Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fishing For Bass

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.

Moreover, around January bass fishing should start to be directed to warmer and warmer waters as bass tend to leave cold deep waters so they can spawn. Also, during fall bass start to move towards colder and deeper waters where they would be better off during the cold season. Yet fishermen should not expect them to travel great distances very quickly. Their cycles of moving from one place to another as the seasons change, last for several months.

It is also good to know when you are bass fishing that these fish are very sociable: that is, they tend to shoal together into quite large schools, which generally consist of fish of the same size. That obviously means that, if you catch some bass in one spot, you are likely to catch more in the same area so long as you do not throw the fish you've already caught back into the water dead as that could well panic the rest of the shoal.

In addition, bass fishing areas are fairly easy to spot. One should take into account that they are predators but not very active ones as their favorite meal is not actually one they have to struggle for. They would rather wait patiently and lazily for a victim to come by and then snap it up.

They very often go for injured or less energetic game even though this might not be on their regular menu. Their regular menu consists of crawfish, minnows, worms, insects, frogs and so on. If fishermen learn these things about bass, together with their mating habits, fishing for them should be much easier and more fun.

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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