Great Striped Bass Fishing Practices

The striped bassfish can be very elusive at times for any number of reasons. But having said that, catching this predator is not that difficult if you are prepared.

And striped bass fishing is no different then anything else, there is no free lunch – you´ll need to practice and be prepared to bring home a boatload of the Striper.

Prepare & Practice

Before you attempt to practice you should make sure your spool contains enough line. The line should fill up to the bottom of the chamber on the top edge of the spool. A full spool does not have to revolve so quickly as the line peels off on the cast. If the spool is only half full you are going to need more force to overcome greater rotational inertia in getting the spool going. This is sure to result in problems.

You should treat yourself to a set of casting plugs. They are not expensive and will make practice in the back yard that much more enjoyable.

Choose the biggest plug, as this is the best to get the feel with when you are first starting out.

You should sit down, holding the rod and reel in the correct position, and with the rod point in the air. You then allow the plug to drop to the floor, feathering the line as it drops, but only stopping the spool as the plug reaches the floor.

By continually doing this exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes, you teach your thumb the process of controlling the spool.

As the line drops to the floor you should be able to feel the rotating spool, tickling your thumb as it spins. Your 20 minutes practice teaches your thumb to feather the line on the way out to the target, to stop the lure or bait when it reaches its target, and not to point North.

Twenty minutes is not much when you consider the practice required for the golf swing! If you’re prepared to do this the advice is well worth heeding.

Having driven the family mad with your 20 minute feathering exercise, you should then be ready to take on the dog in the back yard.

Once outside, flex the rod back and forth whilst holding the spool with your thumb. This is not a 20 minute exercise – just flex the rod back and forth to get the feel of the rod loading and unloading. It is a continuous backwards and forward motion taking the rod well back, but don’t stop the rod in the back position

Practice at home

You will by now have conditioned you thumb, brain and arm to all the essential things they’re required to know, do and feel, during the cast. For your first few casts you should aim to lob your plug to a given target. Make sure your reel is tilted to the side, your grip is relaxed, and your elbow is by your side. There is no need to bring your upper arm into the action during the cast.

Your first casts should be gentle and high looping. Keep the movement fluid and gentle. Glance at the target you wish to cast to, but watch the plug as it glides through the air. As it travels you should be feathering the line with your thumb, ever so gently. As it reaches the target zone, your thumb should stop the spool.

That 20 to 30 minutes practice in the lounge will make the whole deal so easy. In a matter of a few casts you will find your confidence soaring. Once that feeling is achieved a whole new world of fishing pleasure will open its door to you.

Not surprising to find kids learn this technique quickly and very soon are able to land the lure in a bucket at thirty paces.

Although these reels are called baitcasters, they are best suited to lure casting. Sure you can cast bait with them too, but they are the only way to go when tossing lures for species from trout and largemouth bass to striped bass.

When you’re using artificial lures, the baitcaster is the best because it’s extremely accurate, is a one-handed operation, and doesn’t twist the line. The baitcaster is also excellent when fishing for bigger fish of any species on light line. Once you start using them you will be hooked better than the fish you are chasing.

There are some terrific baitcasting rods and reels out there waiting for you to discover them. Today’s units are light and extremely comfortable to use, making three to four hour’s casting easy, provided you take the time to buy right.There are many good baitcasters out on the market and most are very well designed. When buying a baitcaster, mount the reel on a rod and get the feel of it. If the release lever forces your thumb out wide, or if the thing feels uncomfortable, try another.

For really light lures and loads you may find a threadline reel easier to get distance with, but it will not be as much fun, and you may sacrifice a little accuracy.

Source by John Carll

Early Morning TopWater Bass Fishing!

Nothing beats that Topwater morning bite! didn’t have much time but i got away with some pretty decent catches hope you enjoyed this video if so give it a thumbs up!

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BIGGEST BASS OF THE YEAR! – Nextgen Baits Wounded Rattle Shad

Went fishing on the Hobie Pro Angler 12 to test out the Nextgen Baits Wounded Rattle Shad. It is a 7″ lifelike fluke style bait with internal rattles. All of the bigger fish this day were on the Wounded Rattle Shad. Check out Nextgen Baits with the link below.
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Do You Love Florida Bass Fishing? Use Big Bait!

Wasting even a few minutes seems to be a tough task now but believe me that the time spent in reading this article about Florida bass fishing is not going to prove a waste of time.

If you enjoy Florida bass fishing, you are sure to enjoy this article for the content it contains. Every effort has been taken to provide you with quality content which might be useful to you.

During the course of your reading of this article about Florida bass fishing, you must have realized that there could have been more than one approach towards one topic. That is what we have tried to do-taking a new approach to Florida bass fishing.

Whenever I am not guiding or tournament fishing, I trully enjoy spending time fishing strictly for big fish. Over the years I have always been the type who would rather catch just one big fish in a fourteen hour day as opposed to twenty small fish in an hour. In my case, looking for big bass is more of a "hunting trip" rather than a day of fishing and I have learned to treat big bass as completely different critters that their younger and smaller relatives.

To me, a "big bass" starts at around seven pounds. Consistent catches of bass over seven pounds requires major changes in fishing locations, tactics and no less important, mental preparation. The hardest part of the whole process may be "psyching" yourself into the fact that during your fishing time for big fish you are going to get fewer bites and you are going to have to be much more focused. Also, you must mentally assure yourself that the reward will be worth all the effort in the end!

In the beginning itself I made it clear that it was not our purpose to make you omniscient about Florida bass fishing. What we wanted was to make you aware of the fundamentals of Florida bass fishing and that is what we are doing.

