Beginner Bass Fishing 101
Bass fishing is a popular pastime enjoyed by both novice and experienced anglers alike. While it may seem intimidating at first, with the right guidance and preparation anyone can become an expert bass fisherman. Here, we’ll provide insight into the basics of bass fishing to get you started.
Normally in my column, I discuss topics that will broaden the horizons of a very experienced angler and it’s usually cutting-edge information that I have learned and am in the process of developing further. In fact, most bass fishing guides and tournament fishermen write articles on experienced topics.
If you are a beginner fisherperson or a youngster and are looking to learn more about fishing you have everything in your favor. There are a great many opportunities for you. There are numerous magazines about fishing, TV fishing shows, articles in the newspapers, Internet fishing sites, Internet fishing chat rooms, Internet fishing reports, and local guides a phone call away.
The first step to successful bass fishing is having the right equipment. Be sure to have an appropriate rod and reel combination that will handle the size of bass you are hoping to catch. You should also have a selection of lures and bait that will appeal to local bass. Finally, make sure your tackle box is stocked with tools and supplies such as hooks, weights, lines, scales, and measuring devices.
Where do I go fishing in Texas?
Once you’ve acquired the necessary gear, the next step is to consider where best to fish for bass. Bass typically lurk around structures like underwater vegetation, rocks, stumps, docks, and bridges. They prefer deep pools and will rest near obstructions in the water below. Look for murky and slow-moving water where they may be found lurking and look out for signs of activity such as ripples or bubbles on the surface.
One of the biggest questions for a beginner is where do I go fishing in Texas?
There are many answers to this question: Farm ponds, golf course ponds, creeks, and reservoirs. You may not have a boat so the first three are going to apply to you more than the reservoirs will.
Farm ponds and golf course ponds. Maybe you don’t know someone with a farm pond or someone who can give you permission to fish a golf course pond. You have to ask permission. The worst they can do is tell you no and more than likely they will grant you permission. If they grant you permission make sure not to leave the area clean and you will probably be able and come back again.
Ponds and creeks usually have bass, bream, and catfish. Some of them even have strong populations of crappie(white perch).
In addition to choosing an appropriate location, you’ll need to develop a technique for catching bass. Cast your line towards where bass may be hiding and use various retrieves to ensure they take the bait. Experiment with different types of tackle and search for the ideal presentation until you discover what works best in your particular area.
If you are going to fish for bass, fish with small baits. There are usually more small bass than big bass no matter where you go and if you are a beginner you want to catch as many fish as you can to gain the most experience from each outing. Small baits catch small bass but the chance to catch big bass is always there no matter what you are throwing. When I say small bass I mean fish less than 2 pounds, when I say small baits I mean small spinnerbaits like beatlespins 1/8 and 1/4oz sizes, Stanley Baby Wedge spinnerbaits, small plastic worms(4 inch), and small crankbaits 1/4oz sizes. Bass live around cover: stumps, logs, aquatic vegetation, bushes, or any object in the water. Cast your baits to these types of covers for bass.
The easiest way to catch bream or perch is to use a small long-shanked bream hook, put a small split shot two inches above the hook(about 1/16oz), and a small cork about a foot and a half up. Bait the hook with a cricket, grasshopper, pinch of earthworm, piece of shrimp, or small dough balls. Always make sure the hook points is covered, you will get more bites if you do. Cast the cork and bait out and let it sit. If there is a stump or log in the water cast nearby.
Catfish are bottom feeders. They can be caught in just about any body of freshwater. Rig up a hook and about a ¼ ounce weight and bait the hook with prepared dough bait, chicken liver, shrimp, an earthworm, a junebug, or a minnow and cast it out and let it sit on the bottom. If you let it sit there long enough a catfish will smell it and come bite it.
Your local sporting goods store clerk can help you with selecting some of the baits mentioned and can also give you tips on fishing them. They are there to help you and are usually fishermen themselves.
If you have already experienced pond and creek fishing and you want to move on, you may want to join a bass club. You don’t even have to own a boat to be in a bass club. One or two weekends a month the club meets at a lake, the club members with boats bring their boats, and the non-boaters fish with them. Joining a bass club is one of the quickest ways to learn about bass fishing, you usually fish with different fishermen and you will see many different techniques and approaches to the water. Always share the expense of the fuel and oil with the boat owner and you will be a welcome partner anytime.
These are some very inexpensive ways that you can enjoy the sport of fishing. Now is a perfect time of year to get out and fish. Good luck fishing.
FAQs about Bass Fishing For Beginners
How do you fish for bass for beginners?
