Want to learn the latest bass fishing techniques? Our articles will help you understand when to choose the right fishing tactics and techniques for the every fishing situation. Whether you are fishing for bass from a dock, in a small pond or on a big lake with your bass boat, our fishing articles will help you catch more and bigger bass.
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.
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.
When you're fishing from shore, it’s normal to feel that you’re at a disadvantage when trying to catch bass. Although that may be true at times, it is certainly not always the case. It’s great to have a bass boat that gives you the ability to cover a much larger area of a lake and offers you access to many places you simply can’t reach from shore, but it's not the only way to catch bass.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This step by step instructional guide will break down the different components that are used to make a drop shot rig and explain why, when and where you would use them. The drop shot is a rig that every bass fisherman should know how to tie and fish. It is truly one of the greatest fishing techniques ever invented. There are many different ways to make a drop shot rig. If you are not familiar with drop shotting, the basic concept is to allow you to suspend a soft plastic lure while maintaining contact with the bottom.
October thru March in the upper Midwest usually means that bass season is pretty much over, most folks take their bass boats in for their end of the season maintenance and winterization and start focusing on deer and waterfowl season. Hey what do you expect it's the North Country; the first major snow storm comes in and you're stuck at home watching fishing shows and going in & out of Bass Pro Shops or your favorite tackle store just to keep that desire for April spring fishing on your mind.
One of the biggest lures of bass fishing is the competitive nature of the sport. At any level, it's competing against the fish on an afternoon out, your buddy on a Saturday morning or in the structured setting of a professional tournament, it is competition in a pure form. This fact causes us to occasionally encounter the malady that every competitor, in every sport has to face "The Slump." Like the slumping baseball player who is a half a blink slow on a fastball, guessing wrong on the curve and when he does make solid contact hits it directly at the waiting fielder, we can fall into the same rut.
You may look at this and say, “This guy is crazy!” Think about this for a moment. We hunt and become the predator. We set up to ambush the deer as they go through their daily routines. We set up on food plots, bedding areas, travel routs—are we not doing the same things when we go bass fishing?
How many people buy topo maps to go hunting? How many look at aerial photographs to find the best places to set up a stand? I do the same things when I go fishing. I study topo maps to find humps, ridges, creek channels, points, flats, and any number of other good spots to set up and fish.
I'm pretty much willing to bet that nearly every angler reading this article, at one point or another, has heard the cliché "Bigger baits catch bigger fish". But does this hold true in every situation? As a Long Island angler, I seriously doubt it! Time to face facts, bigger isn't always better. So with that in mind, we ask ourselves, what are we left with? Answer; finesse! Finesse, a word that many long-time, traditionalist bass anglers cringe at the sound of, has brought about a revolution in the way many anglers approach bass fishing.
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.
Sometimes called the idiot rig, something so easy a child could use it, the Carolina-rig is probably the most underrated technique in today's bass fishing arsenal. True, the rig is easy to use, but it becomes more complicated when you expand on its capabilities. Not only is it one of the most productive rigs I have used, it is also the most versatile. I will show you the different rigs and when to use them, different retrieves for both active and inactive fish, and a variety of lures that work best in several situations.