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Bass Fishing 101: Mistakes and Secrets Related to Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing 101: Mistakes and Secrets Related to Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing 101: Mistakes and Secrets Related to Bass Fishing As we have discovered throughout these pages, there is a lot more bass fishing than meets the eye.

Once you are familiar with the species, different bodies of water, different and sophisticated fishing and angling equipment and accessories, as well as familiarizing yourself with habits, patterns and nature, behavior, natural diet and preferred foods, mastering some basic skills like preparation, presentation, tackle, bait and lures, casting accuracy, knots, hooks and the intricacies and complexities in retrieval and landing, the journey has but started.

There is so much more to explore and learn about and through the activity, sport, art and competitive science that is bass fishing, that we can almost say no more than the water await and let’s go!

Although, there are some last thoughts we can offer on some of
the more common casting mistakes. These ‘errors’ are well documented in existing literature and easily overcome, too
optimize your bass fishing experience and haul.

Here are but a few issues most beginners struggle with:

(i)overshot lure with too much power in the initial cast and the
line release not slowed, or

(ii) the lure falling short or being too light, with the line being released too early during the cast and or the rod held too high after the line was released.

(iii) lure landing too hard, due to the release at too low of an angle and not arching enough in the air, and

(iv) inaccurate casting (the most common) – missing the mark, where the lure goes off-course with too much side-to-side action/motioning of the rod while casting. Practicing reel and line control, as well as the overhead cast might help.

Lots of texts (like the Dorling Encyclopedia mentioned earlier, pg. 212-213), suggests thinking of ‘casting’, compared to the movement of the arms on a clock-face, beginning in the two o’clock position, pushing back to around the noon-position and back to the 2 again, with the rod slightly lowered as the lure
drops deeper into the water. For most beginners this ‘visualization’ often helps refine technique.

Styles And Specialty Bass Fishing


This technique might remind you of a lot of throwing rocks onto the surface of the water to see it ‘skip’. As a water/top-water
disturbance and movement simulator, it triggers and teases our
predator to come up and see what is there to eat/attack.

Spinning rods and reel combo is best used for this technique – perfect for fishing and reaching bass where they swim and hide under piers, docks and pontoons. Also useful for getting under and into underbrush and growth. Remember their ‘comfort zone’. On sunny days, bass look for shade, food and shelter and often rest here in shady areas, under cover of structure.


Some call this the throw it out, twitch, jerk and go method. A
medium-action rod with parabolic bend and action to it. It might actually trick our bass-friend into thinking, there is a ‘wounded’ prey around. Like a pro, let the worm drop and settle to the bottom, remaining there for a period of time. Reel some slack out of the line, picking up the worm with a long, sharp upsweep of the rod tip. Let ‘er rip! Let it drop down again to the bottom, under tension while slowly lowering the rod tip – keep on imitating live prey like this, moving, swimming, and bobbing about and your predator will strike it with a vengeance.

Drift Trolling

Trailing behind the boat, covering the bottom worms crawl and
move, simulating prey in its purest form. Raise and lower it
occasionally, looking natural and alluring to any bass in the
vicinity hunting for a tasty morsel.


In ponds, rivers, streams and lakes this approach is quite
effective. Fly-fishing-like techniques are amazingly effective with bass. Begin by preparing and rigging a plastic worm, weed-less adding a small split-shot just before the hook. This will enable it to sink slowly.

Flip or cast and allow it to drop and bob to the bottom.
Quite the tease and hard for the bass with keen sight, sound and
smell to miss. Keep the tip of the rod very low, to make it
possible for you to make a well timed, strike when you feel a bass hit.

Night and Ice-fishing

Schooling, effective tackling and dropping the lure/bait right in
front of the fish, not having them expend a lot of energy is the
key for these timings and conditions. Water tends to be cooler
and all your approaches, strategies and techniques need to slow down a notch.

Bass also tends to school, during these times. Knowing this fact can help you in acquiring your target better and increasing your odds of getting a hit under these unusual or specialty conditions.

It is almost an impossibility to provide here for every unique condition and we barely scratched the surface on most of the context’s bass anglers might find themselves. We look forward to sharing more secrets with you and learning from your journey!

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