The very first thing any fisherman needs to know is that there is a reason why a trophy bass is so big, it is because they are quite hard to find not to mention catch. It is quite simple, if all of them were big we all had a trophy bass on our walls, wouldn’t we? The most important aspect regarding trophy bass fishing is to arm yourself with patience, we mean a lot of patience as catching a trophy bass cannot be done in a few minutes (only if you are a very lucky fisherman).
Most of the big bass live in the deeper waters of the lakes and they usually take the common regular weekend angler or the one that cannot afford a bout out of the picture through most of the year. However, spring is considered to be the best time of the year for anglers to catch the trophy bass right from the bank. Why? The reason for this is because spring is the time of the year when these large fish come out of the deeper waters in order to spawn. Most likely they will prefer the non-windy pockets of the lake, soft muddy bottoms or shallow creeks for laying their eggs for the year.
As far as baiting is concerned, there is an old saying which states that the bigger the bait is, the bigger the fish – a statement which is in many cases quite true. The only drawback is that there have been several trophy bass caught off of small petite baits. The avid angler must keep in mind that snakes, salamanders as well as other small bass are predators for the bass eggs which is why all fishermen should use lures that look a lot like these predators. Remember that the bass can spawn in as little as 1 to 2 foot of water up to 12 foot depending on the type bass. The shallower you go, the less action you will want on your bait.
If you are going to fish right from the bank, you must to cast from a respectable distance from the edge of the water. These trophy basses could be right at the edge of the bank which means that you do not want to scare them when you walk up. If you are fishing from a boat (lucky you), then you would want to turn your trolling motor on as low as you can in order to safely keep you off the edge of the bank. But, do remember that sound travels a lot easier in water and you could scare these giant basses before you even make your first cast.
We advise you to use your sight ability when you are approaching the edges of the bank and once you have spotted them, keep distance. When you will be doing your casting we would recommend that you do not cast the lure right on top of these beds as the bass will most likely retreat to deeper waters which means that your chances for the big one are null. If the surrounding bank will permit you to, attempt casting a weed less salamander or worm onto the bank behind the bed and slowly retrieve it into the water quietly.
As you can see, trying to catch a trophy bass is not that easy to do as you need to have the proper equipment, the right time of the day, luck of course and most important, lots of patience because without patience you will not have a chance of grabbing a big one for your bass trophy collection.