How To Catch Bass Fish
Some people want to learn how to catch bass fish simply so they can experience the thrill of success, even if they plan to throw their catch back. Others are hoping for a tasty fish fry after their expedition, and still others are on the hunt for the award-winning trophy bass of a lifetime. Whatever your motivation, you will find your efforts much more successful if you have a strategy for your fishing trip that is based on the actual habits and personality of the bass. The tips listed below will help give you some insight into how to make your next bass fishing trip a success.
You will need:
- Fishing rod and reel
- Bait or lures
- Body of water
- Fish down wind. A stead wind will tend to gradually move the bass's food supply towards the side of the lake away from the wind. You will increase your odds of hooking one simply by concentrating your efforts on that side.
- Fish shallow when the barometric pressure is low. The barometric pressure affects how much effort it takes for a bass to come to the surface; the lower the pressure, the easier it is for them to rise, and vice versa. That means you should fish shallow on the low-pressure days, and deep on high-pressure days. Yes, you will need your own barometer!
- Look for areas bass can use as cover. Bass like to lie in wait for their prey, which means that they tend to hide around weeds and debris that give them cover. Fishing near these potential covers can help draw them out from hiding.
- Try some test casts. Once you've found a spot that looks promising based on that days conditions, toss out a test line and slowly reel it in. Gradually work your way back and forth across the area in question. If you get some interest (even if it's not necessarily big enough to keep) you know to keep working that spot.
- Don't stick with what isn't working. Although factors like weather, environment and many others can provide clues to predict the behavior of the bass you are hunting, the fact is that they can be quirky, unpredictable creatures. Your best strategy is to make an educated guess about their behavior based on the conditions on the day and time you are fishing. But, if that strategy proves unsuccessful, don't keep trying the exact same course of action and expect different results. Perhaps there are variations of water temperature at different depths that aren't immediately apparent to you on the surface, for example. If your initial depth doesn't generate bites, try a different depth. Try a different spot. Try a different bait. It's all part of the game between you and the bass, so enjoy the competition!