One of the most popular fish out there nowadays is the largemouth bass. In fact, it is so popular that most male and female anglers out there will have stories to tell of how they have tried to catch this fish with crazy baits once upon a time. Fortunately, this also means that there is a ton of information on this fish out there nowadays, one of which is this article, which hopes to touch on all of the basics that you need to know when fishing for bass.
Generally speaking, you will need a ton of equipment if you want to fish tournaments. However, you can still catch them from the shore, even if you don’t have a boat. Ideally, you should have three rods handy for this with a line from 10 to 50 pounds and a hook in a size 1 or 2. A heavy line would be a must for this, too, since a 3-pound bass can easily pull you into cover. Plus, if you didn’t set your reel drag correctly, a light line could break with ease.
Bass Fishing in the Morning
When fishing for bass in the morning, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits would be the best choice to use on top or below the surface. You should have a fairly fast retrieve, too. Also, keep a lookout for fish to swirl next to the bait. If this tends to happen a lot and you don’t catch any fish, try casting a plastic worm into the exact same location instead.
Bass Fishing During Midday
During the day, bass tend to move to cover. So, if you are fishing for them during midday, it would be best to fish jig-n-pig rigs near the shore under bushes and fallen trees. Not only will you be able to ambush bass there, but you will also get to catch bigger fish in the end. You will need to move very slowly along the bottom of the river or lake, though. Make sure you watch your line for any twitching movements, as well, and always set your hook hard, too.
Spinnerbaits and crankbaits will attract the bass from deep water. However, if you would like to fish deep, make sure you reduce the strength of the line to 10 pounds and use a crankbait that has a deep angled lip. Crankbaits without a lip work well with an erratic retrieve when bounced off of the bottom of the lake, as well. Plastic imitations of different colors, styles, shapes and lengths will also work with or without any weights.