Largemouth bass. These two words can send an angler shivering. You’re familiar with the feeling of being tied to a large female and watching her leap out of the water as she attempts to throw your hook.
Anglers love the moment they catch a glimpse of a great fish. The excitement at her weight and the pulse-pounding seconds as she runs for the stump while you push her toward the boat are all moments worth celebrating.
It’s time to concentrate on largemouth as winter loses its weather grip. We’d love to help you catch more bass and even some real bruisers. Below are some of our best tips and tricks for bass fishing. They will all help you to increase your success with largemouth fishing
Largemouth Bass Basics
Largemouth bass ( Micropterus Salmoides is the most prized trophy of American anglers. The largemouth bass can grow to as big as 30 inches in length and up to 20 pounds during its 10- to 16-year life span. As is typical, females are generally larger than males.
This species is named for its expanding mouth which it uses to “sucker” prey items.
The largemouth bass is voracious predators and will eat almost anything available to them. They eat minnows, crawfish, snakes, frogs, as well as other fish. Bass are not picky eaters and can quickly clear a pond of food if there isn’t enough cover for their prey to hide. This could lead to long-term hunger.
Bass are ambush predators and will use cover and structures to their advantage to find a hiding place. You can find real bruisers in difficult places to fish, such as downed trees, clusters or stumps, thick vegetation, water covered with grass mats, and thick vegetation, like lily pads and weed beds.
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Largemouth bass starts spawning when the water temperature reaches a constant 60 degrees. For spawning beds, sand and gravel are the best choices. As with many species, males will move first from winter holding areas. Females will follow a little later.
Both male and female bass will focus on reproduction during the spawn. Males and females will keep an eye on the spawning ground and the beds. The females will leave the spawning grounds to feed the fry and eggs, while the males will continue to watch over them.
We offer tips to make sure you get the most out of the season.
Bass Fishing Tips: How To Catch More Largemouth
Use the Right Line
Bass fishing can be very tackle-intensive. The right gear could make the difference between a trophy or nothing.
Our guides will show you the best bass fishing rods, and reels.
As we have discussed, line selection is a complex topic. There is no one “best” line, but there are general recommendations that we can offer.
You can read our complete article “Fishing Line Myths Busted” to find out why we say the things we do and how you can be certain.
Mono is a favorite of ours, and Stren Original, a serious mono like Stren Original, is great for all anglers in many situations.
It ties easily and retains its tensile strength at the knot. This means that you are less likely to experience line failures than with other options. It has superior shock strength and a remarkable real-world abrasion-resistant.
It’s a great shock absorber, especially for bass trying to throw our hooks. However, it can cause problems with hooksets.
Mono floats can be a benefit in two ways. It’s great when you’re using topwater lures. It can also slow down the fall of your rod, which can be very important, as you will see.
What are Mono’s weaknesses? Mono is not as castable and limp as braid and can cause damage to a hookset while worm fishing.
Braid has many benefits. Braid is stronger than its diameter so you can fit more braid on your reel than mono or fluorocarbon. It’s the most flexible choice and casts better than other options, as it doesn’t stretch at all.
It doesn’t tie well and, worse, it is extremely weak across all brands. We’ve already mentioned that TackleTour’s braided line tests showed an average knot strength of only 49 percent. That means that an average braid will experience knot failure at 9.8 pounds for a 20-pound test!
This is a major disadvantage that negates the braid’s superior strength.
This can be overcome by performing very heavy tests. That will give you greater tensile strength at your knot. Bobby Lane, a professional casting engineer, will often run 50- and 65-pound braids on their casting gear. If tied correctly, they can save around 30 pounds.
Why do pros do this?
A braid of 50 pounds will cast just as well with mono or fluoro 30 pounds, so they are getting more performance from a heavy braid. However, braided lines are already very obvious in the water so you will probably need to use a mono or fluorocarbon leader.
