Bank fishing or as some call it shore fishing, is where most of us started out fishing as kids. Today more fishing tips and techniques are targeting anglers who fish from a bass boat, than from the bank. It’s pretty safe to say that not every fishing enthusiast owns a boat, or even knows someone that owns a boat. For those anglers shore fishing is the best option. In our bank fishing guide, we've outlined some key factors that will help you get the most out of your next fishing trip.
With the first couple of warm weather days drawing near here in Illinois that means it’s time for one thing, Pre Spawn bass fishing. Bass have a biological trigger that kicks in and lets them know it’s time to move up from their deep wintering holes and onto points and structure adjacent to spawning pockets and coves.
Exploring a new body of water and figuring out what the bass are keying in on forces you to become a more versatile angler. We all have our favorite fishing holes, but it's important to challenge yourself and step out of our comfort zone by getting out on unfamiliar waters.
Here’s three tips on approaching new water:
1) Do a little research and try to find out the conditions leading up to your arrival. Air temps, wind speed and directions, water temps, best tactics, etc. Having some local info before you head out is extremely useful.
2) Pay attention to subtle details and changes in the weather and conditions. This will help you adapt when things change. Use the local info you gathered only as a starting point to work from.
3) Fish your strengths first. If you can catch bass doing something you have confidence in, you’ll enjoy the day much more. Save the new techniques for trial on waters that you already know well.
Here's a quick and easy bass fishing tip to help you present your lure to suspended fish. Yeah... it's old school, but that's what makes it work so well. Were using a Keitech Fat Swing Impact 2.8" on a 1/4 ounce jig head and counting it down to a specific depth to trigger strikes from smallmouth bass that are keying in on open water baitfish.
Locating Smallmouth Bass around structure is a key for summertime fishing, but don't overlook those fish that are lurking in open water around major structures like humps and points. In this video, Brendan C. shows you a different way to approach bass around open water structure.
In this video, Brendan C. shows you how to rig soft plastics on a Shaky Head Jig and teaches you the basics of Shaky Head Fishing. When fishing gets tough, a Straight Tail Worm rigged on a Shaky Head Jig is a great option to help you put some bass in the boat. The Shaky Head Rig is a must have if you're fishing as a non-boating or co-angler. Its subtle stand up quivering action makes this finesse technique one of the best for finicky bass.
Drop shotting in the post spawn is a great way to catch bass that are around blue gill beds or guarding fry. It also makes for a great follow up bait when you're fishing topwater lures shallow. Here's some drop shot fishing tips that will help you make the right presentation at this time of year. We also tested out the brand new Keitech Leech, a killer 3" drop shot bait that can be rigged two different ways.
Bass fishing during the post-spawn is a great time to "walk the dog" using topwater baits such as an XPS Slim Dog, Zara Spook, Lucky Craft Sammy, etc. Here's a quick video that teaches you the basics of walking the dog with a few helpful tips and tricks that you can use the next time you are out fishing for bass in the post-spawn period. It's a great technique that everyone should learn.
It’s great to be able to share your passion for bass fishing with kids, especially the younger ones; they get so excited when they reel in that fish. This is also an opportunity to educate kids while having fun. Fishing is fun, but it will also help build self-esteem, motivate them to learn, and develop a positive connection with the outdoors…and best of all…memories!
To swim or not to swim, that's the question. When Swim baits first came out I was immediately hooked. They are such a versatile bait that covers all water columns. Been through the whole gamut of swim baits. I started with the Bass Trix, Huddleston and Bass Magic. Boy did I spend a good dollar on some of those baits. Not only were the baits expensive but so were the hooks with the weights attached.
In the heat of the summer in many parts of the country, bass fishing during the day time can be brutal. With air temperatures that can rise well past the 100 degrees mark in the shade, it doesn't make for a good time on the water. In many lakes, ponds and even rivers, most bass have made transitions towards deeper and cooler water. Fishing offshore structures put us, the angler right out in the middle on the lake with no protection from direct sunlight. During these times, I have found night fishing to be a great alternative to battling the scorching sun.
Man made swamps, every county has a few. Rivers and streams that have been dammed in one spot or another; creating a pool of water for industry, drinking or even recreation. These areas area usually shallow with a deeper spot by the dam, when I say deeper, I mean only around 5 to 6 feet. Fish such as Largemouth Bass love these areas, and some of the swamps can produce pretty sizeable fish. The trick is finding which one to fish and what lures to throw to entice them to bite.
So you spent the weekend reading about an interesting new fishing technique that’s all the rave on the bass fishing tournament trail. You go to your local tackle shop, pick up all the components necessary, call your buddy and head out on the lake. Your friend decides to stick with the technique that he’s used to, while you rig up the new one and begin to try to fish it.
Want to learn how to quickly pin point the most productive feeding zone while fishing for bass? If you can master this one tactic, you will consistently catch more bass.
One of the most important factors you can determine is if bass are looking for a “vertical” or “horizontal” presentation? When you can identify this one piece of the puzzle quickly, the rest will fall into place easier.
At the very least if you only get the “vertical/horizontal” preference determined, you’ll be 50% more productive while you are out fishing.
So what is a ditch and how do I find them? Ditches to put it simply are depressions in the bottom. Some people also call them a "hole". Ditches can be natural, or created by water entering a body of water. For example, if you have a creek that pours into a lake, there will be a ditch near the mouth of the creek. These ditches are created from erosion due to current. You can find ditches in other areas as well. They can be found on flats, humps and even points.
In today’s highly pressured and competitive bass fishing world, you can no longer just master one type of fishing technique or lure. If you do, when the checks are handed out at the end of a long day, your name will not be called. You need to be skilled in as many techniques as you can learn. If you have noticed over the past few years, some of the biggest names in Professional Bass Fishing who once where known for fishing specific baits such as jigs, crankbaits or topwaters have started winning tournaments by fishing other baits. You have to look at your tackle box the way a mechanic looks at his toolbox.
With so many lures available on the market today, it is often a daunting task to decide what is good for a particular situation, time of day, water clarity and temperature. The jerkbait is a lure that can produce quality fish for almost all situations, in both still and moving water. What is more, the adaptability of this bait makes it a "go to" when crankbaits or spinnerbaits are not producing.