The Bass Fishing Basics For Beginners

When fishing shallow water for fish that are in an inactive phase you may want to have a supply of plastic worms on hand.  These lures are typically hooked in a manner that makes them almost virtually weedless and able to go through almost any form of cover.  They are fished very slowly along the bottom of the lake.

You will need a different supply of tackle when fishing deeper water.  For Largemouth bass any water deeper than ten feet is consider “deep water”.  Largemouth bass can either be active or inactive when they reside in deep water. You will need a different approach for each.

For active Largemouth Bass crankbaits are the best offering when fishing deep water.  The key is to match the style of crankbait to the fishing situation.  A crankbait is generally made of wood or plastic and closely resemble a small fish or other common forage species.  It will have a plastic lip near the eye of the lure.  The shape, angle and size of this lip will determine how deep the bait runs when retrieved.  Ideally you want to select a crankbait that comes close to or even touches the bottom of the lake.  This lure is meant to be retrieved rapidly and to attract active bass that will swim long distances to eat.

For deep water Largemouth Bass that are inactive you need to change your approach.  This is where the jig comes in handy.  Jigs are versatile deep water lures that can be used along or with a combo trailer.  Many angler like to apply a pork rind to the back of their jigs.  This combination lure is called “a jig and pig”.  This lure is fished very slowly and near the bottom for inactive fish.

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