7 Bass Fishing Laws ALL The Pros Use (Catch 5X More Bass!)
We all know what it’s like to get skunked. At least I know I do. Those times when you spent half an hour getting your tackle bag organized, you got your reel spooled with fresh line and thought endlessly through your plan of action… Only to catch nothing but a case of disappointment. These trips obviously aren’t the most fun time in the world. But they can teach us a lot - mainly that bass fishing is a sport ofconstant learning. So we decided to put together a list of the7 Most Important Bass Fishing Laws to help you start catching more bass. These laws are what separate the Bassmaster pros from the sadly skunked amateurs (we’ve all been there). They are the laws that helped me start landing more bass on virtually every fishing trip and allowed me to increase my catch rate by around 5 times. So let’s get started!
Law #1. LOOK FOR COVER
Whether you’re fishing a smallmouth stream in Ohio or a largemouth lake in Florida, you’ll do really well remembering this ultimate truth – “you’ll seldom catch bass out in the middle of nowhere”. They love structure! You’ll find them hiding out around docks, trees, stumps, rocks, shadows, weeds, and other objects. These structures help bass ambush prey and also stay safe from other predators.
Law #2. SHIFT QUICKLY
One of the biggest mistakes I made when first starting my bass fishing journey was getting stuck in ruts. I would latch on to a certain technique or lure that I enjoyed (normally a fast-moving lure, for obvious reasons) and I would stubbornly keep doing the same thing. Meanwhile, my highly experienced friend would be slaying bass all day long because he was willing to “shift quicky” when things weren’t working. If bass are not biting your topwater torpedo, for instance, then think through the season, temperature, body of water, structure, weather pattern, and adjust until you find what’s working. And sometimes, it takes a lot longer to figure it out than we’d like to admit. And that’s ok! Just work at it.
Law #3. SLOW DOWN
My hardest lesson when trying to catch more bass was learning to stop fishing so hard all the dang time. It’s so easy to mindlessly reel lures in quickly while zooming right past “big bubba bass” because he wanted something slower-moving like a jig or craw. This doesn’t mean that we should always fish slow. But it does mean that we should slow down whenever it seems even remotely applicable to the situation to do so. I’d say 80-90% of the times we do poorly on the water are due to fishing lures too quickly.
Law #4. KNOW YOUR WATER
While talking about knowing the water you’re fishing, Kevin Van Dam says,"In most of the natural lakes, especially in the northern portions of the country, bluegills are a primary food for bass in the summer. I usually try to mimic a bluegill color on all of my lures in the summer. Especially up north." This is a massively important thing to keep in mind at all times. In general, largemouth bass love eating bluegills and smallmouth bass love eating crayfish, but it’s always good to know the specific location you’re in and what the bass might be feeding on in that body of water. Seasons play a large role in this too!
LAW #5. “RED LURE IN MORNING MEANS ANGLERS DELIGHT”
Okay, you got me. That’s not a real saying. But using red in your lures can help fool bass into thinking that there’s an injured baitfish swimming in front of them, which is why so many lures have red on their tails. So if you’re fishing other colors and seeing minimal success, tie on something with some red in it and give it a shot. Remembering this one tip has helped me a ton over the years!
LAW #6. FIND THE FISH
Have you ever gotten to water you’re going to fish that day only to waste 30 minutes casting in a spot that, after seriously thinking through it, doesn’t even seem like it would have fish in it. I see people do this all the time. The excitement of fishing can easily overtake you if you let it, causing you to just cast anywhere and everywhere. But this is NOT how you land more bass. Always think through where the bass are most likely to be, and fish there.
LAW #7. IMPROVE YOUR CAST
We’re saving the best for last with this one. If most of us were to honestly ask ourselves how much we’ve wasted precious fishing time by casting in the wrong spot, or worse, in a tree, it would shock us. Remember, you can’t catch a bass if your lure isn’t in the right place, or worse yet, if it’s not even in the water.
The truth is, if you cast right over the top of the fish you’re trying to catch, you’ve spooked them and have just lost your chance, at least for a while. If you cast in a tree or a bush and get your lure stuck, you’re going to potentially spend the next 10 minutes trying to get it back. This wasted time adds up, and I’ve seen it take up a good 50% or more of someone’s fishing time for the day, which makes their chances of catching bass drastically low, let alone catching a monster bass.
I recommend practicing your casting every day. Personally, I like to go outside and practice landing my hookless lure on a trash can lid from different distances. Just this alone will help you catch a lot more bass.
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