Monday, January 26, 2009

Bass Fishing Patterns

When anglers set patterns, they refer to fishing destination and what presentations work best. Many anglers use pegging, draggin', loop, curly-tail, and other patterns to catch bass. Pegging is a unique design rigged by anglers. Anglers will use plastic worms coupled with "peg bullet sinkers" and sharp objects, such as toothpicks to keep the sinker and worm in one location.

In weedless areas, anglers use Texas Rigs with worms. The Mono Loop is a common strategy that helps anglers avoid entangling their hook, line, etc. with weeds. Anglers will render the hook, exposing it on a basic jig head. The strategy works okay, yet anglers often snatch weeds as well as bass. To solve the problem, anglers attach a rigid mono loop weighing around '30 pounds' to the rear eye of a vertical shank worm hook. The line scampers between the eyes. The worm is then glided onto the hook, and the mono is jabbed into the hook curve.

Curly-tail involves hooking your plastic worm to the curly-tail so that it slides down on the hook. The methods are sufficient in preventing twisting lines.

Bass worms, such as the towering plastic buoyancy that bubbles will attract bass when all else fails.

The 1/8 and/or the 1/4 ounce hair jigs are ideal for catching smallmouth bass, especially if you add a chunk of pork. Uncle Josh Number 101 and other series are available. If you want to change rates of sinking, try slicing off the fat on the pork. The method was discovered by Tony Bean who has caught over 200 bass.

Bass fishing patterns such as the double trailer is a great buzzbait crank. The tactic works for many anglers, however, advanced strategies will lead to good fruits. For instance, Conrad Peterson attached a "Trailer hook" to the up and down riding points and caught some fancy bass.

Patterns that vibrate include the large spinnerbait with single blades. Add a Colorado blade and a large frog and you will catch sluggish bass. The patterns are great when the waters are cold. Bass will also attack tube jibs that are rigged up with lightweight monos. The strategy works well in cold water.

In shallow weedy waters bass take cover depending on the season. During this time, you want to use plastic worms or jig-pig bait to attract the fish without worrying about hooking your line to weeds. During cold fronts you can use patterns, such as the Texas Rig plastic worms. Use the slow Draggin' strategy to attract the bass. One of the best tactics is to twitch the bait so that the worm sweeps the bottom of the water.

TIP: How to find bass

Bass often hide beneath a rocky reef, weed beds, lines, timber, boulders, etc., when the sun is hot. Bass prefer moderate water temperature in the 70s. Bass will swim toward hiding spots when the temperature rises.

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