Bass Fishing Tips During the Fall Season in East Texas

Fall is a great time for fishing in East Texas. As the nights get longer and the days get cooler the water temperature in the lakes starts to drop. When this happens, the bass start to move up into shallower waters so they can fatten up for the winter. This fall feeding frenzy makes for some excellent bass fishing and a great opportunity for you and your family to catch a lot of fish.

A lot of the younger bass will start schooling and feeding on shad just out from the brush lines in some of the creek channels on Lake Livingston in Polk County. These creeks will typically range in depths of about 10 to 20 foot of water. Schooling bass are fun to catch using a silver spoon or a chrome rattletrap. Just throw out into the middle of the school and hang on. These are not going to be big bass but because of the numbers they will be fun.

If you are fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn in Jasper County you will find these schooling bass just outside of grass beds off of underwater points also in about 10-20 foot of water. These are usually very aggressive bass, so catching them does not require a lot of finesse. Another tactic for finding bass on the move is to find some deep water grass in about 15-20 feet and swim a soft plastic worm with a light weight sinker or slow roll a spinnerbait.

If you’re fishing for some of the larger bass, move up into the brush and start fishing with soft plastics in about 3 to 10 feet of water. You also can catch these fish using a spinner bait. Here’s a little tip I learned a long time ago. If the sky is clear then use a spinner bait with a silver blade and a white skirt, but if it’s an overcast day then use a gold or copper colored blade on your spinner bait with a chartreuse skirt. I know this sounds simple, but it really works.

Fall fishing can be a great time to catch some good quality bass. So don’t waste the opportunity, take your son or your daughter with you, take the whole family, and get on the lake and see how much fun it is to catch bass in the fall, because fall fishing can be some of the best fishing of the entire year in our East Texas lakes.



Source by Ira Mann

Cops Come After Catching a GIANT Bass



Cops and homeowners really hate fisherman. After catching some giant bass we basically get chased out of the pond by the cops because some crazy lady called on us within about 5 minutes. New video coming later this week should be epic considering I caught the biggest Illinois bass of my life.
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Choosing a Bass Fishing Reel

Right Reels Catch More Fish

Gone are the days when Huckleberry Finn used a bamboo rod to catch that Big Bass! Even "Huck" would have trouble going fishing today if he wanted to use a reel. Choosing the right reel today is becoming a mystery. Hi-tech advances deliver so many options its hard to know which way to dance if you want to pick your perfect reel. Here are 30+ tips to find the right selection.

Spinners Still Top List Spinning reels remain popular to snag bass or any fish. They rank high for light-line fishing and certain techniques because of their performance and ease of use. But vs. bait cast reels, spinners contain more parts. You want a reel with minimal parts to reduce opportunities of mechanical breakdown. Here come the options:

Buying the Right One Reel bodies are built with one of three materials: aluminum, graphite or plastic. Aluminum is the strongest; graphite is lighter. First you must decide if strength or lightness is most important in your type of fishing.

o If you're into heavy duty fishing, aluminum should be the winner.

o Graphite is the way to go if you're into salt water fishing, because It's corrosion-resistant qualities.

o For both, make sure the reel is solidly constructed, with no loose or flimsy parts to give you mechanical problems at the wrong time. It must also have no back play, and perform smoothly.

o These last big 3 are "must haves" on all reels, at all times.

Pick the Right Reel Size

Reels come in various sizes. But rule one is: 10-pound test is the highest strength and thickness to put on any spinnig reel. (Two exceptions: this does not apply to sal ***** er fishing, or if you are into very heavy trolling.) Here are a few more points:

o The lighter the line the smaller the reel you should pack. Check to ensure that the reel and line match for optimal performance. Specifications can be found on the reel spool telling you this.

o Eight-pound test is average line strength if you jig mainly for smallmouth and walleye. So use a medium-sized reel rated for six, eight or 10 lb. test.

Gear Ratio is Important

Gear ratio, for example, is measured by the number of times the spool winds up line each time you crank the handle. If it's three times, that's a 3: 1 ratio. This is a slow speed ratio. The advantage of slow speed is it gives more torque for pulling in large fish. The style of fishing you do dictates if you need a slow, medium or high rate of retrieve. What the other ratios deliver, follows:

o For fast retrieval you want a 6: 1 ratio. Do you need high-speed? You need to know what type of fish you will chase most often.

o Most recommendations are that you pick a medium speed ratio (4 or 4.5: 1) to handle most situations.

o If the pocket book can afford it, choose at least two reels – one high speed and one slow speed – and switch depending on cir ***** stems.

Your Grand-Daddy Need

Your reel's drag system is probably the greatest key to pulling in big bass trouble free. It must apply the proper pressure when reeling in the fish, and apply the proper pressure when the fish runs. Here are the drag actions to check and how to try them:

o Make sure your drag runs "smoothly" and has a non-constrict pull. This applies when the line is going either way. Check that line pulls out steadily and with no hesitation at whatever drag pressure used. Try all the positions.

o If the line does not meet the smooth and no hesitation test, you risk snapped lines.

o Reel drags are located in one of two positions: front or rear.

o Front drags usually employ large, multiple washers that give greater performance and durability vs. rear controls.

o But rear controls can be more easily accessed when fighting fish. But, unfortunately, do not last as well if you are fighting big ones constantly and the demanding pressure they put on the drag.

