Are you a novice to bass fishing? Find out how to catch bass like an expert.
The correct equipment is everything when fishing for bass, and using it will mean much better results from your day on the water. We have put together some tips on the best equipment for bass fishing, so you can get out there quickly.
An essential tip for fishing bass is stealth. Go unnoticed while fishing with a quiet electric outboard motor like the ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus. This portable 3HP electric outboard motor is perfect for recreational fishing and can be used on fishing boats, dinghies and sailboats. The quiet nature of the Spirit Electric outboard motor, means that you will not disturb the fish. Constructed with top quality powder coated and anodized aluminium, this lightweight motor was designed for large-scale use in salt- or brackish water bass fishing.
Preparation is Key
Before setting out on your bass-fishing adventure, sharpen your hooks! This will ensure you are able to hook to the jaws of a boney bass with no issues. Make sure you set up your fishing rods, hooks, and knots before your trip to reduce time spent setting up on the boat - giving you more time to catch dinner.
Know Your Prey
When fishing for bass, it is important to know that the bass's preferences for prey vary from season to season. Based on the time of the year, the temperature of the water will vary. This affects the level of activity of the fish and, consequently, how you catch bass with the use of worms or lures.
In general, when you fish for bass during the winter months, baits that move slower work better in the colder waters. On the other hand, when fishing for bass in the summer, you'll benefit from more substantial bait that is more active to entice the fish. In spring, before the water gets too warm, bass are likely to be found in spawning beds in shallow, sheltered sections along the shore of the lake. During this time they are more likely to bite in anger over food than in other seasons, making them easier to fish. So, before you begin searching for fish in the deep waters, try shallower areas with sheltered pockets that bass use to protect their eggs.
When fishing for bass in shallow waters, use spinnerbaits and crankbaits that have a hint of red, as they look like wounded prey. Furthermore, keep worm lures that are worn out because they could look like deliciously shredded food to the fish, and make them more likely to bite. In general, fishing in deep waters to catch bass can be challenging because they are more difficult to spot than the bass hiding in shallow cover areas that they use to ambush prey.
If your preference is using lures, which are particularly effective during the springtime, bass typically like crayfish and will be more likely to be drawn to baits with orange hues. In the fall, however, shad and silver lures will likely perform better. If you are going to be fishing for bass using bait like worms or lures, be sure and check your cast to ensure the lure or bait hits the surface of the water just a couple of feet ahead of the bass to make it glide over the surface.
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Make sure you are fishing at prime bass-fishing times. Bass are the most likely to be feeding around the first light or in the early evening and are more likely to be active and come out of their hiding spots at these times. One of the absolute best times to go fishing for bass is just before a storm is set to arrive, so be sure to be on the lookout. Bass are more active on cloudy days, as they prefer cooler waters and are therefore more likely to come out of their hiding spots to try and catch prey. When the sun is out, they prefer to stay sheltered and wait for the prey to come to them.
When you set out, pay attention to the speed and direction of the wind. Even though moderate to powerful winds of more than 24 km/h can make it challenging to cast, these windy conditions are an excellent way to stimulate bass, as they are more likely to come out of their hiding spots to ambush their prey. On windy days, make sure to cast your line into the wind, even though it will be a bit harder. This is because the fish like to swim along with the current, so the wind might help divert them towards your bait. Another plus to fishing on a windy day is that the ripples on the water's surface can obscure the boat's movements, making your movement less detected. Using a quiet electric outboard motor, such as the Spirit 1.0 Plus, will further reduce the chances of scaring your catch.
If you're fishing for bass from the shore or on a lake, be patient. Make sure you give it some time, as bass fishing tends to be a waiting game. However, no matter your patience, there is little point if your patience outlasts your trolling motor. Make sure you are out trolling with something that goes the distance. The perfect example of this is the Spirit 1.0, which not only boasts a strong thrust for any fishing boat, dhingie, or sailboat, but it also lasts all day on a single charge. Featuring a large lithium battery that allows you to fish for the entire day at trolling speed and the ability to extend your runtime by changing the battery to the E-Series lithium batteries, the Spirit 1.0 is perfect for the patience required when bass fishing.