Chesapeake Bay fishing is world-renowned for its quality, diversity, and scenic qualities, whether you’re plugging for striped bass in the Upper Bay or trolling for blues and Spanish mackerel in the Lower Bay. The Chesapeake is North America’s largest estuary, where salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean mix with the freshwater flow of rivers like the Susquehanna, the Potomac, and the Rappahannock. The resulting brackish stew is idea for species like striped bass, bluefish, speckled sea trout, red drum, and many, many more. We’ll discuss how to catch these fish in detail, but first, let’s get a glimpse of what some red-hot Chesapeake Bay fishing action looks like. This video was taken during one afternoon of fishing in March, in the middle Chesapeake, near Calvert Cliffs.

How do most people fish on the Chesapeake Bay? The basic techniques include:

Fishing with cut bait
Fishing with live bait
Chumming with ground fish or clams
Trolling with lures
Casting and retrieving lures
Jigging with spoons and soft plastics

The fishing we saw in that video could be categorized as either casting and retrieving lures, or as jigging with soft plastics. There’s some overlap between these and many other types of Chesapeake Bay fishing– which take place for literally dozens of different species of fish (the Chesapeake Bay Program has an excellent field guide to the different fish found in the Bay). Let’s examine these forms of fishing on the bay in their most basic terms.

Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay with cut bait can mean many things. It might be slicing bloodworms into little tidbits and threading them onto a top-and-bottom rig to catch panfish like spot, croaker, and white perch. It could mean cutting bunker (also known as menhaden) into chunks used to attract species like striped bass and bluefish. In the southern reaches of the Bay, where the water is saltier and more like the open ocean, it could refer to using cut strips of squid to catch fish like flounder and croaker. And at certain times of the year, cut bait may even be used to attract the attention of giant gamefish. Many anglers use cut soft crab, for example, to target black drum– which can grow in excess of 100 pounds.

The one thing all forms of fishing with cut bait have in common? The angler is using pieces of a naturally-occurring food to get a predator fish on his or her line. Fishing with cut bait may be done while casting from the shoreline, while on a boat at anchor or adrift, and is also commonly used in conjunction with chumming (more on this later). Cut baits normally used on the Chesapeake Bay include:

Bloodworms– used for panfish including spot, croaker, and perch, and on occasion, used for larger species such as striped bass or weakfish
Bunker (also called alwife or menhaden)– used for larger predators including striped bass, bluefish, red drum, blue and channel catfish, sharks, and cobia
Grass shrimp– used to catch most panfish species
Herring– used for larger predators, often the same species as bunker
Mullet– also used for these same larger predators
Night crawlers– used in fresher areas of the Bay and its tributaries, for species like largemouth bass, sunfish, perch, and catfish
Razor, surf, and manninos clams– used for fish that commonly feed on bottom, including black drum and in some cases, striped bass
Soft crab and peeler crab– used for virtually any fish in the Chesapeake; just about everything that swims in the Bay likes to eat crab
Squid– used for species common to the saltier portions of the Chesapeake such as flounder or sea bass, as well as croaker, weakfish, and sometimes striped bass

In many cases, such as when attempting to catch monster blue catfish, cut bait is simply cast out or dropped to the bottom and allowed to rest there until a fish finds it. In some other cases, such as when fishing for flounder, the bait is drifted or possibly even trolled at a very slow speed, to attract a fish’s attention. And on occasion (fishing for triggerfish is one example) the cut bait may even be sight-cast right in front of a fish that the angler has spotted.

Since cut bait is very effective and is quite simple to use, many beginners start out by using it. Most of these baits are also readily available at the local tackle shops lining the Chesapeake’s shores. On the other hand, some people shy away from using cut bait because it can be very messy.

