Free Essay

Bass Fishing

In: Other Topics

Submitted By whatever080277
Words 1517
Pages 7
English 1113
Bass Fishing: You’ll Be Hooked Americans choose many different activities to occupy their free time, all with the common goal to loosen up and have an enjoyable time. The outdoors can be the perfect setting to enjoy different activities or hobbies. With many options available, bass fishing is an ideal diversion to teach something new about nature and provide time to unwind. It can teach how to respect nature and provide a new understanding of sportsmanship, while also being a truly exciting experience that anyone could get hooked to. Bass fishing, no matter what species, can be an extremely enjoyable pastime if you learn to use patience, recognize the best place to fish, and understand bass’ behavior as well as how to catch them. “One only has to experience the heart-stopping thrill of hooking into a largemouth bass to become infatuated with this sport”
(Larson 15)! Patience is number one when it comes to bass fishing. All aspects of fishing revolve around using patience and being ready at all times. Fishing for largemouth bass is usually an all day event. Sometimes I may catch 10 to 15, other days I may only catch one or two. This is why patience is important, to refrain from getting bored or frustrated. It’s not about how many fish you catch, or if you caught more than someone else, it’s about experiencing the outdoors and spending time with nature. Going bass fishing is sort of similar to going to a baseball game. It’s great if your team wins or you catch a lot of fish, but it’s truly about the experience. Bass are a very reclusive and nomadic species, and can be difficult to locate and catch. Bass will move from place to place periodically depending on the weather and availability of food.
Many people that learn about bass fishing experience a different way of doing things and learn that a bass can bite at the most unexpected times. This is why it is imperative to exude patience and stay prepared at all times. The environment under water is so much different from that above the water, and bass also respond to different changes than humans. This is why it is difficult, and at the same time essential, to understand bass behavior and anticipate it.
This knowledge can take years to discover, yet practicing patience regularly can speed the process up tremendously. Locating the best area to fish can prove to be more difficult than expected, and an area that looks good to you may not look so good to a bass. First you have to find out what is available to you. You possibly could have access to public lakes, rivers, or even private ponds. Most
Americans in the southern U.S. have access to one, if not more, lakes and rivers. As a result, these areas are usually fished heavy and bass can be hard to come by. Nonetheless, there are still many areas of these waters that can produce good bass. Your best tool, to help understand the geography of a body of water, is a topographical map. These maps indicate any changes in the bottom of the lake. The further apart the lines on the map are, the flatter the bottom is and the closer together the lines are, the sharper the drop off is. You are looking for lines that are close together. These areas can occur anywhere in the lake. Bass like to stay grouped up next to the edge of a drop off. It doesn’t particularly matter how far the drop off is, as long as it is a considerably steep one. These areas tend to be good from summer to winter, but could easily be overlooked without a topographical map. If the lake or pond is man made, it possibly also has good underwater structure in the form of tree stumps. “Many times when land is cleared prior to the filling of the reservoir, the cutting crews avoid the hard-to-get-to areas and saw off the trees they can reach, leaving stumps….Bass relate good to these areas and they can also be found on a topographical map” (Nixon 62). Bass like the security of the timber, and will usually group up there. “To be efficient predators, the bass have to have cover, whether it’s shade under a dock or timber” (Circle 2). The springtime is spawning season for largemouth bass, and they like to find flat areas to spawn. Bass spawn once a year in the springtime and clear out circular areas surrounded with small rocks. These areas are called beds and this is where the females spawn or lay their eggs. In this time, the flat areas are good to fish, and sometimes in clear water you can see the beds. The only downside is that once they’ve laid their eggs they are no longer hungry, and your best bet to catching one is to cast on the bed to irritate the bass. Once you have the correct outlook for bass fishing and find the best area to fish, it’s time to learn more about the species and how to catch them. Bass are thought of as the superior freshwater fish. They have been proven to contain advanced knowledge compared to other fish and react to many more conditions. On the other hand, “The largemouth bass seems to have one major weakness… its never-ending quest for food” (Larson 47). This is where your advantage comes into play, if you know what their hungry for. A bass has a considerably small stomach; this is why they are in continuous search of food to satisfy their energy needs. Bass feed on a variety of forage in their life. In their first months they feed on insect larvae and microorganisms, by their second month they start to feed on smaller fish as well as smaller siblings. When a bass reaches 2 to 5 pounds it has matured into an efficient predator. Feeding habits of largemouth bass are influenced by the following: degree of huger, maturity and size of fish, sex of fish, spawning activities, water temperature, time of day and year, and many forage factors. (Larson 48-49). Choosing the perfect bait for the conditions can be difficult and sometimes you may have to use trial and error. There are still some good tips to go by to help you find the best lure. There are three main types of lures: crank baits, spinner baits, and soft plastics. Crank baits are the hard plastic lures that usually resemble a minnow. Some of them are made to float, and some are intended to sink. There is no right way to fish these; it just depends on what they are reacting to at the time. You always want to make your lure look as natural as possible and change the speed of your retrieval until you get a hit. Spinner baits are the lures with a couple metal blades and a skirt (stringy looking rubber thing wrapped around the hook). This bait sinks, and is designed to replicate a school of minnows. It is best to fish these lures close to the bottom, and actually try to bump it off the bottom. The speed of your retrieval should change until you have success and then stick with that speed. Both of these baits can be fished in open water or in structure. Soft plastics include: worms, lizards, tubes, and other crazy shapes. They are all fished the same, and it’s a relatively slow paced and consistent retrieval. You should cast the lure out and let it sink. It’s best to watch where your line goes into the water, and then pull your rod tip up to raise the lure off the bottom. From here, you reel in the slack line you created, let the lure sink to the bottom and repeat. These lures can prove to be extremely effective in many situations, and will become one of your most productive. Now hopefully you not only understand more about bass fishing, but also look forward to going soon. It can prove to be a great stress reliever, and a perfect activity for the whole family. From excitement, to tranquility, bass fishing offers something for everyone. It also gives all of us a chance to understand nature and get away from the everyday grind. At the same time, bass fishing should always be respected as well as the bass themselves. So go out and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Works Cited
Larson, Larry. Mastering Largemouth Bass. North American Fishing Club: 1989. 9/19/13
Hill, Danny. “How To Maximize Your Top water Hook-Ups.” Bassmaster Magazine Aug. 1997: 94-95.
Hicks, Marks. “It’s Not the Heat…” Field & Stream Aug. 2004: 36. 9/19/13>.
Circle, Homer. “Fall Bass Secrets.” Outdoor Life Sep. 2004: 62.>.
Samsel, Jeff. “The Rise & Fall of Springtime Bass.” Tennessee Sportsman April 1997: 33-35.

