Bass Fishing : When and Where

Bass Fishing with family

An angler need to understand that different tools and techniques are required for fishing different species of fish. Types of fishing are generally divided into two categories, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing. Saltwater fish species are also referred to as marine species, seawater species. Different species of fish thrive in different type of water body when some are found in both types of water and some are found in different type of water in different times of the year.

Bass is a species that can thrive in both types of water. That is one reason why bass fishing is preferred by so many anglers. In fact after trout fishing, bass fishing is the most popular freshwater fishing. There are multiple sub species of saltwater bass and sea trout. Sea trout is also known as Weakfish for its smaller jaw capacity. Sport fishing of these two saltwater species are less popular compared to their freshwater cousins. Geography is also a big reason for this.

Angler who never enjoy bass fishing is almost never heard of. Bass puts up good fight which brings a lot of excitement when hooked. Large mouth and small mouth basses are good fighters. Catching them requires a lot of nerve, strength and skill of how the fish behave in different conditions. Compared to other predator fishes, bass is smarter and they can sometimes detect danger posed by an angler. When they sense danger, bass become cautious of baits or lures presented.
To do good in bass fishing, its important to understand habit, likes and dislikes of bass. Good knowledge on the following bass fishing tips will help succeed in bass fishing.

Right time to go bass fishing:

The best time for bass fishing is right before sun rise and sun set. Bass have sensitive eyes and they don’t like bright sun light. Early morning bass goes on a feeding frenzy on insects and flies and that’s a very good time to go bass fishing. Also right after sun rise when the light is still not very strong and the rays of the sun doesn’t hit the whole water body, bass will be very active in the water. that’s why fly fishing for bass is better early morning.

Before sunset is another time when bass bites a lot. Bass will come out in the shade and hunt on flies and other insets as well as smaller fishes when the sun is not strong. In cloudy days bass will be active even in mid days. A lot of anglers prefers to go bass fishing when the sky is cloudy with of without light drizzling rain. During the day if fishing in lakes, you will find them in reeds close to the shore.

Where the bass hides:

When the sun is strong and the water heats up during the mid days, bass will usually hide in the reeds and usually stays close to structures in the water. Casting to them can be trouble some at this time. If you can get a boat, you will do good bass fishing in mid day. If you don’t have a boat, get an inexpensive small rubber rafts that can carry two people.

Take your raft about 15 feet away from the shore and cast straight into the reeds. This will give you better results then fishing from the shore in sunny day.

Taking Care of Bass Fishing Gear

Prepare for the big Bass

For a bass angler, the most important thing in the world of fishing is having the right equipment and being prepared. Having the right equipment ready when you need can be the key to success with bass fishing. When you are fishing for the biggest bass in the lake or the mouth of a river, having the right fishing gear might define the difference between failure and success.

The detail about bass fishing gear might go down to very specific or too technical that will sound too unfriendly to novice angler. But for true fishing lover these specifics will increase the curiosity and will lead him to learn more about fishing techniques. Having knowledge of some of these specifics of bass fishing will eventually help a lot in the long run with bass fishing. It will help an angler to save a lot of time and effort to hook the big bad basses.

Fishing rods and reels

The fishing rods and reels are like your investments on fishing. They can be expensive and are the most important tool for fishing. Without proper maintenance they will turn bad and will fail when you are fishing. Making sure that your rods and reels are well maintained is more important than buying the most expensive and reliable brands. When you are having an exciting battle between the big bass and you, you wouldn’t want to lose simply because you didn’t maintain your fishing rod and reel.

Check your rod before you go fishing. If you have two or three piece rods, carefully check the connecting ends. Look for damage and cracks. If there is any crack deal with it or have your bait and tackle store deal with it. If you fish a lot, its good to buy good brand rods as they will have warranty that will replace the rod if there is any damage before its life time.

Fishing Lines

A lot of times line guides will cause damage to your line when you are reeling in a fish. Checking the line guides with a Q tip will help to check for sharpness in the line guides.

If you fish every weekend or more, you should check your lines at least once a month. Look for damages, check if any part of the line is corroded, twined, tangled. Using swivels will minimize the damage to your fishing line a lot. Using stronger line for leader line and using a leader line longer than the fish you will catch will prevent damage to your fishing line a lot. If you are fishing for fish with sharp teeth like blue fish, you should use metal leaders with swivel. The best way to check your fishing line is pay attention to it when you are fishing.