Many of the live baits used by anglers who enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing are the same as ones listed above– the anglers simply gather or buy them live, and keep them alive until they go on the hook. The list of commonly used live baits includes:

Bullhead minnow– used for relatively small predator species such as yellow perch, small stripers, and especially flounder; in tributaries and relatively freshwater areas, bullhead minnow are used for pickerel, crappie, and bass
Eels– used for striped bass and cobia
Grass shrimp– used for panfish like perch, spot, and croaker
Green crab– used specifically for tautog
Mullet– used for virtually all predator species, depending on the mullet’s size (small mullet, called “finger mullet,” are often used for smaller species).
Silverside minnow– used mostly for flounder, often in conjunction with a strip of squid (called a “minnow ‘n squid sandwich,” which is considered a classic flounder bait).
Spot– used for large predators including striped bass, cobia, weakfish, bluefish, and very large flounder.

Live baits may be used with a number of fishing tactics, including casting from shore, drifting over large areas, fishing while at anchor over structure, or even when sight-fishing (most commonly in the Bay’s southern reaches, for cobia). At times, live bait will dominate the action. In the Middle and Upper Bay regions, for example, during the summer season the vast majority of anglers often will put a spot on the hook to try live bait fishing for stripers.

Fishing with live bait is commonly considered one of the most effective techniques used on the Chesapeake, and is employed at one time or another by recreational anglers, charter boat captains, and just about anyone trying to get a big fish on the end of their line. Since it’s so effective, relatively simple to use, and in some cases (such as bullhead minnow and grass shrimp) is available at most tackle shops, many beginners start out by using live bait. The down-side to using live bait? Once you acquire it, either by purchasing it at the store or catching it yourself, you have to take pains to keep it alive.

Chumming is the tactic of grinding or mincing a bait, most often fish like bunker or herring but occasionally razor clams or grass shrimp, and then releasing it into the water to attract fish. Most anglers chum from a boat while at anchor, since you want to remain stationary and bring the fish close to you with the scent and free food provided by the chum. Some anglers also chum from shore, however, by broadcasting their chum as far as possible out into the water. In any case a current is necessary for chumming to be effective, or the chum just sinks and doesn’t disburse through the water to bring in fish from afar. You can learn a number of tricks and tips about chumming by reading this article about Chum Tricks.

Chumming is extremely effective when fishing for striped bass, bluefish, sharks, and sometimes also cobia. Some anglers grind their chum on the spot, but more commonly they will buy pre-ground frozen blocks or buckets of chum. The frozen chum can then be hung from the side of the boat in a net or a bucket with holes, and will disburse slowly as it melts. This can be particularly advantageous as the consistency of a chum slick is even more important for attracting fish than its size or volume. A little bit of chum going into the water slowly but steadily works far better than large amounts that are released haphazardly.

Chumming is a tactic all its own, it’s used in conjunction with fishing cut bait. In a chum slick of menhaden, for example, the anglers will usually bait their hooks with cut menhaden. If the chum consists of razor clams, the anglers would be baiting with razor clam. Those baits will then be set at differing depths with the use of added weight, until the angler determines the most effective depth to fish at.

Some anglers will also try fishing live baits in their chum, and on occasion, casting lures. As a rule of thumb, the chum and the baits are matched because the fish you’re trying to catch can become quite focused on that particular type of food.

Once again, the main down-side to chumming is the mess it can make on a boat. It also forces the angler to buy additional supplies– the chum or lots of fish for grinding– and it requires constant attention to make sure the flow of chum is constant and sufficient.

Trolling is when lures are set out behind a boat, and the forward motion of the boat pulls them through the water to give them a life-like appearance. Depending on the size and speed of the species being targeted, trollers may set their throttles to move the boat anywhere between two and eight miles per hour. Specific types of lures which can provide their own “action” when moving through the water at these speeds, such as lipped plugs that swim because of water resistance, spoons that wobble as they move through the water, or lures with paddle-tails that wiggle back and forth, are most effective for trolling.

