The Best Way to Catch Bass

The Best Way to Catch Bass
Bass are active at different depths and at different times of the day. When fishing for bass---large or small---it is best to always observe feeding habits and habitat patterns. Raise the number of strikes you receive by rigging your line with the right bait and using a special cast-and-retrieval pattern. From the large-mouth bass to the sand bass to the striped bass, start catching your favorite bass by learning a few tricks of the trade.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sidewinder reel
  • Bait
  • Grub
  • Lures
  • Jigs
  • Hook
  • Weedless hook setup
  • Sinker
Step 1
Visit a newly stocked warm-water fishery. Fish in the early morning or the late evening, the times when bass are prone to feed.
Step 2
Set up your line in a cove or covered stream. Find a sheltered area and look for activity from large schools of forage fish, which feed close to the surface and near the shore.
Step 3
Attract bass during feedings with a top-water lure. Opt for shiny colors and fishing beads, which produce sound to attract fish. Rig a sidewinder reel, which is designed specifically for bass fishing, with white or chartreuse grub on a 1/4-ounce or 1/8-ounce jighead.
Step 4
Go deep if bass are not feeding near the shore. Large bass hide near brush at the bottom and wait for wounded or weak forage fish to pass by. Drop your line deep into a weedy area---where obstructions are abundant---and rig a weedless hook setup to entice hiding bass. Dangle your line just above the bottom.
Step 5
Set your hook. Large bass are slower than small fish, so use a slow cast-and-retrieval pattern. Cast and retrieve your line several times to create water disturbance. Drop your line to the depth you want to fish. Set your hook after you feel tension in the line, but not immediately. Lower the tip of your fishing rod and give the fish several seconds to bite your bait. Sweep your line horizontally to set the hook and reel in your catch.

Tips & Warnings

Contact the Department of Fish and Game for fish stocking and scheduling information.
Add a sinker to drop your line to the bottom.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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