Five Techniques to Catch More Bass Fish

We can all catch Bass, but we strive for more and more. Bass fishing is like an addiction; once you have caught your first, there’s no going back! So, why is it that the fisherman to your left is catching twice as much as you are? You’re fishing from the same waters and your technique doesn’t seem different from his. You have a fishing pole, hook, bait, and you even have your lucky bass catching charm. Well, here are some techniques to help you catch as much fish as the next guy:

Let’s begin with a solid casting technique. One of the best ways to cast is by utilizing the standard over the head method. Begin by placing the bait approximately one foot away from the rod tip. The lure should then be brought over your right shoulder vertical to the surface of the water. Then in a smooth motion which the rod loads, proceed with a snap movement forward towards your target area. The great thing about the standard overhead technique is that it can be used for bait casting and/or spinning. Bait casting is when you use your thumb to release line while you also feather the spool with your thumb. Spinning is basically the same thing, except that you are using your index finger to release the line as it passes your shoulder in a forward motion.

There are so many different ways to tie a fishing knot. Who is to say which technique is the best? Well if you still want to catch a lot of bass the Clinch Knot is one of the most popular knots used by many fishermen today. Begin by passing the line through the eye of the hook or swivel. Double back and make five turns around the line. Once you pass the end of the line through the first loop, which is right above the eye. You then pass it through the large loop. Continue by placing the end of the line through the first loop, found by the eye of the hook. By this point you need to draw the knot into shape and slide the coils down real tight against the eye. A diagram can be found in fishing stores.

Are you now trying to sneak a peek at your neighbor fisherman to see what type of bait or lure he has and how he is utilizing it? Ever tried the trick worm? It’s not only about what you are using but the technique is just as vital. Trick worms come in different sizes (5”, 7”, & 10”) and are straight tailed thin. They also come in various colors; some even with junebugs attached. So, you’re thinking, okay I’ve tried a trick worm and it didn’t make a difference. How many more fish you catch depends on your technique. There are many different ways to work a trick worm. Yet, the best way is a process similar to a soft jerk arrangement. Begin by casting the worm out and letting it settle for a couple of seconds. Then commence with a slight jerk- jerk pause movement. Be prepared because the bass will often strike and hit during the pause.

Fall season is on its way and you are wondering is there a better way to place my worm on the hook with this wind. Common sense is to not hold your rod tip to high in the wind, but what position is best? On a very winding day your rod should be held about 8 or 9 o’clock instead of the traditional 11 or 12 o’clock angel. With this angel you will experience less drag on your line, and you will even be able to feel more strikes.

Ever wonder how many fish you catch standing on the shoreline, as appose to being out on a boat? Ever considered trolling for bass? Once considered a low form of fishing, trolling has become one of the most effective ways to both rapidly locate and catch bass. This method (now used by millions around the world) allows you to cover a large range of water. The best type of boat to use would be a fourteen foot v bottom aluminum boat (with a manually steered five to fifteen horse power motor). Trolling must be very precise and you should always be in contact with your pole, to be able to distinguish between the boat movement and the strike of a fish. The best pole to have in this occasion is a short stiff pole. Usage of the proper lure is important to (your choice has to do with the depth of the water). The most important part of this technique is of course boat control. This will keep the trailing of the lure in the proper place, positioned along the break line. When you have located the fish there are two choices to make depending on the depth the bass are found in. first choice is to stop the boat and begin casting the conventional way or make the decision to make an additional trolling pass. From my own experience I can honestly say that trolling has been a highly and effective way of locating and catching bass.

Now that you have read some helpful techniques on how to catch more bass, it’s time for you to grab your fishing pole, tackle box, and head outdoors for some fun and productive fishing.


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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