Chad Hoover is joined by BassOnline.com guide Mark Rogers on legendary Lake Okeechobee as they hunt for big bass from little boats.
JP explains how to best use the "walk the dog" topwater technique.
JP talks about the best gear set up and rigging tips for using a stick bait in clear water.
JP gives tips on the best way to use stick baits while targeting inactive bass in clear, shallow water
JP shows how using light gear will keep your casts accurate, control the fish, and help you work an area quickly without tiring yourself.
JP's tips for tuning into what the bass want will help you land a ton more fish even in changing conditions.
This grub from PowerTeam Lures displaces so much water that bass will think it's an injured baitfish.
JP talks about the best setup and techniques for fishing a shallow-diving crankbait.
JP talks about the best setup for dropshotting and offers tips on rigging and techniques.
JP offers some tips on dropshotting and using the JP Hammer Shad - a bait he helped design.
Jp talks about the gear set up and offers some rigging tips to land a ton of bass in the fall.
JP loses a nice fish just before netting it while filming Getting School'd.
The Jerkbait bite is on! The important thing to remember about fishing this time of year is that the colder it is the longer the pause between jerks should be. It is also important to remember, no matter how much they joke about it, to dress properly.
JP gives tips on how to fish soft plastic crayfish in clear water.
JP gives tips for rigging a jig with a crawfish trailer that is perfect for tempting fall bass
JP is fishing a jig in deep water along weed lines to tempt some fall bass.
Turtles are nest raiders and natural enemies of bass so this soft plastic bait has been catching tons of fish. Use these rigging and technique tips to make the bait look as natural as possible and almost any bass in the area to strike.
JP is targeting fall bass as they move from the shallows into deeper water packing on the pounds before the lake ices up.
The temperature has dropped and the bass are hiding in cover waiting for some tasty shad to swim by. Fish the weed, sand and rock lines with this set up to fill your boat with aggressive smallmouth.
Fred Roumbanis talks about the new IMA Beast Hunter crankbait. It is great for fishing in 6-8ft of water and grinding it against the bottom and ledges. This is a really deep diving crankbait; with the right set up you can fish up to 18ft deep and drag the Beasts up from the bottom.
Kelly Jordon talks about the new Lucky Craft LC 3.5XD deep diving crankbait. This lure is great for fishing deep water that sees a lot of pressure because it is silent and looks really natural moving through the water.
Chad Hoover connects with Steve Alexander of Private Water Fishing, and finds some amazing bass action in one of Private Water Fishing's top spots.
Steve Alexander of Private Water Fishing in Texas 'shocks' one of the trophy bass lakes that he manages, and provides unique insight into how they manage lakes to grow trophy largemouth bass.
Skipping a swimbait under docks and cover can really pay off when targeting bass.
Jim Sammons and Ed Howerton hit Lake El Salto on the hunt for monster largemouth bass.
Bass are one of the most popular gamefishes in the world with many species inhabiting both fresh and saltwater environments. They belong to the Perciformes order, which contains 40 per cent of all bony fish in the world. They tend to prefer warmer water temperatures, ranging from tropical to temperate habitats. Some of the more popular bass groups are black bass (largemouth, rock, smallmouth), temperate bass (striped, white), and sea bass (black sea bass, European sea bass, giant sea bass). The term "bass" is sometimes used to describe fish that are not technically part of the bass family, like South America's peacock bass, which is actually a cichlid.
Select a species from the list below for detailed information on common types of bass:
Bass fishing is very popular because it is not overly difficult to pick up. The fish's eagerness to bite and its strong fighting spirit make for an exciting fishing experience.
Big mouth bass fishing continuously attracts both novice and professional anglers across North America.
Last week I went bass fishing to Lake Biwa, and got good ones.Bass fishing has been out of my interest for the last several years, but now my passion for bass is running again.And then I want a new reel. my present one (Calcutta 100XT) is old but good one, but some gears are wearing down, and the breaking system is not effective because I've used it too much. I bought a second
In Lake Biwa, Big bass are blooming!So many visitors are in Kyoto to see beautiful Sakura, cherry flowers, in this season,At the same time, big bass get activated for their spawning. in Lake Biwa, next to central Kyoto. Now it is in pre-spawning season. Bass are coming up to the warming shallows. I went bassing 10th April. I was going to do with foreign visitor, but he had inconvenient
Every year I buy the latest soft plastic baits only to use them once or twice if they don't produce fish right away. My go to baits for quite a few years have been Berkley Gulp 3" Shrimp, Berkley Gulp 4" Swimming mullet, D.O.A. C.A.L. 3" Shad Tail & C.A.L. 4" Jerk Bait. I use these baits 75 % of the time on a leadhead, bucktail jig, swimbait hook or a unweighted hook. Most of the
Bass fishing in North America evolved independently of European influence. The more wealthy U.S. angler concentrated on going after trout and salmon, while the working-class folk went after bass using poles and live bait. This is a major reason why bass culture and literature were targeted more toward the commoners.
