There are many types of bass. You can fish for different species of bass in freshwater and saltwater. Bass is the most sought after species during kayak fishing. You can get either hardshell fishing kayak or inflatable fishing kayak, load up all the essential gear and head out to a hotspot that is known to be a treasure trove of bass. Visit OSHAUN to learn more about kayak fishing and fishing kayaks.
Here are 10 tips for bass fishing that can almost make you a pro.
- You should use shredded worms. The plastic worms you carry will be torn up as you work with them. Save those bits and pieces. Bass loves to target wounded preys. Shredded worms are more useful in shallower waters.
- Always try to use red baits. Get red hooks or at least a pink head. The color red implies to bass that prey is injured. It is fooled and hence drawn to the bait.
- You should not cast the bait all the way through to go the maximum distance. Cover around half the maximum distance. Imagine a false or check swing when you are playing baseball. This enables the lure to skitter at the surface of the water and you can also get access to docks or other structures.
- Always use a sharp hook. You must sharpen the hooks before you embark on your fishing expedition. Sharpen a hook using a file every time you catch bass. Sharpening a hook takes barely half a minute. Many species of bass have tough and boney jaws. The hook has to be sharp enough for effective penetration.
- Kayak fishing can be about catching just one bass or you may be interested in a day-long expedition. If you intend to catch quite a few, observe what the caught bass spits up. This will tell you the specific color of lure you must use.
- You should always face the wind when you are fishing for bass. Most bass species tend to swim along with the current. It is better if the fish gets to the bait before it finds the kayak. If you are facing the wind, the noise of the water slapping the kayak will also be carried farther away from you and the bass swimming towards you.
- If you are fishing in spring, paddle to the shallower parts of a river, lake or coastal waters. You should look for coves and other pockets that have natural protection against the wind. This is where bass lays its eggs and will protect them. The adult bass is hungry and also irritated when it sees a potential prey. Luring them with aptly colored bait is easy.
- You must always use seasonal baits. Peach colored baits work better during spring. Silver or chrome colored baits work well during summer.
- Do not fish for bass after a storm. Always capitalize on the time just before the storm.
- You must tap a bass to irritate it so it bites the hook. The ornery fish does not always bite a hook straight away. It explores different angles and may not always respond immediately unless it is upset.