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.
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.
The rig is called a "Drop Shot" and the technique is called “Drop Shotting”. To put it simply, it allows you to suspend your lure while maintaining contact with the bottom. It’s rigged with the lure tied above the weight. This allows you to “shake” or “twitch” your lure while keeping it in the strike zone. The drop shot rig can be extremely effective at times. Many of the people I have gone bass fishing with prefer the traditional drop shot rig, but here's something a bit different that might give you that fishing advantage you've been looking for.
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 does 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.
Time and time again, I have watched fishermen approach the bank moving from one piece of cover to the next. They rarely attempt a cast into the middle or even approach a prime piece of cover, perhaps making a few casts around the outside edge, and occasionally take a fish. They never even make one cast into the very back of the cover. Why…? “For fear they will lose a lure, or worse, lose a big fish.” Stop for a second and read that sentence again… I would bet my favorite flippin’ stick that you’ve heard people say that before. Heck, I’d bet that you may have even said it yourself.
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.
Full contact fishing you ask? Could this be a new form of “extreme fishing requiring pads and a crash helmet? In a word, no. However, for many it may be a style of fishing that is very unfamiliar, and in some cases may even seem foolish. The basis of full contact fishing lies in the fact that instead of fishing in and around cover and structure…you fish on it. For all intents and purposes the cover becomes part of the overall presentation. Immediately one might assume this falls under the category of “fishing fad”, but the truth is; it has been a secret of many top pros for years.
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.
There are times when I want to specialize my spinnerbait presentation in a way that isn't very popular. I like to go shallow and slow. The way I see it, a bass sees dozens of spinnerbaits fly by his face, "ticking the tops of the weeds", looking for the reaction strike in the course of his life. I want my bait to crawl by making a lot of noise to show him something different.
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.
Have you ever been a guided bass fishing trip? If you haven’t, you might be missing out on some of the best fishing around the country. While the rest of us are holding down the typical 9 to 5 job, these guys are on the water almost every day… they have to… because it’s their job.
Now before you head out and book a trip, take some time and do your research. When selecting a guide, ask for references and make sure to contact them and find out how they liked their fishing experience. Not all guides were created equal and some should seek another line of work.
Summertime on the Mississippi river means one thing, weedless frogs. Lily pads, eel grass and any other submerged vegetation that line the ox bows , chutes and channels on the Mississippi river are stocked full of bass.
Anyone that lives south of the Red River knows that "hot" does little to describe the horrific heat we have been experiencing lately. With temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark for several consecutive days, most folks don’t think about hours on the water as being much fun. In fact, this is the time of year I turn to fishing in the dark, night fishing. Most importantly to me, it is not nearly as hot fishing at night as it is during the day in this time of year.
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.
Worm fishing is a technique that every bass angler should know. Like most methods of fishing, some require additional skills like " reading the line". Others require us to use our "sixth sense" to detect those soft or delicate bites from bass. Well welcome to the world of worm fishing, because this is a combination of everything I just mentioned and more!
NOTE: -When I use the word worm, I am also referring to other soft plastic shapes and creatures, which can be fished by these methods.
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.
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.
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. This detailed article will break down the different components that are used to make a drop shot rig and help explain why you would choose one of another. 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.
Five years ago in March, I was blessed with the birth of my little fishing buddy, Tatum. In an attempt to spend as much time with Tatum as possible, I cut way back on my fishing, opting instead to stay home with her. Although it was a sacrifice I will never regret, I did miss my fishing. A fishing partner of mine had a son the same year. He too, choose to stay home with his child. One day, we were talking about how we missed going fishing. As the discussion continued, we explored the idea of going fishing at night, after the little ones had gone down for the evening.
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.
Over the years I have read a lot about where to fish and what to use, there are many talented Bass anglers that can give advice about a multitude of subjects. We all owe thanks to fellow anglers, magazines, television shows and various instructional videos. We all posses the best equipment money can buy, sensetive rods and line, smooth reels, hypodermic needle sharp hooks, fast and quiet boats, sonar units with sidefinders and how much better have we become? Have our tournament wheights skyrocketed? With all of this information and technolgy how come we fail more than we succed, one "reason" (excuse) is all the educated fishing pressure. Another favorite "reason" (excuse) is the weather pattern at the time we are fishing. We basically share the same excuses with every Bass fisherman from the beginning of time, if we are unsuccesful we blame it on something and usauslly we are to blame.
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.
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When I’m out on the lake, I usually fish as if I’m practicing for a tournament. I do this not because I’m practicing or want to be competitive, but because I want to be as efficient as possible. I don’t get out on the water as much as I would like anymore, so when I am out fishing, I have to find them and dial the pattern in as fast as possible.
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.
Keeping what has been said in mind, all of your senses need to be wide open and receptive, because the fish will tell you where they are and what they. They talk to us in many different ways; it’s up to us to be listening. You may see them, but not catch them. You may see other triggers that tell you whether or not there are fish in a given area, but not realize it. Have you ever come into a swampy area and seen lots of frogs on the bank, but none in the shallow water or in pads at that spot. Come back in a couple of hours and they are all back in the pool.
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.
Do you know what’s going on at the end of your line? I mean, do you really know what your lure is doing? Do you know what it just hit? Was it a rock? A log? A fish? Do you even feel your lure? It must seem like these questions are silly, but most anglers can’t answer them correctly. After the third or fourth cast some anglers slip into the repetitive mode or worse yet they don’t know how the lure is supposed to feel.
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.