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Overton's Bass Fishing Tips
All fishermen want them, bragging rights. They’re given to anyone who catches the biggest, best fish of the day (or season), and everyone with a rod and reel wants access to those rights. We can help! If you're entering the popular sport of bass fishing, our tips could help you catch the fish of a lifetime!
Bass Fishing

Understand Seasonal Patterns

Seasonal patterns play a vital role in an angler's ability to locate and catch bass. In general, bass tend to migrate toward shallower water during the warmer months and back to deeper water in the colder months. Since they’re cold-blooded, they burn more energy in warm water requiring them to eat more.

Spring and Fall are the best times for bass fishing, especially if you're able to dial in their location and eating pattern. After a cold hard winter, bass will usually begin to move shallow water and start feeding heavily. During these times anglers can have outstanding days on the water. The successful bass angler always keeps an eye on water temperature as it plays a vital role in the bass's level of activity.

Bass Fishing

Bait Choices are Critical

Bass can be very picky and are, at times, unforgiving when it comes to their diet. While there are some days they'll eat almost anything that runs across their face, often you'll have to dial in the specific bait and color they're most interested in that day. Study your local body of water and make an effort to notice the type of forage the bass are feeding on. Then try to match your lures to their interest.

If shad are the natural forage in your area, then silvered or white colored lures should perform better. If the natural forage in the area seems to be crawfish, opt for a red or orange colored lure to increase the probability of a bite. While bass can be picky, they are also opportunistic.

Bass Fishing

Tight Knots and Sharp Hooks

Nothing beats the thump an angler feels when a fish bites, but it's crucial to master a few things to help ensure you land the fish of a lifetime. A poorly tied knot can result in that fish breaking your heart and swimming away. Make an effort to practice your knot-tying skills. Some of the most popular knots used by professional bass anglers include the Palomar, Uni, and San Diego Jam knots.

To help ensure better hook ups, keep your hooks sharpened! A properly sharpened hook will ultimately put more fish in your boat. A hook must penetrate the bass's skin, muscle, and bone. A well-sharpened hook will greatly increase your chance of making that perfect hookset.

Bass Fishing

Let the Wind Be Your Friend

Don’t let a windy day discourage you from fishing. Bass can become more active on windy days as the winds create currents that bass use to feed on their prey. Bass will position against these wind driven currents and become more active feeders through out the day.

Casting your bait into the wind and retrieving your lure with theses currents increase your odds, as bass will be positioned against the current to catch prey as they swim by. It may require a bit more patience, as fishing against the wind can be a challenge.

Bass Fishing

Persistence and Paitience

Bass fishing is one of the most rewarding outdoor sports. While sometimes it may seem incredibly difficult to just get a bite, the result is so exhilarating to catch that fish of a lifetime.

When fishing is tough, remember to remain persistent and patient. The bite you're looking for will come when you least expect it. With perseverance, you'll be ready and able when that bite happens.

Bass Fishing

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