Bass Fishing: Lures, Gear & Tips For Landing Massive Fish

We love to fish! We believe it’s one of the most satisfying hobbies a man (or woman) can have.

It can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages and fitness levels. You don’t have to be super fit or overly active to be good at fishing.  

There are so many benefits of fishing, that those who have ever enjoyed fishing in the past, will most likely, continue to fish in the future!  It’s a hobby that you can hold onto your whole life.

But as with all hobbies, a passionate person, will always looking for ways to improve and expand their knowledge.

This article will give you some interesting tips and guidance on ways to fish for Bass specifically.  It will outline some pointers that will take the guesswork out of your fishing trips and hopefully allow you to derive even more pleasure from this age-old past time.

Benefits of Bass Fishing

Even some experienced bass fish anglers can find bassing fishing to be a challenging experience.

However, bass fishing, as with most fishing, is an activity that offers many benefits.  

Read on for some interesting facts on the benefits of fishing!

One of the major reasons why people love to fish is because of the time spent in the great outdoors!  

Being outside under the sun and breathing in fresh air works wonders for our health and state of mind.  

In fact, science has backed this up with studies on the benefits of vitamin D the sun provides when we are exposed to it.  This allows us to have healthy teeth and bones, it boosts our immune systems and battles against depression!

Fishing really should be prescribed by doctors to patients instead of Prozac!

(this is a joke -we are not medically qualified to prescribe fishing to anyone with health issues)

Actually, in Scotland, there are some hospitals that use fishing to treat their mental health patients.   It is gaining such positive results that they are planning on doing it in more hospitals in the country.

Fishing taps into our natural instinct to seek out food.  Fishing for food gives us a different kind of satisfaction that we get from fishing for sport.  

Bass can be tasty when caught early in the season and from clean clear water. Being able to skillfully and patiently catch your own bass is a rare treat that some people may never get to experience their whole lives.  

The thrill and challenge of fishing is a feeling that one is not able to find doing many other things.  There isn’t much that can give you the same rush as when you have waited for hours and finally feel the distinct tug on the end of your rod!

Fishing is great for your physical fitness too.  Scientists have calculated that the average fishing trip burns around 200 calories per hour.  

The movements required to prepare and set up your equipment,  standing, sitting and balancing all use different muscles -and is better for your fitness than watching TV for an hour.

Reeling in your line or simply standing in a boat will develop your ability to balance. This is especially beneficial for back pain sufferers.

Other benefits include, but are not limited to, quality time bonding with family or friends, exercising patience, learning self-reliance, and the appreciation of nature and the world around us.  It’s a great skill to teach your kids. 

All this information on the benefits of fishing is very useful when we have to justify the reasons we wish to spend so much of our time on this wonderful hobby.  

Types of Bass Fish

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Largemouth Bass – image courtesy of onthewater.com

There is a wide variety of bass fish. They are divided into 3 main categories

  • Perciformes Serranidae -This includes approximately 400 species of sea bass and grouper
  • Moronidae  -Sometimes categorized as a subfamily of the Serranidae.  Containing about 6 species, such as the striped and European basses
  • Centrarchidae  -or sunfishes, these include large and smallmouth basses, prized by fishermen.

There are many other fishes also known as bass, such as ;

channel bass, sometimes called a drum fish rock bass, sunfish,  calico bass and crappie fish.

You might have heard them referred to as any of these names, depending on where you are.

One of the most popular kinds of bass to fish is the largemouth bass. They are also known by a number of other names:

  • Widemouth Bass
  • Florida Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bigmouth Bass
  • Bucketmouth Bass
  • Green Bass
  • Green Trout
  • Southern Largemouth  
  • Northern Largemouth

These families of bass, include fish of various sizes and colors.  Most bass fish are found in North America but they can also be found in Europe and some other mild weathered areas.

Largemouth Bass or Micropterus salmoides are the most popular game fish in North America. They have a striking complexion and are one of the top predators in the natural ecosystem, the Largemouth Bass is a very interesting aquatic animal.

Learning more about them and their habits will provide you with a deeper understanding of the creatures and will enhance your fishing experience and as well as results.

At just 2 inches long, young largemouth bass are called Fry.  At this stage, they are already active predators and are feeding mainly on zooplankton and insect larvae.

The average big largemouth bass will weigh around 5 pounds. The heaviest bass ever caught on record was in 1932 and weighed 22 pounds 4 ounces. In 2009, this same size bass was caught in Japan.

