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Best Largemouth Bass Fishing Beginners Guide

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If you follow the steps below, you will catch a largemouth bass. This beginner guide is designed to be a quick-start to catch your first largemouth bass. Proven methods for Largemouth bass catching have been summarized here to give you the quickest path to landing your first largemouth.

Select a location holding Largemouth Bass

If you see fish activity or surface feeding, fish there. If there are no obvious fish signs, then try list below in order.

Quick Bass Location Selector
  1. An intersection of two deep canals or creeks
  2. A patch of at least a dozen lily pads
  3. A point of land reaching into open water
  4. An old stump near deep water
  5. Deeper holes near shallow water
  6. A patch of reed grass near open water

 

Select Largemouth Bass Fishing Gear

There is no need to spend time choosing a perfect rod and reel until after you've caught a few and know how you like to fish. Beginners should get a simple small or medium sized spinning reel. If you can't find one already spooled for bass fishing you should choose about 10 lb test line. Clear or light blue are the best general options for line color. More advanced gear selections are discussed in the largemouth bass fishing articles linked at the bottom of the page.

Tie on a Largemouth Bass Bait

The best all purpose largemouth bass lure is the rubber worm. Choose a natural looking 5-7 inch worm in brown, olive green, black, or purple. These colors are preferable for many fishing conditions. A good hook to catch your first bass is a # 3 plain shank bass hook. You should a use a clinch knot as shown in this instructional video for how to tie fishing knots. Slide the worm body about a centimeter onto the hook point in the center then out the bottom of the worm. Slide the worm on until the eye of the hook is just buried in the plastic worm head and not visible. Don't push it all the way through or it will keep sliding out. Take worm body an stretch it back from head a little to insert the hook point and then let it push in to a resting spot just before breaking through the worm back. This is a weedless worm rig. Unless you are dealing with fast current, I recommend using no sinker and letting the worm sink slowly and naturally. Many types of rubber worms are designed to produce good motion in free fall. I would say about 50% of my rubber worm catches have been as the worm is sinking before I start to reel.

The video below shows getting a bass to strike on a rubber worm. Then the fisherman loses fish by using the wrong landing technique.

 

How to Reel in a Largemouth Bass

You will know you have a fish strike when you see unnatural line movement or get a distinct tug on the line. In either case pull back and start reeling. Don't jerk back so hard that the line pops or the hook is torn from the fish's mouth. You should always maintain tension in the line and a bend in the rod. The line tension keeps the hook in place as the fish jumps and shakes to try to throw it out. Reel in your bass to within reach, but do NOT lift the fish with the line. Fish are heavier out of water and even a medium sized fish will pop your line if suspended over the water. The right way to land a largemouth bass is to reach down and secure the bottom jaw of the fish with your thumb on the inside and your knuckles under the chin area. Be mindful of the hook barb as you reach down. Every angler who uses barbed hooks will probably get stuck at some point, and it can ruin your fishing trip for the day. You might consider crimping down some or all of your barbed hooks for safety, but fish have a better chance to throw a hook without barbs. The bass's mouth is rough and durable, but still take care to remove the hook with as little damage as possible to the fish's face. Prop your pole aside and reach under to support the fishes weight as you lift up from the mouth. Pose for a photo holding the fish out in front of you to maximize the fish's stature in the shot. You will add 3 lbs to the fishes size when you tell other people about your first bass catch, adding a l lb each week until you almost had a state record. This is the unwritten rule of bass fishing stories. Until now. Try to get the bass back in the water as soon as possible to maximize the fish's chance of surviving the catch.

Bass Fishing Etiquette

Generally if you can see other fisherman, you are too close to them. In special conditions like around dams or canals, there will be others around. Best practice is to give other fisherman as much space as possible. You don't want to re-fish water they have been over anyway. Avoid making loud noises around the fishing area. This puts fish on alert and annoys fishermen. If you decide to keep a fish, be sure not to leave fish or guts near the public areas or docks where alligators will be attracted. Clean up all litter especially fishing line, as it strangles turtles, chokes birds, and creates a chain of problems that leads to not having a place to fish anymore. With the information given here, you will catch a bass and enjoy participating in the fishing community. Good luck, but you will not need it if you have the rubber worms.

 

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