Jan 17

Winter Bass Fishing

 

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Winter bass fishing is without a doubt the most challenging time to catch bass. You will not be able to use your usual methods and tactics and the bass will not be hungry. You will have a much harder time finding suitable cover and it might just be down right cold. Its no wonder why most bass fisherman don’t partake in winter bass fishing but if you are reading this article then you are not most bass fisherman.

The first challenge in winter bass fishing is to be able to find the right place to fish. Much of the vegetation has died, the bass are sitting much deeper, probably at depths that are not visible to you even if the water is crystal clear. If you are in the north where there is ice cover then you really have your work cut out for you. If you prepare for winter bass fishing in the fall by marking deep spots with lots of structure then you will save yourself a lot of time. Otherwise you may have to find the bass by trial and error.

One rule to remember when winter bass fishing is to slow down your retrieve. In fact still fishing a soft plastic worm or grub is even better as long as you can very slowly drift it around the bottom or hop it across. If you are casting one of these soft baits, let it sink to the bottom then very slowly reel it in. It should take no less than three minutes to retrieve your lure.

Since bass are cold blooded they will be very non-responsive to your regular forms of prey because they just cant spend their precious energy unwisely. They will eat a grub that slowly drifts by right in front of its face but they will not be tempted to swim very far at all to get it. If you can accomplish dangling a worm, small fish or soft bait as described before in front of the bass’ face then you will have success.

Only dull and plain colors should be used when winter bass fishing. Bright, flashy type bait will most likely produce nothing. If you are using soft baits then try keeping them in a zip-lock bag in your pocket. The warmth from your body will keep them from getting stiff in the cold water and they will act much more life-like when warm. Keeping a small handful in your pocket will allow you to cycle through them so you can always be using a warm one.

Jan 05

The Fishing Rod

Basically a fishing rod is a stick. To be more precise it’s a flexible shaft, usually fitted with runners or guides to carry the fishing line, and has a place to mount a reel. Fishing rods offer all sorts of advantages over handlines. Using a rod allows you to cast further and to reach out beyond bank-side obstructions like bushes and rocks, a rod will also keep your line away from the side of a boat or away from jetty pylons etc.

A Rod makes very useful bite indicators and shock absorbers when hooking, reeling and landing fish. Although the rod must suit the type of fishing you are doing, with so many different rods available on the market it can be a hard task choosing which rod best suits your needs. What rod you need depends on where you fish and what types of fish you are fishing for. You may need several rods and reel combination’s to get the most out of your fishing. When choosing a rod there are several things you need to take into consideration.

Rod configuration – There are three specific locations a reel can be mounted on a rod. Low mounts are for side cast reels, medium mounts are for threadlines and high mounts are for revolving drum type reels. The three mounting locations will provide a more energy efficient casting position.

Taper – The taper of a rod is the narrowing of thickness from the thick butt through to the thin tip. Most rods are built of hollow shafts called blanks. They can be made from fiberglass and graphite or a mixture of both. Rods are very light depending on what it is made from and although they are very strong and flexible they can break so you do need to be careful when your rod is under extreme pressure. Slow tapered rods are generally used in floating fish. Medium taper rods are very good for baiting fish. Fast taper rods are used when casting a distance.

Hands – There is either One Handed rods or double handed rods. Most light threadlines and baitcasters are single handed rods, where you only use one hand when casting. These rods are mostly used in estuary and freshwater fishing. Larger threadlines and medium size revolving drum reels are double handed rods, where you use two hands in the casting process. Double handed rods usually allow more power when casting and more leverage when fighting a tough fish. These make prefect sea fishing rods.

Keep these things in mind for the next time you are look to up date you rod or perhaps you are looking to take up fishing as a new hobby. There is no better way than to spend the day out on the ocean, on the beach of by the river just fishing.

 

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