Methods for Bass Fishing
The same methods of fishing are used for both species. The large mouths will be found mostly in quieter water, near grass and lily pads, and sometimes lie in very shallow water among the grass or rushes.
What is fast becoming the most popular method of fishing for black bass is bait-casting, using the artificial baits before described.
Not much can be said of this method, other than what was given in the chapter on bait-casting. The outfit is the short bait-casting rod, same line and reel as for fishing with natural bait, and any artificial bait. The bait is cast to good looking places, and as soon as the bait strikes the water the rod is shifted to the left hand and the line reeled in, not too fast. A surface bait, one that floats, is best for the beginner, and as a rule for others also in still water; for streams the underwater bait works best, especially during midsummer. The bait should not be reeled steadily, but should be moved short distances at a time, and made to dance and wiggle on the water. Each angler has his favorite baits. Small bass will attack a large bait as quickly as a small one, and so will the large ones. They are never afraid of it and the splash of a large bait as it strikes the water will not alarm them. As a rule the largest fish are caught by artificial bait-casting. This may be because the artificial bait is used more than anything else, but more likely is because the big fellows are angered by the tantalizing movements of the artificial baits. As proof of this, a darting spoon bait, making all kinds of eccentric moves, seems to be more attractive than one that merely revolves.
Artificial baits may be used at night for bass and other fish, and are usually very successful as black bass feed mostly at night. The Moonlight Floating Baits are made especially for night fishing, being luminous, and are good for day use too.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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