Make a Change this Bass Season
With the season scant weeks away, an excitement is building for those that have a profound love for bass. I myself make no excuse for my affinity to these green and brown fish - a specie that can tug, tussle and splash with the best of them. But how many of us are in a rut when it comes to chasing this pugnacious adversary? For those that throw the same bait, to the same patch of pads, with that same ten-year-old spinning combo, then this fishing makeover is tailor-made for you.
Learn a New Technique
Variety is the spice of life, and the same holds true when bass fishing. Make this your season to perfect one new technique at the bare minimum. And in order to become proficient, practice is definitely the key. Head out on the water with only a handful of flipping jigs, weights and finesse plastics or jigging spoons, and use them until your confidence level grows. Not only will these new techniques catch a boatload of undiscovered fish, but they will also put an added thrill into your time on the water.
Work the Night Shift
The night period can reward you with BIG fish and great numbers, and if you think about it, can double your available time on the water. Safety is paramount when working the night shift, so always wear a lifejacket, have adequate lighting and the necessary safety equipment. In terms of preferred baits, you can't go wrong with noisy topwaters, Colorado-bladed spinnerbaits, jig and pigs and oversized plastics. Dark colours get the nod, and rattles and scent will up the odds of getting bit.
Make it a Baitcaster
Lets face it - spinning gear can only do so much, and unless I'm tossing tubes or finesse plastics, my baitcast equipment gets the nod each and every time.
Spinning reels are not meant for the heavy line that many situations call
for when chasing bass, and for the most part, spinning rods are not beefy
enough for pulling fish from heavy slop or twisted trees.
Spool up with Superline
Give braid a try this season - it can only improve and build on your fishing success.
There is no Such Thing as an All-Purpose Rod
In order to work flipping jigs correctly and most efficiently, a bass angler should have a flipping stick at their disposal. The same goes for those that love to toss spinnerbaits, as a 7-foot medium or medium-heavy baitcaster would cover this base. For those that don't want to break the bank, three combos should be the bare minimum when heading out for a day of bassin', and expensive does not have to be part and parcel of the equation. In terms of flipping sticks, I still use the Bass Pro Shops "Tourney Special" Graphite rods. They can be had for less than $50 U.S. from the States, and have never let me down to this day.
I'll admit - six or eight combos routinely join me on my forays, but each has a role and purpose when it comes to specific techniques and baits. Start small and work toward more specialized equipment, because lets face it, one rod really can't cut it when out on the water.
Make some changes this coming bass season. I guarantee you'll put more fish in the boat, and that's what this love affair with the green and brown guys is all about.