When taking up the sport of fishing or hunting the first thing you need to do is learn about the animal that is going to be your prey. Study and learn their behaviors, both in books as well as in real life. Springtime could mean something completely different to your pond from the pond on the other side of the state. Learn your waterways and what your fish like and don’t like, their habits are key to what will work best at catching them. Minimize how much you focus on the whole lake or pond and start with small areas of the edges or banks. In the springtime, the fish are going to these areas to spawn and this is where they will be spending most of their days.
In the fall and winter months, the fish don’t really move a whole lot and are not great to catch, however, the summer and spring they are moving. This activity makes them easier to catch at these times.
Baiting and Lures
To determine this you will need to figure out what the water is like that you’re fishing. Is the bottom rocky with little grass? Then you want a crankbait, which come in two variations, lots of wiggle and little wiggle. When it’s cold out you want the less wiggle, as the fish are cold-blooded and not going to be up for huge fights. However, when it is warm out they will like more wobble to get them excited. When they are cold if something comes near them and it will take little effort to catch, then they will certainly try it.
For the more open body of water there are spinner baits. These baits are more for open water and spin fast or slow. Just as the crankbait’s work, the spinner baits are slow when it’s cold and fast when it’s warmer.
And, a topwater bait sometimes is an option, with the bait looking like a frog or bug. These are best used in the shallow waters that have vegetation on top.
The rod can be one of the more expensive pieces of Bass Fishing. But, you will have it a lifetime, so choose wisely. Get something that fits your hand well and is comfortable to hold. Ensure that the line is big enough for the kinds of fish you’ll be catching, but not too big that it’s really bulky. There are different types of real choices and options to choose from. And, if in doubt go to the store and ask a lot of questions. People in the fishing stores are always super helpful, even other customers, remember this is a hobby that they are passionate about.
And, get a buddy to let you tag along. Having someone that can mentor you will be the best thing when trying to learn Bass fishing for the beginner. Watch videos online and tutorials if you don’t have a buddy, as this isn’t the end of the world. You might even ask someone at the fishing store or if the fishing store is small and local, ask the people that work there if they have a guide to recommend.