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Find and Catch Bass Year-Round with Top Bass Anglers

Day 5: Professional Bass Fishermen Woo Daves and Gary Klein Give Tips for Catching Bass

Editor’s Note: Professional bass fishermen must catch bass year-round. Here’s what they say about their best bass-catching tips.

Woo Daves: Keep Your Eyes Open

Click for Larger ViewTo locate more bass, pay attention to the liveliness of the region. I’ll look for:
*birds flying and chirping,
*minnows skipping across the top of the water,
* frogs croaking,
* current running,
*squirrels climbing trees, eating nuts and
* any animal activity on the bank or in the water.

Click for Larger ViewActivity in an area by other critters often means that the bass there will bite more actively. If you see a place that appears to be dead and flat, more than likely you won’t find bass there. Learn to fish all types of lures. Find out how a bait feels when it runs properly, when it comes through cover, when it moves along the bottom, and when it works its way though weeds. The more lures you can fish, the better your odds for catching more bass on every outing. Fish lures you don’t like. To consistently catch bass every time you fish you not only have to fish a variety of lures, but also need to have confidence fishing those lures. To gain confidence, leave all your other baits at home, and take that one lure out on the lake to fish. Once you feel confident that you can fish that lure and catch bass on different types of cover and under various water and weather conditions, put that lure in your tackle box. Then learn to fish another lure. Remember, learning to fish lures takes time.

Gary Klein: Confidence in Live Bait

Click for Larger ViewFish with lures you have the most confidence in, which will help you catch the most bass. When you need to catch bass, don’t throw a new “wonder lure” you’ve heard will catch numbers of bass, if you’ve never fished that bait before. Stick with the old reliable bait that has produced bass for you. Click for Larger ViewThen you’ll consistently catch bass. But to catch more bass, fish live bait. Live shiners, crayfish, shad or worms consistently will produce more bass quicker than artificial lures will. Remember that artificial lures simply imitate the real thing. By dropping live bait around visible cover, you’ll catch more bass.

Check back each day this week for more about "Find and Catch Bass Year-Round with Top Bass Anglers "

Day 1: Kevin VanDam and Denny Brauer on How to Locate and Catch Bass
Day 2: Top Bass Anglers David Fritts and Rick Clunn Name Important Tactics for Catching Bass
Day 3: Larry Nixon on Understanding Structure and Water Color and George Cochran on Creek Fishing for Bass
Day 4: Biologist Ken Cook Explains How Bass Feed and Mark Davis Fishes Deep and Fast
Day 5: Professional Bass Fishermen Woo Daves and Gary Klein Give Tips for Catching Bass

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Entry 623, Day 5