Interestingly, bass fish never stop growing, the bigger the fish the older it is likely to be.

Bass fish do not have many natural predators,  mainly just the walleye, muskie, and Northern pike.

Bass are usually solitary fish unless they are males guarding their brood swarm.  

They are known for being tough fighters when being reeled in, this is one of the major reasons anglers enjoy them fishing for them!

Largemouth bass will often jump up out of the water and fly through the air when caught on a hook in an effort to break free.  It can be a spectacular site and one which will send a shiver of excitement through even the most experienced of anglers.

This information will give you an indication of the characteristics and behaviors of the kinds if bass you can expect to come across.  

The Best Places for Bass Fishing

Certain varieties of bass fish are some of the most popular species for sports fishing in the world.  Bass fishing has been introduced to every continent in the world except Antarctica -this is only because it’s just too cold for the fish and for most people!

In general, bass fish ideal habitats will have clear, calm, slow to non-flowing water.  There will be mild water temperatures from 80° to 90°F with lots of aquatic vegetation, which provides feeding environments for their prey.  There will usually be cover nearby, such as the sunken limbs of a tree or between rocks or under roots.

To fish for them you’ll have to go to rivers, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and steams.  The most popular places in America for bass fishing are lakes in Minnesota, California, North and South Carolina.  There are some great reservoirs in Texas as well as New York.

In Europe, bassing fish are primarily ocean-going fish found in Europe’s western, southern and Africa’s northern coasts.  They can also be found in shallow coastal waters and river mouths during Europe’s summer months.

Fishing in waters different from the ones mentioned above is unlikely to yield as many varieties of bass fish.

Do make sure you check the area you plan to fish. As most states have size limits on their fish. If the fish you catch is not up to the minimum size stated, it is required that you let it go. There are sometimes maximum quantity limits for certain kinds of fish as well.
There can be also daily limits or a certain amount of fish you can keep in one day.

It’s also important to check if you’ll need a permit to fish in the area you are going to fish from.  In some places, it’s illegal to fish without a permit and being caught doing so could result in you being fined.  

In some states it’s only veterans and children and that are exempt from needing a permit.  Although many fish species have an open season all through the year, there are some that do not. So you’ll need to look at your state’s regulations to find out what times you are allowed to fish.

The Best Times for Bass Fishing

The prime time to catch bass fish is before their spawning season.  During their pre-spawn in spring when the waters are a nice mild temperature, around 55 to 65 degrees.

The best time of day for bass fishing is early morning or late in the evening -the times when the sunlight isn’t too bright overhead.

However, this should not stop you from bass fishing during other times.  The fall is also a great time to fish as the weather is an agreeable temperature for them.  

In the middle of winter, a mild afternoon will also bring out the bass.  

What do Bass fish Eat?

It’s a good idea to have some in-depth knowledge of what bass fish like to eat.  This will guide you in choosing your lures and baits.

It has been stated in the past, that fully grown largemouth bass generally feed on small fish like perch, sunfish, and minnows. They are also known to eat frogs, crayfish, insects, lizards, and small aquatic birds.

However, according to more recent studies, it turns out the bass fish, in reality, eat anything!

They will eat whatever is readily available in their environment.  Biologists have examined the contents of the stomachs of a number of bass from all over the continent and have found a wide variety of matter.  

Some of the more surprising creatures discovered in bass stomachs being; snakes, grass shrimp, and even other smaller bass fish!

It seems that what bass fish eat is more dependant on its size.  Whatever they can catch that can fit in their mouths, they’ll eat.  

So it stands to reason that smaller bass will eat small prey and larger bass will eat bigger prey.  For example, a largemouth bass could eat a rainbow trout that is up to 10 to 12 inches long.

Young bass need to feed on insects and insect larvae which are now thought to be a vital source of food that enables them to grow well.  This will help them thrive in lakes, ponds, and rivers where there are lots of aquatic insects.

Young bass fish will change its diet from eating insects to small fish once they reach around 8 inches long.

Bass don’t like eating plants. Although aquatic plants have been found in the belly of bass, this is because they prey on other species who often eat aquatic plants. Bass do not get any nutrition from eating plants.

Best Bait for Bass Fishing

Keep in mind though, bass eat different types of bait depending on the time of year. The general rule of thumb is early in the year during springtime, they like crawfish and similar creatures so use peach-colored patterns. In the summertime and the fall, they like shad and such, so it’ll be best to use chrome or silver colored baits.

