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Secrets To Catching Large And Small Mouth Bass

May 18, 2008
Largemouth bass anglers can currently enjoy catches of 1 to 2-pound bass around the majority of the lake shoreline, although catches of larger fish have become more abundant. Spinner baits, jerk worms and plastic worms will be the top baits. Largemouth bass survive both in summer and winter because they are cold-blooded. Whatever the water temperature, their body temperature is the same. Largemouth tends to hide when the sun is high. The common hiding places are rocky reef, weed beds, weed lines, or areas where boulders, rocks, timber, or brush resides.

Largemouth bass, so named because their upper jaw reaches all the way past their eyes, are one of my favorite fish not only to catch but also to eat. Small mouth bass, which are obviously equipped with a smaller mouth, are great fun too. Largemouth are known for their overall size and resistance when hooked, favoring short, powerful runs and escape to cover such as submerged logs or weed beds.

Small mouth bass are far wilier than largemouth bass. They seem to have more in terms of street smarts than big mouth bass do and this can actually make it far more difficult to catch a smaller mouth bass than a bigmouth bass. Smallies love live worms and if these worms are fished in the same manner that you would for trout, you can catch a lot of smallies. Id be willing to go up against any pro on my lake or river with nothing more than a bucket full of shiners and a few sharp hooks, let him throw all his fancy lures around and I'm sure I would come out ahead.

Catching these fish with conventional spinning or casting gear is an experience in itself, though there is another way to fish for bass that gets overlooked by most anglers. That other way as you might have guessed from reading of this article is fly fishing for bass. Catch and Release is a common procedure among tournament anglers but there are a lot of other fishermen that still keep all the fish they catch. And with live bait, they catch a lot of little bass and a few huge ones.

Start in 12 feet of water and work to 45 feet. Start off simple with just a handful, which should include a couple of (top water baits) a couple of (spinner baits) and a couple of (plastic or rubber lures). As with the live baits these should all be retrieved slowly when fishing for Bass.
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