Fluoro is a popular product with many benefits. Fluoro doesn’t absorb water which is a good thing. However, it is not a great choice to cast long distances as it has a lot of memory. Most fluorocarbons have weak knot strength. Seaguar Invizx, however, is an exception and provides remarkable performance in this regard.
Fluorocarbon is often called “low-stretch”. This is simply not true. Fluorocarbon, like nylon monofilament, stretches under load. This is what fluorocarbon demonstrates when put to the test. Possibly slightly has less stretch than nylon mono comparable, but it retains that elongation and permanently deforms as a consequence.
Berkley is the authority on this. They claim fluorocarbon actually stretches more than nylon mono. Fluorocarbon is more elastic than nylon mono, but it takes more force to make fluoro stretch. Fluoro is a great choice in situations where controlled stretch can be helpful, either as a mainline or as a leader when used with a low-stretch supra line.
Fluoro is also referred to as “fast-sinking,” however, in real life the differences between fluoro and braid are minimal. The jury is still out on Fluoro’s claimed invisibility. We can’t find any scientific evidence to support this claim. Rob Hughes sums up our views pretty well. “Flouro [sic] can be a wonderful material for many reasons. But, assuming it is invisible is a recipe to disaster.”
What are the benefits of fluorocarbons?
It is a bit thicker than mono and therefore more sensitive. However, it does offer shock absorption. It is also as invisible as quality mono making it an excellent choice for a leader especially when tied to braid.
What are our recommendations?
Each type of line has its strengths and weaknesses. It all depends on the technique you use and where you fish. The top choices for mono, braid, and fluorocarbon were Sufix 832 and Seaguar Invizx.
Are you unsure which knot to tie for bass fishing? For the best bass fishing knots, check out our top picks!
Keep your hooks sharp
Bass has bony jaws that dull their hooks. One pro said that he sharpens the hooks after each fish. However, that may be a little too much!
Our guide to the right hook size for bass is available here
We believe that hooks should be changed often and that you should use only the best quality products.
It’s probably something you already do with your worm hooks. However, while the trebles on your lures might seem very sharp, they are usually a cost-saving option that keeps costs down for the manufacturer.
Gamakatsu is a premium quality alternative to treble hooks that you can learn from the pros. Premium hooks are subtly different and will lock fish to your line better than bargain alternatives.
We like to double-set hooksets. It’s a great way to save fish and is also a good insurance tip.
After you have set the hook, tighten your line with a few cranks and then put it back. This will ensure that the hook is exactly where it should be and that the barb is at its maximum depth.
Match the Hatch
Bass are ambush predators, as we have already mentioned. Bass will eat almost anything that’s in their mouths. However, research and our experience suggest that you should “match the hatch” with the hatch unless the water is very murky or stained.
This is mainly crawfish or shad
We love blacks, oranges, and browns as well as silvers, golds, and golds for our lures. It’s always a good idea to throw a crankbait resembling a shad. Also, tossing soft baits that look like crawfish is a great way to catch them.
Our guide to the best baits for bass fishing is available here
Making Spawn pay off
Bass spawn in spring and don’t think about food. They are instead focused on reproduction.
However, that doesn’t mean they won’t bite. You just have to follow some tips to make this season successful.
Keep in mind that males will arrive first on the spawning grounds as soon as the water reaches a constant 60 degrees. The females will stay close to the males, often at a drop into deeper waters. Fishing in shallow waters will only catch small fish. If you go too deep, it won’t be able to lure big females into biting.
Guides like Clark Reehm from Texas suggest that you throw a Carolina rig in 8-12 feet of water and work the edges of the spawning bed before the big drop-off. He enjoys running a Zoom Brush Hedge in watermelon. This crawfish imitator is also a murderer all summer.
Zoom Brush Hog
It is important to be patient and slow down when working with your rig. Rehm explained that “… the fish aren’t hungry. You’re trying to lure them to eat even though they’re not hungry.
Are you unsure how to rig soft bait Carolina style? This video will show you how to rig your soft bait Carolina style