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I am trying to gather information on helping beginners with bass fishing. I'm looking for what other people think are good techniques and lures to start with. As well as what time of year and locations are best to make an inexperienced fisherman successful and building there confidence. I do have my own opinions but wanted to see how other people felt about this subject.

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Best place on the world wide web for gathering on bass fishing is bassresource.com.

 

If you read just what is "pinned" in these forums you'll be a better angler!

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The warming trend before the spawn, late spring, early fall. Lures depend on the body of water and conditions, but slightly smaller versions of the usual suspects. A finesse spinnerbait, smallish square bill, trick worm, 4 1/2" sluggo, curly grub on a round jighead, or something similar is really all you need. Try to find cooperative fish not buried in cover, and you'll be 90% there.

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I feel learning more about how a Bass moves and acts through each season, (winter, spring, summer, fall), would teach one 10x better than which bait to use.

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2 hours ago, reason said:

The warming trend before the spawn, late spring, early fall. Lures depend on the body of water and conditions, but slightly smaller versions of the usual suspects. A finesse spinnerbait, smallish square bill, trick worm, 4 1/2" sluggo, curly grub on a round jighead, or something similar is really all you need. Try to find cooperative fish not buried in cover, and you'll be 90% there.

Thanks for the response. I agree avoiding heavy is a great point to start with someone new.

2 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

If I'm asking for personal opinion on how you get someone started, why post a link? It's also a vague link.

 

If you think they question has already been answered you should say that.

3 hours ago, Catt said:

Best place on the world wide web for gathering on bass fishing is bassresource.com.

 

If you read just what is "pinned" in these forums you'll be a better angler!

Thank, Catt but I am looking for fisherman's personal approach.

34 minutes ago, FordsnFishin said:

I feel learning more about how a Bass moves and acts through each season, (winter, spring, summer, fall), would teach one 10x better than which bait to use.

I agree with teaching them the habits and patterns of fish from season to season. This is something that takes time. I trying to find out opinions on how people like to build someones interest in the sport.

 

Like if its winter would you wait until Spring? Or you put them on the simplest fishing technique for the season. Or do you put them on what will catch them fish would it may be difficult?

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Personally, I think to make someone enjoy Bass fishing they need to enjoy fishing in general. A quick way of that is getting them on fish no matter what it is. Depending on the water, something as simple as bobber fishing for bluegill.

 

Typically it seems if they are catching fish they are having fun. It Sparks the interest.

 

Than I'd start teaching them about bass. If i were teaching someone new, again I want to keep them interested, so catching fish is key. So I'd show them small bait rigs that you can target small, easier to catch bass. Such as a jig head and grub, ned rig, small crank baits, Texas rigged work, or even a live minnow. As the interest gets sparked, further the education and teach them patterns and introduce new techniques. Shakey head, wacky rigged senko, square bill cranks, top water.

 

I can go fish weed beds along shore with a grub or minnow and catch 8 to 12 inch bass all day. That can be fun for anyone.

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3 hours ago, RoweBoatRVA said:

 

If I'm asking for personal opinion on how you get someone started, why post a link? It's also a vague link.

 

If you think they question has already been answered you should say that.

 

Thank, Catt but I am looking for fisherman's personal approach.

 

I trying to find out opinions on how people like to build someones interest in the sport.

 

 

Everything "pinned" & everything linked is a member's personal opinions including many of mine!

 

We put many hours writing these "pinned" & linked topics hopefully to same time by putting in a central location.

 

If you don't wanna take time to read em, say so!

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"best to make an inexperienced fisherman successful and building there confidence"

 

My daughter grew in love with fishing by catching and winning bass tournaments on her own.  I didn't teach her anything other than putting a worm and bobber on for her.  Problem is, she only catches the "easy" fish at the one pond and is starting to get frustrated that it isn't always as easy as it typically has been for her.  While she's young, I'm sure it applies to most beginners - numbers of fish to keep them excited.

 

For me, I'm spending my time reading the pinned threads and articles.  Next on my to do list is the library of videos.  Not everyone is the type to put the time in to do their "own" research, but it's free information.

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Being a beginner in bass fishing myself, I've watched a ton of videos and read lots of articles about the how tos of just about everything. In my opinion, the videos and articles are very informative to an extent. What I mean is, in the videos they normally aren't using the same setup as I am and you can't really see everything, I believe, one needs to see in how something is done. Even less so with the articles. I think any beginner really needs to have someone that at least has some pretty good experience to go fishing with to be able to show them what they did wrong and then let them see the right way of doing it. In my case that doesn't seem to be going to happen and I'm just gonna have to do the best that I can when I can. The people I know around here that fish never seem to wanna go. It's really frustrating sometimes because they talk a lot about how they know a thing or two about fishing but when I ask them about going they always have something else going on. Personally I think they're all talk and no action. I may be wrong though, I don't know. Would be nice to find even an amateur to go fishing with just to learn together if nothing else.

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I think the best approach for a beginner is to start with a simple technique and lure. Something that can produce in many situations. If they focus on one technique/lure, they won't be overwhelmed by all the different choices and it will allow them to more quickly gain confidence/experience by constantly fishing the same thing.

 

Where you go from here is up to the fisherman. If they are really into it, they will most likely start asking questions, maybe about different lures or why they are catching fish in one scenario but not another, etc.

 

That pretty much describes my experience. For years the only thing I would fish was a Texas rigged worm and I had a lot of success with this one setup.

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15 hours ago, MichaelCopeland said:

Being a beginner in bass fishing myself, I've watched a ton of videos and read lots of articles about the how tos of just about everything. In my opinion, the videos and articles are very informative to an extent. What I mean is, in the videos they normally aren't using the same setup as I am and you can't really see everything, I believe, one needs to see in how something is done. 

 

There is a lot of information out there and it is easy to get lost. What I find is that many videos focus on a specific lure/presentation but don't spend as much time on application.

 

To anyone I would recommend that you don't just aimlessly watch/read random videos. Go into it with a specific question you want answered (e.g. how to fish weed edges) and stay focused on that question. 

 

With regards to setup, you can catch fish on any setup. As a beginner, I wouldn't pay much attention to the different rod/reel combinations that are discussed in the videos, in fact, I usually skip over these parts myself. Keep in mind that one of the main reasons for the different setups is to improve hook-up ratio (which is very important for the pros), but as a beginner even if you lose a fish, you gain valuable knowledge by just knowing that what you are doing is at least getting the fish to bite.

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Without specific questions, the links that were posted were intended to answer any questions you may have in both specific and general areas.

They have help hundreds of folks including my self who have been bass fishing for 50+ years, to start or get better. I wouldn't discount them.

 

Now, I started my kids and grandkids off with simple techniques that will catch them fish. 

I.e. t rigged ribbon tail worms, wacky rig's, worms on a bobber etc.

 

When it's cold the slower the better if casting and working a plastic. 

If its hot use a reaction type bait...small cranks, spinnerbaits etc.

If its weedy throw a plastic right in to it and work it out

 

There dozens of different variables for each and in all conditions.

 

If you need specific advise ask, If not use the links and start there. 

 

 

 

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

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