OK here is part two to my FOW: Largemouth bass post contribution.
The biggest challenges an angler has when confronting a water body is lure selection, lure color, and where the holy h-e-double toothpicks do i start??!!!??!!
Hopefully this post will help the beginner angler confront this daunting task and enjoy the water and catch some fish.
First lets start with your tackle box. There are some basics that i feel that every aspiring bass angler should have in their tackle box.
1. 1/4 oz. White spinner bait with willow leaf blades (the long narrow pointed blades)
2. 1/4 oz. White chartreuse spinner bait with 1 colorado blade and 1 willow leaf blade.
3. Rattle trap in the chrome blue back pattern.
4. 3/0, 4/0, and 5/0 EWG worm hooks (gamakatsu and owner are my favs)
5. Lead bullet weights in 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4 oz
6. Any type of senko style stick bait
7. Rebel pop-r
8. Weedless frog for fishing the slop
9. 1/2 oz. jig
10. Fluke style jerk baits
11. Medium diving crank bait
These baits represent the essentials that you should start out with. With this wide selection you can fish any where in the water column to locate where the fish are hiding.
Always get a map of wheer you are fishing if it is a major water body. You should be able to find major lake point, secondary lake points, drop offs, creek channels, flats, and submerged vegetation.
My first areas that i always fish on a water body are lake points. These formations offer a great habitat for bass to ambush prey and sun themselves. As the point runs out the water will increase in depth and typically run to drop offs or creek channels. Bass will school up in these areas waiting for bait fish to move into the area. The second area i always fish as well is submerged vegetation. this is SUPREME bass habitat and a fisherman should work this structure thoroughly. the widest lure assortment can be used in these areas and all facets should be tryed. flats are always a great place to fish cuz there are always fish hanging out on these formations. The backs of coves are another favorite target of mine. Any type of laydowns on the water or exposed structure are serious points of interest as well. Here is a little secret of mine too. NEVER pass up on throwing at isolated pieces of structure like a twig sticking up out of the water or a lonely lilly pad. I have caught some of my biggest fish on one tiny irregularity in the water. also look for transitions from sand to rock or sand to mud on the bank. i dont know why but these little deviations in the bank attract fish. When working creek channels, try positioning yourself outside a bend and cast into the deeper water and bring it up the drop off or vice versa. its also good to cast across the entire channel if possible and bring it down the drop off and then back up the other edge.
As for water color. This can be a major obstacle and change the way you attack the water. Bass are very spooky in extremely clear water. In this scenario you want your baits to look as realistic as possible and in color patterns that closely resemble the forage. it is also important to match the size of the natural bait in the water. with stained water you can get away with what you throw a little bit more. natural colors will work as well as a little more flamboyant colors such as fire-tiger can help you catch em. spinner baits with an indiana blade are a favorite of mine in these situations. with the diminished water clarity, baits that have a little ruckus to them can go a long way. Now for the most dasterdly of water conditions, muddy water. No one like these conditons but sometimes you have to make do with what presents itself. Lots of noise and lots of vibration are the ticket here. and not necessarily both at the same time. since the bass cannot see what ther going after they have to feel it or hear it. jigs with rattles banging off the bottom, crank baits, buzz baits and rattle traps can be very good choices in this situation. Big colorado blade spinner baits arent a bad choice either. Dark colored baits will help attract more attention in these conditions. use blacks, blues, purples, and dark brown in water such as this.
For people fishing in texas, especially east texas and south east texas the best colors when regarding plastics can be:
pumpkin seed chartreuse
and just plain back
Go out and try some of these techniques in your local waters and try to enjoy the outdoors. thats the most important part. dont be like me and get pissed when you dont catch something
. hopefully this info will help someone catch a whopper!