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It’s not just about the Worm and Hook (Bass Fishing)

bass fishingRecently, I was asked to write an post about bass fishing. When I first heard it, I was excited to write about something I really loved. Then I started the think about it, and how writing about bass is such as general yet huge topic. Do I write about their behavior through season changes? Feeding patterns? What about lure choice or how water temperature and even how wind can affect your fishing experience? There is just so many different topics when it comes to this sport, and all of it cannot be covered in one blog post. I think talking about why I bass fish, and different fishing techniques to use throughout the year would be a good place to start. Because I think it is something that many, if not all, bass anglers can relate to. 

Hitting the Brakes on Life

As people, we have obligations and responsibilities that require our attention. We have jobs, children, families, friends and even school that we all have to attend to. I am not saying that these are bad things, but after a while they start to weigh down on a person. Sometimes you get to a point to where you sit back and ask “what am I really doing with my life?”. I truly believe that we were not put on this earth to live the “wake up, go to work, go to bed, and repeat until you die” routine. I am 27 years old, and even today I am still searching for my purpose. I served in the military, great, I have a wife and two kids, great, went to school and still attending, awesome… but what else is there? At my age, shouldn't I have some sort of clue as to where I am going? Do you? With everything that is going on, it’s really hard to be able to sit down and think about all this sometimes. That is why we need to make time for ourselves. We owe it to ourselves to be able to breathe, relax and unwind. For anglers alike, this is wherecomes in. It is our escape. It give us a chance to hit the breaks, and be able to look at things in a different perspective. The sun’s reflection in the water, the breeze flowing through the trees and the thought of a 6 pound bass stalking your bait. There is just something about fishing that someone who's never hooked a bass just wont understand.

We all Love a Challenge

Bass fishing is more than just putting a worm on a hook and sitting under a tree. Yeah, you can catch bass like that, but wheres the fun in the “sit-and-wait” game? I personally like the challenge of figuring out what the bass want. Do they want crank baits? Jigs? Plastics? There isn’t just one type of bait out there that you can use all year long, any time of day, under any type of circumstances. Being a good angler is all about knowing what the bass want, and how they want it.Yes, most of us have our “go-to” rigs, but they don’t always deliver. In the winter, you have to fish deep and slow. They are lethargic and have low metabolisms. Shaky heads, suspending crank baits and yes, the Texas rig are great ways to catch bass in the cold waters of winter. Then comes spring, aahhh yes we all love spring fishing. It is that time of year when the bass begin to spawn and this is the time of year to get a nonbeliever into the sport. Hopping a ribbon tail or plastic craw along the bank set up with a Texas rig is a recipe for success. Spawn fishing, like winter fishing, is a game of patience. A lot of the time, bass will just pick up your bait and move it outside of their nest. This is a time of year where a good set of polarized glasses would be helpful. Being able to see the bass is really important. Some call it cheating, I call it making use of your resources. We will cover pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn at a later time. Because that’s a whole category in itself.

Now spring is over summer has arrived

 This time, take all the habits you started during spawn, and throw them out the window. From my experience, the difference between spring fishing and summer fishing is almost night and day. This time of year, you really need to pay attention to your surroundings, the weather, water temp and even the phases of the moon (although not everyone believes in the moon myth). Some days they'll hit on crank baits, some days plastics and some days jigs. Whatever the case may be, there is one thing that did remain constant throughout the summer: topwater fishing. Frogs, rats, poppers, torpedoes and propped lures are a great choice for those early mornings or evening fishing. The thrill of watching a bass fly out of the water with your frog is incredible. You never know when it is going to happen. But when it does, it makes your heart skip a beat and even scares you a little bit. For lack of better words, topwater fishing is, well, awesome. After the summertime we have the fall. This time of year the bass are preparing for the winter. When fishing a large, more natural body of water, shad begin to migrate from streams and rivers into lakes and large ponds. The bass feed on these to fatten up to store energy for the winter. This is a great time of year to mimic those shad. White, clear, silver and blue crank baits work great. You also have spinners, spoons and rooster tails (remember those?) that will work really well for you. But not all bodies of water have shad that bass rely on for feeding. Neighborhood ponds or community parks might not be stocked with shad. If they are not, these bass still need to eat. So they are going to pretty much eat whatever they find. This still gives you a bigger choice of tackle to use besides the shad mimics. Anything that portrays a bait fish, crawfish or just something that can get a reaction bite out of them will do. 

Call us Crazy

See, there’s more to bass fishing than the worm and hook. It is more of a challenge, and when we catch something, it is winning that challenge. More than that, it is an escape. It takes us away from our crazy lives and gives us a chance to breathe and reflect. Who could ask for more? I personally don't have the luxury of a quiet natural running river or secluded lake. My honey holes are a hundred yards from major highways or in the middle of large neighborhoods. But that doesn't stop me from doing what I love, and learning as much as I can along the way, and it shouldn't stop you either. If you have people who don't understand why you love fishing so much (like a wife), take him or her with you. Give them a chance to see why we do what we do. Tight lines. 

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About the Author:

I am a 27 year old Marine Veteran, and I have recently found my way back home to Texas. Born and raised in the Texas hill country, I grew up with the sounds of cicadas, the smell of pine and cedar and a view of rolling green hills as far as the eye can see. My favorite memory of all is the sound of the Guadalupe River flowing by as its icy cold water rushes over my feet. Growing up, fishing was all I really cared for. My tackle box was filled with nothing more than a few hooks, bobbers, and maybe a couple spinner baits. As I grew up, this dream I was living started to fade away. I got older and took on responsibilities, a wife, two children…bills. After the military, I tried to make my way back into the hill country, but I had to go where the work was. Today I reside near Sugarland, Tx, just 15 minutes south of Houston. It’s a beautiful area, but the only thing missing is, well, natural beauty. My love for bass fishing was almost no more after realizing there were no natural streams or ponds within a reasonable driving distance. I decided to make the best of what I was given. Neighborhood ponds, parks, water run-offs on the side of the road are what I have today. Fishing next to “Resident only signs” and even a few “No Fishing” signs, and getting kicked out of neighborhoods is now something that is all too familiar for me. But of course, that won’t stop me from doing what I love, because I’ll always just come back. Find me on Twitter @UrbanAnglers !
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