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Handy Tips For Bass Fishing

Nov 12, 2007
Fishing different species of fish requires different techniques and tools. Generally it can be divided into fresh water and sea fishing and some species from the same family of fish live in the sea while others thrive in fresh water. An example of this is Bass fishing.

Bass fishing is undeniably one of the most sought after and wildly popular fresh water fishing sport only to be surpassed by trout fishing as the most exciting lake fishing sport. Although there are a wide variety of salt water bass as well as sea trout, commonly know as a "weakfish" caused by its diminished jaw capacity, the salt water sport fishing of these two species paled in popularity against their fresh water counterparts.

Bass fishing brings a lot of excitement to anglers. Big and small mouth bass are solid fighters and catching them requires an enormous amount of patience, strength and understanding of how the fish behave in different fishing conditions. Bass are also relatively intelligent predators compared to many other species of fish which gives them the advantage in detecting "dangers" posed by an angler, they become extra cautious and suspicious of what is being offered at the end of your rod.

With these in mind, it is crucial to understand what bass like and dislike. Having a good handle on these tips will ensure that you have a lot of success in catching bass.

When Is A Good Time To Go Bass Fishing?

Bass have very sensitive eyes and hence dislike sunlight. They are rarely out in the open and stay out of sight to avoid potential predators. To locate them you would have to find them in the reeds on the lake close to shore. Although this may seem like a technical difficulty - having to cast your rod from the shoreline and therefore not being able to cast into the reeds effectively. To overcome this, start your bass fishing as the sun is rising or setting. This strategy means strong direct sunlight is not hitting the entire lake, thus encouraging the bass to come out of hiding in the reeds, further away from the shoreline. Additionally in the early morning, bass will normally mount a feeding frenzy against insects such as flies and bugs that land on the water. This in turn makes it easier for you to catch bass which are more susceptible to lures, especially those that float on the water surface.

Go To Where The Fish Hides

To counter the problem of hitting mid-afternoon when the waters begin to heat up quite substantially, causing the fish to return to the reeds - try buying one of those relatively inexpensive small rubber rafts that can carry 2 people, head out onto the lake approximately ten to fifteen feet from the shore and cast straight into the reeds. You will have much success in catching the bass this way as they can be targeted much easier and with very little sunlight reaching the reed covers, you know they will be hiding there which makes for an easier catch.
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