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Largemouth Bass Fishing

Aug 17, 2007
Don't get it into your head that all bass are the same. What works when fishing for one species of bass may not hold true across the board. Therefore, when you decide to go fishing for largemouth bass, fishing tips geared particularly toward this species should be consulted. Here are a few tips that may help you when you set out for a day of largemouth bass fishing.

Largemouth bass fishing is largely popular for fly fishing because, on a swelteringly hot summer day, you'll find that these creatures start jumping, targeting flies and other insects creeping and flying around their habitat. One of the best fly fishing lures you can use is a dragonfly imitation, which will drive jumping largemouths wild. These really do look like dragonflies on the surface of the water and will have these monstrous fish jumping at them for a shot in no time. On a really hot day, it can be difficult to keep up with the fish! Simply cast so that your dragonfly lands on a nearby pad or other floating vegetation and give it a slight twitch. In instants, you'll have the bass all over your lure. Be sure to make it a short cast, watch it closely, and haul it in as soon as the fish hits the water.

Largemouth bass fishing can also be productive with certain kinds of live bait. Keep in mind that some bass get very picky about their diet and will only each specific kinds of bait at certain times. For example, a particular area of a lake may be home to a group of selective largemouth bass feeding on nothing but mayflies. If you can easily determine what the main food source is in the area you are targeting, there is nothing more productive than a good live bait. However, you'll find that, more often than not, these picky eaters won't just bite anything, and it's much easier to produce good results when using plastic lures for largemouth bass fishing.

If you are having trouble getting the fish to bite, stop looking for the bass and start looking for their food source. In most lakes, you can use a depth finder to track large schools of shad, which will lead you right to the bass population and also give you a good idea of what size lure to use, based on the average size of a shad in that area. Never fish a bait larger than the forage in the area, as it won't seem natural to the bass. During spawning season, target flats and shallows covered with lots of underwater shrubbery, grass, and foliage, as well as a number of stumps, ridges, and sunken islands that can act as shelter from any kind of current for the bass and their eggs.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on largemouth bass fishing here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/
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