving lures. I learned crankbaits and spinnerbaits and
top waters, buzz baits, that stuff, I learnedthat first before I moved onto things such
as worms and jigs and drop shot and thingslike that. Just take it easy. Don’t try to learn it all. You got plenty of time. Get some of the basics down. Get confidence with that and then build your
experience on top of that and you’re goingto become a much better angler. The next tip I can give you is maintain focus
or don’t lose focus. Okay?One of the things that’s really hard to do
is be focused throughout the entire day, especiallywhen the bite isn’t on. And that is what I mean by maintaining focus
is knowing what your lure is doing all thetime. Pay attention to what kind of structure it’s
on. If it’s crawling across the bottom?Is it soft bottom?Is it hard bottom?Is it a little bit of pebbles or is it bigger
rocks?Get to the point where you can tell rather
there’s a little weed on it or not. Or here’s another way. If you’re throwing a grub, can you feel the
tail move on that grub?If you’re throwing a jig and you have a Rage
trailer on it, can you feel it move throughthe water as it falling down?Okay, focus and see if you can tell that because
sometimes the bites are so subtle that ifyou’re not paying attention, you don’t know
what your lure’s doing, you’re going to missthat. The other thing is also when you get bit you’ll
know exactly what you were doing. You’ll be able to tell exactly where that
bait was, how you were moving it across thewater. What you did to elicit that bite so you can
duplicate that and get a pattern going. If you’re out looking around, the scenery,
and talking with your buddy and oh, suddenlygot a bite. You don’t know what you were doing it’s hard
to replicate that. Sure, you got to look up and pay attention
to what’s going on in your surroundings. You need to see if the cloud cover is changing,
if rain is coming, if the wind’s picking up,did the bird activity pick up?Be observant of your surroundings because
that will help you catch fish too, but alwaysbe aware exactly what your lure is doing at
all times and that’ll put more fish in yourboat. The last tip I want to give you is dock talk. Avoid dock talk. And this is just, what I mean by that is anybody
tells you how they were catching fish todayor the other day or the day before, it’s so
easy for us to say, how are you catching?How are you doing?And then you try to go out and do that again. And surprisingly, or not surprisingly, it’s
not too often that we’re very successful indoing that. The reason is simple. All of us fish differently. We have a different way of fishing stuff. If someone told you he was fishing a Rat-L-Trap
down this certain bank, you know, last week,first of all, you’re fishing history. Just like I told you before. But they’re going to have a different speed
of it. They’re going to have a different way of casting
it. They’re going to have a different way of fishing
it and so it’s hard for you to replicate that. Typically all’s I want to know if someone
had a really good day on the waters. You know, how deep were the fish and what
were they positioned on?That gives me an idea of how, where they’re
located and then I’ll take it from there andfigure out what’s going on for that day. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks and for the answers
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