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What You Need To Be A Great Bass Fisherman

May 7, 2008
Many fishermen love to go fishing for bass. Bass are normally found in salt water and in bayou water. In addition, they can be located in lakes, reservoirs, ponds and streams. If you can pinpoint the characteristics of bass fish living, you will be able to find them more easily on your day out on the water.

The water conditions, water levels, weather, light and food availability will al de determinants on where the bass fish goes. Food, cover, and oxygen are essential for bass to live. If the body of water does not provide these three things, then there are no bass or the bass will not survive if it migrates over to that particular body of water.

Bass love to prey on crawfish. A close second is shad. Bass find it easier to catch crawfish and they are more filling than other types of prey. But in reality a bas will eat a variety of fish an animals including: rats, mice, ducklings, frogs, snakes, salamanders, worms, lizards, grubs, baitfish, insects, and leeches.

After food comes oxygen in the search for Bass. Generally, the cooler the water is, the more oxygen it provides, so that means that most bass that you find will be residing in cooler waters. Bass will often swim to more profound areas of the body of water that they are living in during the spring and summer because it is cooler and there is more oxygen at that level in the water. They will also linger around where there is vegetation because that provides as an excellent source of oxygen through photosynthesis.

Bass all need cover for protection. In the sea world, bass are known as the lazy fish because they wait in hiding for their prey to come to them rather then going out to find it. Bass also need protection since they do not have eyelids and they need to prevent blindness in case of attack. You will be able to see bass hiding along wooden structures such as fencerows, pilings, docks, floating and decaying wood. Another hiding spot is behind weeds. The final place where they lurk is behind rocks because they provide cover and sometimes have some food.

As far as lures and baits go for fishing for bass, the best option is to discover on your own what works and what does not. Some recommendations to get started off with are Tequila colored 7-inch worms, Rebel Wee-Rs and Hellgrammites. Bass are unpredictable sometimes so experience is the best way to find out how to attract bass.

Bass are normally rather slow in motion and are not very highly motivated. For instance a bass could be right in front of your bait but decide not to snag it because it is too lazy to swim 20 feet. You will definitely need patience with these fish. Temperature and weather conditions often affect bass fishing because they will not always stay in the same spot and even finding the exact spot of where they will be is often difficult. The best you can do is to discover the likelihood that a bass may be hiding out in a certain area and wait for it.
About the Author
Joel Donaldson is a successful webmaster of www.alaskaflyfishinginfo.com . He provides more information on alaska fly in fishing , great fishing vacations, and alaska fly fishing trips on his website.
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