Top 5 Bass Tips Every Angler Should Know
Let’s be honest, bass fishing is not easy. Sure, people can go out with the relatively little experience, and catch bass. But, if you want to catch large and consistent Bass, you need to have the skills and experience to do so. It’s not complicated, but you have to get into the mind of the fish, and get all of the details right. In this article, I’m going to talk about the top 5 Tips that every bass angler should know.
1. Find cover
One of the most important things for bass fishing is to find the fish, and the fish are in cover. Rarely will you find bass cruising in open water. Bass are ambush predators, and they lie in wait in cover.
The key to being a successful bass fisherman is to find the cover on whatever body of water you are fishing. Some common and easily recognizable forms of cover include docks, boats, rocks, lily pads, grass lines and any other structure you can find. Less obvious cover can include a drop off or ledge or brush pile. Bass of lay on the edge of a drop off. The key is to find the cover. If you find cover, you will find the bass.
2. Be Adaptable
One of the big pitfalls that many bass anglers fall into, is failure to adapt. Don’t be one of those people that continue to try the same tactic, with limited success. What works one day, does not necessarily mean that it will work the next. Be willing to change your tactic if it’s not working. The most successful Bass Anglers, understand that there are a variety of things that affect when and how bass feed. If you like using top-water lures, but today they just aren’t feeding on them, try using a worm, or a jig, or possibly a crankbait. Change it up and see what happens.
3. Respect the Water Temperature
Water temperature can have a huge effect on how bass feed. In cooler water, you want to throw slower-moving baits. In warmer water, try using faster moving, more aggressive baits. Always keep an eye on the water temperature. it may be a hot day, but if you have had rain for 3 days, the water will most likely still be relatively cool. Most on board fish finders have a water temperature gauge. Be sure to check it once you hit the water.
4. Understand the Weather
Weather has a dramatic affect on bass feeding tendencies. Learning how bass react to different weather conditions, will make you a better bass angler. On cloudy days, bass are much more likely to pound topwater baits. When the sun is shining, they will generally stick close to cover and wait for a meal to come to them. On those bright sunny days, try throwing a worm or jig and bounce it across the bottom. Toss your bait in thick cover on sunny days, and wait for those big fish to hammer it. To improve your fishing, keep a fish log. One easy way to do that is by using the Fishin’ Wizard app. It can automatically pull in weather conditions, and make logging your catches much easier.
5. Be Persistent
Persistence is the key to everything in life. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish, if you are persistent and try, you will succeed. This is definitely the case with bass fishing. Don’t get discouraged if you have a bad day, just get back out there and try again. I have found that bass fisherman are some of the most giving people around. They may not show you where they caught their fish, but they are certainly willing to share some tactics with a new bass angler.
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