Whether you have fished for years or have never tried it, here are some tips and tricks on how to catch a bass fish.
1. Find a lake that contains bass.
This is a pretty obvious step, but you do need to do a little research before you set out to catch the “big one.” Look online or call the local fish and game department to find out which local lakes contain bass. This is also a great time to find out if the specific lake has certain policies about fishing. You need to find out if you need a fishing license, if there’s any bait that’s illegal to use on that lake, and whether or not it’s a “catch-and-release” lake. A catch-and-release lake means that you are allowed to catch fish but you can’t keep the fish and must release it back into the lake. These types of lakes are good for fishing since it’s usually always stocked, because fish are never taken out of the lake permanently.
2. Pick your fishing pole out.
The great thing about bass is you don’t need a big fancy rod. A simple rod that you can pick up cheap at any local sporting goods store will work out great. If you’ve never fished before or have had trouble casting your line in the past, there are self-casting fishing poles for sale. It’s an awesome feeling to be able to cast your own line though, so before going out to the lake, practice in your backyard. Without any bait attached to the line, just practice casting the line over and over until you get the hang of it. You’ll feel more satisfied when you can cast a line effortlessly.
3. Pick out your bait.
Live bait is the best. You may want to put a bobber on your line to help assist you with the catch. A bobber is put on the fishing line about a foot above the bait and sits on top of the water until the fish bites the bait, thus pulling the bobber under. This is great so you know for sure a fish has taken a bite so you know when to reel it in. Try using live worms as bait. Kneed them through a hook and attach the hook to the end of your fishing line with a bobber 12 inches above that. This is the best way to catch a bass.
4. Pick the “perfect spot.”
When you set out to the lake, you might not find the perfect spot right away. If you cast a couple of times and don’t see any action for 30 minutes, move to a different spot. A great spot is usually off a bank, maybe where you can see rocks and other large objects, such as tree branches, because fish like to hide around these areas. If you are fishing from a boat, you can easily just row to different places until you find a spot that’s getting some bites.
5. Pick the perfect time.
Fish like to bite in the early morning. If you don’t get to the lake until 11 a.m., don’t expect to catch anything. Six or 7 o’clock am is the best time, so go to bed early the night before so you can wake up bright and early.
6. Cast, wait, reel, repeat.
Now that everything is picked out and planned, it’s time to catch some bass! Fishing can be a waiting game sometimes, so if you are not a patient person, this might be frustrating for you. Make sure you are quiet and don’t have any loud music playing or other distractions that might scare the fish away. It’s best to leave your dog or any loud kids at home. It’s all about you and the fish right now. Throw your line out and wait for about five minutes. If nothing happens, reel it back in and try to cast farther. This is what fishing consists of. If you are patient, eventually you’ll catch a fish. But don’t get discouraged if you don’t. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries and trips to catch one. It’s very rewarding when you do, so don’t give up hope.
The last piece of advice.
Make sure you are doing everything legally. If the lake you are fishing at requires a license, make sure you have the proper license and are doing everything legally. If you don’t and get caught, you may have to pay a hefty fine and even be banned from the lake. Some people find fishing boring, while others find it exciting. It’s best to try it out to find out if you like it or not. If you aren’t having any luck fishing, see if your community offers fishing lessons. This may help you get it down and make you enjoy the sport. Practice makes perfect so don’t give up if you don’t catch any fish right away.