Wed. Nov 23rd, 2022

Bass Fishing 101: Techniques for Bass Fishing Like A Pro

Bass Fishing 101: Techniques for Bass Fishing Like A Pro (Worms, Skipping, Ripping, Drift Trolling, Flyrodding)

Bass Fishing 101: Techniques for Bass Fishing Like A Pro (Worms, Skipping, Ripping, Drift Trolling, Flyrodding).  The art of accurate casting. Mastering basic casting is key. Most spinning and bait-casting reel and rod combinations today, are made for hassle-free, ease-of-use flexibility by a variety of anglers (multi-level at that too!)

Try to eliminate errors from your basic style and technique. Skill
and accuracy should matter more than strength and it is not
always about getting it as far out, as fast as you possibly can
(although this might be important in certain situations and
circumstances too!)

Casting, getting your line/hook/bait, sinkers, weights and leaders in and into the water, at the exact right depth, imitating ‘prey’, and doing so with extreme, pin-point accuracy, is what this is all about. Hitting your target with confidence is a very basic skill to master and refine. Getting the hook out to exactly where you wanted it to be, what you should practice and work for.

Casting is one part of this process, getting the lure to the right
depth quite another. Advanced bass anglers suggest using a
countdown OR counting method.

Quite simple really. From the moment the bait hits the water, start counting, 1000, 1000 and1, 1000 and 2, 1000 and 3… estimating the seconds it will take for it to ‘drop’ into the water. This will help you know better what you are doing, when it hits the bottom for example, whether or not it got caught on something in the process etc. YOU establish reference points for yourself on and in the water.

Hands-on and rod in-hand is the best way. Practice-plugs in the
park, or your own backyard (be it on ‘dry land’, so to speak), will
make you that more effective and accurate, in and on the water,
no matter what the body of water, or style of fishing you choose
to pursue. Whether spinning, bait casing or fly-rodding, there is
something for every taste. Even missed targets, attempts and
failure, are also good teachers, as this technique is somewhat of
a routine you can master and learn.

Casting a lure with a spinning reel for example, casting float and or leger rig, bait casting are very similar. Lure fishing, spinning, floating, spoons, plugs, surface or top-water lures, crank bait, trolling etc. are all basic techniques that require exposure, quick demos and hands-on practice.

We suggest a video or DVD, or online in-depth explanation, watching a fishing show or two and getting pointers from other anglers and professionals, as well as finding and defining your own style that you are comfortable and successful with. The beauty of bass fishing is that it offers something for everyone, no matter what your prior experience with fishing might be!

Focusing on your grip, spinning reels, bait-casters and or closed face spin casters techniques and mastery, picking a target, aiming to land your lure (terminal tackle) in the middle of that target, is a good approach.

As a general rule of thumb, a good arch in the air as a travel path
en route to the water, is a good reference and goals to have, as
you set out to improve your casting technique and accuracy.

Line-control is crucial to avoid overshooting, get a gentler
landing, slow flight (by touching the lip of the spool with the tip of your index finger (also known to anglers as ‘feathering’) is useful.

Playing and landing fish

Getting to know the feel of a fish on your hook, line and rod is
very important. Retrieval is about more than simply getting the
fish into the eager hands/net/boat.

Mastery, maneuvering, responsiveness, knowledge of your tackle, well-balanced control, reel-clutching, fighting curves and arching/bending rods and the various controls and settings, techniques (including casting, hooking, playing, reeling in, retrieving and landing is important.

They are so much more than mere steps in a process and or sum total of parts. To translate into a true blue-blood bass-fishing
experience and success, appreciation of the symphony of the
interplay of process and outcome, tactic, technique, angler,
equipment, the catch and haul is what is at play here.

When using a spinning reel/bait-casting, there are three key techniques to master that would include reel control: with anti-reverse on, back winding (anti-reverse off) and thumb pressure control.

There is nothing more exciting than a fish on the run, applying pressure, keeping the rod up slightly and increasing the ‘drag’ if required, using one of the techniques above. Watch tension and
avoid line-breaks and allow the fish to tire.

It is one thing to prepare, cast, tease and tempt, hook and eventually reel in. The process, however, does not stop there. More of the basic technique mastery includes methods of landing fish, like beaching (not suitable for catch and release), tailing (not suited for all species), lipping (watch the teethed species here!), netting or even gaffing (banned in most areas, due to the risk of the stroke injuring the fish).

The most useful tip we can provide or suggest is remaining in
control, alert and not upset or startle the fish even more. Allow
the tired fish to turn, submerge the net and avoid lunging at it.

When lipping, grip the lower lip gently between your thumb and forefingers, unhook carefully or hold in the water while freeing it gently, but efficiently, without hurting the fish, adhering as far as possible, to current and accepted, catch-and-release practices.

Lure-fishing and spinning

Spinning tackle and artificial baits and lures are increasing in
popularity and the most popular form of fishing worldwide. As far as bass fishing is concerned, it is one of the easiest ways to attract the species – even for novices and beginner anglers of all ages and fishing style and skill-levels.

Rotation, color and movement, staying as true as you can to the natural diet and target prey of the bass will optimize your chances. The shape and thickness of the spinning ‘blade’ on the lure affects the action and mobility of the lure – how it responds and acts in and under water.

Floating lures are also common and effective especially for deep-water bass fishing. Watch for snagging on the bottom and ensure to weigh it done appropriately using suitable weights. This method ensures getting the bait at eye-level of the fish.

For spoons, there are two broad categories, namely trolling and
casting spoons. Weed-less lures mostly have hooks with nylon or metal weed-guards that prevent snagging and non-weedless spoons are also commonly used.

How to tell which one to use, most bass anglers look for shape, weight and speed. The best way to find your way around in any tackle shop or box, is to practice and get to know the behavior and or success in different conditions.

Trying to get to know the optimum retrieval and success rates, maybe even logging it in a personal journal as you
undertake your bass journey/hunt for the NEXT BIG ONE!

Plugs, surface lures, useful at all fishing levels, at all speeds
make these lures versatile, agile and an all-time favorite of many
a bass angler. Matching the lure to the conditions you face and
the circumstance, body of water and specific species you are
fishing for (small-mouth, large-mouth, striped, spotted, rock,
yellow, black, white etc.).

Shallow-diving crank-bait and or surface or top-water lures have proven themselves most effective for bass fishing – great for fishing shallows. Stick-baits and jerking, minnow plugs (or the real thing!), prop-baits, surface disturbers, crawler-type top-water baits and even a floating, driving crank-bait can prove useful.

The true secret lies in what some call the ‘one-two punch’ – teasing and enticing with a top-water or teaser (surface disturber) and then following it up with a plastic worm for example on a second rod, for optimizing strikes and yet again tipping the scales in your favor.

Plastic worms

There is a vast array of worms available on the market (both
live bait and artificial). For avid bass anglers they are a necessity. The technique to master is hooking them properly. When hooking a worm for bass fishing, it is of utmost importance to ensure that you thread it properly.

Get a lot of the body onto the hook, hooking it twice, at top and bottom. This is to ensure that it does not fly loose when you are casting it out into the water. It also protects it somewhat in the submerged paradise that the bass shares with other fish, who might want to come and take a bite or sample!

Using worms in combination with other baits/lures and
enticing techniques like top-water and or hard-bait surface
disturbers or frogs, eels or whatever species and body of water
would deem appropriate “feeding prey” for the bass of your
Choice and preference are the key.

Again,, adapting your strategy when necessary and giving the bass a variety of foods to choose from will all hopefully increase your odds of hooking your next bass! … even if it is not yet the BIG ONE!

Regards, Coyalita


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