There are many reasons people find fishing in general appealing. It is a great way to spend some time outdoors, it can be a shared family experience, but above all the challenge of locating and catching fish is very rewarding when accomplished successfully. I will present to you a beginners guide on how to bass fish.
Of all the types of fishing available one of the most popular is largemouth and/or smallmouth bass fishing. This is due in part to the fact that these fish can be found in almost any type of environment and region. They can be found throughout North America from the southeastern United States to Canada and everywhere in between. They are also abundant in most types of fishable water, from small farm ponds to larger rivers and lakes.
Largemouth bass fishing provides an accessible fishing opportunity for the shore-bound angler as well. While tournament fishing is highly popular, it is important to keep in mind that anglers without access to high priced fishing boats can also be successful bass anglers. Small watercraft such as kayaks, canoes and jon boats work great for bass fishing and bank fishing in small ponds is a great way to start out.
While most beginning fisherman wanting to know how to bass fish will fish with live bait rigs, bass fishing is productive with both live bait and artificial lures.
Live bait choices include nightcrawlers, crickets, live minnows and other small baitfish. Some of the most productive lure choices for beginning anglers include spinnerbaits, beetle spins, topwater baits and crankbaits.
When fishing with live bait as you learn how to bass fish, suspend your bait choice on an appropriately sized hook under a bobber. Vary the depth of your bait presentation until you locate the best depth that produces fish.
Bass prefer to school around what anglers refer to as “cover.” Cover can be anything from weedlines to fallen timber or brush piles. A particularly good fishing location consists of a shallow area of water adjacent to deeper water with a dramatic edge. The fish will tend to suspend in the deeper water and move to the shallower water to feed during different times of the day, dependent upon the season of the year.
No matter what time of the year or where you are it is possible to catch bass. It can be a great introduction to fishing. I hope you have enjoyed this article and have picked up a pointer or two on how to bass fish.