Similar Documents

Premium Essay

Compare and Contrast Fresh and Salt Water Fishing

...As an avid shore fisherman who enjoys fishing, I have the unique opportunity to choose between two similar, but two very different, types of fishing. These two types of fishing are fresh water fishing and salt water fishing. With that being said, in the state where I reside, there are two distinct attitudes towards fishing. There are those anglers who prefer fresh water fishing, and there are those anglers who prefer salt water fishing. Both types of fishing ultimately deal with utilizing a fishing pole, fishing line and bait (or a fishing lure) to catch fish. However, in the same way they are similar; in contrast, they are both very much different. In a fresh water lake, the water rises with the amount of rainfall and falls due to evaporation and drainage; on the other hand, ocean the water rises and falls with the lunar tide. Unlike fresh water fishing, where an angler would use “lighter” fishing tackle due to catching smaller fish, salt water fishing requires much “heavier” tackle due to the vast difference in size from fresh water fish to salt water fish. For instance, the State record for a fresh water largemouth bass caught in a lake is 10 pounds 14 ounces; whereas, a Great White shark can weigh more then a car! So as you can see, although fresh water fishing and salt water fishing are similar, in some ways, they are very much different. Works Cited Houch, R. (September 3, 2013). NJ Saltwater Fisherman. Retrieved from

