How to Catch Lunker Big Mouth Bass

How to Catch Lunker Big Mouth Bass
The term "lunker bass" describes a fish that is much larger than the normal bass taken in a particular area. An angler needs to realize that a lunker bass in Connecticut, for example, will be much smaller than a lunker bass in a southern state, as the growing season in the northern states is much shorter than where the weather is always warm. The difference is size matters little to the fisherman that is able to bring a lunker into his boat or onto the shore. The trick is finding a lunker bass and then having the skill to land it.


Difficulty: Challenging

Step 1
Increase your chances of hooking up with a lunker by discovering where they are frequently caught. To do this you need to study where state record fish have been caught in the past in your region of the country and talk to bait shop owners. Online fishing sites are extremely useful for this purpose, although often an angler will post what body of water he caught a lunker in but refuse to elaborate about the exact location on the lake or river.
Step 2
Go fishing for a lunker bass in the spring time. Lunkers grow as large as they do by being wary of fisherman most of the year, but bass spawn in the spring time and this is when their guard may be lowered. Lunker females that are sitting on their spawning beds will often hit anything that they feel is a threat to them so spring time is the best season for lunkers. Fish are more active as the water temperatures get warm.
Step 3
Use lures that can get through heavy cover. The biggest bass are usually found hiding near thick weed beds, lily pads, under logs and next to downed trees with plenty of branches. It is essential then to utilize a lure that can be brought through such cover without snagging. Weedless jigs, surface buzz baits, swim baits and surface plugs can all get through weeds, giving a lunker bass a chance to bite.
Step 4
Do not panic when the lunker bass hits. Set the hook hard and then stay calm and make sure you have the drag set on your reel so the bass can take line. Be ready for a lunker to make a few runs once it has been hooked. Don't be afraid to reset the hook during the course of the fight with the fish to insure that the bass is solidly hooked. The key to catching a lunker is to tire it out sufficiently so that you can gradually reel in line and get it close enough to net. It is not advisable to fish for lunker bass without a fishing net, as guiding one into a waiting net is the best way to be certain it ends up caught.
Step 5
Check your equipment. Be sure that your line is strong and that your reels are oiled and everything works well. Closely inspect your line throughout the day for any abrasions that might cause it to break if a lunker happens to hit and make the necessary repairs. Look at your hooks and make certain they are sharp.

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