The Art of Tailoring Your Fishing Habits to the Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass will go for bait regardless of where it is placed in the water, but smallmouth bass only tend to bite if the bait is very deep in the water. Therefore, leave the bait in the mid water for largemouth and get it as close to the bottom as possible with a smallmouth. Either way, be sure to keep the line taught because a slack line will put any bass off and make it more difficult for you to reel it in. If you are aiming for a largemouth bite then you should work the lure much quicker than if you were after a smallmouth. It is a slow and painstaking process with the latter but a few quick twists and turns will attract the attention of the largemouth.

If you are a bass fishing enthusiast and would prefer to be able to fish for whatever type of bass is in the water at any given time then you should formulate strategies for both the smallmouth and the largemouth bass. They are very different creatures despite the fact that they are related. It I better to try a few strategies pertaining to the above information and then find the way that works best for you in terms of catching both. The likelihood is that you will use the largemouth strategy more often as that species is more abundant in the United States but it never hurts to have a back up plan!

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