There are so many kinds of lures and baits available.  However, choosing the right lure depends on a number of factors, such as the type of bass commonly found in the area, water depth and visibility.   

Yet even with this information, it can still be difficult to narrow down the best choices for your use.

Most experienced anglers will own a variety of baits and lure to suit every weather or water condition that they might find themselves in.

Here is a list and brief description of the most common kinds.

Crankbaits

These baits look like baitfish or crawfish -two of bass fishes favorite foods. These come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Its works well in most kinds of water and are easy to cast.

Crankbaits are good for both amateurs anglers and pros.  They are a quick way to fish over large areas of water and it allows for both shallow and deep fishing depending on the type of lure and rod it is attached to.

Spinnerbaits

Spinnerbaits look like baitfish and work by spinning through the water when it’s slowly reeled in. They can also quickly cover large water areas. Spinnerbaits mimics the movements insects make on the surface of the water and are able to draw a lot of attention from any bass nearby. When casting deeper underwater they make more the vibrations than crankbaits or plastic worms, this allows it to attract the larger largemouth bass.

Spinnerbaits are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs to work well in any environment and condition.

Worms

Artificial worms are a versatile bait.  It can be fished from the top of the surface to the bottom depths of rivers and lakes.
You can get them in any size you like,  from a tiny three-inch worm to huge ones over 10 inches long.  They are available in any color you can think of and can be rigged in whatever way suits your needs!

A Jig and pig

A jig and pig is one of the best performers in enticing big bass.  It is so successful because it looks and acts like a crawfish when it is being dragged along the bottom of the water. It’s a great bait for catching bigger bass, as the bigger ones tend to be found deeper in the water.  

Larger bass don’t really go higher in the water and the big ones don’t tend to jump up to catch the spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

A bucktail jig is a very basic but effective lure variation.  It works so well that it is included in some survival kits! These kinds of lures might feature plastic tails that are curly or straight, and work well in a variety of conditions.

Topwater Lure

Using a topwater lure can make for some very exciting catches.  These baits flash and wiggle and attract active bass that will come up to the surface of the water and pull at it causing the lure to be pulled under.  

Topwater lures are made in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and actions. You can make these work in a lot of different ways with whichever fishing rod or method you choose to use.  

There are many other baits and lures available, but these are the favorites for bass fishing.

Of course, you can adapt its use to whatever condition you are fishing in, to catch whatever fish is around.  

Artificial Baits vs Live Baits

Now, as much as pro anglers like using artificial baits for their practical designs, some fishermen argue that live bait attracts some of the biggest bass fish they have ever caught.

There are benefit and drawbacks to using both kinds. Here is some information that will guide you in choosing your bait preference.  

One of the main things you’ll find about live bait is the cost.  Whether its live shrimp, frozen squid, pinfish, ballyhoo -over time the cost will add up.  

Also the time it takes to catch live bait is considerable (if you would prefer to catch them opposed to buying them)

Then there’s the mess, live bait can make quite a mess at the bottom of your boat at the end of a long day!  Artificial bait doesn’t really make a mess in that way.

On the other hand, some fishermen believe that live bait is safer, especially for groups of people fishing at the same time.  

Some environmentalists, believe that artificial baits end up polluting the rivers and lakes.  

This was likely to be a common occurrence in the past but most manufacturers now use biodegradable materials to make artificial baits.     

We would recommend trying both, not just for the experience, but for the first-hand knowledge in developing your own opinion and preference.

Bass Rods and Reels

Any experienced fisherman knows what kind of rod or reel he (or she) prefers to use. However, not all fishing equipment -or outfit, is suitable to use in all fishing circumstances.  

So, we will simply discuss which are the best combinations of rods and reels to catch bass fish.

If you have ever gone fishing with the wrong rod and reel, you will understand the importance of getting it right.  The type of fishing you want to do will affect the kind of rod and reel that you will use.

If you plan on using a very light lure, you will need a small spinning reel and a light-action rod.

But if you put a small spinning reel on a heavy rod, you will find that it will not work properly.

It will be very difficult to cast and it is likely that you might end up with your line broken and lose your fish!

A fast-action medium rod is perfect for casting smaller crankbaits. A light tip will cast the lure better, and provide it with some strength and stability for controlling the fish.

The matching reel should be able to handle an 8 to 12-pound test line -this is a good range to use with these lures.

If you’re casting deep-diving, larger crankbaits, you need a long rod with a baitcasting reel used on a low gear ratio and strong gears, this will allow you to reel in the tough pulling lures.

