Bass Fishing Information
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Bass Fishing Tips & Techniques
*Fishing in rocky areas calls for crankbaits. These lures can be bounced off the rocks during your retrieve causing additional noise which has proven to be a fish attractant at times. Smaller finesse type baits such as Gitzits and grubs also do well around the rocks. If the rocks are just under the surface, a buzzbait will often help locate the fish, producing heart stopping strikes in the process.
*Be in touch with what is happening around you. If there is a lot of boat traffic, seek a quieter place. There are times however, that boat traffic seems to help. The wake of a boat splashing against a retaining wall or stone pile causes small bait fish to be washed against the object. Bass will often hold right up against a wall waiting for these feeding opportunities.
*Keep an inexpensive camera in your tackle box or on your boat. If you catch a large fish, take a snap shot of it then release the fish as soon as possible. This way, you can proudly display the results of your efforts, and the lunker will live to fight and spawn again. A large bass is just too valuable to be caught once.
*There are several products available today that can greatly improve the chance of survival of the fish in your livewell. One example is Jungle Formulas "Catch and Release". This product added to the water in your livewell helps to replace the slime coat on fish and has a mild tranquilizing effect on them. When the fish are released, they quickly recover from the effects of the tranquilizer.
*If you see herons frequenting an area, it's a good bet there are bass nearby. These birds feed on baitfish and so do bass. Tube lures and slim minnow imitating plugs do a good job in these areas. Remember, these birds need to be successful in their fishing in order to survive so they don't waste time in unproductive areas.
*Don't be afraid to experiment with colors when it comes to plastic worms. Many times your old standby can be outperformed by a radically different color. If you don't have success after about a dozen casts, try a lighter color. If after a dozen or so casts without any "takers", try a color darker than the original. There are times when clear worms are the only successful color in clear water.
*Lakes that tend to be crowded with swimmers and water skiers during the day are best fished early in the morning. If you can be on the water at dawn, you can fish for four or five hours before the skiers arrive. Later in the day, move to the sheltered areas away from activity.
*When Texas rigging plastic worms, pinch down on top of the barb just after you finish rigging the worm. This creates a channel that allows the hook to penetrate more easily, allowing for better hook sets. This trick works well on almost any fat bodied plastic bait including grubs and crawfish. It's not recommended on thinner bodied baits such as lizards.
*Lighter line can make a crankbait run deeper. If you normally use 14 lb. test line, switching to 10 lb. test line will allow the bait to swim almost two feet deeper. As an added benefit, lighter line spooks fewer fish and usually results in "getting bit" more often.
*The largest bass are usually found near areas where there is nearby access to deep water. The ability to quickly move out of the shallows provides them with the security they look for in a feeding area.
*Rubber bands are handy to have in your tackle box. They can be used quite effectively for making a bait almost weedless. Just select an appropriate sized rubber band, and stretch it between the barb of the hook and the eye of the hook. Sometimes, it is necessary to bend the barb toward the hook shank a little.
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