What do I use to catch bass? | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today I’m with Ott DeFoe here at the Bass
Master Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee. I got a quick question for you. Actually, it’s not my question, it’s people
that come to our site that are always askingfor advice either on the forums or they’re
emailing us, questions on Instagram. Lot of people are new the sport and they ask,
just basically, “What do I use to catch bass?”Like, it’s kind of an open question. But how would you answer that question?Ott: For me, you know, that’s a very, very
open question and you look at how diverseour whole country is and what works in different
areas and what doesn’t. But my favorite thing all around the country
is probably a Crane Bait, it’s something thatI can use that I can fish fairly quickly,
I can cover water with, and I can find fishthat are typically fairly active. So you know, I’m gonna use some type of a
Crane Bait, shallow runner in some places,deep runner in some places, a medium diver
in others. But I love a Crane Bait and just the fact
that I can throw it out and I reel it backin, and I throw it out and I reel it back
in, and I throw it out and I reel it backin. That’s what I like about a Crane Bait is that
I’m able to cover water with it to fish newplaces. And more times than not, you can find a fish
that will bite a Crane Bait. Glenn: There’s no specialty rigging or special
way to retrieve it, it’s just pretty simple. Ott: That’s right. Throw it out and bring it back. Yeah. Glenn: I like that. That’s great. Gerald Swindle: I think one of the things
you can always use to catch fish is a plasticworm. You can take a rubber worm, whether it’s a
Zoom Trick Worm or Zoom Finesse Worm, andrig it on a 12-pound line, a light sinker,
and cast it to cover, with like a four aughtsmall shank hook and, dude, you’re gonna get
bites. You know, you can’t hardly go wrong if you’re
just learning to fish, tie on a plastic worm,Texas rig, and just ease around and cast at
wood, cast at cover, you’re gonna get bites. Glenn: This is a universal rig for everything?Gerald: It’s a universal, just a plain old
plastic Texas rig worm will get you bites. Glenn: Don’t over think it. Gerald: Do not overthink it. Just cast, let it go to the bottom. Kind of use your imagination, picture yourself
as the worm, letting it fall down in the cover,fish it, and the slower you fish it the better. Kevin VanDam: Well, you know, there’s so many
different lures that you can use to catchbass. But one thing I can tell people, especially
beginning fishermen, is bass in general arevery cover or target oriented. They like to hang around, you know, structure
like a, you know, tree, or dock, or clumpof grass, or lily pads, or a stump, or something
like that. So being able to make a really good accurate
cast with a soft presentation is probablysome of the best advice that I can give you
to catch more of them. So if I can pitch my lure over to where a
bass is sitting and not have them spook fromthe splash of it and land right target to
them, you know, in front of them, a lot oftimes they’ll react to it. So working on your casting accuracy is a great
thing to do to catch more bass and it’s somethingyou can do. Like, if you live in Michigan like I do, when
I was a kid, that’s what I would do is sitin the living room or the basement and practice
casting at little buckets or a paper plateor something like that just to make those
good, accurate casts. Glenn: Very simple question. What do I use to catch bass?Brandon Palaniuk: Now, see, that’s like one
of the most broad questions you could askin fishing. And I don’t know that anyone has enough patience
to sit here and listen to me explain all theanswers that could go into that question. Glenn: Let’s do the cliff note version. Brandon: So I would say, like, number one
thing you can do is research on BassResource. com,right?There’s ton of information that you can gather. So usually when people ask that question,
they haven’t done the research to find thoseanswers. And to go when you start to do your research,
I would try to narrow it down to the typeof body of water that you’re fishing. Is it a river, a highland reservoir, a natural
lake?What are the current conditions?Is it muddy?Is it clear water?You know, try to narrow all of those things
that Mother Nature can change, all those conditionsand variables, and use that in your research
to figure out what you should use to catchfish. Because all of those conditions are going
to adjust what you throw. So I could go on and on about all those different
variables because there’s so many combinations,but really it’s, like, the best thing to do
is there’s so much information out there isjust to go and research the style of body
of water. It doesn’t have to be that exact body of water
but just those similar conditions to allowyou to figure out what’s the best things to
use at certain times until it just becomessecond nature to you. Glenn: It’s kind of like when you’re planning
to go on vacation. You do your research first, kind of like what
you want to do before you get there. Brandon: Exactly. Exactly. It’s like if you go to Subway and you’re ordering