When bait fishing with plastic worms, things can vary a lot.  You will need to make sure that you have matched your reel, rod, and line to the type of bass you are fishing, as well as the weight of sinker being using.

Spinnerbaits can be used to fish on a heavier rod with a light tip, which aids your casting.

Bass often slam onto a spinnerbait hard so it’s important that you have the equipment that will take the impact and allow you to control the fish.

Ensuring that you have matched your rod and reel to each other will allow you to enjoy your bass fishing, even more, your outfit should make it easier and more efficient for you and therefore more successful!.

Best Bass Fishing Methods

Some experienced anglers may say that there are many methods to catch a fish.  This is true, especially with bass fish, which is why they are one of the favorites to fish for.

We have gathered, from experienced fishermen, from all over the country, some of the best hints, tips, and guides to successful bait fishing.

  • The easiest time to fish for largemouth bass is in the early spring because they will start to move closer to the surface of the water.
  • Reuse your damaged worms! When fishing in shallow water, bass fish will see your old chewed up worms as an injured, easy meal!
  • Bass fish can be lazy, opportunistic foragers, so try using baits that crawl slowly along the bottom of the water, such as nightcrawlers or crayfish and shad style baits.
  • Bass are attracted to the color red! Whenever you can, use a spinnerbait that has a red or pink head, and a crankbait with red hooks. The red will look like blood to predatory fish, it will think the bait’s injured, and will make an easy target for them.
  • Make sure you keep your hooks sharp. Bass fish have very boney jaws, so your hook will need to always be sharp enough to penetrate its mouth. Metal nail files in your kit will do a great job of sharpening your hooks!   
  • When fishing in cold weather, make sure you keep your hands, feet, and core warm.  These are the places that lose the most heat. Keeping your core warm will prevent the cold from affecting you too much.  There are also heated apparel you can buy that comes with remote controls to keep you enjoying your winter fishing trips for longer!
  • Bass always swim with the current, so to be in the ideal position to catch your bass -fish facing the wind! It may affect the distance of your casts, but it’s worth the sacrifice.  The fish will see your bait before it sees your boat and the wind will carry away any noise that might scare of away close-by bass.
  • As you cast your bait, try to make it skip across the water, as you do with a rock or pebble.  To do this with your rod, you will cast your line out and stop halfway instead of following it through.  This will cause the bait to skip across the surface a little and attract more attention than it normally would.  This is also a good way to get under docks and other obstructions.
  • Another good tip is to check in your livewell water.  Bass are known to spit up whatever they are currently feeding on. This will give you an indication of what kind or color lure to cast that day.
  • Cast your lure shallow in the springtime. Due to spawning season, you will find some bass are guarding their spawning beds against wind and other predators. Focus on shallow areas, like coves or in pockets.  The bass will bite to guard their eggs as well as to feed themselves.
  • Some experienced bass anglers recommend fishing before a storm!

The best time to fish for bass is just before a front comes through, and they say,  the worst time is after a storm. The weather build up seems to make the bass more active.  so a wall of clouds moving in is a sign to set out. If the weather is too nice, bass are less likely to bite! You can test this tip for yourself!

  • Be persistent, Bass is a cantankerous kind of fish. This means they are grumpy and hard to deal with.  You may have to cast your line many times before you can get one to bite. So keep offering your lure to it in the same locations in different ways in order to finally catch its attention and either entice or antagonize it into biting!
  • Bass are known to be tough fighters when being pulled out of the water.  To make holding on to them easier, make sure you do it safely. To correctly hold a live bass,  hold its bottom lip between your thumb and bent pointer finger. Ensure you maintain a tight grip.

Bass Fishing Techniques

There are many ways to fish for bass.  An experienced fisherman would have developed a few of their own.  Here are some known methods that can inspire you or can be adapted and personalized to suit your preferences.

The Popper

Poppers are topwater baits.   The technique aptly named “popper’ requires the angler to literally pop the lure as it is reeled in, pausing every second or so to allow it to steady.  This technique imitates the movement of a wounded fish. The sporadic moving and stopping can really get the attention of nearby bass.

Walk The Dog

Another well known retrieving method is called “walk the dog,” This technique can be done using a soft-frog or Zara spook-type bait. To do this you will quickly twitch your rod tip up and down while consistently and slowly reeling in your line.

