The first time out in the water, it will draw you in. Sitting on the bow of the boat, listening to nature in the early morning hours; the lapping of the waves lulls the bass fisherman into the zone, that magic place where he becomes one with the natural world. The soft plunk of the line into the deep water feeds his soul. He is a bass fisherman, and he understands the call.
America is home to several species of bass. From the most popular largemouth bass to the spotted bass, Americans are in love with bass fishing. Whether trekking along a small stream of a winding river, or testing the deep waters of a scenic mountain lake, many Americans spend their leisure time pursuing the sport of bass fishing. Bass fishing is the single most popular freshwater sport in the United States.
Bass enthusiasts know the value of good equipment. From plastic worms to the best jigs, the avid fisherman can tell you the right one for the best catch. Here are just a few basics.
A small pole is a great way to start out. An ultra light pole with an ultra light reel can help the beginner pull in the catch. With more experience and confidence, it is possible to move on to a heavier pole. But for beginners, lighter is better. Bass, especially the largemouth, are known for their ability to fight the line with amazing strength. For this reason alone, a novice bass fisherman would do well to begin his or her bass fishing career in shallow streams where smaller bass swim. Learning to reel in a one or two pounder is good practice for the larger catches. Practice makes perfect in bass fishing.
For the beginner, a few good tackle box basics are all that is necessary to get that first thrilling feel of the line pull. Your local outfitter can direct you to the best colors and varieties for your local bass stream. In general, a couple of good crank baits and good spinner bait are good investments. Having both a shallow diver and a deep diver are also good for the novice. It is not necessary to worry too much about colors in the beginning. That will come with time and experience.
More experienced anglers who have mastered the art of fly fishing will tell you that there is no substitute for learning how to angle your reel just the right way, and bring it back in at the best speed . Fly fishing for bass has gained popularity in the last twenty years or so. To the untrained eye, casting the line back and forth may seem like a colossal waste of time, or at least an exercise in futility. But good anglers know that the fish respond to the speed and angle of the bait. Slow, steady movements are good in calms waters, while more aggressive throws seem to attract the bass that frequent faster moving, more murky waters.
No matter where you live, there is bound to be a special place legendary for the bass it pulls in. Ask around, the old timers will surely point you in the direction of the best fishing spots in their neck of the woods. If you are heading southward, be sure to check out Bull Shoals Lake in northern Arkansas. Bull Shoals is known for its record setting smallmouth bass catches.
Further west, McPhee Reservoir in southwestern Colorado is good for both smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Be sure to bring along the boat, however; most of the good fishing spots on the McPhee are not accessible by land.
Finally, Florida is known for some of the very best fishing spots the United States has to offer. From the timber and ledges in Apac Lake near Sarasota to the beautiful waters at Lake Kissimmee, Florida lakes are packed with a wide variety of bass.
Whether you are picking up a pole for the first time, or an experienced angler with years of fishing under your belt, bass fishing in America is one of the best outdoor sports pastimes.