Where to Fish for Bass
The favorite haunts of the small mouth bass are such spots as above and below the riffles, in little eddies beside rocks, under overhanging banks, and about the mouths of the small streams, near driftwood, etc., and these are the places to cast the bait. The minnow bait, also hellgrammites and other baits of this kind, are allowed to sink about halfway to the bottom, then drawn in or reeled in slowly. It is not necessary to spend much time on any such place as the bass, if he is there and inclined to bite, will do so at once. When a fish takes the bait give him time to turn it head about for swallowing, which he always does. Sometimes he starts off with it some distance before he tries to eat the fish and if stopped gives a few little tugs at the bait. If he does that, let him run a little farther when he will try to eat the bait. When he pulls strongly it is time to hook him. With other smaller baits he takes the entire bait in his mouth at the first snap and you should hook him at once. Crawfish and such bait are used mostly for still fishing.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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