There are a lot of great fish to catch today, but in terms of size and power, it's hard to match the fun of bass fishing. This freshwater and marine species can be found in many areas, and if you're looking to better your odds of catching them, consider these helpful tips.
Keep Your Hooks Sharp
Before ever throwing out your line into the water, you must first make sure that your hook is sharp. Bass have bony jaws, after all, and a dull hook may not be enough to penetrate its mouth. Keeping your hooks sharp is easy when you follow the right protocol.
After acquiring a file, move it up the hook until you reach its point. Repeat this upward motion several times and then check the hook's sharpness with a piece of paper. A sharp hook should effortlessly glide through the paper. If you notice some resistance, continue sharpening accordingly.
Fish in Shallow Areas During the Spring
During the spring, bass typically prefer shallow areas where there are spawning beds (breeding grounds). Walk around the lake or river that you're fishing, focusing on shallow areas where there are pockets and coves. Bass use these areas to protect their eggs.
When fishing these areas, it's a good idea to use buzzbaits. As you reel in your line, buzzbaits quickly glide over the surface to help you avoid getting stuck in pesky weeds and algae. They also have shiny materials incorporated into their design, which attract bass at many depths. Worm baits are also ideal in shallow areas since they don't get stuck as often and feature realistic movements.
Invest in a Bass Boat
Sometimes, fishing off the bank isn't enough to catch trophy-quality bass. Instead, you need a specialized bass boat to access all areas of the lake or river. If you're on a tight budget, look for bass boats made out of aluminum. They won't be as expensive and their lightweight design makes them easier to maneuver.
Buying used also helps you save money. Just make sure you assess the boat and major parts thoroughly, such as the flooring, motor, and controls. Once you've found the right boat, you can quickly position yourself in bass-prone areas.
Catching large bass is unlike any other experience on the water. To ensure these experiences go according to plan, think about important factors like your equipment and the weather. A prepared fisherman is a successful fisherman.