Trolling can be highly effective on just about any open-water fish and in some cases, such as Spanish mackerel, regularly works better than any other technique. Many professional charter boats favor trolling since it allows the captain and mate to regulate the appearance of the lures and how they travel through the water with no additional effort or expertise on the part of their customers. In effect, once the lures are set out behind the boat by the mate, all the angler has to do is reel the fish in after it strikes a lure. Tension already on the line, thanks to the boat’s forward motion, will “set the hook” all by itself.

In some areas of the Bay, particularly during the spring trophy rockfish season in Maryland, trolling is by far the most common– and effective– method of fishing. Many anglers also employ “planer boards” which are tied or cleated to a line, and utilize water-resistance to move out 100′ or more to the side of the boat. The angler puts fishing lines on the planer board line, to spread them out and away from the boat. Using this method, some captains may troll two dozen or even more lines at the same time, while trolling for spring trophy striped bass.

Even extremely knowledgeable anglers have days when they do not catch fish or do very improperly. It occurs to the best of us, when it does you can always create a bunch of reasons to explain exactly what’s wrong. Possibly these responses will resonate with you anywhere you fish.

1. THE FISH ARE N’T BITING
When you fish tough and do not catch anything, it’s easy to state the fish are simply not biting, or not active. That might be usually true but the outcomes of some fishing competitions prove that this is not a legitimate reason. There are some events in competitions when no one catches fish, however that is typically under severe weather conditions. Frequently, at the end of the day, when there are lots of participants in an event, somebody has actually caught a fish or two or numerous. So there were some fish biting on something, someplace. You didn’t find them or could not figure it out.

2. A COLD FRONT TURNED THE FISH OFF
Cold fronts do impact fish but there are still methods to capture them. You can utilize smaller sized lures, fish deeper, fish tight to cover, and fish slower.

3. IT ‘S TOO WINDY OR NOT WINDY ENOUGH
Wind can be your buddy or your enemy. If it is blowing too tough to fish successfully or to manage your boat, it can injure. But wind can place baitfish and the fish you are aiming to catch, so wind can be your pal. It can likewise help you wander areas silently. Everything depends on wind strength. If there is no wind, use draws that are better in calm conditions, like finesse lures and topwater plugs.

4. IT ‘S TOO HOT
Sometimes it can be so hot that fishing isn’t enjoyable. But the fish still need to eat. You can beat the heat by fishing at night, by fishing for the first and last couple of hours of the day, by discovering shaded areas to fish, by dressing effectively and consuming a lot of water, as well as by going swimming to cool off.

5. IT ‘S TOO COLD
Fish are cold blooded, so temperature level impacts them in different methods than it affects individuals. Numerous types still feed underneath a frozen water surface, and ice anglers repeatedly show that you can catch fish no matter how cold the water gets. When the water is really cold, you must fish gradually, utilize little lures, and fish deep.

6. THERE’S TOO MUCH BOAT TRAFFIC.
A lot of boat traffic can be unsafe, and it can make fishing uneasy. But it can really make some fish, like bass, bite. Waves produced by passing boats stimulate baitfish and confuse them, making them easy targets and turning on bass. Often waves crashing into docks, lawn beds, and other cover cause bass and other types to feed, so attempt to find out and fish what locations would be impacted in this way.

7. I DO N’T HAVE THE RIGHT LURE.
As kept in mind in another article, lures are first made to catch anglers, not fish. Any lure that you use, within reason, can catch fish. Naturally, it’s foolish to utilize a surface lure for bass when the water is 35 degrees, however most lures will work most of the time if you simply utilize them in the best locations and under the right conditions. Have a great choice of lures to pick from, so you’ll have confidence in what you’re using.

Boats equipped with approximately 20 specific lines tow draws behind them at a set speed in order to target specific fish types. The speed, depth, as well as color of the lure can be changed depending on the wanted catch, when fishing for albacore the lures are pulled in between 4-8 knots to target …

Pros Like rod & reel this is a highly selective technique to catch just specific types with little to no impact on the bottom.