Pitching and Flipping

Two of the best methods for getting into shallow water with thick cover are pitching and flipping. These techniques are similar, but one is usually better than the other in certain circumstances, mainly when it involves distance.

To master this technique you will need; a long rod, between  6 1/2-foot to 7 1/2-foot, a good soft-plastic bait and lots of practice!

Pitching;- To use the pitching technique you will let out your line, enough for you to be able to pull down on your bait.  Hold the release button on your reel to keep it open and with one smooth motion swing your rod tip towards the water and allow the bait to catapult towards your target.  Your timing is vital to your ability to get this right. If you can master it, you will be able to get your bait into tricky stops without scaring away the bass.

Flipping;- The flipping technique takes more practice that pitching, but once you understand it, you will be able to perfect your presentation and hit the location your targeted with more precision than pitching.

To do this, start by letting out between 8 to 15 feet of line then close your reel. Then grab the line between the reel and first-rod guide and then extend your other arm out to the side as you pull on the line.

Raising the rod, the bait will now swing towards you. Swing the bait to your targeted location and feed the line through your freehand. Make the remaining line taunt and prepare to strike.

This method can be a little awkward at first but once you are able to get good at it, you will be able to catch some elusive bass in places you would not have been able to before.

Bumping the Stump

Bump the stump is a great technique to use when fishing in deep water.  As you feel your crankbait hit the bottom or another surface, like a rock, reel up your line and quickly down again. Allow it to float a little, then repeat the up and down motions again  This movement will get a bass’ attention and tease them into bitting

Jerkbait

This is one of the simplest technique for bass fishing and may be one of the easier techniques to learn. The most difficult part of this is knowing the right bait to use at the right time.  

It’s best used in clear water, where bass are easily able to see it.  Jerkbaits come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. It works by imitating wounded baitfish.

To use this technique you will -as the name indicates -jerk the bait.  
Twitch or jerk your rod tip a little while reeling your line mimics the unnatural movement of an impaired fish.  This will attract bass thinking it has spotted an easy meal.

Drop-shotting

This stylish technique takes a little more planning to set it up than the others described above,  but if you are able to manage it, it’s definitely worth the effort.

If you are able to fish with a plastic worm, you will have a headstart on this method.  

The main difference with drop-shotting is that the end of the worm is weighted.  So when you cast it deep into the water, it appears as a column of enticing worm flesh.  As you reel the bait up, allow it to dance a little to make a good show of itself. This technique can be easier than other techniques if you decide just to suspend the bait and not retrieve it until you notice some action.  

This kind of drop-shot worm bait, comes a range of lengths, from a short 2 inch up to 2 feet long.  You choose your length depending on the type of water you will be fishing in. For muddy lake bottoms, you will need to use a longer worm than you would in clear waters.  The purpose is to be easily spotted by bass fish after all.

Some Bassing Fishing Guidance

Above are some handy tips and information that might make your bassing expeditions easier and more successful.

Here are some general guidance and good practice information to help enhance your overall knowledge and skill in bass fishing.

Fish in the Right Place!

One of the most important factors, as many reputable anglers believe, is to focus your efforts where the fish are. There’s no point fishing for fish that are famous for hiding in dark, covered spaces being looked for in wide open spaces!  We must go to where we know they will be.

Bass are known for lucking around covered areas as it allows them to hide from the prey they are hunting.  So, we must find the areas that are covered on the body of water we are fishing. Cover comes from many different forms including rocks, logs, structures, boat docks, lily pads, grass, and any solid things in and around rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

This is not to say that bass are never found in open water, only that they are more likely to be in places where they can also find their prey and the safety that cover provides.  

Fish Outside of Your Comfort Zone.

As with many other skills, a very good way to extend your knowledge and abilities is to learn new things.  

Fishing in waters that is different from those you normally frequent, will force you to adapt your habits to the foreign conditions.  If you’re used to fishing in your local muddy lake, using spinnerbaits and jigs, try visiting a clear river and experiment with a drop shot, for example.

Only using one or two methods of fishing will soon become repetitive and less challenging.  Becoming a versatile fisherman will allow you to become more skilled and enjoy more successful trips, keeping your hobby interesting and exciting!

Plan Your Techniques With the Weather

Understanding how the weather affects bass fish behavior is vital to the results of your fishing trips.  When planning to fish in bright sunny weather, remember that bass like to stick close to cover to conceal themselves and wait for passing prey to appear.  So to catch these lazy fish it’s best to use a bait that you can flip and pitch along the bottom, such as a jig or Texas rigged soft plastic.

