Tips for Underwater Bass Fishing

Tips for Underwater Bass Fishing
There are several different variations of bass, including striped, spotted and large mouth. Underwater fishing for this species involves looking for the right spot and using the type of bait that works for you. Fishermen spends years determining what works best, but you can try following a few specific tips and still get great results.

Onshore Fishing

Onshore fishing involves standing on the shore and casting from the ground into the water. New and beginner fishermen often disregard this because they think the best fishing is on the water. In actuality, some species of bass, including white bass and large mouth bass, prefer the shallower waters near the land. You should not forget about these areas when you are fishing.

Lure Movement

When you cast out, the biggest mistake that you can make is in leaving your lure sitting in the water. This is a common mistake with newer fishermen who assume that the fish will still respond to the bait. You need to tug the lure back and forth in the water, even making fast movements that cause the lure to jerk in the water. This tricks the bass into thinking that the lure is alive and encourages them to bite down on it.


Several varieties of bass prefer areas with vegetation and other things that give them hiding spots underwater. The only time they leave these areas is when they are feeding. This spots are typically located in shallow areas of the water, but you may find some in deeper areas. Casting your line directly into the overgrown spots may help you catch more fish.

Fish Finder

Once you get serious about fishing for bass, you should invest in a fish finder. This electronic device works on smaller boats and larger boats and is helpful if you are fishing in the deeper areas of the water. The finder uses sonar to register fish under the water and identify spots where fish are hiding. You can also identify tree stumps, debris, vegetation and other areas underwater where the fish might hide.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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