Cons This technique enables fishermen to capture large numbers of fish, and in lots of places they target the more youthful fish.

Trap

Traps are a terrific way of fishing, especially for shellfishes, consisting of crab, lobster, and shrimp. The trap is baited and placed on the seafloor to “soak.” Target types come from the surrounding location to delight in the bait, and when the fisherman hauls the trap up he can then selectively keep …

Pros Capture can be kept alive all the way to the customer. Decreases environmental damage compared to traditional bottom trawling, as well as minimizes bycatch.

Cons Some traps are baited with fish captured in other places, leading to unneeded stresses on those populations. Trapping needs a varied duration of time in between setting the trap and gathering the catch, needing longer wait times and more trips on the boat. Traps lost at sea, either by storms or lost buoys, can lead to “ghost fishing” where the equipment continues to fish ignored; nevertheless, advances in materials have developed deteriorating traps that rapidly break down if they are left at sea.

Bag Seine

Purse seine is a long wall of netting hung vertically in the water that is used to surround schools of fish. Seine nets are framed with a floatline at the top and a weighted line at the bottom. Using a drawstring, fishermen can bag the bottom of the web to herd the fish into the center of the internet. This strategy is utilized to capture schools of fish that live near the ocean surface.

Pros Outstanding approach for catching schools of fish. Because schools of fish are targeted, incidental bycatch of types outside of the targeted school is typically minimal.
Cons Seining for big quantities of a single species can become unsustainable if the population of that species can not withstand it.

Rod & Reel
Rod & reel fishing is practiced by people worldwide for recreation and industrial usage. This is an extremely targeted approach of capturing particular fish. In many fisheries it permits anglers to catch fish selectively, decreasing bycatch and improving the quality of the fish offered to consumers. While it needs more time, the impact and rate of extraction are very little, which is good for all fish stocks.

Pros Bycatch is decreased when utilizing rod & reel since fish that are landed incidentally can often be thrown back with very little damage caused to them, especially smaller sized fish that are released to live out their lives and recreate.
Cons Rod & reel requires a lot of time investment for each specific fish that is captured. Because fish are just caught one at a time, it makes the marketplace availability lower and expense per pound higher.

you have your deep sea angling charter arranged, it’s time to begin collecting items that you might need on the day of your trip. Whether you’ve been deep sea angling in the past, or this is your first charter experience with the Finest Kind, this list of items to bring will assist as both an overview as well as a checklist. Our “Just what to Bring” checklist consists of whatever from fundamental requirements to comfort enhancements throughout your deep sea fishing expedition with the Finest Kind.

When determining what you need to bring, always bear in mind the quantity of time that you will certainly get on the boat, along with the climate for the time of year that your journey is arranged. Furthermore, children and also senior anglers generally need even more fluids during warmer months of the year, so constantly maintain your team’s special requirements in mind when intending exactly what to bring on your deep sea fishing charter.

The quantity of food and drinks that you’ll have to bring for your charter actually relies on your own eating practices, and also the length of your charter. If you snack every few hours, or if you have youngsters in your group, you might want to bring some added snacks. As for the drinks, constantly bring lots of liquids to maintain you moistened throughout your journey.

You’ll need to bring adequate food as well as drinks to last your group the size of your charter. As an example, if the charter lasts 6 hours, after that bring an early morning snack and a lunch. If you are intending a 12 hr trip, you might want to bring an early morning treat, lunch, and also an afternoon treat. When shopping for food to cause your charter, think light. Avoid oily foods and also very focused juices, and also select things like water, Gatorade, biscuits, cool sandwiches, chips, and so on. This will certainly additionally aid with seasickness avoidance.

Bring a cooler to keep your drinks as well as sandwiches cool during your charter. The dimension of the cooler depends on the size of your team and also the amount of beverages needed to maintain your team hydrated throughout of your journey. Keep in mind that several big colders take up space on the boat. If you’re intending to sign up with a group charter, a tiny or moderate colder is appropriate. For large private charters, one large cooler, or two tool colders may be better for your journey.

