|Choose a minimum of four rods to cover a wide range of
tactics, (flipping rod, medium-heavy baitcasting rod, medium
spinning rod and a medium baitcast rod,) and learn to use each
for different tactics. Throwing a spinnerbait or buzzbait on
the medium-heavy rod, a tube on the spinning and a Pop'R on
the medium set-up is a step in the right direction, and will
enable you to face different cover and water variables with
the right equipment. Matching the rod and reel to the task at
hand will lead to easier fishing and bigger stringers.
#5. Pass the Bait Bucketů.
When conditions become tough and the bass seem to have a
severe case of lockjaw, a switch to "Mother Nature's bait" may
be the answer to your prayers. Live bait has a place in the
bass anglers arsenal, and can be hard to beat when artificials
are striking out. Minnows, worms, frogs and crawfish are all
dynamite bucketmouth baits, and can turn a frustrating day
into an unforgettable one. A variety of hooks, floats and
weights are all it takes to get in on the action.
#6. Squirt Some Scent
Largemouth bass have a keen sense of smell and taste, and
can often be fooled more easily by adding scent to your
artificial baits. Scent works two-fold - it attracts bass and
it causes them to strike and hold on. If your plastic worm or
tube tastes good to Mr. Bucketmouth, the likelihood of him
dropping or spitting out your bait before you drive the hook
home will be lessened. Choose a bait to match the natural prey
in the water you fish, be it crayfish or minnow, or experiment
with one of the garlic of anise based scents to see which
#7. Keep a Log
Keeping a journal or log of your day on the water can be
one of the best ways to improve your catching prowess. By
marking down weather conditions, the time of day a fish
struck, what lure it was caught on and the area of the lake it
happened will enable you to adjust your tactics and techniques
for future days on the water. By patterning the largemouth
bass on your lake, you will begin to see what works best and
when, and can compensate when faced with the same conditions.
My log has been a great help in fishing tournaments as it
enables you to shorten the learning curve and improve your
chances for success.
Bass fishing can be a tough game to play, but it can also
be easy when everything falls in place. Having the right
knowledge and adapting to new techniques is part and parcel of
winning the bassin' game.