Basses are a popular sport fish, considered as valuable catches to those who love fishing. Being shy of the sun, basses can be caught during the early mornings or well after sunset, when they tend to come out of their shelters. Basses come in two distinct varieties; largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Though overall both the types have similar behavior and habits, there are a few differences in techniques to be applied to catch the two variants of basses.
Although both live and artificial baits are available for both largemouth and smallmouth varieties, it is the live baits that are preferred. Live baits of basses include minnows, night crawlers, spinner baits, crank baits and jigs. Fishing methods like fly-fishing, bottom fishing or bait casting are used for largemouth bass fishing. And apart from the live baits already mentioned, worms also prove to be a good attraction for the largemouth basses.
Smallmouth basses can be caught well using artificial lures too like tubes and grubs. Artificial baits are preferred also when fishing smallmouth basses as loss of lures is a possibility when fishing in major smallmouth bass habitats. To catch these types of bass, light spinning tackle is applied the most as it proves to be the least tiring of all the methods. Fly fishing method comes as a second preference, with bait casting coming last. If you are fishing bait for the first time, it is advisable to use a bass boat or go fishing in the company of a seasoned angler.
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