The Best Techniques & Lures to Catch Bass

The Best Techniques & Lures to Catch Bass
Fishing for bass is a little too broad an idea since various types of bass are swimming beneath the surfaces of many different bodies of water. The type of lure and technique you use for success will therefore depend to some extent upon the species of bass you wish to reel in. When fishing for any type of bass, the key to success is water temperature between 60 and 80 degrees.

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are found in lakes and rivers from Canada down to Mexico. Ideal conditions for catching largemouth bass are warm sunny days or when a heavy rain brings the fish into shallow areas for feeding. Live bait choices for largemouth bass start with crayfish but also include minnows, flies, bugs, mice and frogs. The plastic worm rig is very efficient when using a jigging motion that works the lure through weeds and over logs. Among the best surface lures for catching largemouth bass are jointed jitterbugs and frogs. Cool water lures include black hairy worm and dingos. Crankbaits for summer fishing include mini rattle trap and young's shad. Spinnerbait lures of many types are the best all-season choice.

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass range from Canada down to areas of the southern U.S. before you get to the Gulf Coast areas. Baits for smallmouth bass include small insects, minnows, worms and crayfish. The best lures for smallmouth bass include wet flies, spinners, poppers and streamers. Target casting that places the lure very close to cover objects is a good technique for catching smallmouth bass that only go after food that invades their territory. Fly fishing with streamer flies is most effective during the summer. You can work lures deeper by running the motor of the boat against the current.

Striped Bass

Striped bass is the name given to the family of fish that includes the hybrid striped, yellow and white bass. This saltwater bass takes full use of cover during feeding time, so boat fishing is an efficient technique when you use bait-fish like mackerel chunks. Shore fishing is another good technique for striped bass as long as you fish from rocky beaches, piers or in estuaries. Fly fishing for bass is successful when you use flies that are brightly colored enough to draw attention away from indigenous food sources.

Rock Bass

Rock bass are found in water with rocky or gravel bottoms throughout the eastern U.S. and along the upper Mississippi Valley region. Live baits that rock bass love include grubs, worms, insects and minnows. Lures that prove reliable in bringing up this family of bass (that includes the warmouth bass) includes wet flies, poppers, spinners and jigs. You can also entice rock bass with flies when you fish with this technique near sunken logs, piers and rock piles.

Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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