Ten Tips To Become a Better Bank Angler

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Whether you are a dedicated bank angler or a boat owner that hits the bank a few times a season, there are a number of things you can do to up your bank fishing success.

ten tips for better bank fishingHere are ten tips to help you become a better bank angler:

1) Take advantage of every opportunity to hit the bank even if it’s only for 30 minutes or so. The more you go, the more experience you gain and better angler you’ll become.

2) Low light conditions such as around dawn, dusk or when it’s cloudy are typically best since bass tend to be shallower and more active.

3) Find ponds, lakes or streams with relatively deeper water and abundant cover within easy casting distance of the bank.

4) Keep your tackle selection simple and straight forward since you’ll be walking the bank and covering water. Two to three rod & reel combos for different techniques plus a
small tackle box with baits tailored to the conditions you’re fishing works best.

5) Remember, a stealthy approach is always best since shallow bass are often sensitive to strange sounds, different shadows and vibrations originating from the bank.

6) Learn the types and approximate location of cover present in your bank fishing waters, especially submerged cover not easily located with the naked eye.

7) Though most bank fishermen often cast out towards deeper water, shallow bass are often just off the bank and holding on shoreline cover. Always fan cast each spot
starting with casts parallel to the bank working around through deeper water and ending paralleling the bank in the opposite direction from where you started casting.

8) When fishing a spot, use a variety of baits that cover the water column (topwaters for the surface, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits for mid-depths then
worms, jigs, grubs to probe the bottom cover). Always let the fish tell you what baits they want and how the want it presented.

9) Check the wind speed and direction before you head out and use that information to help select the best bank area for current weather conditions.

10) Keep a fishing journal of all your trips noting pertinent conditions and fish catches for future reference.

Personally more than half my fishing trips each season are from the bank and I employ each of these tips as appropriate each time I am fishing from the bank.

Using these tips has helped me learn the ins and outs of each bank fishing location and definitely helped increase my bank fishing success rate!

Bass Fishing Through The Mid-Fall Period

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When they refer to fall bass fishing the “Mid-Fall” period is the one they are talking about. By this time, water temperatures have fallen to the low sixties/upper fifties and the bass have really strapped on the old feed bags. The techniques will be similar in nature to the early fall period but the location of your quest shifts further into the back of creek arms and bays.

fall bass fishing spots

The reason for this is the fact that the bass are following the schools of baitfish which are searching out their primary forage plankton. Plankton tend to thrive Continue reading

Using Spinnerbaits in Clear Water

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Many bass anglers shy away from using spinnerbaits when fishing clear water lakes and rivers. Part of the reason is that we are taught to use baits resembling natural forage. Just take a quick look in any spinnerbait and it is plain to see it has little resemblance to any bass forage. Even when selecting baits with color patterns mimicking different types of bait, spinnerbaits may look similar in color but lack the size and shape of the actual forage.

clear water spinnerbait

Nonetheless spinnerbaits can be highly effective when finished in clear water systems under the right conditions.

Best Conditions to Use Spinnerbaits in Clear Water

Though you can use a spinnerbait any time in clear water, Continue reading

Early Fall and the Baitfish Factor

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Fall Bass & baitfishDuring the summer, baitfish such as shad and herring reside in deepwater, main lake areas just as many bass do. Once the water temperatures start to slowly decrease, baitfish start to migrate to the shallower bays and flats in the lower portions of creek arms in search of forage (plankton) as they prepare for the coming winter period.

It should be of little surprise that the bass will be “hot on their tails” as the bass also start to strap on the proverbial “feed-bag” to prepare for the winter doldrums.

Both the baitfish and bass tend to remain near sections of major creek arms and bays closest to the main lake during this early fall period. As a result, bass are somewhat scattered and are sometimes hard to pinpoint while in a pseudo-transition state. Structure and weed beds located near the entrance to creek arms and bays as well as deep weed-laden flats are typical haunts used by early fall bass and baitfish. Continue reading

Spinnerbaits For Night Bass Fishing

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Many bass anglers head to the lake at the day’s end during the summer for two distinct reasons. First, it allows them to escape the high-level of recreational boat activity present throughout the summer. Plus when air temperatures are high, nighttime is often the best time to find feeding bass, especially the big gals!

nighttime spinnerbait fishing

So what does the savvy nighttime bass angler do to catch big bass?

There are many lures and presentations Continue reading