Secrets To Catching More Bass
We’d all rather be fishing, than reading Lees “Strategies For Bass” or watching television about fishing. Ha, Ha! But frankly there is a lot more off-the-water time than on it. The time spent on the water is a precious few, so it’s imperative to maximize that time. To do that, every angler should be a student of his/hers passion. Learn everything that can be learned off the water to have more fun on the water.
“Strategies For Bass” has the most impressive collection of up-to-date information, novice as well as experienced anglers will learn everything they need to know to catch largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. Readers will find in-depth coverage of bass biology and behavior, with clear, concise text and more than 50 chapters and photos. Lees “Strategies For Bass” book shows the very latest innovations in lures and tackle suitable for catching trophy bass.
A few chapters included in Lees Strategies for Bass:
Bass Facts (bass biology & habitat tips)
Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) are the most popular game fish in North America. Possessing a striking complexion while being one of the top predators in the natural ecosystem, the Largemouth Bass is an astonishing aquatic animal.
Adult largemouth bass are solitary fish, although occasionally several bass will congregate in areas with abundant food supplies. They are usually the apex predator in their habitat. They will hide between rocks, among water vegetation, or under roots and limbs of sunken trees, striking at their prey from the shadows. Bass prefer quiet, calm, and warm water but are very adaptable to other conditions.
- Establishing a pattern (weather, bass behavior, etc.)
- Lees Lures (lures that pertain to the chapter)
Structure (fishing points, humps, creeks, etc.)
Fishing structure is ”critical” to catching largemouth bass and only slightly more critical to catching smallmouth bass. So to fish structure you must be able to find it!
Structure, in it’s simplest form, is some change in the bottom contour, be it shallow or deep.
Though many anglers consider “structure” and “cover” to be one in the same this is not accurate.
Change in bottom profile constitutes “structure” and this can be a change of a foot or twenty feet. This change in profile, i.e. “structure”, could be a hump, point, sunken island, creek channel, submerged road bed, rock pile, break line or a sloping shoreline.
The change may be a very gradual slope that is no more than a couple of feet to a five foot change in depth that slopes out over a 50 yard distance. It might be a drop of a foot, the difference between the bottom and edge of a small channel running through.
Cover and structure are many times used interchangeably, but they are not the same. When you get down to it, structure refers to the physical characteristics of the water body, such as points, reefs and islands. Cover, on the other hand, is the add-on features, such as docks, fallen trees and vegetation. A good way to remember the distinction is that if you were to drain all the water from a lake, the structures would not move.
As a general rule the more extreme the conditions (heavy current, bad cold front, super hot water, really muddy water) the tighter to, and into cover, bass will be. The more stable the conditions, the looser a bass will relate to cover.
Establishing A Pattern
The most important stage to consistently catching bass is establishing a working pattern. Based on all you have learned in the previous chapters about seasonal approaches, cover, and structure you know that bass react to a given set of circumstances pretty much in the same manner each time those same set of circumstances occur. This is the beginning to establishing a working pattern on the lake system you are fishing.
Lee Bailey Jr Elite Pro has retired his Bassmaster Elite competitor number ‘OO7’. Lee is now focusing on his lure designing, graphic design talents, and working on his new book which includes his extensive bass fishing knowledge. “God has blessed me with a great competitive career as one of the Nations most highly respected pros, as well as one of fishing’s most popular personalities”.