What is the best way to catch a bass fish?

United States
November 23, 2009 9:45pm CST
I have caught many fish, but never been able to catch bass. What am I doing wrong?
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Hey there Barbara! I think bass are one of the hardest fish to catch, but my uncle taught me a few tricks that I will share with you. First of all, they like to hide around logs or around other brush that might be in the water. They use that to block the current, so go on the opposite side as the current. This is true for trout as well as other fish. Also, keep your bait moving. Also, the best lures that our family has found for catching them is the rat-l-trap (greens and yellows work best). I gave one to my brother-in-law for Christmas one year, and he caught the biggest bass of anyone in our family on it.
• United States
24 Nov 09
And how much is this rat-l-trap cost me? LOL.. because I am sure I will get it caught around the brush even though I intend for my bait to go elsewhere. I have lost lots of money doing this..Thanks for responding!
@chadott (61)
• United States
28 Feb 10
I will assume you are discussing large mouth bass. I have never heard of anyone never catching a bass. I know a lot of people who have never caught a big bass, but I don't know any fisherman who has never caught a bass! Where do you live? Maybe bass aren't as common there as they are in the midwest. The most common way I catch bass is by accident when I am fishing for blue gill. So I usually catch them on a worm and bobber. I also have caught tons of them on small jig heads with plastic grubs. I like to use yellow in the spring/early summer, but like I said, I am usually fishing for something else. To be honest, I am normally disappointed when I catch bass. Unless I happen upon a larger one, which I am afraid doesn't happen very often. There are literally thousands of baits that work for them, as most lures are designed to catch bass. Any lure built for a predatory fish, such as walleye, trout, etc. should theoretically work for bass. I don't like the taste of them. I really don't understand why they are so popular amongst fishermen. A big blue gill or a crappie caught on an appropriate sized pole is just as much fun to reel in, and tastes much better. My suggestion is to grab a ratltrap as mentioned, or something similar that costs less, if you are concerned about losing it (which is pretty likely) and just start hitting cover. They can usually be found around any type of cover, such as brush, along banks where the weeds grow, under trees especially if they drop into the water. If you find a pond with a lot of "moss" growing, try the edges of the moss mats floating in the water. They like to hang out in those and ambush prey as it swims by. Good luck, and keep us posted when you catch some!
@PeacefulWmn9 (10422)
• United States
25 Nov 09
Bass do love to hide out low in the weeds and such. A good friend of mine catches many! He uses live leeches for bait. Those are the only two tips I know :) karen