Catching Bass: Location Or Lure ? You Decide

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Use a medium-action 6 1/2- to 7 -foot rod when crankbait fishing for bass. Softer rods will allow the bass to inhale the lure, resulting in more hooked fish and longer rods allow longer casts and better hooksets. For best lure action and speed, use a reel with a gear ratio of 4:1 to 5:1.

What is more important when bass fishing, using the right the lure or finding the right location? To simply answer, both lure and location choices often are closely related, and picking one may actually depend on the choice of the other.

Certainly, bass fishing is all about location because bass have to be present for you to catch them, but there are definitely times when either lure or location choice takes on added importance.

There are exceptions to this rule of bass fishing but basically in the spring and fall, a lure is more important than precise location, whereas in the summer and winter, location tends to be more critical.

During the spring and fall seasons, bass anglers may want to concentrate on lure choice because bass are roaming more than at other times of the year. In the spring, this includes all stages of the spawn as bass begin to move shallow and then return to deeper water. And lure selection is important in the autumn, when fish are chasing bait as they again move shallow.

In the summer and winter months, bass fishing is more about finding the right location because fish tend to be in large schools and they often remain in a particular area for days and even weeks. During this time without a doubt bass are more predictable then than at any other time. You don’t have cold fronts in summer to change water temperature like you do in the spring, and in winter the fronts don’t have that great an effect because the water is already cold.

When location is key, depth changes may play a major role in where bass do locate. Search out using a lipless and midrange diving crankbait that not only allow you to cover a lot of water quickly . In the colder water of winter, use jerkbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits.

In spring and fall, you may be able to catch bass anywhere from the main lake to the backs of tributary creeks. Cover is probably more important these times of year because bass are shallow. In a typical lake with moderate clarity, you should be able to locate bass at depths of 8 feet or less.

In the spring, use soft plastics, such as Carolina rigged lizards, Senko-type stickworms and weightless wacky worms, fished with a slow retrieve. In the autumn, change to spinnerbaits, chrome lipless crankbaits and topwater lures, fished faster.

Bass anglers love to fish in the spring because the bass are shallow, but it’s not always the easiest time to fish because the fish are moving. If you do find them one day in a particular spot, you cannot depend on them being there again the next day.

In either case, whether it’s the season for location or the season for lure choice to be dominant, the one way to approach a day on a new lake is to head into one of that lake’s largest tributaries and spend your time there. By confining yourself to a smaller area, it’s nearly always easier to determine where bass are or what lure they’ll hit, This, of course, has long been an accepted fish-finding technique for pro bass anglers.


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