Bass is one of the most popular types of fish that anglers of all levels- from beginning to experienced, want to catch. Just like catching other fishes, catching bass is not really difficult as long as you have the proper techniques and tools. In addition, if you can attract bass with the right lures and baits, your chances of success increase significantly. The article below will give you further information about what to use to catch bass including specific fishing rod, line, baits and artificial lures.
What To Use To Catch Bass: Baits and Lures
There are two types of baits you can use to attract bass fish, which are live baits and artificial baits. Live baits are more effective but they are not readily available and require you to take care of them to keep them alive.
Artificial lures will require you to use more techniques in order to trick the fish. However, they can be reused and won’t need to be looked after.
The common live baits used to catch bass are crawfish, shad, minnows, creek chubs and dace.
Different types of water determine different types of effective lures you can use to catch bass. If the water is clean with no sigh or little sign of vegetation, you can use jerkbait for bass shallow fishing. Also, you can use drop-shot worm for deep bottom fishing. On the other hand, if the water is muddy, you should use chugger, spinnerbait or prop bait when you go for shallow fishing. Texas rigged beaver and crankbait are the most useful and effective types of fishing lures when you go for deepwater bass fishing in muddy area.
In case you want to catch bass in shallow water, you should use a light lure weighting around 1/8 ounces. But if you want the lure to go deeper, you should use a lure weighting around 2 ounces.
Here are some other tips you should know about using baits and lures in order to catch bass
- Bass like to chase after wounded prey. Therefore, you can use shredded plastic worms or a spinnerbait with red head. The bass would think that the bait is injured, hence, they like to bite the bait more.
- Bass tend to have different food throughout the year so try to make the baits and lures for bass fish as seasonal as possible. For example, in the spring, you can use crawfish as live bait and other lures with peach color. In the summer and fall, you can use shad and silver colored lures to attract bass.
- In the summer, a lure with a lot of movements will attract bass better. However, in the winter, a flat lure with restricted movement will catch more attention from bass.
The choice of the fishing rod should depend on your choice of which baits and lures you are going to use to catch bass fish.
- If you want to use a spinnerbait, crankbait and top water lures, then use a lightweight rod with the length from 6.5 to 7 feet. It should also have a medium soft tip along with a medium action.
- You should also go for a sensitive fishing rod so you can determine which objects or structures the rod is contacting better.
- Also if you intend to use a spinnerbait or crankbait, you should use a fishing rod made from fiberglass. This material is capable of inhaling the hook and preventing it from being dislodged. On the other hand, when you use jig or plastic worms, you should use a graphite rod for a quicker and much more sensitive cast.
The choice of which length of the fishing rod you want to have will depend on several factors. If you want to cast with much better accuracy, a shorter rod would be better. However, if you want to have more power and leverage to retrieve the bass fish late on, a longer rod would be better.
The choice of the fishing lines should obviously match with how deep you want your baits and lures to go into. If you want to go deepwater bass fishing, you should choose a fishing line which has the length of at least 50 feet.
There are 3 different types of fishing lines for you to choose from, which are fluorocarbon, monofilament and braid. Each of them is more suitable than the others in some situations.
When you aim for largemouth bass, one of the toughest types of bass, you should use braid fishing line. It has no stretch and is very abrasion resistant. It is also very tough and can stand well against the sharp bites from largemouth bass. The braid fishing line goes well with spinnerbait as well as jigs and plastic worms.
If you use crankbait or topwaters lures, you can opt for monofilament fishing line. With this type of fishing line, it can give you some stretch to make the lures work more effectively. This line is also a better choice for you as well when you intend to go fishing in shallow water.
The color of the fishing line is also another thing that you need to take into consideration. In case you go fishing in a clear area, a clear or a blue color fishing line will not be recognized by the bass. And if the fishing area is full of vegetation, you can use a green fishing line for it to blend well with the surroundings. Avoid red color fishing line when you go bass fishing in shallow water.
Along with experience and right techniques, proper fishing tools, baits and lures are the keys to the success of a bass fishing session. I hope that with all of the information I provide above, you would have a lot of successful fishing trips in the future.