Bass Fishing Tips

By Owen Jones

It is very handy to get some tips on bass fishing when you are a beginner. Firstly, it it is important to know that bass are fish whose metabolism depends on the temperature of the surrounding water. Their metabolism rises or falls proportionally with the increase or decrease in water temperature. Therefore, if the water where they happen to be is cold, as it is in deeper waters, they are less active and so eat a lot less.

Therefore, around about January, you should start bass fishing in increasingly warmer waters because the bass will want to leave the colder deeper waters so that they can spawn. Furthermore, during the Autumn/Fall the bass begin to move towards colder and deeper waters where they would be safer during the cold season. But fishermen should not expect them to migrate great distances all that quickly because their cycles of moving from one place to the next as the seasons do take several months.

It is also a good tip to realize when bass fishing that these fish are very sociable, which means that they tend to shoal together in schools, especially those which are the same size. So, if you have already caught some bass in one area, you are likely to catch more in the same area as long as you do not throw the dead fish you've already caught back into the water as that will panic the rest of the school.

Moreover, a good bass fishing area is quite easy to identify. Just remember that they are predators, but not particularly active ones since their favourite food is not actually one they have to work hard to get. Instead, they just wait patiently and lazily for prey to swim past and then they pounce on it.

Bass often go for injured or slow game even though they might not be on their regular diet. Their regular diet consists of crawfish, minnows, worms, insects, frogs and such like. Once a fisherman has learned these things about bass, together with their mating habits, fishing for them is much easier and much more enjoyable.

However, bass are prey themselves, so they need cover too, which is why bass fishing is most successful in areas where the fish can find safety in and around small or large rocks, weeds and other shady or indeed sunny, well-lit areas where it is difficult for them to be seen.

Success at bass fishing also depends on the type of bait chosen by the fisherman. You should vary the bait according to both the season " spring, summer, autumn or winter " and the spawning cycle of this fish species. Beginners should not forget that there are always experienced anglers ready to provide tips - just don't be afraid to ask because the most effective bait does vary from one region to another.

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