Bass Fishing 101
I get a lot of great "How To" bass fishing questions from beginners, and I think it's great that more and more people are getting interested in fishing! I love answering questions and helping people get started. But frankly, it's easier to "show" than it is to "tell" (or type, as it were). I can't really explain every specific situation in this one short guide. Of course, you're always welcome to email me specific questions. This is just meant to be a short guide to the "How To" bass fishing basics.
"How To" - Bass Fishing Guide
Bass fishing techniques are varied as they are numerous. There's no simple answer that will suit everyone all the time. I've picked out two of the best and easiest techniques to explain and I feel that they will have some benefit to those who are just getting started in bass fishing.
- Shaky Head Fishing - This is a rather new technique that is quickly becoming one of my favorites (and apparently many other people feel the same way). It's making the rounds in the fishing tournaments and does quite well. Ironically, it seems to do even better when other lures aren't getting much attention from bass. I have actually made a page completely dedicated to shaky head fishing at www.ShakyHeadJig.com , so I won't explain it in detail here. You can visit my other articles for this one.
- Top Water Fishing - This tried and true technique requires a floating bait, a rod and real. You generally use a bait that replicates an injured minnow -some of them have propellers that sputter and splash across the top of the water. Buzz baits are also a topwater bait. You can cast and reel at a slow, steady pace or you can cast and reel it in short spurts to further reproduce the effect of an injured fish. The great part about topwater fishing is that when the bass strikes there's a HUGE splash. It's really exciting to watch the fish lunge toward the bait. There's usually a lot of action on top of the water.
Either of these styles of fishing should be enjoyable and successful for anyone. There are a lot of articles out there that make both styles sound much more complicated than need be. They are both effective and simple and should be enjoyable to any fisher man. It takes some experimentation to find what you like best and what works for you.
How to Fish Bass Equals Where to Fish Bass
Just as important as your bass fishing technique, is finding a good spot to fish. There are a lot of considerations, and it's another one of those things that would be easier to show than tell. Because I don't know what you have available to you in your area, I'll tell you what kinds of places I look for in the waters where I fish.
- River Fishing for Bass. This is my favorite way to fish bass. I've fished on big rivers, but enjoy smaller rivers more. Naturally, a quiet, out of the way, place work better than areas with a lot of people and commotion. Just as a general rule of thumb, it's a good plan to try to look for the spots in the river that aren't typical. For instance, if you find a big boulder or something blocking the current, you can generally find a nice fishing spot on the downstream side of the boulder because dead bugs and such gather where the current is blocked. Another place bass gather is anywhere where tree branches overhang the water. Fish gather to eat the bugs that fall out of the trees and they like the shade, especially in hot weather. Downstream of a confluence is also a good place to look for a fishing spot. Fish tend to gather in hopes of getting the extra grub that washes out of the creek, stream or river.
- Lake Fishing for Bass. Bass fishingfrom the bank can be very challenging, but not impossible if you have the patience and dedication for it. Look for schools of shad. Anywhere that shad gather, bass will be nearby. An abundance of underwater cover such as logs, rocks or artificial crappie beds are places where bass like to hide out. All fish like cover and quiet little hiding spots and bass are no exception. The challenge to this is that often you get your favorite lures caught in the cover and can't retrieve them. Boat fishing defiantly has its advantages, but there's a lot of good fishing to be had without a boat. Of course, if you have one, use it. If you don't, don't worry about it. Just go out and fish and have a fun!
That's it! You're on your way to be best bass fishing of your life! -Fish On!