Bearings Deliver Smoothness

Spinning reels containing ball bearings or bushings within the body give greater smoothness, stability, and support when turning the handle. The majority of spinning reels also has a roller bearing within the line roller. What does all this mean to the fishing enthusiast?

o More bearings mean the reel performances more smoothly. And note: stainless steel bearings vs. bushings are what you need for the best control and durability.

o The more bears your reel has the better. Try not to save money when it comes to adding this feature to your fishing gear.

o Try to find a reel with at least four ball bearings.

o You'll just be in a bad mood at the dock if a shortage of bearings means you lose the fish by trying to jerk it in rather than smoothly retrieving it.

Spools Affect Casting

Spools not only hold line. They determine how far and smoothly you will cast. Today's spools are ordinarily anodized aluminum or graphite. As said, aluminum gives you longer lasting spools. But lighter graphite gives less tiring equipment to work with due to weight. It's your choice on this one. And here are a few spool points not always considered:

o Two design types available: Internal or skirted spools.

o Internal spools are disappearing quickly into fishing history. You can still buy them. They are simply designed; but, their flaw is letting the line get tangled up within the reel housing.

o Today's more popular skirted variety helps minimize this above maddening problem.

o An intriguing design is the "long-cast spool". It is smaller than the regular spools but longer. This elongation reduces line friction, giving greater casting distance – a big advantage for clear-water or sight-fishing lakes.

o Owning an assortment of spools allows you to put a different test line on each. This allows you to easily adapt spools to fishing conditions.

Anti-Reverse Handles

And finally, in your search for fishing equipment anti-reverse handles are perfect – if not a must – for your spinning reel. Its means the handle will not spin backwards. And extra pluses are the hook sets more solidly and accurately because you do not get wobble or play in the reel handle. Most recommendations are:

o Any reel you look at when buying, if it has any play or back motion, move on. Find another reel.

And in summary!

Your reel or reels are going to your most comfortable companion when putting along in your bass boat. It's like a marriage. Pick right, treat it right, and you could have a lot of good years together.

And remember: Purchase the best you can afford. You do not need a Cadillac if you can enjoy a Chevy!



Source by Wes Browning

Lake Fork Bass Fishing: Tips For Big Bass On Big Flutter Spoons!!!



Full breakdown on how to catch big Lake Fork Bass on the big flutter spoon that originated right here on Lake Fork! As you will see in this video it can be very affective this time of year and catches a really big size bass on average. Thanks for watching!

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Bass Fishing With the Spinnerbait

Spinnerbaits are one of the most versatile lures in your box. Most anglers only use one dimension of the spinnerbait and that is throwing the lure at the bank and reeling it in. There are several ways to retrieve this lure as we will discuss below.

* Jigging – Try using your Spinnerbait the next time you pull out your jigging spoon or the lure you use to do your jigging. Spinnerbaits can be used like a jig when your fishing the pockets of weed beds, dock pilings or any structure where you would use your jig. Simply pitch your Spinnerbait to the cover like you would jig and when it hits bottom lift your rod tip up a few feet and let the bait flutter to the bottom.

* Dredging – I call this technique "dredging" because this technique is fished on the bottom like you would fish your Carolina or Texas Rigged soft plastic. Try this technique on points or in any structure you would fish your soft plastics. Let the spinnerbait hit bottom, reel in the slack and "dredge" up the bottom a little before elevating your rod tip to "bounce" the lure up off the bottom a few inches, basically the same technique you would use when fishing a jig and pig.

* Slow Rolling – If you watch any Bass Fishing Program you have probably heard of this technique. Slow Rolling involves a steady slower retrieval close to the bottom attempting to bump structure in order to entice a strike. You can fish this technique in various depths of water. If fishing deer water, lets say 15-18 feet, you need let your lure sink before retrieving it. After your spinnerbait hits the water count to 5 or whatever number you think will get your lure to the right depth, then start your retrieve.

These are a few different ways to use your spinnerbait, there are others I am sure. If you have a new or different technique please share it with us by clicking on the "submit news" button on the main menu. hope these help good luck!



Source by Wes Browning

Best Rig For Rock & Brush — Bass Fishing Rig



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Catching BIG Bass On Chatterbaits!



Today My good friend Paul and I went bass fishing in search of catching big bass on chatter baits. This was the first really cold we had in Florida and the fish were chewing the slow retrieve baits. Thank you guys for watching this video don’t forget to Subscribe!

