The largemouth bass is one of the most popular gamefish of all the varied game fishes residing in different water bodies. It is not the biggest of them all, yet many might argue it’s the best game fish ever. And to be able to angle one, finally being able to achieve the trophy fish is a lifetime experience to cherish and be proud of. It’s so highly desired by the thousands of anglers all across the USA, Canada, and other regions that they are ready to spend hours, days even months with immense patience and enthusiasm to catch just the largemouth. However, is it easy to angle a largemouth bass?
Not easy at all, and that is where all the fun and curiosity begin. It is a strong fish, a clever one, that will make you crazy and bemused with its tricks of escaping and battling. Even if it’s hooked, there is no guarantee you could catch hold of it because the fish is so efficient in fighting that it could be gone anytime, breaking the trap, the hook, rod, line, getting itself injured. If you have caught one, pat your back, and if you couldn’t, it’s typical. And do not get us into discussing the anglers that have lost a largemouth. The regret is real, feeling completely inexpert and inefficient. So, all said and done, this tough fish requires no more introduction about its feisty, rebelling nature.
We are here to proffer some easy largemouth bass fishing tips which will help you hone your largemouth bass fishing skills. We are ready with our tips, so let’s embark upon those.
8 Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips
Tips #1 – Enhance Your Knowledge, Read, And Practice
The largemouth bass is not an easy fish to catch. Catching one is a once-in-a-while phenomenon for many anglers. So, you have to do a lot of homework and research knowing the fish to make it easy for you to catch one. When we are talking about angling largemouth bass, we do not mean the 2-inch ones. We mean the big ones, the bigger, the better. A largemouth bass about 5-8 inches or over is the perfect prey to target. However, you have to know which water bodies have such sized largemouth bass available in them.
Then, you have to recognize the male and female and distinguish between them. The female largemouth bass is bigger and asked to be landing back in the water due to the necessity of conservation. You have to know everything about its nature, its behavior, where it resides, and so many things, and that can only be done with hours of prior research and acquiring knowledge.
So, rather than jumping onto angling for a largemouth bass randomly, start with at least a few days of research and then hop into it. And when you are continuing to pursue one, keep on expanding your information more and more. The sharp predator will eventually but surely accept its defeat due to the knowledge you will apply to catch it. Read books, learn about famous largemouth bass anglers’ experiences and the tips they shared and continue your pursuit, and yes, practice fishing.
Tips #2 – Be Obstinate, Show The Stubbornness
To catch a gamefish as feisty as largemouth bass, one has to be too obstinate for one’s own good. Many anglers have just given up with a few days of struggle, telling themselves it’s not a fish worth our time. If you are one among those who give up pretty quickly, then largemouth bass is definitely not your cup of tea. It’s the prey for those who don’t know what giving up means. There could be instances where you will see multiple aggressive bites on your lure by the shrewd specimen, yet you missed catching one. And you have to still search for it in every crevice and corner of the water body you have selected to catch largemouth bass.
If you know the water body has largemouth bass in it, do not change the location after a few attempts. Be persistent and continue pursuing it in the same waterbody. If required, chum them with different baits spending time in that very water body. This trick and persistency works really well and increases your chances of catching the intended fish sooner than you thought.
Tips #3 – A Largemouth Bass Requires Investment In Equipment
You do not require something out of the ordinary but definitely high-grade to catch hold of this aggressive fish. As we already mentioned, it breaks every possible piece of equipment when it’s on its escaping spree. So, cheap quality equipment is a big no, in our opinion. There are high chances that even if you catch one with those gear, you will lose it in no time. High-quality fishing equipment will be a little expensive, but you can get some at a reasonable price if you do your research.
Moreover, even if you have to spend quite a lot to buy the fishing equipment, know that the fish you are targeting requires that investment. Also, the equipment will last for years too. So, yes, when it comes to angling this special, hard-to-get trophy fish, we prefer high-quality, a bit on the pricier side equipment.
Tips #4 – Fishing Rod
You can use both the spinning rod and the casting rod, but we prefer casting rods in catching largemouth bass because you will mostly use heavy lines so that the bass fails to break it. Yes, you will have to compromise the accuracy the spinning reel provides, but if you are at the right location with enough largemouth bass in it, we can let go of that feature.
It has to be a long, medium to heavy fast action rod, about 7-8 inches long, with a comfortable firm grip, flexible and sensitive tip. The longer the rod, the better as it will help you cast better. When it comes to bending, the rod must be at a medium range. It should not bend too much. A little stiff and a little bendy are what we require from a fishing rod to catch the largemouth bass easily.
Tips #5 – Fishing Reel
Get a durable baitcasting reel with a 6:1 gear ratio, high speed, and potent drag. Keep in mind that the fish we are talking about will fight till the end and is not known to give up. So, smooth handling of the line at high speed without breaking it is what your requirement must be from the reel. You can keep the reel light using the graphite ones, as the rod will be pretty heavy. Or if you could crack the best rod and reel combo and somehow balance the weight, then even an aluminum reel will be comfortable to fight with and hook the largemouth bass.
Tips #6 – Fishing Line
We do prefer a mix when it comes to the fishing line for angling the largemouth. We are implying about the mainline and about 18-40 inches leader line. The monofilament fishing line is our least favorite, but we need the perfect stretch of it too. Our pick for catching the largemouth is, of course, the braided fishing line. It is abrasion-resistant, firm, doesn’t break easily, pretty sturdy, which is a must for continuing dragging and holding the strong, combating prey.
As we said, we require the stretch quality and also the low visibility features of the monofilament. So, depending on the conditions we are in, we prefer using the monofilament leader line with the 300 yards braided line for adding the stretch and keeping the low visibility intact. However, the absolute best is to use fluorocarbon as the leader line with the same braided fishing line. That combo has it all from the low visibility, stiffness, and abrasion-resistant quality to trick the overly clever largemouth bass.
Tips #7 – Carolina Rig, The Best To Angle Largemouth Bass
A sinker, a bead, and a swivel are all you need to prepare the simple Carolina rig, which works wonders in angling largemouth bass.
- Take your mainline, and we already talked about our pick, which is the braided fishing line, 10-20lbs braid.
- Insert the bullet sinker, then the bead through the dangling end. Use a red plastic bead, a large one, as largemouth bass is known to get like that color the most.
- Now, tie the mainline end to one side of the swivel with your preferred knot.
- And here is a bonus tip for you, be very efficient and precise with your knots. Try to be very fast and accurate in fastening as many fishing knots as possible. Keep no scope of faults.
- So, after you have tied the swivel with the mainline, take the fluorocarbon leader, 18 inches is just the precise size, and knot it to the other side of the swivel.
- As usual, the knot should be efficiently tied and has to be ultra-strong. And your Carolina rig is almost ready, except for the hook and the lure.
Tips #8 – The Hook And The Lure
For largemouth bass fishing, the worm hooks are the best. We prefer the ‘red’ worm hooks, anything between 3/0-5/0 size. And on the red worm hook, you have to pin largemouth bass’s favorite bait. More than live baits, we prefer enticing largemouth with lures. Our preference will always be the trick worms or the finesse worms. You can also try rage craw as that is another lure that goes really well with the Carolina rig.
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That was all the crucial info we had, which we shared as tips with you to make your largemouth bass fishing more effortless and effective. Try to utilize all that we shared and see whether they work or not. If applied and used the right way with diligence, we are pretty sure they will indeed work. That too, quite soon.