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How To Succeed With Largemouth Bass Fishing

Aug 11, 2008
To be a successful largemouth bass fisherman, you need to know a little about the type of fish for which you are fishing. You can tell a largemouth bass by the distinctive jagged edged stripes on either side of the fish created by a series of dark spots. The largemouth bass can also be all black in color. Another distinctive characteristic of the largemouth bass is that the upper jaw reaches past the back of the eye.

The diet of the largemouth bass changes throughout its lifespan. Filling up on plankton and insects as young juvenile fish, as it gets older it moves to smaller fish, and then eventually birds and small mammals such as rats and mice in adulthood. Using their sight, smell, and hearing senses, they seize their prey under the cover of brush, grass, or drop offs. The main sense that the largemouth bass uses is its sight.

It is best to fish for largemouth bass in shallow water with temperatures between 64 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit. This is where their spawning beds are most likely to be located. The male largemouth bass creates small depressions for the female to lay her eggs. She can lay up to one million eggs in a spawning season. Once the eggs are laid the male largemouth bass stands guard to ward off potential predators.

Largemouth bass are quite feisty fish and they will always put up a fight when they are lured and hooked. This is why largemouth bass fishing is so exciting! It is quite a challenge to catch largemouth bass, which makes it very rewarding for fishing enthusiasts young and old. Largemouth bass fishing techniques include doodling, pitching, and flipping. Casting can be done sidearm, overhand, and underhand but it is important to ensure that you are accurate when you cast your line. The following are helpful hints that must be borne in mind when casting:

* To create good momentum, the lure should hang just below the tip of your rod before you cast it.
* Try to land your lure softly on the water, making as little noise as possible.
* Remember to always cast your lure further than your target.
* Use your wrist to good effect when casting.

There are actually two types of artificial baits used for largemouth bass fishing, i.e. soft plastic baits and hard baits. The types of soft plastic baits include tube baits, plastic worms, grubs, and soft jerk baits. The types of hard baits that are used are crank baits, swimming spoons, spinner baits, jigging spoons, jigs, and vibrating lures.

Many largemouth bass anglers employ a catch-and-release method of fishing. This method can be used because largemouth bass have strong jaws that do not get damaged easily. Repeated injuries do not compromise their ability to eat or damage their gills. There are various techniques and methods that are used by largemouth bass fishermen around the world. This is only a broad discussion of the basic points of a much more complicated sport/hobby. Largemouth bass fishing is becoming increasingly popular these days. It is fun activity that can be enjoyed alone or with family and friends.
About the Author
William Scott has authored a number of articles on bass fishing. His site http://BassFishingAdvice.com, is packed with largemouth bass facts that will help you land your next catch.
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