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Z-man Okeechobe Craw 1/8 oz
Z-man Sexy Shimmer Blue 3/8

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Junobait teal 8ft 10-25
Batson rain shadow 7ft 10-17

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Team 13 fishing limited edition
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Pauls line: 20lb power pro
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Striped Bass Fishing Tips, New Rig, Exploring Tide Pools



Wasn’t sure if I was going to upload this video since the new rig didn’t work, but here it is anyway. Caught 4 Stripers almost 5 but one got away. Released all of them. Didn’t want the vid to go to waste so we explored some tide pools and got an unexpected hit far away from where we were! Hope you enjoy.

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Finding Bass on Your Mini Pontoon Boat

One of the greatest challenges of bass fishing is determining the best spot to fish. It takes a little understanding of the bass to figure it out. Once you have it, you can more consistently identify bass areas and reel in more fish.

Determining the best area to fish for bass depends on what type of bass you are hunting. Large mouth bass, small mouth bass, spotted bass and black bass all behaving differently. Furthermore, they all are very sensitive to conditions. They may exhibit different characteristics at different times, depending on the weather, temperature, lighting and food supply.

One thing that all bass keep in common is their love of cover. Whether it is a downed tree, underwater grasses, a sunken canoe, or a pier, they will most likely be near it or under it. This holds especially true for large mouth bass. They are avid hunters and want to stay understood.

A lot of bass, especially spotted and small mouth bass, like to hang out alongside cliffs. This is where your equipment can come in handy. Many lakes also have topographic maps that can clue you in to where cliffs may be.

If you frequent a specific lake or waterway, keep track of where you find bass. You will need to record everything about the conditions, the time of year, time of day, and temperature of the water, whatever you can. You may not find bass in the same spot again for a while. They tend to migrate around depending on conditions.

They like to move to warmer, usually shallow waters to spawn in the spring. But, they may not feed much during this time and they can be difficult to catch. They will mainly be concentrating on egg protection. For this reason, bass fishing is usually best in deeper water, starting in the summer.

As the water warms up in the summer, the bass will want to escape the heat and get into cooler deeper water. They will hang around large schools around cliffs and deep structures. Large rocks, submerged trees and docks over deep water are good places to find bass during this time. If the water gets too warm, they will want to escape to even cooler deeper water, but the lack of oxygen in really deep water will force them to stay in the shallower warm water. These types of conditions can make the bass act ill, they do not eat a lot, and they can be very hard to catch. Submerged rocks offer a cool cover in warm water and a lot of bass will stick close to ledges and large rocks to stay cool. During winter, they will return to the shallows and can be a lot easier to catch.

The best time to determine good bass fishing areas is in the early morning or late afternoon. During these times you will likely see the bass surfacing for food, and you will know where to go. Choose your lures, keep a bass fishing diary, and get out there for a good year of fishing on your mini pontoon boat .



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A Bass Anglers Best Friend, His Dog

Launching the bass boat at 5:30 am, lunch packed, crisp morning with clear skies. A day planned to head up to the chain lakes in beautiful Northern Idaho. Time to unwind, try your luck at catching the 8 lb. bass that has been calling your name since the beginning of the season. What could be better? Possibly a dog to join you in your quest. A dog to sit next to you, keeping you company. A dog along for ride. Every mans dream. No unneeded talk, a silent companion who would also enjoy any needless banter. Just enjoying the moment of complete beauty. Only needing to take an occasional moment on shore to tend to natures needs.

The talk was years ago how having our dog accompaniment our son on these endless outings would give my husband and I piece of mind. Our youngest son became interested in fishing at an early age. By the time our dog, Klink, joined our family, my son had been fishing for 3 years.

His love of fishing soon manifested itself when he had spent untold hours fishing from every dock available on our lake. My husband would take our youngest out in our boat and they would fish the entire day. Our dog would stay with me on shore while the guys mastered their skills on the water.

It soon became familiar to us that the dreams we had of having the dog security was not going to be a reality. For some strange reason, our dog found that any slightest movement of the fishing pole, was a quest to conquer. It may have been that she is a border collie and their instinct is to herd. Possibly along in her herding instinct, it was instilled in her to retrieve.

No chance of having the dog in the same vicinity as my son when he focused on fishing. The few times that the dog and I would venture on the dock would end up with the dog jumping in the water in search of the lure that had just been hurled out. The verbal commands were of no use when her mind was set to retrieve whatever had just landed in the water. Not only would she try and retrieve the lure, she also would proceed to look in the live well and completely submerge her head in the water, searching for the fish that had already been done.

Here I sit years later. My dog ​​is near deaf and can not hear a thunderstorm. What had at one time sent her running for cover, is of no fear to her now. But, my son picks up a fishing pole and with his back turned into the sleeping dog, takes a small cast into the field and our dog acts like she has been shot .. Eyes open, ears perked up, ready to spring.

My son still fishes and enjoys the solitude of the boat. Our thoughts of years ago has not materialized. Instead of taking the dog with him on his outings, he now invites my husband, his girlfriend, his brother or myself.

I do envy those bass anglers who have been blessed with a dog who enjoys the art of bass fishing. May they relish in the fact that their dogs have the self control to sit and watch. Blessed be the companion of the bass angler. Whomever they may be.



Source by Kevin R. Schmidt