a sandwich, you’ve done it enough times aftera while that you know when you walk in there
what you’re gonna. . . you’re gonna pull up tothe line, you’re gonna order this type of
bread, you’re gonna order this type of cheeseand meat and so on and so forth. Glenn: Turkey or chicken. Brandon: Yeah. Turkey. Till you get to what you want at the end. But before, if you’ve never been there, you
walk in, you don’t really know what to do,you don’t know what you’d like or combinations. And so, the more research you do, the more
knowledge you have and you’re able to useto figure that out. So that’s my best advice without going into
a super long conversation of every singlebait you should use for every single condition. Glenn: Makes sense. Thank you so much. I appreciate that. Edwin Evers: I try to keep it simple. If you really think about it, it’s gonna be
a little long-winded question, but think aboutit. Bass eat three things. They eat shad, they eat blue gills, and they
eat crawdads, okay?And when you go into a Bass Pro store and
thousands and thousands of lures, and you’retrying to pick out a lure, remember those
three things, you know. A shad’s gonna be a white or chartreuse colored
type bait, you know. A crawdad’s gonna be a brown or a dark-colored
type bait. A bluegill’s gonna be a chartreuse-colored
type bait. And if you break it down a little bit more,
you know, shad could be really the main dietsummer to fall, crawdads could be the main
diet winter to spring, you know, bluegillsright there in the summer especially around
the bluegill spawn. So it’s not more about, you know, this particular
bait that costs $22 or this one that costs$3. It’s more about, “Hey, what do you think those
bass are eating in the body of water you’regoing to?”Now, maybe if my beginner fisherman that we’re
talking to here is fishing in a pond, takethose three equations, take that shad equation
out. Now you’re just dealing with bluegills and
crawdads. You might throw a frog in there because you
got, you know, but 90% of all the bass, theyeat those three things no matter where you’re
at, a river, a lake, a pond. So keep that in mind when you’re choosing
a lure. That’s what they eat, you know. And I’ve always said that the wrong bait in
the right place will catch them. So you know, a couple of baits that you’ve
got confidence in, put them on, cover a lotof water, and eventually you’re gonna run
into them. Keith Poche: Yeah. You know, I mean, we fish with a lot of different
things. And at the end of the day, we have to go with
what we feel confident in and what we feellike we excel at. You know, an angler has to figure that out. But to bring things to a simplified form,
you know, you take just like a regular, likea soft plastic worm. I like The General, it’s a Berkley product,
it’s a soft plastic stick bait. That bait has been catching fish for many,
many years. It’s easy to fish. You can fish it weightless with just a hook
or you can put it on a shaky head, you canput it with a little small bullet weight,
and just cast it around. That bait is a fish-catching machine. It’s a small profile, it’s a finesse-type
technique, so anything to that effect, youknow, just a straight worm. The Hit Worm is a great worm. You know, to start out just to catch fish,
not getting into the hard baits yet, I think,is the real deal. Because the hard baits is a different level
in my opinion. It took me a while to learn hard baits to
really dial them in and know how to fish themand where to fish them. But plastics, you can throw them anywhere,
they’re weedless, they catch a ton of fishand. . . yeah. I mean, that’s what I would suggest for a
beginner to learn how to really get a confidencein how to catch fish and where to catch fish. But, you know, there’s a ton of different
baits, and you can spend all your baits. But fishing those, you know, small worms will
get you a lot of bites and some big bitesas well. And you know, at one of my recent events,
I was throwing The General on a shaky headand I finished 12th at the Bass Pro Tour,
and it was a great event. I caught pretty much 95% of my fish on that
little old, you know, straight, do nothingworm. It’s just a bait that’s been catching fish
for many years and it’s proven to work, andI suggest that for anybody that’s wanting
to go out and have a good time and catch alot of fish. Chris Zaldain: Yeah. You know, I always say, man, you could get
the job done, you know, whatever that jobmay be, catching a five-pounder, just a bite. Always something you could wind, like a spinner
bait or a crank bait, and something you couldfish real slow, like a jig or a worm. So with that kind of one-two punch and sticking
around high percentage areas like main lakepoints, like secondary points, you can’t go
wrong. So pick you a nice half-ounce chartreuse and
white spinnerbait. I like the Santone spinnerbaits, Santone jig,
something you could work on the bottom. And you know, stick to those points. I think that’s about as basic as you could
get. There’s always fish. I don’t care if they’re spawning, I don’t
care if it’s the dead of winter, there arealways fish on main lake points no matter
what lake you’re on.

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