Some Basics of Bass Fishing

Large mouth bass caught on fly


The more time you will spend fishing, the more you will learn about the techniques of fishing. You will acquire lots of knowledge about the “what, when, where and how ” of fishing. The best advice from the most experience would be, examine the fishing conditions, talk to other angler about baits and techniques they are using at the locations you are fishing in they are the ones who can give you the best info on where to find bass and above all, experiment yourself.
Every time you go fishing try something new. A new bait, a new lure, a new way of reeling in the line or even a new way of casting. I went fishing with a buddy once and he had these 12 inch rubber eels with him. When he recommended me to try one of those, I thought they are almost the size of the fish we were going to catch. I still tried one and in 10 minutes I hooked up a 32 inch Stripped Bass.

Below are some tips on Bass Fishing.

Bass Fishing Techniques

When using a bait, the lure has to reach the right depth before you shake the fishing rod tip. This way, the lure will attract the fish’s attention. Do this for about half a minute then shake again with few seconds interval, reel in a bit then repeat the process. If they are not biting, slow down a bit or move a little faster.

Few Tips

When fishing In the Spring, cast towards the deep water that is, keep your boat in the shallower water and cast towards the deep and use a 1/8 ounce weight.
When fishing in Fall, cast towards the shallower water with your boat in the deeper waters.

It’s a good idea to use a Texas rigged worm to prevent hang ups.

Keep the worm suspended 90% of the time when fishing out the worm.

During doodling, its important to keep the presentation natural by downsizing your hooks to 1/0 or lower and also paying delicate attention to how straight your bait is in order to maintain a natural presentation.

Fishing in crystal clear water can be tough. For successful fishing with weenie worms is to keep the line slack and shaking the bait and avoid dragging. Movement of the rod and the light line gives your bait an amazing action that the fish can barely ignore.

Night fishing for Bass

During hot Summer days when the Bass stops hitting in day light and when the heat becomes uncomfortable in the lakes, its time to go night fishing. Night fishing works great usually when the water temperature is in the mid 60s or warmer .

Where to find Bass

Lets talk a little about where to find bass. Finding the best bass fishing spot is a popular topic anglers talk about, and finding the right night fishing spot is another question all anglers ask. Large mouth and small mouth Bass usually don’t move great distances. With the exception of Stripped Bass. Small mouth Bass are known to be stationed at a location. However during hot summer days bass will move towards the deeper waters and as temperature goes down, will start moving into the less warmer water. Even at night in many lakes bass wont come shallow in hot summer days. Night fishing is known to be effective for bass within the 20-foot zone.

Few more bass fishing tips

When you know the location of your targeted fish, cast your lure past the fish. Try to cast without a big noise so that your cast doesn’t freak out the fish.
In windy conditions, use tension on the line right when the lure hit’s the water to avoid the line from being blown to obstructions.

There are different ways of casting, low trajectory, flipping, pitching, sidearm casting, underarm casting are some of them. Learn them as in different situations you will find different casting methods useful.
Using a quality rod and reel will improve your fishing dramatically. For bass fishing using a medium action rod works better than too stiff or too soft rods.
Hold the stem of the rod and the line with right hand when casting, hold the back of the rod with left hand. This way you will have better control on your cast and will be able make a strong cast. Eventually it will allow your cast to be a long one.
To get some extra momentum for the cast, lower down the lure about a foot from the rod tip before casting.
Be sure not to over fill the reel with fishing lines. Over filling will cause the lines to get tangled. When filling the spool, keep the top 1/8 inch empty. Overfilling will keep you busy with your fishing lines, not with the fish.

When using plastic worm, use a glass bead between the weight and the worm.
When you have a hit, keep tension on the line so that the fish don’t get slack on the line, it will prevent the hook from coming loose from the fish’s mouth.
Recommended lines are 17 to 25 lbs for bait casting and 10 to 14 lbs for spinners. For more on Bass Fishing Lures check out “Lures for Bass Fishing: Right Lure Lands Big“.

Planning prior a fishing trip is very important part of angling. Make sure you take with you enough of the baits and lures you will use, a line clipper, nose pliers, a knife, some spare weight and hook are must haves in your tackle box. Check the weather forecast and tide time before heading to fishing. Try to learn about the environment bass lives in. knowing where the bass can be found at any given time is something you must know. Remember when site fishing, if you caught nothing with 20 casts on the same spot, there is no fish in that spot, move on to a new spot.

You will learn more with every catch you make. There is always a pattern for fishing in any area. Once you know the pattern you will know when the action will be in peak and when it will slow down, and also similar locations will usually have similar patters for fishing actions. When action slows down just move on to a new location.