Top 10 tips for catching large mouth bass

Keep as quiet as possible. I definitely suggest carpet on the bottom of your boat. Noise generated by dropping objects like your tackle box on the floor of your boat are much more damaging than talk in your effort to catch bass. You will enjoy much more success if you take a serious approach to you time spent on the water.

Take a very discreet approach to the spot you will be fishing. You really don’t want to run your motor full throttle into the area you will be fishing. You should use a quiet trolling motor or even allow your boat to drift into your target area. Try not to spook any of the fish.

Buy and use top notch equipment. It is amazing how many anglers spend a large amount of money to travel to a prime fishing spot and secure lodging. Then they will go on the water with an old reel that was not very good when new or a heavy tipped rod that is not very sensitive. All rods and reels are not created equal. As is often the case you do get what you pay for in terms of fishing equipment. A no name crankbait that retails for $1.99 is not the same as the smooth running Rapala crankbait that retails for $ 5.99.
You need to fish very slow in the middle of summer and when the water gets below 55 degrees. In each of these extreme weather conditions you need to reduce your speed dramatically. Largemouth Bass become very sluggish in times of extreme heat or cold. You need to alter your fishing style in a similar manner.

Trees are magnets for Largemouth Bass. This hold true for standing trees in the water and fallen timber. You need to explore these areas and fish them religiously.

When selecting a shoreline to fish look for the steepest banks possible. A steep bank initiates the food chain. A steep bank means more insects fall into the water, especially when the wind is high or it is raining. The insects attract smaller fish which in turn attract large bass.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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