Words: 310 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

The Importance Of Marine Aquaculture

...industry is a substitute for the traditional forms of fish supply and an important source of protein for the growing human population and can relieve the pressures on marine and coastal ecosystems (Lucas and Southgate, 2012). In addition, marine aquaculture can contribute to food security (Godfray et al., 2010; FAO, 2014). Capture fishery production has been relatively static since the late 1980s, while aquaculture has grown considerably in this period (FAO, 2016). World per capita apparent fish consumption increased from an average of 9.9 kg in the 1960s to 14.4 kg in the 1990s and 19.7 kg in 2013 with the preliminary estimation of exceeding 20 kg in 2015 (FAO, 2016). Therefore, development of aquaculture is more required due to constant fishing, world population growth, and per capita aquatic consumption increase. Marine aquaculture in Iran has been growing relatively fast in recent years, and this kind of production has risen from 3.2 thousand tons in the 1987s to 320.2 thousand tons in the 2014s (FAO, 2016). Due to the existence of wide coastal areas in the north and south of Iran, the country has suitable potential for the development of marine aquaculture. Marine aquaculture challenges other (traditional) activities such as fisheries through competing for space (Christie et al., 2014); so it is necessary that a planned and managed site is appropriately selected (Afroz et al., 2013; Suplicy et al., 2015). It provides the basis not only for economic benefits, but also for......

Words: 947 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

When Fishermen Dont Fish

...the Storm, Max Lucado tells about something that happened to him while he was in high school. Every year, he and his family used to go fishing during spring break. But one year, his brother and his mom couldn’t go, so his dad let him invite a friend. They looked forward to this vacation with great anticipation. They pictured the sun shining down on them as they sat in the boat in the middle of the lake. The yank of the rod and the spin of the reel as they wrestled the bass into the boat. The smell of fish frying in a skillet over an open fire. They could hardly wait. Finally spring break arrived, they loaded the camper and set out for the lake. They arrived at night, set up the camper and went to bed anxious to get up the next morning and go fishing. But that night, a northeaster blew through. The wind was so strong they could barely open the door of the camper the next morning. The sky was gray. The lake was choppy. There was no way they could fish in that weather. "No problem," they said. They could spend the day in the camper. They had brought Monopoly and Reader’s Digest. They knew a few jokes. It wasn’t what they came to do, but they would make the best of it and fish the next day. So they passed the day indoors. The hours passed slowly but they did pass. Night finally came and they crawled into their sleeping bags dreaming of fishing. The next morning it wasn’t the wind that made the door hard to open, it was the ice! They tried to be cheerful. "No problem,"......

Words: 3041 - Pages: 13

Premium Essay

Walmart Supply Chain

...increases in the cost of the supply chain. Because of the lengthy supply chain, with the fish travelling through many parties who are involved in catching, packaging, forwarding, and labeling, cost increases drastically. Wal-Mart’s customers are uneducated about the MSC Eco Label. Therefore, it will be costly to invest in certifying their fish with this standard while it may not boost their sales. While seafood supply can be sustainable by establishing fishing farms, there is always the concern for retaining the same quality as wild-caught fish. Therefore, Walmart needs solutions for the continuous supply of wild-caught fish while retaining its sustainability. In an effort to promote its sustainability, Walmart started to carry MSC certified Chilean Sea Bass in three hundred stores worldwide. This certification will ensure that these fish meet independent environmental standards. To promote sustainability in their supply chain, they can provide bonuses and incentives to their fishermen based on their catch during the fishing season. This initiative will lead to competition and there will be enough supply of sea-food to Walmart who can easily...

