The secret to catching largemouth bass, is the fishing gear that you purchase. I will share with you exactly what fishing gear gets me the most strikes, for the low price of only $80. So without further ado, here are the tools of the trade, and techniques that will allow you to catch largemouth bass.
- Rod – Rhino Indestructible 2 (an open-face rod: approximately $20.00)
- Reel – Shakespeare (open-faced reel that has 10 ball-bearings: approximately $35.00)
- Line – Power Pro (20 lb. test, braided: approximately $17.00)
- Hook – Mister Twister Keeperr (size 5/0, a large hook for a large mouth: approximately $3.00)
- Bait – Berkeley 10″ Original Powerbait Worms (choose black, nothing gets more strikes approximately $5.00)
- Choose a promising spot that bass are most likely using for cover. For example something: a submerged tree stump, a grass line in the water.
- Cast the bait, and once the worm has settled to the bottom: wait. The initial splash of the worm as it hits the water will scare off the fish. However, don’t worry. The fish will come back to their spot in a few minutes, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- If the fish doesn’t strike right away, move your rod to the 12 o’clock in front of you, and reel up the slack, gently. You should feel the weight of the worm giving resistance, flick the rod 2-3 inches towards you, once, twice, maybe even three times, take up the slack, and repeat until you have retrieved the worm back to the rod.
- Fish can be picky, so cast again and try to present a more attractive meal. If you repeat technique above, and you don’t catch anything move onto a different spot.
- Change your location, and move down the shoreline just far enough that your next cast overlaps the last shoreline cast by about a quarter of your last shore cast.
- Casting in a different direction, instead of casting straight ahead. Cast the line 90 degrees to right or left. It should be just parallel to the shoreline, and work all of the water back to your 12 o’clock.
Patience, patience, patience. Above all else, you need to allow the bass to be lured into the bait. Bass are a skittish species, and it takes time for them to warm up to striking a worm.
As a final thought, make sure you bring along with you the essentials: a lightweight belly/hip bag to store my gear (worms, hooks, stringer, mosquito repellent, rain poncho, and finally something to drink.