Bass Fishing

Tips About Night Fishing

Posted on October 13, 2014. Filed under: Bass Fishing, Fishing Lights, Green Fishing Lights, Night Fishing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Night fishing is a little harder than fishing during the day. However, it is common throughout the reservoirs, lakes & rivers of the south and southeast when the summer months are too hot to fish. The water will be so warm that the fish will go deeper and deeper from the surface to find more oxygen, making them harder to catch. Many people night fish as a hobby, but it is important to take extra safety precautions and to be prepared for anything.

The most common types of night fishing are bass, crappie & catfish. Since bass move slow and they don’t move far, you should be able to find bass at the same places during the day and night. If you have a favorite fishing spot, they should still be there at night as well. The fish will also find spots near manufactured structures, downed trees, stumps, brush plies and along the banks. Anywhere there is a food source.

You will want to use a different tackle during the day than you would fishing at night. Being able to see will be limited, you will have to rely on the feel of the lure to determine whether you have a bite. Some of the lures that have been proven to give results are jigs, crank baits, plastic worms or live bait such as minnows.

When preparing to go fishing at night, you need to take some extra measures that you may not necessarily think about for a day trip. You should check the weather beforehand. You do not want to be caught in rain. You also need to make sure that your boat is in working order. This includes everything from batteries, all your tackle, life jackets,extra lights such as flash lights as well as making sure the lights on your boat are in prefect working order and always include a first aid kit for emergencies. The last thing that you will want is to have a problem.

You should be well aware of what you have and do not have in your tackle and toolboxes. Lights are obviously very important when fishing at night. Many anglers will use black lights, fluorescent green fishing lights, led or flood lights and some sort of fluorescent line. When the line is under the black light, it will have a neon glow and making it easier to see. You should have extra flashlights and a mounted light on your boat. You want to be safe and visible to other boats that may be night fishing.

Bass fish do not have great vision, so they will rely on their sense of smell during the night. You may want to consider live bait. If you go night fishing, you’ll not only need lights to see by, but Fishing Lights that draw fish close to your boat. Fishing Lights work by attracting tiny animals called plankton, which attract bait fish such as shad, herring and minnows, which in turn attract predator game fish such as bass, crappie, walleye, red fish, speckled trout and other species. Game fish gather near or in the circle of light to feed.

Plankton migrate to light. Green Fishing Lights has the best ability to cause this to happen. White works, too, but white light is absorbed very quickly in water. It doesn’t penetrate very deep so it’s less effective than green, which maintains its color character at much greater depths. Some bait fish and game fish are attracted directly to the lights rather than the plankton or bait, and once again, green is superior for this purpose. Green Fishing Lights have quickly become most prevalent.

Always put safety first. Everyone on board needs to wear your life jacket at all times when you are fishing at night. A flotation device is required and should be convenient. All the lights on the bow and stern of your boat should be on at all times when nights fishing. A first aid kit is a must. Don’t forget your insect repellent because mosquitoes are looking for a free meal, too. Make sure to abide by all current rules and regulations. When fishing during the day or night always put safety first.

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Bass Fishing – Knowing The Basics Of Bass Fishing

Posted on October 8, 2014. Filed under: Bass Fishing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bass Fishing is one of the most common types of fishing. Many bass fish are found in fresh water and salt water. They also move through lakes, ponds, reservoirs and streams. If you know the basics regarding conditions and places where bass are likely to be, you will have more success when you fish for bass.

Many variables change the location of bass, such as water conditions, water levels, weather, and light and food availability. There are three main elements that must be present in a body of water in order for bass to survive: Food, Oxygen, and Cover.

A bass’ favorite food is crawfish, which they prefer over shad. Basically, crawfish are usually more plentiful and they are easy for the Bass to catch. However, a bass will typically eat anything from rats, mice, ducklings, frogs, snakes, salamanders, worms, lizards, grubs, bait fish, insects, and leeches. Their ability to feast on one thing above another is why many people find such enjoyment from fishing bass.

Oxygen is another key component in finding bass fish. The basic rule of thumb is that the cooler the water, the more oxygen content. Therefore, if you are fishing in the spring, summer or early fall, you will find that the larger bass will drop down lower to find the cooler and more oxygen-filled water. They will also swim to find areas that are more concentrated in vegetation in order to find a better oxygen source. Trees, stumps, wind-blown banks, and power plants are all good sources of oxygen that will attract bass fish.