Words: 1018 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Wound Healing Activity of Tawatawa

...Recreation Definition: Recreation ➢ Refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like. Macquarie Dictionary ➢ Any form of play, amusement, etc. used for refreshment of body or mind. Collins Australian Pocket English Dictionary ➢ Simply defined, recreation refers to experiences and activities chosen and pursued by the individual in his/her free time; the basis being that the experience sought and activities pursued, in the real sense of the word, 're-creates' the individual so that he/she may be refreshed to enable him/her to resume daily obligations, whatever those may be. John Ap (1986) Recreation trends and implications for government. In R. Castle, D. Lewis & J. Mangan (eds) Work, Leisure and Technology. Melbourne, Longman Cheshire,167-83 ( p. 167). ➢ Recreation consists of an activity or experience, usually chosen voluntarily by the participant, either because of the immediate satisfaction to be derived from it, or because he perceives some personal or social values to be achieved by it. It is carried on in leisure time, and has no work connotations, such as study for promotion in a job. It is usually enjoyable and when it is carried on as part of organized or community services, it is designed to meet constructive and socially worthwhile goals of the individual participant, the group and society at large. Richard Kraus (1966) Recreation Today: Program Planning and Leadership. Englewood Cliffs, NJ,......

Words: 1821 - Pages: 8

Free Essay

Let's Go Fishing

...Let's Go Fishing Iris Ritenour Com/155 November 30, 2013 Erin Fuller Let's Go Fishing It is always an exciting time when going deep sea fishing. Some people regard fishing as an old man’s sport. People have been captivated by the sea since the beginning of time, and of catching fish since around the same time. The sport has grown hugely in many ways, yet has stayed the same in many aspects. Imagine looking at the ocean as a slick plate of glass when it is calm, or it can be a very dangerous place if a storm decides to get it riled up. Fly fishing, on the other hand can be a relaxing adventure. Although it takes skill to cast a fly rod, a sharp eye to find the fish, a special hand to convince the fish to take the feathery lure, and quite possibly some fast reflexes to hook the fish, if you get that window of opportunity. If you do not get it right, you can watch your fish majestically swim away as he spits out the feathery hook, and you reel the line in as gracefully as you cast it out. Although deep sea fishing and fly fishing are similar as sports, they differ concerning equipment, locations, and types of fish. For those of you interested in fishing, but are not so lucky at it, there are some guidelines you may want to try. The first important thing you should know is that the equipment you use is very important. “You would not want to “bring a knife to a gunfight,” because it wouldn’t be prudent.” ("Fishing." 13 Nov......

Words: 1409 - Pages: 6

Free Essay


...waterways thus, making survival hard for other inhabitants. In order to receive the optimal amount of benefits that the grass carp species has to offer, it must be released into a secure environment with no possibility of escape into other waterways. This species has found its way into many reservoirs, lakes, streams, and rivers in our community intentionally and/or by accident; either way it involves some degree of human error. Because the grass carp is native to Asia, it has no natural predators in North America so there is nothing to kill them in order to stop the production of more of them. Another major factor which adds to this problem is their life expectancy is quite a long time and weigh up to 100 pounds, maybe more. The large-mouth bass and a few other species of fish will eat them if they are small enough. The Grass carp are pushing out the other fish that fishermen want to catch. We had to come up with a way to stop these fish and get them out of the waters in our town. Some of the challenges faced in restoring the ecosystem in Sparksville were the farmers grew the food for the community and the agricultural economy might be affected, and they needed the fertilizer to help grow their produce. The town was on a strict budget, harm and/or disruption to the environment and its...