Dress for the job

Proper clothing is another important thing to remember for any kind of fishing trip. You don’t want to go fishing in shorts and find its 20 degrees cooler at the river !! Temperature tends to be cooler by the water, the water might be warmer than the air but because of open space and blowing wind you will feel cooler. Checking the weather forecast is a good way to determine what clothing to put on when fishing. When fishing in fall or early spring, its always good to wear a good jacket because if you face warm weather you can take the jacket off but if you face too cold weather, you will be fine in your jacket. From my personal experience I have learnt that when fishing at the mouth of a river in fall or early spring, the temperature can drop dramatically and make the weatherman wrong. Its good to be prepared for it when you go fishing.

Inspect your fishing gear and head out for an exciting bass fishing trip.
Be sure to check your bass fishing gear first.

Where to Find Bass

Where to find bass

Small Mouth Bass

Love Bass Fishing

Bass fishing is fun. Its also one of the most popular game fish among the anglers. Its hard to say exactly what it is in bass fishing that attracts so much attention but its everything about bass fishing that attracts anglers to go for it and get fond of it and start following the trends and really get hooked with bass fishing. All types of Bass puts up good fight, they are aggressive and bite, Bass will roam in school making multiple catch in a location possible, anglers can try many different methods, baits and lures for bass fishing, the availability of Bass fishing gear, all of these contributes to the growth of popularity of Bass fishing.

Where to Find Bass

“Where are the Bass…? ” probably one of the most talked topic bass anglers will talk about. To be successful with bass fishing, any angler will have to learn about how to find the right bass fishing locations. When I started bass fishing, I went Bass fishing to a place in Milford, CT. First few trips I wasted hours after hours and caught nothing. Then I after talking to a fellow angler, I learned that the tide is the key to fishing in that location. After that I did good in that fishing spot. Understanding the water and also what type of fishing bait or lure to use are also thinks to learn about.
In this article I will try to provide some information about how to identify the best bass fishing locations, how to understand the water you plan to fish on and also what bait or lure to use for bass.
The first topics to learn about bass fishing are:
a. How to find bass fishing spot
b. Techniques of using different type of baits.

Locating a bass fishing spot can be challenging even for a veteran bass angler because there are so many things to consider. Below are some of them.

Let the map lead you to the Bass House

A map can tell you where you can go to look for the right bass fishing conditions. Instead of driving to random locations and try bass fishing, its better to look in a map to decide where you want to go to look for the right fishing spot.

Looking for bass in the most practical places.

If you go looking for an active bass in fast moving, two feet deep, crystal clear water, you will be disappointed. Also weather factor must be considered because bass will not be in the same place after a cold front and in hot summer days.

Bass care about water depth

Depth of the water is an important factor for bass fishing. Most species of bass won’t be in the top of the water or in the bottom all the time. They won’t even be in too shallow water bodies in warm days, they might look for prey in shallower waters with grassy or sandy bed. Especially Stripped Bass might look for prey in grassy sea beds with water depth as low as 1 foot. But when attracted to a prey bass will come to the surface to hunt them down. That’s why fly fishing for bass is so much fun.

Bass use no glasses

You will need to know how casting style will have to be different based on the water clarity. When the water is crystal clear, sometimes you will be able to see the bass you want to catch but remember, the bass might as well be able to see you. So cast from a distance and make sure your bait doesn’t hit the water right on top of the bass or too close to the bass. Cast a little far from it then bring the bait by the bass so that it thinks it’s a prey trying to get away.

Bass use no heater no jacket

On a hot burning summer day, bass wont be in the top level of water or it wont be in too shallow waters. You would want to cast your lure of bait in the deeper waters where most fish will try to stay safe from summer heat and low oxygen hot waters. And again in cooler days the lower levels of water tends to stay warmer, so fish will not stay close to the surface.

Bass follows Seasonal pattern

Bass fishing will vary more or less with season changes. As mentioned earlier, temperature is a big factor, also brightness of the sun, water current, marine plants, availability of natural food are things to consider.

Bass wants a castle

Stripped bass roams around in a large area but large mouth bass and small mouth bass prefers to stay close to structures in the water. Especially in hot sunny days they will stay in the shade of structures in the water.