A bass relies on cover for a means of protection and way of ambush. Cover is part of a bass’ survival. The bass is known as a lazy fish, so they will hide and wait for their prey to come to them. The other reason for cover is that bass fish do not have eyelids and the cover is a way to prevent blindness. Some common cover areas to find bass in are around fabricated wood structures such as fence rows, docks, and pilings. They have been known to hide under floating pieces of wood or decaying wood. Weeds are the second best place to hunt for bass. Finally, rocks are the third place that bass will find cover. Rocks are not as reliable as weeds or wood, but sometimes a bass will find decaying pieces of food to feast on within some rocks. Remember that rocks do not produce oxygen, so the source is not as consistent.

When it comes to fishing, everyone has a different opinion. You will often find that these opinions range in location and source. However, there are some lures and baits that are recommended for bass fishing that may be useful if you haven’t tried them. Zoom Plastic Worms are recommended, as well as Crank Baits. Fly Flies are thought to be the best bait, and many will say that you don’t need big lures to attract big bass. Everyone will tell you to tie up to an embankment, or find a dock to get close to, but it is really an art that could take years to perfect.

Bass are notorious for slow moving and lack of distance in their movements. Logically, you could sit 30 feet from the biggest bass of your life, and he is not going to swim to your bait out of pure laziness. Finding the exact spot is difficult and a lot of fishing has to do with luck. The only part that you can control is finding the most likely places that a bass may be and exercise some patience. Weather is important to bass as well. If it is a cloudy day, you might have more luck than on a hot summer day. However, overcast is probably ideal for water temperatures, but then you have to decide what you are willing to sit through in order to catch a fish. The bottom line with bass fishing is you can only do your best with the knowledge at hand.

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It’s Time To Run And Gun For Bass!! Fall Season Is Here!!

Posted on October 8, 2012. Filed under: Bass Fishing, fishing products | Tags: , , , , , , |

Shad Migration Means It’s Time To Run And Gun For Jackson Bass. Eric Perkins chases bait for fast-action October bass. 

Originally published in the October 2012 issue of GON

Lake Jackson is widely known throughout the state as a very good wintertime fishery. With multiple double-digit-class largemouths caught in the cooler months, Georgia anglers may lose sight of the great bass fishing Lake Jackson offers in other seasons of the year. As the water temperature begins to fall in October and the shad embark on their annual migration toward shallow water, Lake Jackson turns red-hot. I recently hopped in the boat with well-respected Lake Jackson native and pro staffer Eric Perkins in order to get a taste of the “Jackson Experience.” A 30-year Lake Jackson veteran, Eric is the real deal. After hearing countless stories of the trophy-class fish the lake is famous for, I was pumped up and ready to go.

Because autumn bass are always on the move, he fishes quickly and efficiently with multiple reaction baits, using each bite as a clue to determine where the bass are located.   This makes for a great opportunity to sack ’em up on a topwater baits.  To get a feel for what the fish were wanting at that specific time, I studied Eric like a hawk.  Shad, Pop-R the Spotted Bass couldn’t get enough of them.  “A Pop-R is most effective when fished slowly,” Eric said. “The initial surface disturbance gets their attention, and the occasional pause emulates an injured shad, which is an easy meal for a hungry bass.”

Following a few more short-strikes, our next plan of attack was to utilize a wide array of reaction baits, such as crankbaits  and jerkbaits. With the bass’ primary fall forage being threadfin shad, almost anything that resembles a small shad will draw strikes. Eric prefers to start the day on top of the water column, while moving farther down the water column as the day progresses. If the bass aren’t eating your topwater plug, don’t assume they’re not there. Often times, simply focusing on a different depth can make all of the difference in the world.   “I focus mainly on red-clay knobs and secondary points in the 7- to 8-foot range.

As the sun got brighter and the wind died down, the bite got a little tougher for us. In order to combat the tough conditions, Eric made the decision to flip soft plastics for the rest of the day. Because the calm, sunny conditions were making the bass a little more hesitant to aggressively chase shad, Eric knew they would hunker down into their early autumn dwellings.

Although the tough conditions forced us to fish a little slower than Eric would have liked, he also mentioned another key pattern that has produced some huge fall fish for him in the past years— lipless crankbaits  on rocks.

Make no mistake about it Bass will be on fire in October, and the huge quantities of shallow fish can provide an unforgettable day on the water.  You never know, you just might be the next to land a giant.  Visit us at Fishing Waders Pro to place your order today.

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