Words: 462 - Pages: 2

Free Essay


...the fishes in the sea as well. As technology has become more and more advanced that has made our fishing more efficient meaning that it has become easier for us to catch more fish. This has and will impact human lives in a very critical way. Along with other of Earth’s resources we have to learn and take care of our environment to keep it in a Holocene state for a very long time. Earth’s resource limited but shared resources have led to much competition among humans. The relationship between humans and fish has evolved over the years along with the new developed technological advancements in fishing. There are many examples around the globe that relationship with fish has changed because of technology. In 1992 the collapse of the Newfoundland Grand Banks Cod fishery in Canada was mainly caused by the technological advancements made in fishing. The Newfoundland Grand Banks was once renowned as the world’s most productive fishing grounds. The first European explorers described the waters as being so full, one just had to lower a basket into the water and it would come up filled with cod. Up to the 1950s the bounty of the Grand Banks was enough to supply local small-scale fishing, as well as feed millions of harp seals. But this happy picture was not to last. The Grand Banks fishery was destroyed by technological advances in fishing techniques in the 1950s and 60s. Small artisan fishing boats found themselves competing with trawlers modeled on the factory whaling ships that......

Words: 900 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Strategic Plan

...Final Project SUO BUS 3101 Week 6 Assignment 2 Linda Taylor February 15, 2013 Instructor Donna Whitaker Abstract This paper is a comprehensive strategic plan for a floating fishing pliers manufacturing company that is made using an extrusion process. Included will be a mission statement, a resource needs assessment, business goal, measurable and observable objectives, the hardware, software and facility resource requirement, training resource requirement and a staff development plan, a marketing plan, and an itemized budget. PART I: THE BUSINESS Mission Statement The mission of Floating Pliers Manufacturing Company, (FPMC), is to exceed our customer’s expectations in quality, delivery, and cost through continuous improvement and customer interaction. In 2010, this business began in New Lakes, Wisconsin. After much thought and consideration, it was decided to leave the constraints of working for someone else and to venture into owning and manufacturing our own brand and design of floating fishing pliers. Timothy, who has over 20 years in the fishing industry, attends to purchasing of new equipment, assigns what each extrusion machine will produce daily, and the maintenance and repair schedules. Michele, who has extensive management experience, attends to the financial, office management, tax preparation and also shares responsibility for overall decisions that affect operations. At steady growth......

Words: 2258 - Pages: 10

Free Essay

P.E Assignment my village by Te Hanh 1. My Village: he/she is trying to show that its her village and thats where she is from and proud of it. 2. a persona is a persona that is a character in either a novel or even a movie. and in this case the persona would be Te Hanh because the person writes about themselves. 3. i think the subject of this poem is about the village and how everybody in this village knows that fishing is involved in their everyday life. 4. the main setting of this poem is the fishing life of a villager. 5. that fishing is what they do to survive and what they enjoy doing 6. it is good comparisin because the sampan never rest and neither does a racehorse when its runnign. 7. the action the is surggested is the trying to the the right amount of wind so that they are able to move the boat. 8. the shift of time that occures is the next morning after they heled out the morning before which indicates that the fisherman had been gone for about 24 hours and had gne through the night in a small boat knowing the dangers that lied in the water. 9. l 10. hard labour, trimph, joy. 11. he compares the fsh to the pearl because to them fish is priceless and no amount of money could by that. 12. ; 13. he describes the boat as tired because it had to be used all night as it had lots of people in the boat and this is also a personification. 14. this could mean that the salt in the water could bedestroyig the bottom of the boat as the hard salt rubbs through. 15. the......

Words: 362 - Pages: 2

Free Essay

Sci275-Week 6 Challenges

...Axia College Material Appendix E Water Resource Challenges Review Ch. 10 and 11 of your text, then complete the following: Provide at least three freshwater and three ocean water resource challenges by filling in the following table. Then, respond to the question that follows: |Freshwater Resource Challenge |Description | |Salinization of Irrigated Soil |When water is irrigated over and over again without running | | |off into rivers or lakes to get recycled. When this happens | | |the water is irrigated it picks up more salt. | |Aquifer Depletion |Lowers the water table, | | |The upper surface of the saturated zone of | | |Groundwater. Prolonged aquifer depletion | | |Drains an aquifer dry, effectively eliminating | | |It as a water resource | |Saltwater intrusion |Occurs along coastal......

