Monday, August 28, 2006

bass fishing : A Guide for Catching Bass

When you spend more and more time bass fishing you will obtain more knowledge for the right techniques, and choosing the right lures at the right location. Asking for tips from anglers familiar with the location is the best way to examine the fishing conditions. Take your time to experiment with many different lures and bass-fishing techniques until you discover what is the most effective on catching bass.

There are two different kinds of baits in bass fishing. The soft plastic baits and the hardbaits. Examples for the soft plastic baits are: grubs, tube baits, and soft jerkbaits. For the hardbaits there are: jigs, topwaters, and crankbaits. These different kinds of lures have different uses, different techniques to use, catches different kinds of bass and also depends on the location where you plan to fish.

Soft plastic baits:

Grubs are tiny lures that usually attract big smallmouth bass and works just as fine on largemouths. This kind of lure works more effectively on highland reservoirs that lack wide cover. These lures are best used on clear water situations and often used on deep water but are as effective on shallow water. In deep water it is ideal and more effective if an angler uses the lightest grub that tend to fall slowly thus exposed to the fish longer, this is because fishes tend to hit them while they are falling, not when they are already in the water.

Tube Baits
Tube jigs are used preferably on inactive fish and on clear water. When targeting bass this lure is used on structure. This kind of lure is designed to use as drop bait and not designed to work the bottom or swim back. This type of lure is not a feel lure which means that you can give it a slack. The fish won't let go of the lure so you won't have to worry about a quick hookset. This is commonly used in water no deeper than 10 feet.

Soft jerkbaits or Soft Plastic Stickbaits
This bait can be used almost anywhere. You can use it on, over, around, and even through most forms of cover and even on open water. These types of lures are often used on spring and fall when bass move on shallow water and feed on baitfish. Soft jerkbaits are an eye contact lures meaning the bass has to see it to hit it thus this works best in clear water.


A jig is heavy, lead headed bait with a single hook. These are one of the most productive baits in use today, often used in waters that are slightly murky to clear with water temperatures below the sixty degree mark and when the bass are in an inactive mood and in deep cover. The key to fishing with jigs is to make it look alive as much as possible.

These kinds of bait are one of the most productive and exciting baits for bass fishing. Topwaters can sometimes out-fish other techniques. Effective from warm to cool water, topwaters are often used in the early morning, late evening and during the calm before an approaching storm. In general this works best in the late spring, summer and fall.

Commonly used by professional tournament fishermen, these baits act as "bird dogs" in their search for bass. They have protruding lips that causes them to dive beneath the surface when retrieved. Lures of this type cover large amount of water and very effective when bass are in a depth of 10 to 20 feet.

Crankbaits tend to work more effectively in places where wood or rocks occur, although they are not well suited on vegetation. This type of bait works best as a contact lure such as knocking them of stumps or bumping them against the bottom. This causes the bait to stop and then dart erratically, causing the bass to strike.

These are some of the hardbaits used when going bass fishing.

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