The first artificial flies used for bass fishing were borrowed from the already existing trout and salmon designs. Later, anglers began to develop flies that were specifically targeted for bass fishing.
With the expansion of the U.S. railroad system, there was a possibility to expand the presence of black bass around the country. The species proved able to adapt to new environments and populations started to grow throughout the country.
Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture started assisting farmers to spread the largemouth bass and raise its numbers.
Industrialization polluted and changed many of the ecological systems previously inhabited by other fish species like trout. In its place, smallmouth bass was often introduced and was able to survive these harsher environments. With time, however, even the smallmouth bass began to decline in numbers due to worsening conditions.
Recently, there has been more emphasis placed on cleaning up and preserving lakes and rivers. This action has brought about an increase in smallmouth numbers and a resurgent reputation among anglers.
Check out this video to see some of the most recent efforts to improve the fishing environment in Minnesota and around North America.
There are several bass fishing locations that anglers can choose from based on their proximity and preference.
Many weekend anglers fish for bass in ponds, even more so than in lakes. They often go out bass fishing with live bait, like creek chubs. This requires using a slightly larger hook to assure that a biting bass can be easily hooked. Using a hook that is too small will allow bass the opportunity to bite and slip away.
You can find bass fishing live bait in close proximity to many of the fishing spots. It is always best to use live bait that is local to the spot where you plan to fish because fish are familiar with it. .
Bass fishing in rivers is very popular and opens the opportunity to use a variety of different baits and fishing styles. One of the more effective methods is to use live worms that do a great job of hiding the presence of a hook. A decent substitute for this is the bass worm, an artificial worm that allows an angler to avoid the use of live bait. Plastic bait comes in many varieties of shapes, sizes, and color.
Artificial lures like spinners and spoons are also very effective. Choosing the right one depends on the conditions and usually requires a bit of experimentation to get it right. Make sure to use spinners with the water flow, not against it. Cast your line upstream and allow it to float naturally downstream towards you. Bass like to face upstream and wait for their prey as it swims downstream.
It is often difficult to choose the best bass fishing hot spots along a river as even just a few yards upstream or downstream can make a huge difference. Look around: there may be excellent bass guides available in your area to make your experience a lot more productive and enjoyable.
Bass lakes are readily available throughout North America and are excellent spots to develop and perfect your bass fishing strategies. Unlike ponds and even some rivers, a lake is a perfect body of water to take the boat our for a nice long day of bass fishing.
Many of the popular bass sport fishing competitions are held on lakes. For example, the Bassmaster Elite Series held tournaments on Pickwick Lake, Alabama and Lake Murray, South Carolina in the 2011 season.
The Bassmaster Classic, often dubbed the Super Bowl of bass fishing tournaments, has taken place on many different lakes in its history. To get a better idea of how special it is to win this tournament, check out the video below for Boyd Duckett's thoughts on winning the Classic on Alabama's Lay Lake.
Lakes are also conducive to night fishing for bass. Many anglers prefer to fish at night, especially in the summer when cooler temperatures and calmer environments often lead to greater bass activity than on a hot, sunny day.
First fishing day 2013
Pictures from our May 9, 2013 Fishing trip to the Chesapeake Bay
Perch Fishing With ReelBait, XZone And Salmo
fishing 2013 started at perch festival time
2nd year to fishing
During the post spawn we were able to have many productive days in both deep and shallow waters using a split shot rig with 4" plastics
Pics From the 2013 Fishing season
Some shots from around the north shore of lake Erie
ice fishing me and my girlfriend
It's been a killer season with friends and family chasing the Fraser River White Sturgeon. Check out some of my picture highlights !