In cloudy or overcast weather bass fish will generally become more active and responsive to moving baits.

Weather conditions can have a dramatically different effect on bass behavior from day to day. Getting to know how bass behaves under different weather conditions is vital to being a successful bass angler.

On cloudy days bass tend to be much more active and willing to expose themselves to feed. So choose baits like topwater plugs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits to attract their bites.  

Water temperatures will also dictate the outcome of our fishing outings.  

In cool water temperature, slow-moving baits work better, as bass tend to move slower too. They won’t have to exert too much energy to catch their ‘meal’  

Warmer water temperatures usually mean bass are more active and respond nicely to faster moving lures.  So, it is good practice to always check the temperature as well as the weather and choosing your technique and outfit that will best suit it.

Work With the Wind!

As much as windy days seem to hinder our fishing, knowing how to use it can actually help!

In wind gusts of more than 15mph, it may be difficult to steer our boats steady and throw a decent line but this kind of winds are also enough to cause significant disturbance to the surface of the water.  As a result, the bass becomes a lot more active and are more likely to notice and bite at your bait. Another benefit of the strong winds on the surface of the water is that you will be able to disguise your boat movements and not spook the fish! So don’t think windy days means no fishing.    

Note the Water Levels

The water levels of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs can rise or fall depending on the season and the weather.  This will change the conditions of the water from what you are accustomed to.

Don’t let this throw you off.  You will simply need to adjust your methods to suit the different conditions.  

If the water level in a lake or river is higher than normal and is reaching bushes or overgrown vegetation, you will first have to think how you can get through this new cover to gain access to the fish.  This may make your fishing more challenging.

In this case, you can try flipping a jig to any visible cover.

If this high water is warm then the bass are likely to scatter, as the temperature will make them more active and able to venture out of their cover to other areas.  When this happens, focus on the bottom structure as it’s likely bass will move along the bottom going from one cover to another. You might also find them along with any migrations routes, such as points or ditches.

If the high water is in a reservoir,  you could cast your line at the back area of the creek or look for a corner bank. Sometimes water levels can rise so much that it covers miles of areas that were very shallow before.  These are also good places to catch some migrating bass.

However, although there might be plenty more water now, keep in mind that bass fish will not wander too far from the locations they are used to holding on to cover. so stick to the logs, Lilly pads, and coverings of the original banks.

Work on Your Knot-Tying Abilities!

It is a worthwhile endeavor to practice your knot tying skills.  Losing a fish because of a poorly tied knot can be devastating!

We know that tying knots on a boat is not the simplest of tasks.  So taking the time to master tying a good, tight knot is a valuable skill that will enhance your fishing experience.  

This must be true because there are many instructional videos online that you can use to learn how to do this well. How to tie a good knot is actually one of the most searched fishing tips on the internet!  

We advise you to choose your favorite knot, which can be used for a variety of purposes and perfect it at home. Try some simple versatile ones first such as the Clinch or Palomar.  Focus your effort on the ones that you are more comfortable with. Trust that this is a worthwhile investment of your time!

Do Your Research

It may not seem like a fun idea at first, but once you see the benefit in planning your fishing trip before you even look at your rod, you’ll never set out again before doing so!

In this modern age of technology, there is a wealth of knowledge available that you can use to make sure that you have all the odds stacked in your favor.  

Spending some time doing research on the predicted conditions, the weather, likely temperature of the water, the layout of the lake or river, will give you plenty of indications on what outfit and other equipment will be best for you to pack.  There is a plethora of online sources you can use to research the area you will be fishing. Google Earth can give you a better view and understanding of the water you plan to fish in. Other sites like Fishidy can help you identify key locations that might have the fish you are hoping to find.  

Look out for sites that can provide you with invaluable information such as locations of creeks, docks, ledges or other things that create the kinds of environments you are likely to find bass fish.  

Making sure you do your research before setting out on your trips, is good practice to become a great angler! You will be surprised how implementing these guides with break your records and improve your success rates in bass fishing.

Conclusion

Fishing for bass is certainly challenging.  This is what makes them a fisherman’s favorite sporting fish.

Bass fishing requires patience, knowledge and sometimes a bit of luck.  

However, armed with the hints, tips, and guides here, we hope we have provided you with some interesting information that will enhance your fishing expeditions.

If you are able to successfully implement all the knowledge here, with practice and patience, you will become a great angler and your fishing skills will mean that you won’t even need much luck!

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