Why is bass fishing so hard?

Even though catch-and-release is common these days, not all bass are released and not all released bass survive. As easily caught bass get removed from the gene pool, those hard-to-catch bass continue to reproduce elusive offspring. So even top anglers will have a tougher time putting bass in the boat.

What color are largemouth bass most attracted to?

Most expert night fishermen use black or dark blue lures. The theory is that these colors provide a more distinct profile when silhouetted against the lighter background of the water’s surface. Thus, a dark lure is easier for bass to see and strike accurately at night.

What size hooks for largemouth bass?

For smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing the most appropriate sizes will be sizes 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0 and 6/0. Of course, the size varies depending on the technique you’re using and fish hooks that are smaller or larger than this range are sometimes used.

Are crankbaits good for bass?

Crankbaits are some of the most powerful bass lures, because anglers can cover a large amount of water in little time. Often, bass anglers use crankbaits to scout unfamiliar waters quickly and find the areas with the most bass.

What time of day is best to catch bass?

Without question, the best time of day to fish for bass is at night. Bass are known to feed more heavily at night than during any other time of day. Not only is night the best time to fish for bass due to bass being more active, there are often fewer anglers and less commotion on the waterways during the evening hours.

Are bass getting harder to catch?

The obvious conclusion from this analysis of real-world fisheries is that catch rate is increasing, which does not support reduced catchability and the contention that bass are getting harder to catch.

How to shred largemouth bass with soft plastic lures?

When fishing for largemouth bass with soft plastic lures, the best option is to use rubber or plastic worms. These guys will shred fish year-round and can be combined with almost any fishing style.

What is the best lure for giant bass in spring?

California bass guru Mike Long is a swimbait guy, but if forced to choose one lure for giants and one time of year to fish it, he’d go with a football-head jig in spring. A jig is more versatile than a swimbait, as it can get in front of buried bass where swimbaits can’t go.

What is the best lipless crankbait for largemouth bass?

A strong recommendation for a lipless crankbait that catches Largemouth Bass is the Strike King Red Eye Shad Crankbait. This thing never fails to get the job done and put fish in the boat. The coloration is flashy enough to attract largemouth, but it keeps a realistic and approachable design.

What is the best method for angling Largemouth fishing?

Anglers use heavier line, a heavier (sometimes 1/2-ounce) drop-shot weight, and short lead. The idea is just to punch through the grass vertically, tighten the line and then shake it a time or two. I had a co-angler catch a 6-pound largemouth on a drop-shot and Roboworm combo last season.