It’s easy to understand why bass are one of the most popular game fish in North America – they’re abundant, they’re easy to find, and they’re easy to catch . . . if you know what you’re doing, that is. You can’t just toss out your bait and hope to load your boat up with bass every time. The key to improving your bass fishing is not just practice, but practicing the right things. Follow these bass fishing tips and you’ll be reeling in a boatload of lunkers in no time.
Bass Fishing Tips
Fish at the Right Time of Day
If you’re fishing for bass, note that the first few hours of the morning and the first few hours after sunset are the peak activity times for bass. Most experts recommend that you try to arrive at your favorite spot an hour before sunrise or an hour after sunset.
Fish at the Right Time of Year
The largemouth pre-spawn is the best time of the year to catch bass, because you can locate them by sight from the shore. The pre-spawn begins in the spring when water temperatures reach 55 to 65 degrees. During this period, male and female bass relocate to shallow areas to find places to nest and to feed aggressively. While this is the best time to catch trophy bass, be sure to release females, allowing them to complete their spawn so the bass can continue their life cycle.
Fish Before a Storm
The best weather for bass fishing is right before a storm front moves through, and the worst time is right after a storm. The changing pressure in the air and water makes bass more active, so it’s a good idea to look out for a wall of clouds moving in toward the water.
Change Baits with the Seasons
Bass go after different kinds of bait as the year progresses. Generally, they like crawfish early in the year, so peach-colored patterns are a good choice. Later in the year, bass prefer to eat shad, so chrome or silver baits work better in the summer and fall.
Try Buzzbait Lures
Anyone who follows the major bass tournaments is well aware that a lot of pros are using buzzbait lures. If you haven’t tried one yet, you should really consider it. Like their name implies, these lures create a loud buzz that helps attract bass from both near and far distances.
Sharpen Your Hooks
This is one of our simplest bass fishing tips, as it only takes about 30 seconds to complete. Bass have thick, bony jaws; it takes a sharp hook to penetrate these fish. Try using a file to sharpen your hooks before fishing trips and after you catch a fish.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Many novices use bigger lures, thinking it will land them bigger bass. However, largemouth bass usually strike prey that are between 25% and 50% of their length. If you’re having problems producing results, try using smaller lures.
Don’t Throw Out Your Shredded Worms
Plastic worms get torn up pretty easily, but don’t worry! Bass love to go after wounded prey, which means that a beat-up worm makes great bait, especially when you’re fishing in shallow water.
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