Bass fishing is an accessible activity that anyone can learn. To get started, it’s important to understand where to find bass and the type of bait they typically respond to. For starters, look for areas with structures such as rock piles, fallen tree trunks, lily pads or docks. It’s also helpful to choose a bait that is appealing to bass like worms, crawfish, minnows, jigs, or crankbaits. Lastly, use a rod and reel suited specifically for bass fishing that features a medium-weight rod with fast action and a spinning reel. Once you have all the necessary equipment, you’re ready to go!
What is the #1 best bait for bass?
The number one best bait for bass tends to vary based on location and environmental factors, however, worms are often considered one of the most reliable baits when fishing for bass. Worms can be used in a variety of ways such as rigging them on a jig or using a Texas Rig which makes them accessible even for beginners.
What is the best setup for bass fishing?
The best setup for bass fishing will depend on several factors such as the size of the lake or river and water temperature. Generally speaking, a medium-weight rod paired with a fast-action spinning reel is recommended as it is better suited for the type of light line needed for lure presentation. Additionally, the monofilament line is preferred over other line types since its stretch and abrasion resistance make it durable and long-lasting.
What bait do I need for bass fishing?
When selecting bait for bass fishing, it’s important to consider the species of bass, the season, and the environment. Popular options include plastic worms, crawfish, minnows, jigs and crankbaits. In many cases, it may be beneficial to try out different baits until you find one that works best.
What is the secret to bass fishing?
The “secret” to bass fishing is practice and patience. Like any other activity, success comes from those who put in the time and effort to refine their skills. Beginner anglers should take time to learn about the behavior of bass and how different lure setups affect their movement through the water. Additionally, having the right equipment can help maximize your chances of success so it’s important to make sure you have a rod and reel specifically designed for bass fishing.
What is the secret to catching bass?
Ultimately, the secret to catching bass lies in the ability to recognize patterns and think strategically. Being observant and understanding when and where fish are active can give anglers an edge when it comes to success. For example, if bass seem to be more active near weed edges in cooler temperatures then it may be worthwhile to concentrate your efforts in those areas rather than focusing on deep water structure. Also, take note of whether they respond better to darker lures in dark conditions or lighter lures in brighter conditions; remembering these details can lead to more successful outings.
How deep do you fish for bass?
Bass can be found in both shallow and deeper waters. Although they commonly feed at depths between 8-12 feet, some species of bass live in waters as deep as 40+ feet. It’s important to know what species of bass you’re fishing for and adjust your depth accordingly.
What time of day is best to bass fish?
Bass are often most active during early mornings or late evenings when the sun isn’t as strong and visibility is lower. However, bass can be found feeding all throughout the day. The best time to go bass fishing really depends on the season and water temperature.
What is the best time to catch bass?
Generally speaking, the spring and fall months are the peak seasons for bass fishing. During this time, temperatures are more favorable, spawning is taking place, and the bass are returning to their more active habits.
What colors do bass like?
Color choice really depends on water clarity and current lighting conditions. In murky water, anglers should opt for brighter lures such as chartreuse, white, blues, and oranges. Meanwhile, darker and more natural tones like browns, yellows, greens, and blacks are better suited for clear water situations.
Do you use a bobber for bass fishing?
Bobbers may be used to suspend lures near a shoreline or over the top of submerged weeds and structures. That said, using a bobber to suspend bait off the bottom of the lake or river is not a good idea because bass don’t typically feed on food close to the surface.
What fish do bass like the most?
Bass primarily likes to feed on prey that fits their size – small minnows and insects. However, depending on the location, they may also consume larger baitfish such as shad or bluegill. A combination of varied baits can help increase your chances of success while out fishing.
Why is bass fishing so hard?
Bass fishing is difficult because it requires anglers to understand things like seasonal patterns, weather conditions, and bait preferences – all of which play a role in where and how to locate a school of bass. Additionally, learning to accurately cast and lure in a bass takes years of practice and commitment.
Where do big bass hide?
Bigger bass tend to stay hidden among underwater structures like rocks or weeds since these areas provide them with supplemental oxygen and cover from predators. Veteran anglers often have an eye for spotting these kind of locations.
Do bass like bait or lures?
Either one can be effective in catching bass. Live bait tends to be more attractive due to its real-life movements, while artificial lures give the added benefit of staying in the water for longer periods without having to be replaced. Ultimately, it depends on the type of water you’re fishing in and what kind of pattern the bass in that area are following.
Fishing for bass can be both a rewarding and challenging experience. With some research and practice, however, you can soon become adept at it. Make sure to come prepared with the right gear and knowledge before heading out to cast your line so you can maximize your chances of success!