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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