If you haven’t got a chance to practice your bass fishing skills, but you are anxious to try your luck, you may want to be well-prepared for this special occasion. Bass is no ordinary fish and, consequently, should not be treated as one. To make sure you catch something, pay attention to the following simple, but useful tips.
- Know where to find the fish you are targeting, namely bass. This fish can have an erratic behavior especially during autumn, but it keeps to deep water in winter. In summer, it usually stays where it can find some coolness, which means it will stick around water vegetation, near the lake’s borders or under boat bridges, as in these places shade is provided by wood, trees and herbs. Early morning is your best time for targeting bass during summer, as that is the moment where they go to feed, so there are more chances that they bite the bait you have prepared for them. Keep in mind that vegetation filled waters can add some difficulty to casting your bait, as your line or lure can get tangled and even break, so you need to maneuver your rod with extra care.
Your equipment should not only be adapted to the natural conditions, but to the fish as well. When you go fishing for bass, your regular, all-round rod and reel combo may fail you. It is of crucial importance to have gear you feel comfortable using, but that doesn’t imply it will be suitable for this particular species. Bass may require a serious gear update. Having a spare rod with you, for example, is an optimal idea, as some specimens can get really aggressive and break the blank when you try to reel them in. Furthermore, a rod that comes with increased sensitivity, made with graphite will enable you to sense even the slightest movement coming up the line. Moreover, using more than one type of lure will increase your chances to land some bass.
Finally, the perfect gear and place will get you nowhere if you don’t have the proper attitude. Bass is smart and won’t bite everything it sees. As such, you should use a line that is invisible under water and bait that closely resembles real species of fish and insects in order to fool it. Moreover, you should also settle in a place that doesn’t expose you to the fish, as your sight may startle them and make them hide. Even when they do bite, don’t jerk the line, as it will scare away the catch before you get the chance to pull it out of the water. Reel the fish in slowly, so that it doesn’t notice it’s being tricked until it can’t escape your hook anymore.