Ahh, Largemouth Bass Fishing. The sound of the swift Summer air, The bite of the first Autumn breeze rolling in, and the sound of wildlife. There’s nothing quite like Fishing for Largemouth Bass out in the great outdoors. At the time of publication, Winter is now rolling in and I’ve still got the fishing fever…but it’s not good for Bass Fishing! I figured I’d try to cure myself by giving some Largemouth Bass Fishing Techniques for you new Bass Fisherman to stow away for next season.
When Bass Fishing, it’s important to differentiate the creatures from other breeds of fish. Unlike Bluegill and Sunfish, bass are smart. They’re not going to just bite anything that’s thrown into the water. I can remember catching Bluegill on a plain hook without any bait on multiple occasions, but I’ve never caught a bass this way. Unlike Catfish, Bass typically roam for the food…and they love the chase. That being said, you’ve got to change your game if you’re going to use effective Largemouth Bass Fishing Techniques and lures. Let’s run over the top lures and jigs proven by the pros for largemouth bass fishing.
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1. Spinner bait
Spinners are the most popular bait for Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing, and for good reason. When fishing with a spinner bait (also known as spinner) the angler must cast it out into the preferred spot (usually in grassy areas near the coast) and simply reel it in. However, there are different methods preferred by different largemouth bass fisherman. Some say you should reel the spinner in at a slow and steady pace in order to maximum it’s time in the water and it’s attractive qualities. There are some who insist “jigging” or yanking up on the spinner from time to time to increase volatility and inspire lifelike action to the bait. Then there are some who simply reel the spinner at interval speeds. Which way is the best? Well…if all the largemouth bass fishing techniques are preferred, then they must all work. I would recommend trying them all! Spend 10 minutes slow and steady, if you haven’t caught a bass, start jigging it. If you still haven’t, use interval reeling methods. It’s variety and the ability to change up their game when a technique isn’t working that gives professional fisherman the “professional” title.
2. Live Bait
When fishing for live bait, there isn’t all that much you can do to rig it so the bait has more potential of bringing in bass, but there are a few techniques. First of all, don’t tight line (let the bait sink to the bottom) fish when fishing for bass with live bait. Always use a bobber. Unlike Catfish (bottom feeders), bass are constantly on the prowl looking for their food. For this reason, keep your worm, minnow or crayfish 3 feet down from the top of the water ( your bobber). The reason for this measurement is that it’s optimal for attractive any fish on the surface or any fish 6 feet under the surface of the water. By setting it at 3 feet, you’ve still got the potential to attract top water lurking bass, where if you set it at 4 or 5, you lose some of that potential.
Special Tip: If you’re using worms as live bait for largemouth bass fishing, always leave a tiny section unhooked. This way, the worm with wiggle and squirm it’s “tail” while in the water. This helps to attract and convince fish that the bait is naturally occurring on their habitat, and they’re more likely to strike.