Fishing with my son 2012
Fishing with my son 2012
Great day fishing! we caught Snook, Ladyfish, Trout, Jack and cat fish. most were caught close in to shore in the mangroves off Pine Island Sound. Captain Wendell shared his knowledge and experience with 2 fresh water anglers, Gary and I. Great taste now set with salt water fishing! Thanks for hooking us in!
Gulf Coast fishing: Snook, Red fish, Trout, Cat fish, and Jack. One of our totals granted the title of a Slam as locals call it. We used Quatum Rods and reels, 30lbs pro line, Jigs with freshly caught bait, shrimp and pin fish.
Fishing on Long Island
So many kinds of fish are in my memory.
Fishing in SW Florida
My angling results are here.
This is my current boat. The name i chose for it was Dawgman. I had a nice decal made and everything but my wife really like the name of the other boat i sold that was named after her. But as i got ready to put the Dawgman decal on some wind blew it and it folded up ruining it. So then i took out the Zulu Queen decal and that's how it took the name of the former boat. well my wife is happy about i
This was my first boat that i named Zulu queen. It was named after the African tribe my wife belongs to. My wife is a south African and a Zulu.
The BulletBobber is the result of an accidental freak of nature, cross breeding of a fishing float with a planer board. The result was an entirely new species that provides directional control! It moves like a planer board but flips flips direction when given a little tug but size is more like other bobbers and cast like other bobbers. fishing invention. Seriously though, a fun to use fishing i
Check out the video below for a great introduction to largemouth bass fishing.
When and where you go bass fishing will make a difference to your overall angling success.
Early spring is bass spawning season and they begin to feed vigorously in preparation for the big event. Mature largemouth bass are best lured with small baitfish or imitations of baitfish that are flashy enough to catch their attention.
There may be some specific regulations in your region on bass fishing limits. Areas that are trying to expand their bass numbers may place special limits on fishing during the bass spawn season.
It is best to call or check your local online bass fishing home site for information on any special rules and regulations in your region.
Summer bass fishing may be an excellent pastime on the weekends with family and friends. Bass feeds well in the summer so your fishing outlook is positive.
Although you may fish all day, experts seem to agree that early morning and late evening are the two times of day that produce the best results. The bass's large eyes allow it to see other fish in low intensity light while keeping a stealthy profile during such times. This may be one of the reasons that bass have adapted to feeding during low light conditions. However, when there is no light at all, the feeding rates drop considerably.
The summer is also a perfect time to enjoy your boat and to try out bass trolling. Trolling is a fun way to combine riding your boat and fishing at the same time. The fishing line is dragged by the speed of the boat, providing a different type of fishing experience. Trolling is quite complex, as the speed of the boat, equipment used, and skill of the fisherman are huge factors to success.
It is always a wise idea to check your local bass reports when planning a trip to find the best times and spots to fish in the summer.
The fall is also an excellent time for bass fishing. The cooling temperatures make bass more active and the fishing itself is similar to spring time. The fall usually brings many changes in conditions so the anglers must learn to adjust their technique quickly to these conditions.
The live bait or lures used during the fall season should normally be larger than ones used during the spring. The natural prey of the bass has had all spring and summer to grow, so by fall time it is much bigger. The fall also lends well to using different types of bait, but you should always try to match the types of bait used to the natural prey that the bass is accustomed to in the particular location.
You will often need to experiment with a few lures and techniques to fine-tune your fall bass fishing on any given day.
For most anglers, winter and bass fishing do not mix very well. During the cold winter months, many recreational anglers pack it in until the next early spring fishing action. However, most does not mean all. Some brave souls do go out during the coldest winter months to continue bass fishing year round.
Winter bass fishing is of course much different than during the other seasons. An angler has to be determined and very patient. Bass does not feed as often during the winter months so the fishing really slows down. It does not, however, fully disappear. Fish can even be caught through ice or on partially frozen lakes. One simply needs the will power to handle the cold and the long waiting period that it may take to catch the fish.
The one special feature about winter bass fishing is the quality of fish that tend to bite. During winter, you may get a lot fewer bites, but on average they tend to be a lot larger fish.
Winter fishing is similar to summer fishing in that much of the action happens around sunset and sunrise. In addition, the bait or lures need to move a lot slower in the winter as the fish are not as aggressive. By moving the bait too quickly an angler may demotivate a slow moving fish from the chase.
For the bass enthusiasts, there are many bass fishing games available to practice your skills even when you are not out on the water.
If you want to play some free online games, check out our fishing games section.