After the trip, your catch will be filleted as well as nabbed by the crew. You may decide to place the bagged fillets in the colder utilized for drinks and cold sandwiches during your trip, or have a back-up colder in your car to make use of for your fillets. Preferring to bring a back-up cooler for your catch depends upon individual preference.

Ice for your catch is consisted of with your charter. The majority of our guests choose to get a bag or 2 for drinks on the morning of separation. There is a filling station nearby from the Emerald Grande, as well as numerous others along HWY 98. There is additionally a marina near the boat slip. Just remember to provide your team sufficient time to get ice as well as be back to the boat a minimum of Thirty Minutes prior to your marked departure time.

After talking to experts and spending greater than 80 hours checking spinning rods and reels, we have actually identified that matching the Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 pole with the Daiwa BG SW spinning reel makes the very best all-around fishing needs for many informal to knowledgeable fishers without breaking the bank. This combo compares favorably to lessen costing twice as much.

The Daiwa BG SW as well as tool or medium-heavy Ugly Stik GX2 combination is extra versatile as well as long lasting than anything else in the same price array. Spending much less means losing on lasting sturdiness; investing a lot more suggests you’re spending for features created for particular type of angling, or lighter-weight products that are nice to have but unneeded for a general-purpose angling arrangement. (Daiwa’s 1500– 2500 designs are suitable for little trout streams yet can also handle light inshore fishing for discovered seatrout and go to pieces, while the larger 5000 and 8000 models will certainly manage bigger inshore types as well as probably also small tuna as well as dolphinfish.).

However, if you never ever plan on targeting anything larger than trout as well as tiny fresh water bass or tiny inshore deep sea types (regarding 1 to 4 pounds), you can escape the ultra-light variation of the Ugly Stik GX2 as well as a smaller sized BG SW reel (dimension 2500 or less) as well as save a couple of dollars. If you’re fishing from coast in thick brush or in a narrow stream, think about a shorter pole, down to 5 feet or even 4 feet 6 inches, for tiny creeks and also brooks. If you’re fishing with lure, specifically with hefty weights (2 ounces plus), the Ugly Stik Tiger Elite collection uses a bit much more flex (through even more fiberglass and also much less graphite), which is good for both setting the hook and also fighting with much heavier tackle and fish.

The Daiwa BG SW has been one of the most preferred $100 reel this year across the board, from the yearly ICAST show to Salt Water Athlete and also Sport Angling Publication. Compared to our previous choice, the Penn Battle II– in addition to lots of higher-end Penn as well as Shimano reels– the BG SW is outfitted with a more sturdy rotor, along with more powerful, specific springs for the anti-reverse clutch (which keeps the reel from rotating in reverse), and most significantly, the very same ball bearings consisted of in Daiwa’s and also Shimano’s most expensive designs.

The BG SW’s design enables trapped water (a common issue with braided line especially) to drain pipes via the reel. The drag device is the same one found in higher-end $200-plus reels, however distinct in the $100 range. This makes it similar in resilience to reels that cost twice as much.

From the Outer Banks of North Carolina

“The Outer Banks is a sport fisherman’s paradise. The sheer quantity of angling opportunities makes our waters some of the best in the world. Offshore and inshore charter fishing, surf and pier fishing, brackish, fly and sound fishing, deep sea fishing – all with the season continuing throughout the year.

The Outer Banks is “The Billfish Capital of the World,” and for good reason. Hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are caught and released in our waters every year. The billfish season is long, with the peak for blue marlin in June and white marlin and sailfish most plentiful in August and September. All are caught consistently from late spring to early fall. Another big draw are yellowfin tuna, which are caught year-round.”

They have a great list of fishing charters available on this site, as well as other categories for the whole family. The kids can be entertained while you get your fishing trip in!

