Bass Fishing Tips
Bass is one of the most sought after game fish in North America as well as many other parts of the world. Bass tend to be an aggressive fish that will attack your lure if presented properly. Bass are abundant throughout lakes and streams and you really don’t need thousands of dollars in equipment to target bass, which is another reason people love to fish for them. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you catch more bass.
Spring Is a Perfect Time To Catch Big Bass
With spawning activity of bass beginning during the spring season, the fish become more aggressive and usually in shallower waters. Take advantage of this time of the year and fish.
Bass will take the bait not only from hunger but also out of exasperation. However, make it a point to rerelease female bass back into the water so that the spawning is complete and the lifecycle is maintained.
Keep Your Hooks Sharp
Bass have thin jaws, so a sharp hook is more able to penetrate the fish. You can use a file to sharpen your hooks and it only takes a few seconds.
Face the Wind
Sacrifice some distance in your casting and fish with the wind in your face. Bass have a tendency to swim along with the natural flow of the water. In other words, they’re more comfortable with swimming downstream rather than upstream. Use this technique to your advantage especially fishing streams or from a boat in the lake.
Fish Seasonal With Your Baits
The eating patterns and habits of bass keep changing with the seasons. During the spring season, bass will feed primarily on crawfish while in fall and summer, they gorge on shad or other abundant bait fish. Match your baits accordingly, you can use baits that are colored like crawfish in the spring and blues and silvers in the summer and fall. Try to match your baits with the size and color of the predominant baits at a particular time of year you are fishing.
Take Advantage Of Red Baits Or Hooks
Bass can be fooled into believing that the bait or prey is injured if it has a reddish hue. So, when you fish shallow areas inside structure, make sure to use baits with a red head or you can use a red hook to increase catching fish. I always carry a red marker to spruce up some of my lures and hooks.
Fish Shallow in the Spring
In the spring bass like to hang out in spawning beds. Concentrate on shallow water, especially in pockets and coves protected from the wind because this is where they like to guard their eggs. They’ll bite as much out of irritation with the lure as they will out of hunger.
Fish Right Before A Storm
The best time to fish for bass is before a front comes through, and the worst time to fish them is after. The pressure makes the bass more active, so watch for a wall of clouds moving in to catch more bass.
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