Bass ain’t no vegetarian

Locating marine vegetation might be a good way to locate good bass fishing areas. Vegetation attracts natural food for bass so they will be close to those areas. When high tide engulf grassy beds on the bank, bass will be there looking for worms, crickets, grubs and other insects and insect eggs.

The most important part of bass fishing is enjoy it

But there is more! Being a consistent bass angler is so much more than just getting in your boat, hitting the water, and casting your baits. That’s why bass tournaments are so competitive and exciting, because the more you learn about locating bass the quicker you can start catching them right? And hey, isn’t that half the battle?
You can start with studying a lake map. Two general types of lake maps are mostly used by bass anglers. They are called “Hot Spot” and “Topographical” maps. A topographical map will usually show a lot more in detail when hot spot map will show only fishing locations. A good way of using a lake map would be to sector it. Study a map, use a highlighter and highlight the locations you want to fish for a short period of time, if you are going for a tournament, do it as a pre fishing before the tournament and find the locations where the bass are most active. Then chose the highest catch areas and fish there.

Here are some elements to look for in the map when sectoring it:
* Vegetation areas
* Irregularity of the lake bottom
* Deeper water next to shallow waters
* Various types of structures
* Close to bridge or dam.

Good luck and have fun.

Starter Tips on Bass Fishing

Small Mouth Bass

Love Fishing

For a novice angler it is excitement and curiosity that drives him to try many different types of fishing. Usually it takes up some time to decide what type of fishing you want to go for. Although I enjoy all kinds of fishing, I go for bass fishing most of the times but I also enjoy some seasonal fishing. When bass fishing is not good I also go for other different types of fishing. Its always fun trying new fishing techniques. But for a novice angler sometimes it might get a little confusing to decide what fishing to do or when to go for what. In this article I will try to give some idea that might help to decide why you should go for one of the most favorite past time Bass Fishing. I will share with you some secrets of bass fishing.

Introducing the Big Bad Bass

You need to know that, Bass is the name of the family, there are few different species of bass in the north American waters. Large mouth bass, Small mouth bass, Stripped bass are the most common members of the bass family. First you have to decide which bass you want to go for. Stripped bass can grow huge. The record size stripped bass caught so far was 84.4 pounds and 54 inch long. It was caught in august 2011 in Connecticut using a live eel. In the other hand record large mouth bass caught was 30 inches and 22 lbs when small mouth bass caught was over 11 pounds. So if you crave for the biggest bass, you might want to go for stripped bass fishing.
Most importantly you need to know where to find the right bass for you ? Are they available in areas you live ? How many miles you will have to drive to get to your preferred bass fishing locations ? Stripped bass are fun to catch. They are strong, fight a lot, aggressive but they live in moving waters. They usually move around from the sea into the rivers and vise versa. The mouth of a river is the best place to fish for stripped bass and because they follow the tide, you will have to check the tide forecast to go for them. Large mouth bass and small mouth bass are fresh water species. They spawn in abundance in large lakes, ponds and in some rivers. So if you live too far from the sea, large mouth bass and small mouth bass might be the options available for you. For more info about how to locate Bass habitat check out this article.

Lear about Bass

An important thing to know for an angler is what your targeted fish eats. When you know what the type of bass you want to catch, it becomes a lot easier to decide what bait or lure you want to use. But the good side of bass fishing is, bass eats almost anything that moves in the water and they love things that fall on the water and move. Its easy to create that situation by casting and reeling again and again. This is one reason why fly fishing for bass is so popular. Fly fishing is in fact one of the best way to enjoy bass fishing. Now some fishing lure may work better and some might not work too good depending on some influences from the environment. When fishing for stripped bass, Eel seem to work great. Live eel or even rubber eel works for stripped bass great. Also rubber minnows works for all species of bass. Rubber insects, frogs and anglers even have caught large mouth bass with plastic rat on a hook. When fishing in low light, bright colored baits and lures works better, when fishing in bright day light too bright color baits may not work too good.

Fishing location is another important thing to know about. Some anglers go for the deep waters to catch the biggest fish. But the truth is large mouth bass are usually found near rocks or under brush close to the shore. They are there all the year round you don’t have to think about the season when fishing for them except for extreme hot or cold weathers. Stripped bass will be in deeper water in hot summer days and they will be in shallower and warmer waters in cooler days.

Hope this will help you with your bass fishing.