Fishing for bass in Texas involves many of the same techniques, equipment and considerations as fishing for bass in other parts of the United States. What sets Texas bass fishing apart are the abundance of large lakes and reservoirs and the monster bass which inhabit them. Ranging in size from a few thousand acres to upwards of 40,000 acres, Texas waters are large and deep with plenty of food for bass to grow large and fat. Many of the techniques used in other parts of the U.S. were developed in Texas waters. Every year, thousands of fishermen travel to Texas to go after big large mouth bass and to participate in the abundance of local, regional and national fishing competitions. Texas is truly a mecca for bass fishing.
When fishing for Texas bass, there are a variety of lures which should be considered. Plastics are a large category covering many different types of bait. From trick worms, to curly tails, creature and grubs, plastics are a good choice. Plugs, including top water and deep diving, should be included as there is a wide range of depths to be covered in many of the lakes. Other lures which should be included are spinner baits and top water buzz baits. Natural baits such as shiners and minnows are also proven effective.
When fishing for bass in Texas, there are some basic pieces of equipment which should be used. A spinning or casting rod in the 7-foot range should be used. Select a medium heavy to heavy action. The reel should be matched to the rod and will typically need to hold around 200 yards of mono-filament line. A quality net should also be considered as some bass which may be caught could weigh upwards or 10 pounds or more. Other equipment should include a tackle box or bag, fish scale for weighing, rain gear, sun screen and insect repellent, quality pliers, a hat and quality sunglasses.
Presenting the lure or bait to bass will depend on the time of day, type of water and depth of water. In the early morning or late evening, choose a top water plug or buzz bait as bass tend to feed near the surface during these times. Other times, notice if bass are chasing bait fish. If so, minnow-shaped plugs and live baits are often successful. For windy conditions and working the shore line, choose a spinner bait. Finally, when fishing for bass with plastic baits, there are many different means of presentation. However, the Texas rig is popular, effective and perfected in Texas. Take a plastic bait such as a trick worm and insert the point of the hook through the larger head end of the worm. Pass the hook through the worm for about 1/2 inch and push the point out the bottom of the worm. Turn the hook and push the point back through the body of the worm stopping just beneath the surface of the plastic. This will make the bait weedless as well as prevent the fish from being spooked by exposed metal.