Instinctively, bass go for cover when it’s sunny, and scatter when it is cloudy. When the sun is shining, it can be expected that fish will come and bite when the lure is close to cover. This is not true for cloudy days, when they can bite anywhere.
During autumn, cast your bait down stream. This should yield better results.
In the Spring, position yourself in shallow waters, cast deep upstream, and use a 1/8 ounce weight.
The ideal time for bass fishing is in the early hours of the morning, or late in the evening. These are the times when bass are on the feed. However, on cloudy days or in muddy water, bass will come out to feed in mid afternoon.
Check the surface of the water. If it’s covered with moss, try a scent - which can serve to penetrate through the thick cover.
There is no need for flashy colors when choosing a jig. Use only the basics, such as brownish black, or blue-ish black.
Ideally, your worm should be suspended ninety percent of the time.
For good results, always make sure that your hooks are sharpened. While you’re at it, check your knot on a regular basis; make sure it is tied tightly.
It is important to learn to shake your bait, instead of dragging it. What this does is make the bass think that it is actually live bait.
For better setting of the hook, tighten your drag.
Although it is economical to buy in bulk, worms or tubes bought in large quantities can get smelly, even in open spaces. Keep them sealed in smaller bags, like those you buy for food storage. It is important that largemouth bass bait are stored airtight, to preserve freshness. This way, they can be kept anywhere for long periods of time. Note, our Walking Worms come in small bags of 8.
Planning is everything. Your bass fishing trip should begin before you even reach the water. Make sure you formulate a plan. After executing that plan for an hour or two, see if it is working, and contemplate moving on to “plan B” if it is not. Pay attention to your instincts.
Even if you have a favorite place to fish - a “sweet spot”, be sure to try new spots often.
It is important to study a lake map and think about the season you’re in, and consider weather conditions - each time you go out to fish. Even if you are fishing on a very familiar lake, it is always important to investigate. This way, you may find a great fishing spot that you may have previously missed. A computer or various websites can also help you discern water levels, forecasts, and wind conditions.
Don’t give up just because a bass short-strikes behind your top water bait, and you don’t connect with it. Simply cast different bait, quickly, and try again.
Try something smaller if you have been using larger lures and have only been getting a few nips - and non-producing bites. In this sport, bigger doesn’t always mean better.
When fishing a stump, it is important to think about the root system. This is surprising to some people, but the roots might hold more fish than the main part of the stump itself.
When going after large fish in a lake, it is best to use strong, sturdy rods. The food in a lake is plentiful and rich, so expect to see fish weighing upwards of twelve pounds each. Lake fish (of the same species) can be many times bigger than those found in ponds and streams.
It is a known fact that Bass are smarter then many other types of fish. They are going to try to do whatever it takes to rid themselves of that hook, so it is best to be prepared. To keep your catch on the hook, the best thing a fisherman can do is keep the fish in the water. Hold your rod with the tip pointed down, angled towards the water. Bring the fish this way as close to shore as possible, then onto dry land. Once on dry land, it will be easier to concentrate on getting the hook out of the fish’s mouth. The same principle works with boats as well. As soon as you can, scoop him in the net, and bring the fish out of the water and on to the boat.
Before you release your bass, take a look inside of its mouth. Often, while fighting a lure in its jaw - a fish will try and throw up the contents of its stomach. By looking at this, you might be able to determine what food the fish are actively eating, and then choose a lure that will duplicate that.
When using light lines or small hooks, make sure that you use a quality reel - one with a smooth drag system to protect again sudden surges by a fighting bass.
On a regular basis, check your line right above the lure. Rocks, gravel, stumps, and other obstructions can quickly fray your line.
FISHING TIPS - CASTING
Cast past your target when this is possible. This will help land the lure on the water with as little noise as possible.
If it is windy, put tension on the line right before the lure touches down on the surface. What this does is straighten out the line and help prevent loose, excess line on the water.
Lower the lure just a few inches below the rod tip before you cast. What this does is give extra momentum for the cast.
Never overfill your spool. Ideally, you should fill the spool to an eighth of an inch of the edge of the spool.
High-speed and high-altitude streams are ideal for trout fishing.
It is important to fish near the rapids or as close to the rapids as possible. This will yield the best results.
As with other forms of fishing, patience is the key to success. Do not make much noise, as the fish can easily react to any sort of disturbance near the surface.
Keep your reel well-oiled in advance. This will make things easier when it matters most.
If it is necessary, make sure you pursue all the needed fishing permits (which vary based on your geographical location) before you head out.
As trite as it might seem, your clothing matters in river and stream situations. Not just loud colors such as bright red, but even a plain white, will stand out and the fish will be able to see you. Not standing out will always work in your favor, a simple brown or grey t-shirt, and drab clothes in general, will work to your advantage.
Like Bass, Trout are a very intelligent species of fish. As obvious as this may be, it is important that whichever bait you choose needs to be presented in the most natural way as possible.