Over the years I have read a lot about where to fish and what to use, there are many talented Bass anglers that can give advice about a multitude of subjects. We all owe thanks to fellow anglers, magazines, television shows and various instructional videos. We all posses the best equipment money can buy, sensetive rods and line, smooth reels, hypodermic needle sharp hooks, fast and quiet boats, sonar units with sidefinders and how much better have we become? Have our tournament wheights skyrocketed? With all of this information and technolgy how come we fail more than we succed, one “reason” (excuse) is all the educated fishing pressure. Another favorite “reason” (excuse) is the weather pattern at the time we are fishing. We basically share the same excuses with every Bass fisherman from the beginning of time, if we are unsuccesful we blame it on something and usauslly we are to blame.
Time and time again, I have watched fishermen approach the bank moving from one piece of cover to the next. They rarely attempt a cast into the middle or even approach a prime piece of cover, perhaps making a few casts around the outside edge, and occasionally take a fish. They never even make one cast into the very back of the cover. Why…? “For fear they will lose a lure, or worse, lose a big fish.” Stop for a second and read that sentence again… I would bet my favorite flippin’ stick that you’ve heard people say that before. Heck, I’d bet that you may have even said it yourself.
I’m pretty much willing to bet that nearly every angler reading this article, at one point or another, has heard the cliché “Bigger baits catch bigger fish”. But does this hold true in every situation? As a Long Island angler, I seriously doubt it! Time to face facts, bigger isn’t always better. So with that in mind, we ask ourselves, what are we left with? Answer; finesse! Finesse, a word that many long-time, traditionalist bass anglers cringe at the sound of, has brought about a revolution in the way many anglers approach bass fishing.
When I saw my first spinnerbait, I found myself asking, “what kind of fish would be stupid enough to strike at a lure like this?” It did not take too long for me to find out! The next day I caught a largemouth bass around 2 pounds and was hooked on the concept. Spinnerbaits come in many forms.
The other day while I was putting away tackle, I came across boxes full of lures and baits. They had been used once or twice and retired to “this lure has no purpose” status. I began to wonder how did I come to own these “losers” of the fishing lure world. It didn’t take long to realize, I had purchased these items because I had not thought through the reasons for making these purchases.
For those of you who suddenly feel as though you’ve come under a full-on advertising assault of the senses, regarding whether braided style or monofilament line is the right choice, you need not feel alone. I empathize!
Spring is upon us and my fingers are itching to get bass fishing! Generally bass will begin their annual movement towards the shoreline in preparation for feeding and bedding within the first few weeks following ice out (for those who live in areas where your lakes and ponds freeze over the winter). Males will bite more readily close to the shoreline, however the larger females will hold back, usually at the first or second drop-off. This annual ritual is probably the best time to catch that lunker fish you have dreamed about.
Polorized sunglasses? Chances are, every serious fisher-person south of Canada either owns or has heard of these miracle shades that let you see into the water. Polarized sunglasses have become more of a phenomenon, than just a way to block out the sun.
For those of you who regularly travel to new water to bass fish, or participate in tournaments that frequently bring you to unfamiliar impoundments, you are probably familiar with the overwhelming feeling of; “what do I do now?” Well, to offer some consolation, there are several steps you can take to combat this all to familiar problem, many of which are much easier than one might anticipate. First of all, quite possibly some of the most important steps you can take to prepare for new water, can be taken days or weeks in advance to physically traveling to your new destination. I consider these steps a form of “bassin’ reconnaissance”, that will, if done correctly, eliminate a whole lot of unproductive water.