Resting in the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast of Florida the Bahamas have become a sought after destination for travelers seeking an intimate paradise. The chain of more than 700 islands, both sprawling and shallow, rise from the sea and greet visitors with cays surrounded by barrier reefs and delightful island culture.

Cruise to Great Abaco Island, circled by a number of smaller islands and home to picturesque colonial towns. Billowing sails dot the Sea of Abaco where under the water walls of coral and schools of tropical fish provide divers an excellent opportunity to experience the vibrant sea life at its best.

Fair winds and a peaceful sea are what usually wait for charter yachts cruising through the Bahamas. During the winter months cool breezes from the northwest fill the air and a stronger wind fills the sails of cruising vessels. Routes along the Sea of Abaco consist of short passages and line-of-sight navigation making for a tranquil trip.

It could be the gentle trade winds, the serene beaches or the picturesque villages, but the islands of the Abacos have an appeal that continually lures in travelers from across the sea. Visitors will fall in love with the nautical ambience where shoreside there is no lack of harbors, pleasant anchoring and dazzling ocean sunsets.

The cost? Charters for a week can run anywhere from $7,000 a week in June to a low of $3,000 a week in Spetember. It depends on the kind of boat you desire as well as the time of year.

Heading south to Florida is a great way to escape the wintry Northeast. We like to fish when we are there. Here is a great article on the Ft. Myers area…

“While we can’t guarantee your catch, we can guarantee you’ll consider any day spent trying a success. Just grab your rig, your lures and bait, and go wherever the fish happen to be.

In the spring: Temperate waters welcome large game fish like our famous tarpon and grouper. This season (as well as autumn) allows good use of hundreds of miles of waterways where you’ll find cobia, Spanish mackerel, amberjack and more. In warm summer months: Set up near piers and jetties in the early morning before the water heats up. Later in the day, stick to channels and passes, especially during incoming tides. In the winter: Fishing moves inshore. This is high season for flats fishing, especially for snook and big trout. Despite the season, Southwest Florida entertains many types of fishing. Our waters are considered one of the greatest areas in Florida for saltwater fly-fishing and light-tackle fishing, with several world-record fish having been caught here.

Inshore, anglers hook a variety of local fish year-round along the mangrove shorelines, over the open flats, around bridges, piers, docks or by wade-fishing along the beaches or drifting the passes and inlets that lead to the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore, year-round catches of succulent snapper and redfish are common. Our abundant waters also occupy shark, bonito, barracuda, permit, cobia and Spanish and king mackerel. Freshwater fishing is accessible all year long, with bass, crappie, bluegill, shellcrackers, catfish and oscars most often targeted.”

From the VisitMaine website…

“Maine offers the best fishing in New England, with the longest coastline (over 5,000 miles) dotted with plentiful inlets, shoals and ledges. For fresh water fishing, Maine has an abundance of salmon stocked rivers, streams with trout, and lakes with big mouth bass and lake salmon.

For salt water fishing, you can hire a fishing charter out of York, Kennebunk, and Portland, or as you travel further Down East to Boothbay and Bar Harbor. A striped bass charter out of the Kennebunk River is a popular choice to see the coastline, get out on the open water and bring in some nice fish. Just north of Portland, Bailey Island has some excellent Charter Fishing options.

In shore fishing and deep sea fishing charters are available from just 2 hours to full day, and your captain will help you find salt water fish like striped bass, bluefish, halibut and mackerel, to offshore catch of cod, shark, even Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Most fishing charters include light tackle and down riggings, plus an ice-chest cooler for lunch and drinks (and of course to keep your fresh catch on ice). Your charter captain and crew will know the fishing regulations, license requirements and restrictions – which currently includes Atlantic Salmon. Plan on a fun day at sea, and you are shore to strike a big fish or two. Your fishing charter will definitely be a great day at sea, boating around the Gulf of Maine and along the Maine Coastline.”

