Bass fishing is by far, one of the most popular angler sports in North America. Because there are so many variations and ways to fish for bass, it can be quite intimidating for newbies but don’t let that stop you from giving it a go. With practice and patience, it’s pretty simple and can make for a lot of fun.
What to Know About Bass
Bass is a term that covers various species but in the US, bigmouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are the most prevalent types of bass to be found. These fish can be caught all over the country and range in weight anywhere from 1-20 lbs! Bass are known to be very aggressive and make for a really exciting fight, no matter what size is on the line. Freshwater bass can be found in lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. No boat, no problem. Many new and experienced anglers enjoy sitting on the bank and waiting for that pull.
Fishing for Bass
Bass fishing is seasonal as well as regional. So your tackle-box should reflect things based on the time of the year and where you are fishing. Some common bass lures are crankbaits, topwaters and soft-plastics such as worms and various aquatic creatures. For the beginner, a nice anti-snagging lure is a texas-rigged plastic worm. It can work through various vegetations and make the experience less frustrating. When working with crankbaits, avoid casting and reeling right back. Play with it a bit by reeling and then knocking it around, twitching it and simply getting that lure to create a fitful moving pattern. Topwater baits like frogs and poppers may not catch the most fish, but they are a blast to work with. Keep in mind that bass love colorful lures. Working with an ultralight rod and reel is great for beginners because it allows you to really feel the fish.
Bass are spawners. This is how they reproduce. A female will lay her eggs and the males will then fertilize them. This can change the techniques used for catching bass, depending on where they are in the spawn cycle. Bass fish are fierce protectors of their eggs and will not leave the nest until their babies are born. Because females tend to spawn in water 1-4ft deep, bass can be found around the shorelines in shallow water during spawning season. Because they are such fierce protectors of their offspring, they will bite at anything that comes their way to order to protect them. Many anglers use this to their advantage to find mature bass during the spawn.
Where to Start
A great place to start learning how to fish for bass is to stick to ponds and get confident in how bass like to move. You will find smaller fish here but will also learn how to finesse catching these fish so that when you are ready for the mighty bass, you have some experience and techniques to work with. Taking some time to drop a line near boat docks or any structures can be helpful. These sunfish love to play and hide and seek. Keep in mind that patience is key. Bass can be grumpy. So casting into the same spot over and over again can score you a bite. They tend to get annoyed by the lures. You want to try to move your bait/lures to “swim” as real as possible. Practice is key. Every new and experienced bass angler is bound to get stuck on something from time to time. This can be frustrating but it’s part of the game.
Catching a large bass is extremely fun and even a bit challenging. These fish are strong and they are certainly feisty. However, those 1-2 pounders can put up a pretty good game too. Beginners can have a great time learning on the smaller guys and working their way up to finding the larger ones. Bass fishing is a blast and a bucket list game for any angler.