How to Choose the Right Bait When Bass Fishing

How to Choose the Right Bait When Bass Fishing
Bringing home a big bass is the ultimate catch for any freshwater fisherman. Bait is an important consideration when trying to catch a bass and there are many choices you can choose from. Bass will bite on everything from live bait to artificial lures, and choosing the right one is the best way to land a big fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Live Bait Lures Fishing Pole
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Fishing Pole
Step 1
Consider the weather conditions when fishing for bass and choosing bait. A bass will seldom be hungry when the water is below 50 degrees. Its metabolism increases as the weather warms and so does its hunger. Also, its feeding habit will slow down when the temperature rises above 80 degrees. When the weather is sunny, bass take shelter in the shade, so that's the best place to look for them. If you're fishing for bass during the summer months, it's best to go early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun's not as hot.
Step 2
Choose a plastic worm when fishing in waters with thick weeds. Since they are considered weedless, you'll be able to fish in the thickest cover where the bass are waiting. Bass will feel the food with its mouth and turn it headfirst to swallow, so allow the fish to have a few moments to play with it before setting the hook. Plastic worms come in sizes from 4 to 12 inches and in a variety of colors. They are also one of the most natural feeling baits in a fish's mouth.
Step 3
Rig your line with a metal spoon to catch bass in a heavily weeded area where the cover is dense. One of the oldest lures that are used for fishing, weedless spoons work well when you're trying to cast into an area where the bass are hiding from the sun. If you get a hit on your spoon, set the hook immediately.
Step 4
Tie a crankbait on the end of your line to add some variety into your fishing adventure. They come in a vast array of sizes, styles and prices. These artificial baits can float, dive or vibrate, and there are some that will float when you aren't reeling, but will sink as soon as you retrieve them. If a bass strikes your crankbait, set the hook immediately.
Step 5
Choose a jig if you want to get results in catching a bass. These artificial lures have a lead head which you attach the artificial bait to. Jigs can have plastic attractors on them, feathers, hair or spinner tails. When retrieving a jig, do it with a motion that's slow and steady, or bounce it up and down. You can also tip them with some type of live bait to give them a smell to attract bass, which have a very keen sense of smell. Set your hook immediately if you get a strike.
Step 6
Use a spinnerbait to get the benefit of two lures in one. Spinnerbait is a combination of a spinner and a jig. These artificial baits are flashy, have action and come in an assortment of colors. Spinnerbaits are usually fished with a technique of lifting and dropping. As you reel in the bait, stop and allow it to sink before reeling in again. Repeat this process as you retrieve your bait. Set the hook immediately if the bass strikes.

Tips & Warnings

Bass have very good eyesight and can see you in your boat. Be sure to where neutral colors, as they're able to detect the color red very well.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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