Also there are fishing derbies…

“An annual bass fishing derby takes place on Sebago Lake every September, with Point Sebago Resort as host with affordable stay and fish packages for fishing derby participants. The Sebago Lake Bass Open includes $25,000 in cash and prizes for the biggest fish. You can rent a fishing boat from Point Sebago’s marina and explore Sebago Lake, travel up the Songo Locks to Brandy Pond and Long Lake for a real fishing expedition.

Ice fishing in Maine’s winter months of February and March bring ice fishing derbies and winter festivals on Sebago Lake and Rangeley Lake to name a few.

Fishing licenses and information are available for non-residents from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Simply put, Maine is a fisherman’s haven, from saltwater and deep sea fishing to abundant lake fishing, and river fly fishing for salmon and trout – your fishing charter awaits – and the fish do too (they just don’t know it yet).”

Fishing makes great fun! Whether you fish for a living or for pure hobby, you have to be as smart as a fisherman should be.

Every smart fisherman has his own fishing techniques that allow him to catch the fish he has goaled to. Like in bass fishing or fishing in fresh waters, the fisherman will always have to implore bass fishing techniques suitable for the kind of waters he is fishing.

The first consideration in developing bass fishing techniques that can bring you your dream catch is to choose the shore you are to start out.

You have to be very keen with the weather. Bass fishing is most productive in the great lakes and like the ocean, these great lakes are also very dangerous if bad weathers occur.

That is why it is most ideal to do bass fishing during summer especially if the place you choose to have your bass fishing adventure is a big lake like the Lake Erie.

The other thing to consider in bass fishing is whether you goal to fish in the deep called off-shore fishing or just in the shoreline.

When you are fishing in the deep, make sure that your boat is fully equipped with the safety devices and must know the regulations imposed by your host state regarding bass fishing in their respective area of responsibilities.

Some fishermen use the trolling techniques in the deep sea fishing or off-shore fishing to catch more fish.

While if you opt to do bass fishing in the shorelines, you only need small boats and minor fishing gadgets.

It is an experience that to be more productive in bass fishing in the shore, one technique is to fish during night time.

You may also watch or look at the waters if it is very clear. Most probably you can not make a good catch when the water is very clear. Bass fishes prefer discolored waters. Smallmouth bass fishes and many other species do not stay in clear waters.

The contour of the underwater terrain is also a thing to consider in bass fishing. You may consult an expert in the terrain of the lake you are fishing and he will guide you to the best place to fish.

Of course your choice of fishing gadgets will spell much of your success in bass fishing. Choose the most durable hooks that will hold firm when opportunity is given.

The choice of baits is also crucial. There are plastic baits that do but natural baits such as worms and flies make better. Remember always that the bigger the bait, the probability of catching the big fish is better that having small baits.

During summer, one bass fishing technique is choosing to fish along Long Point Bay at Lake Erie because during this time, the bass fishes especially the smallmouth bass fishes are swimming their way here back to the main lake after their spawning period.

If you are an amateur in bass fishing, the best thing to do is to fish with a companion who is an expert in the field not only in fishing but also an expert in the flora and fauna of the river you are cruising or fishing of.

As a beginner, you may opt to fish only in the shorelines of the lake or you may try fishing in the smaller lakes. Smaller lakes offer also varieties of bass fishes including the smallmouth bass and the white bass.

Bass fishing in the rivers is also fruitful to beginners. Catch that catfish and its fun. There are rivers with runs and pools and in many cases fish are stacked up in these areas where catching them is as easy as eating nuts.

Definitely your summer fishing will be very educational and full of fun. Plan your summer bass fishing well by developing and adopting bass fishing techniques suitable to the waters you aim to explore and the fish you wish to catch.

Bass fishing techniques vary from one situation with another. The few ideas presented to you here may help you in deciding and planning your next bass fishing adventure.

Please bear in mind that safety is the must be technique to adopt in any endeavor. Always check your gadgets for any defect and if you will use a boat, it has to be a licensed one.