Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 57

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 57

ledges, mats, mudlines, thermoclines, and even mid- column schools of prey all position bass and present opportunities for luck to those who are prepared to exploit those areas.

You wouldn’t golf with just a driver, and you wouldn’t build a house with just a hammer. Employing a suite of tools provides maximum results, and if you want to catch bass no matter what the conditions or location, you will have more luck by employing a suite of fishing rods.

I’m not suggesting you rig a rod with every technique you have learned. Even my 20 foot Ranger bass boat doesn’t have enough deck or rod locker space for every style Lamiglas fishing rod I use on a regular basis.

What I do believe will improve your luck is selecting a suite of rods that allow you to efficiently cover a variety of situations and locations within the water column.

First consider where bass may be located on any given day, and also consider what they may be eating. Are they looking down to the bottom rocks, to root out crawdads? Are the bass hiding on the bottom and looking up to see baitfish silhouetted against the glassy surface? Are they in wolf-packs at mid-depths following schools of shad, or hiding in the shadow of a dock waiting for unsuspecting bait to swim past? Are they under mats to eat shiners and bluegill feeding on insects and other aquatic life, or hiding in oxygen rich weed beds waiting to ambush prey?

Bass are predators, and as such are


opportunists. They will sometimes eat anything that acts like prey, and will fit in their mouth. This explains why you sometimes catch bass on lures that don’t resemble anything in nature. Maybe the lure moved like something it expected to eat, displaced water in the same way, or sounded like the right prey, or gave some other cue that attracted their attention.

Unless water or light conditions are poor, bass

have excellent eyesight, and the largest bass get

that way by verifying attraction cues with sight


If you spend any time fly fishing for native


in a clear

stream, you

learn the value

of matching

the hatch.

You also pay

close attention

to details

like feeding

lanes, current

seams, line

drag, and

other cues

important in


your fake fly

in a way that


wary trout

that it looks

and acts



bass are