(By "The Bass Coach"... Roger Lee Brown)
I must receive hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from anglers all over the world (USA, Africa, Japan, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Etc...) asking what type(s) of baits I use for catching big bass. This is a BIG subject for many anglers and I usually answer these inquiries suggesting a few different baits that will predominately perform for them catching bigger bass than they have caught before, especially when most of them explain what baits they are already using to catch bass. This is the easy part!
But next, they want to know how to present (or work) these certain baits around the many different structures in the many unfamiliar bodies of water that contain current, different water colors (stained, semi-stained, muddy, and crystal clear), vegetation, water depths, rocky areas, brush, cliff drops, and on and on. Yes, they seem to hit me with about every scenario an angler would come up against on any body of water.
In this article I hope to help some of the anglers that might be wondering the same things all these other anglers are asking about. One of the first things you need to know or at least understand is that you will have slow days on any body of water at just about any given time. This means that just because you may learn different patterns & techniques for catching big bass that will work great for you one day donít necessarily mean that they will work the same the next. This could happen for many different reasons, but mostly because of the changing daily conditions such as rain, wind, clouds, pressure fronts, clear sky situations, water temperatures, just for an example.
I teach a 3-Day Bass Fishing School which is located in upstate New York on Lake Champlain and Lake George which are two totally different bodies of water. Lake George is a ultra clear lake when on a sunny day you can see the bottom in 20í + depths. This lake offers deep bluff type fishing, weedy areas, many rock areas, different structures in shallow and deep water, it contains many docks, sunken ship structures, and there are some areas you can even find current. Lake George is full of Smallmouth and Largemouth bass and any angler can catch bass in numbers if they know what they are looking for and the "how-toís" of catching them. Many anglers that Iíve talked with concerning a lake such as this are not sure how to fish it, especially with the lake having the ultra gin clear water it offers.
Now, on the other hand Lake Champlain offers just about any type of scenario an angler could think of as far as bass fishing techniques go. You can find all these things that are offered in Lake George in Lake Champlain and much more such as; shallow and deep water areas, muddy, semi-stained, stained, or clear water color situations, shallow and deep thin to thick vegetation areas, fall-downs, drop-offs, rocky areas, bull rush and lily pad areas, channels, rip-rap areas, different bottom contours, chestnut weeds (or grass), narrow and wide open waters, water current, docks, Etc...(truly an anglers paradise.) Now, the reason I am explaining this is because between these two lakes, there probably isnít any body of water in the USA that wonít offer at least some types of these areas except for tidal situations. Lake Champlain has an over abundance of Largemouth and Smallmouth bass within it. I would definitely rank both of these lakes in the top-10 of the bass fishing lakes in the nation.
Next, I would like to explain one more thing before we get started with some of the "Bigger Bass" type baits. Although I will mention a few of the types of baits that I use as well as teach my students and charter clients with, I am very sorry but I really canít mention the brand or the company that manufactures these types of baits because of conflicts of interest with many sponsored sites, but, I can inform you of this information by contacting me by e-mail, letter, or phone. I have several sponsors that supply all my baits and equipment that I use and they all make a superior product, thatís why I use them for teaching, chartering, and personal use! "they get results."
Now, letís get on with it! First, you want to make sure you have the proper equipment to use with some of these baits such as rods (the right size, action, and strength), reels (the right speed and style), line, weights, colors, Etc. I personally use a stronger line for most of my bass fishing, even in ultra clear water situations. Many of my former students have learned real quick that a 17lb. test clear transparent mono line will catch just as many bass in clear water as a 6 or 8lb. test will. With the right equipment I will use 14lb. test clear transparent mono line (the smallest pound test line I will use for bass fishing) for my cranking rod, 17lb. test clear transparent mono line for just about everything else except for 20 and 25lb. test which I use for my Jig & Pig combos, Carolina Rigs, and some Texas Rigged baits.
Now, here are some of my favorite TOP-WATER "Big Bass" baits that I strongly recommend to try.
1. A "full size" Zara Spook
2. A Buzz Bait
3. A "Soft" jerk bait
4. A Torpedo (Prop-Bait)
5. A large 6" Gitzit (or tube bait)
These baits have caught more larger bass for me and my students and charter clients than most top water baits on today's market.
These other baits would be SUB-SURFACE "Big Bass" baits that I would use should be worked under the waters surface:
1. A Jig & Pig combo (a jig can be used with several different types of trailers) my personal favorite trailers would be either a plastic pork chunk or a 4" twin tailed Hula Grub.
2. A Carolina Rig (rigging this rig properly is just as important as what type of bait you would use with it.) My 2 favorite baits I usually use with this rig would be a 6 inch Lizard and a 4" Gitzit (or tube bait)
3. A Texas Rigged twin tailed Hula Grub or a 4" plastic Crawl.
I certainly would use these baits anywhere in the world to catch bass because they have proven themselves time after time to catch the more quality and heavier bass. I had a student last season from Arizona who attended my 3-Day Bass Fishing School, and this certain fellow had been bass fishing for over 10 years. He told me before he enrolled in my school that he fished for bass just about everywhere in the nation (heís retired) but he never caught over a 3 1/2 pound bass. After spending three days with him, teaching him things he had never tried, seen, or didnít know how to present, he caught 5 bass over 4 pounds in one day! Then, a few weeks later I got a e-mail from him letting me know that he won his first bass tournament ever, and with a field of over 75 boats, and, using some of the techniques and baits that he was taught at my 3-day school. Iím telling ya, these baits mentioned really work! Even when I travel out of state to teach seminars and demonstrate baits for bass clubs I will definitely have these baits with me.
I love to see the look on women, men, boys, and girls faces when they hook into a bass. It makes it worth it all just watching people have fun and the excitement they experience is second to none!..... I hope that this information will help many of you beginners, novices, and even some of the pros by trying some of these baits. Sometimes you may not get as many strikes with these baits I mentioned as you would with different baits, but when you do itís usually a more quality and "Bigger Bass."
"The Bass Coach"
(Roger Lee Brown)
Route-1 Box-65 Pearl Street
Crown Point, NY 12928
(518) 597-4240 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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