Words: 483 - Pages: 2

Free Essay


...has had an extended run of bad luck. Despite his expertise, he has been unable to catch a fish for eighty-four days. He is humble, yet exhibits a justified pride in his abilities. His knowledge of the sea and its creatures, and of his craft, is unparalleled and helps him preserve a sense of hope regardless of circumstance. Throughout his life, Santiago has been presented with contests to test his strength and endurance. The marlin with which he struggles for three days represents his greatest challenge. Paradoxically, although Santiago ultimately loses the fish, the marlin is also his greatest victory. The marlin - Santiago hooks the marlin, which we learn at the end of the novella measures eighteen feet, on the first afternoon of his fishing expedition. Because of the marlin’s great size, Santiago is unable to pull the fish in, and the two become engaged in a kind of tug-of-war that often seems...

Words: 4062 - Pages: 17

Free Essay

A Land Loving Catfish

...Storytelling Speech - “A Land-loving Catfish” Once there was a boy who used to spend his day doing different chores around John Mauk’s country store. IButt2014-07-19T17:13:00.25IPause after every full stop. -- He used to prepare corn,IButt2014-07-19T17:12:00.25IShort pause after every comma. -- chop wood,-- go fishing -- and do many other kinds of things there. -- One day he was fishing in a pond, which was a quarter of a mile away from the store. Instead of a fishing rod, he was using a piece of wrapping thread and a cane pole with a big, red worm attached to it to attract the fish. He used to catch a lot of fish that way, and IButt2014-07-19T17:13:00.26IWith excitement sometimes would be lucky to catch more than one fish with the same worm! That day, he caught about nine to thirteen fish in a row, but then all of a sudden, he could not catch any more of them, no matter how long he waited holding his pole in the water. He decided to give up and leave with the fish that he had caught. IButt2014-07-19T16:37:00.26ISay this with excitement plus shock But when he turned around to pick them up, he was shocked to see them all dead and stiff, because they were left to lie there in the hot sun for about two hour. However, the boy noticed that one of the fish was moving and making strange sounds. He was surprised to see IButt2014-07-19T16:37:00.26IWith shock in voice that it was alive unlike the others. He picked it up and dipped it in the water a number of times. He then......

Words: 1094 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Essay On Crab Fishing

...Crab season arrives at Semiahmoo Marina Crabbing is a big deal for boaters at Semiahmoo Marina. With crabbing season here, now would be a good time to talk about what goes into this northwest tradition to ensure that you have a legal, safe, and enjoyable crabbing experience . What’s the big deal The big deal is that crabs are an incredible sweet tasting delicacy, and fishing for them has been a tradition among sports and commercial boater and fisherman for generations. In fact, it’s such a big deal that it’s reported that the 2012-2013 crab season netted between 35 and 55 million pounds of crab for the West coast. First, get legal I’ve included a more detailed summary of the regulation at the end of this article, but here is a brief overview...

Words: 790 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Fly Fishing

...caught essentially for consumption. However, catching fish happens to be a well-known recreational pastime as well. Recreational fishing is also known as sport fishing. The main motive behind recreational fishing is pleasure or relaxation along with competition in some cases. It should not be mixed with subsistence or commercial fishing. While subsistence fishing is for basic survival, commercial fishing is essentially for profit. In some countries, recreational fishing has various rules as well as regulations to follow and enjoy the process. The regulations that are imposed on recreational fishing include the laws and the licensing restrictions that deal with limiting the procedures by which the fish might be caught. The most typical of these restrictions include prohibition in using nets and using hooks that are not into the mouth. The most usual form of such fishing is done with the aid of line, reel, rod, hooks, etc. These devices should be used along with the huge range of available baits. In order to help the individuals in the act of fishing, devices called terminal tackle are also used widely. The devices that are generally considered under terminal tackle include floats, swivels, weights, etc. These devices usually help to complement the bait that is being presented to the target. Sometimes lures, instead of baits are also used in recreational fishing. Some of the enthusiastic individuals insist on preparing their own lures instead of using the ones that are......

Words: 6471 - Pages: 26