The Best Bass Fishing Techniques

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Bass are extremely abundant in North America, making them the most popular gamefish in North America. Although they can be found almost everywhere, it does not mean that you will be catching a bunch of fish when you hit the water. Catching bass takes much more than just throwing your line out there and hoping a hungry fish comes along. As this article points out, catching bass fish comes down to proper technique. Therefore, I would like to share some of the best techniques that you should master in order to maximize your performance as a bass fisher.

Pitching

You will want to let out enough line so that it is about even with the real, and keep your real open. Lower the rod tip towards the water, and with your free hand, grab hold of the lure and pull the line to add tension. In one, smooth motion let go of the lure while swinging your rod tip up. If done correctly, this combination should slingshot the bait towards your target. Make sure that you close the real as soon as the bait lands because bass tend to strike quickly.

Flipping

Flipping can take a little more practice, but after you get the feel for it, you can really optimize your presentation and hit your target location much more accurately than you can by pitching. You will want to begin by letting out somewhere between 8-15 feet of line and then close your real. You should then grab the line between the reel and first rod guide, followed by an extension of your arm to the side as you pull on the line. As you raise the rod, the bait will now swing towards you. Use a pendulum motion to swing the bait to your desired location while feeding the line through your hand. Tighten up the remaining slack and prepare for a strike. Flipping may look a little awkward, but it is an effective way to drop on some shy bass.

Topwater

Catching a bass with a surface lure can be a very exciting and fun experience. The sound of the lure, the sight of an approaching fish, and the big splash when a largemouth bass strikes will be sure to get anybody’s heart racing. Topwater lures are meant for hungry, active fish (unlike the pitching or flipping techniques). The lure is designed to attract attention with noise and dramatic movements. There are several different types of surface lures, including poppers, jitterbugs, and frogs. While some topwater lures are easy to control and work best at slow speeds, others can take much more technique. Check out the video below to learn more about the different techniques.

Crankbaits

A crankbait defends entirely on reflex for a bass. The bass will not want to chase down the crankbait as they do for a surface lure, however, noise and presentation is still key to using a crankbait correctly. They cover a lot of water, both horizontally and vertically, at a variety of depths. This technique works best around solid objects, such as rocks, logs, and stumps. You want to think of crankbaits as a teasing lure: grab the fish’s attention by reeling quickly, then stopping and allowing the crankbait to slowly rise. You will then want to real up again and make another stop. This technique can really drive the bass crazy.

Check out Karl Kolonka fishing crankbaits on Extreme Angler TV here.

Spinner Bait

Spinner baits can be trickier because they can be harder to hook a fish successfully given the lure’s design. These baits, however, are great year-round and can produce results on any given day on any lake. But much like the crankbait, these work best around some solid structure. Retrieval should range between a slow to medium speed. There are several different ways to use this lure. For one of the more popular methods, allow the spinner bait to fall to the bottom near a drop off. As it hits bottom, real up the slack, then allow it to fall to the bottom again. The slower you real in, the deeper the bait tends to swim through the water. If you real in at a faster rate, make sure you do not breach the surface. If you hang out below the water, you will create a wake that some fish find irresistible.

Jerkbait

This is probably the most simple technique for bass fishing and it is also the easiest to pick up. The hard part is figuring out what jerkbait to use and when you should use it. The lures come in a variety of shapes and sizes that swim at different depths. Regardless of the lure, however, the goal remains the same: you are trying to imitate a wounded fish. When you jerk the rod tip with a little twitch while you real in, it gives the impression that your jerkbait is not swimming at full health. The bass will love to go after that ‘easy meal.’

Dropshotting

Dropshotting is a finesse form of fishing that will require a little more effort to rig up. If you have experience fishing with a plastic worm, then you should be able to quickly adapt to dropshotting. The length between the worm and sinker can range anywhere from a few inches up to a foot-and-a-half; the distance depends on how muddy the lake floor is and how high you want the bait suspended from the bottom. The key to this technique is making your bait dance.

Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips

When I am back in Texas, one of my favorite things to do is spend time out on the water fishing for largemouth bass. These fish have a distinct appearance and are actually one of the most popular game fish in North America. If you are new to fishing or interesting in trying your hand at largemouth bass for the first time, I have compiled a list of some great tips, tricks and tactics to help make your fishing trip as fun as possible.

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1) Fish During The Pre-Spawn

The best time of the year to fish for bass is during pre-spawn, which starts in the spring when the water begins to heat up to around 55 to 65 degrees. During this time of the year, both the male and female bass will move to shallow waters, begin aggressively feeding and looking for the best place to next. The bass will actually move to such shallow waters, that you can usually locate the bass right from shore. There is no question that this is the best time of the year to catch your trophy bass.

Note: Remember to catch and release female bass so they can finish their spawn and continue the cycle of life for bass.

2) Know Bass Habits

If you want to have success out on the water, then it is important to understand the habits of the bass. The type of weather dictates where bass may or may not be, so you should base your location off the weather conditions. When the sun is out, the bass will look for shelter. When it is cloudy or there is little sun, the bass will move out from their protective shelter. Having an understanding for where bass would look for shelter in the water can help you locate the best place to fish.

Mack Prioleau3) The Best Time Of Day

The best time of the day to fish for bass is either during the early hours of the morning or the last few hours going into the evening. If it is a cloudy day, the bass will feed during the afternoon time. It is recommended that you get to your fishing hole of choice about an hour before sunup and/or sunset.

4) Always Keep An Eye On The Line

It is easy for your fishing line to get frayed from contact with rocks, gravel, branches, stumps or any other objects in the water. Therefore, you should frequently check your line right above the lure you are using. The last thing you want to do is lose a bass because your line broke.

5) Size Doesn’t Matter

The size of the lure does not dictate the size of the bass you could catch. A largemouth bass will strike prey that is 25% to 50% of its length. A large lure can also catch small bass. If you are not catching any fish on the lure you start with then you should try a smaller lure and see if that can produce some bites.

 

Info courtesy of Fishing Tips Depot.