I like big baits for big bass. There is no question in my mind that as a bass grows so does its appetite. I have boated four pound bass with the tails of baitfish over eight inches long hanging out of their mouths and they still had the tenacity to strike the big baits that I so often throw. I love to tell the story about how when I was a younster, my brother, my cousin and I would fish for bass with live frogs on spinning rods. We used frogs so big that we could not cast them with the rod. We had to lay the rods down, flip the bail and throw the frogs by hand!

We used some big bass on those live frogs but we also used a large number of two pound fish that we figured had to defy the laws of physics by somehow getting those huge frogs into their mouths. So, I have learned that just because I choose big baits it does not mean that I will not catch some small fish as well!

Large topwater baits are my favorite fishing methods to use for a BIG bite. Big Spooks and buzzbaits are my favorite choices. The bigger the bait the better. In fact, I am having to make my own versions of these baits because there are not any as big as I like them on the market! I like a buzzbait blade so big that you could get a ticket for using it in a "NO WAKE" zone.

The interesting part is that I like using these big topwater baits during hot, humid and sunny days between the hours of 8am to 2pm. I like summer days with temperatures in the upper 90s +, little or no wind, a lot of humidity and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

My favorite key areas under these conditions are shallow grass cover or steep, undercut banks with overhanging shade trees. A very slow presentation is crucial. I like the buzzbait blades to turn as slow as possible and, my fishing partners can usually eat a can of Vienna sausages before I get a big Spook back to the boat!

Slow presentations with big popping type baits along grass lines or on grass mats have also produced well for me. One thing I have recognized is that many big fish are less pressured in shallow areas during the mid-day hours and do not see many topwater baits. Most people put topwater baits away after the sun comes up.

This ends the discussion on Florida bass fishing and now it is for you to apply in your practical life what you have learnt here.

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Bass Fishing Private Ponds With GIANT FISH!!

One of the best days bass fishing that I can recall to date. My brother catches a 8.7 pound largemouth bass using the wacky rig. Later in the day, we head over to my friends pond and catch two over three pounds in a pond that supposedly had no fish in it. Pretty cool stuff!

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Catching a Big Bass

The chances of you or I becoming a Professional Bass Fisherman are very remote.  However, if you want to catch more Bass than any of your fishing friends keep reading. There are some things that never change. Every fisherman has caught the biggest fish and every year you make a new resolution to catch a bigger one.

Bass fishing can be very fascinating for anyone if you know what to use and when to use it. To get the edge over other fishermen and catch that trophy bass you have longed for your whole life you first need to do some research and keep things simple.  We must first think like a bass.  Why do they go where they do? What do they eat? When do they eat it?  There are so many hooks, jigs, and lures to choose from. There are a ton of resources on the internet but even that takes quite a bit of sorting through to find what you can really use while bass fishing

I would first suggest talking to other bass fishermen. Especially, those with experience. There are some excellent Bass Fishing forums on the internet just loaded with tips and tricks. Second, there are some excellent books on bass fishing.  You can order an E-Book just loaded with information.

Finding a pond, lake, or river to catch bass can also be a huge challenge. You may have to travel a bit or there may be that “honey hole” right in your back yard just loaded with big bass waiting to be caught by you.  Using the right gear can also help you catch more bass.  Most sporting goods dealers are very helpful getting you set up with the proper gear. Having several types of rods and lures available as you fish for bass is one of the best tips I ever received.

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Bass Fishing Central Florida Guide & Techniques

With the following bass fishing central Florida techniques we'll unlock some of the mystery of fishing these waters.

Unless you've been to Florida and seen these granite waters, you're in for a completely new experience.
One of my friends told me that he hated Florida bass fishing tournaments although he always seemed to do well.
The techniques I'll describe are the ones the guides use for finding and catching these monster bass.

Fishing several tournaments over the years he developed his favorite lure selection, patterns and techniques.

The primary method the guides use for catching these monsters, is fishing with Florida's Wild Golden Shiners. We'll cover other bass fishing techniques as well but since the primary method and the best odds for boating a trophy is with shiners, we'll start there.

I once read an article about the Florida Bass fishing stocking program in Texas. A study was conducted, comparing catch rates between native Texas bass and the Florida bass introduced to Texas waters like Lake Fork.

The study shown out of 100 fish caught, 1 was a Florida bass. This told me that the Florida bass is a tougher fish to catch. Arguments can be made that these fish are not swimming in their native shallow warm Florida waters. Also the bass fishing techniques used by Texas anglers differ from what a Florida angler would use.
There are two basic techniques used by the guides:

o Drifting-This method is excellent for covering a large area. Good for finding fish as well as catching them.

Drifting is by far the best and most efficient of all the Florida bass fishing techniques used by the guides for locating and catching fish. This technique is used to cover a large area. It's especially great for shallow lakes with a large subsurface hydrilla growth. You've heard the theory "100% of the fish are located in 10% of the lake".

This method is the fastest way to find your share of that 10%. Florida lakes, for the most part, are large shallow bodies of water often with a mean depth of 6 to 8 feet. Unlike reservoirs with old creek channels, tree stands, well defined points, current etc. for the fish to relate to, Florida bass are much harder to pattern since they can be scattered anywhere in these vast shallow lakes.
Pulling-this is simply pulling the shiner along a grass line using the trolling motor.

Pulling is free lining the shiner behind the boat with or without using a float. This bass fishing technique is deadly when folded along a grass line like kissimmee grass. This is one of those times you must use a hook with a weed guard. DO NOT jerk when you feel the shiner starting to get wrapped around the grass. This will only result in opening the weed guard and then you are hung. Just keep steady pressure on the line until he pops free. If he continues to get hung up, check the guard, it probably came open.

Follow these simple Bass Fishing Central Florida Guides & Techniques for an exciting fishing Vacation.

Source by John Carll