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Hey guys,

 

So I am completely new to bass fishing. I’ve dabbled in fishing before but never learned the real techniques so recently I’ve been trying to learn everything about  fishing from scratch. So far I’ve learned knots, got a spinner pole(for now), and bought some tackle. My question for you guys is what are the basic techniques for bank fishing. What techniques should I try to learn and “master” first. There is a lot to learn before and it’s pretty overwhelming so I want to learn the basics first and go from there. If there is already a thread for this already please send me that way I’m new here so I’m still learning the ropes. 

 

Thanks guys!

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The Bass Resource Articles section has everything you need to know & more; so much more !

That makes it a Great Place to Start.

https://www.bassresource.com/how-to-fish/

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A-Jay

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Can you better define your rod, reel and line? Rod and reel make model number, line type with # test.

Tom

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A great starting point that catches fish is a 6'6 to 7 ft medium power, fast action rod and a spinning reel (or baitcasting reel if you prefer, check the youtube for the differences and tradeoffs). $50 to $100 should buy you a decent rod, and same for a decent reel. Put 10 lb mono line on it, tie on a 1/4 oz bullet weight followed by a 3/0 hook and a Texas rigged 4 inch soft plastic worm. Bring needle nose pliers in case you need help removing the hook and, if you can, foreceipts (in case you deep hook one, you can go through the gills to remove the hook). Set the hook fast. If you wait too long you risk deep hooking the fish (harder to release). 

 

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I second @A-Jay's suggestion of the articles on the site.

 

Found many very helpful over the years either as a refresh or for

a new technique I hadn't tried yet. Avail yourself and enjoy :) .

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Hello and Welcome!

Trying to learn anything you've never done before can be a little overwhelming at first. Bass fishing is no exception. 

We've all be there. 

 

After you've done some research and your head stop's spinning come back and ask anything large and small. 

Thats why we're here. 

 

 

 

Mike

 

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4 hours ago, Clark1409 said:

Hey guys,

 

So I am completely new to bass fishing. I’ve dabbled in fishing before but never learned the real techniques so recently I’ve been trying to learn everything about  fishing from scratch. So far I’ve learned knots, got a spinner pole(for now), and bought some tackle. My question for you guys is what are the basic techniques for bank fishing. What techniques should I try to learn and “master” first. There is a lot to learn before and it’s pretty overwhelming so I want to learn the basics first and go from there. If there is already a thread for this already please send me that way I’m new here so I’m still learning the ropes. 

 

Thanks guys!

Getting into bass fishing these days can be really overwhelming and complicated.  That is due in part to all the companies and sponsored anglers trying to sell product.  Making you feel as if you need a specific everything to do anything.  It really doesnt have to be that complicating.  You said you picked up a spinning rod.  Thats a good start.  7ft to 7'2 medium fast action spinning rod would be my go to for bank fishing.  You also said you have been learning to tie knots thats good as well.  Id spool my reel up with 10-15 pound hi viz braid and tie on an 8-12 pound flouro leader.  As far as baits since you are just getting started a Trig is a must.  Id say Trig with a 7-10 inch worm this time a year.  Wacky rig senko or yum dinger would be a must have for me bank fishing.  I would also carry a few top waters with me bank fishing whopper plopper, buzz bait, super spook.  You could also carry a couple crank baits.  I think lipliss crank for bank fishing would be best option but a square bill wouldnt be a bad option.  Keep you colors simple.  Green Pumpkins, watermelons, june bugs, black and blues for the plastic worms and senkos.  Whites, Chartreuses, clear, for the others I mentioned.  You dont have to go crazy and get them all, But that selection of baits will go a long ways bank fishing and you can have a couple of each one to keep your tackle light. 

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Like A-Jay mentioned, this site offers a lot of information.

 

Also this video series is a pretty good starting point.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNSQ7cWQXFA&list=PLP4RmY1AWIS6lRHI3e2iB2Tu5J5njfWx0

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Don't open a Cabela's credit card. I speak from experience, its dangerous.

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Thanks guys! Now I have some direction to start with.

I’m using a 7’ Medium power/fast action, spinner reel, and have 8-10 lb test to put on it. I’m guessing I’ll start with trigs and go from there. I’m really trying to see what rigs work best for what situation since there’s so many to use and I’ve never used 90% of them haha

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Definatly start with a T-Rig with a Zoom Finesse Green Pumpking worm. Fish with it and you will be like 90% of fisherman and that will be the first thing you have confidence in. I haven't fished a T-Rig very much in a long long itme but if someone put a gun to my head and told me you have 1 hour to catch a fish on a unknown body of water I am tying on a T-Rig with a finesse worm. Then start branching out form there. Fluke's, Brushhogs, Senko's, Pop-R's any of these will be good baits to dip your feet into other realms of fishing. The one thing I wish I would have started 10 years ago is a fishing log. I have just started it but I know that if I would have did it a long time ago I would have quite alot of valuable information.

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Describe the area you will be fishing . Stream , pond , lake , ditch... depth , clarity , vegetation , logs , rocks...The more info you provide the better advice you will receive .Be precise . All lures catch bass .

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On June 26, 2019 at 6:14 PM, Clark1409 said:

Thanks guys! Now I have some direction to start with.

I’m using a 7’ Medium power/fast action, spinner reel, and have 8-10 lb test to put on it. I’m guessing I’ll start with trigs and go from there. I’m really trying to see what rigs work best for what situation since there’s so many to use and I’ve never used 90% of them haha

8 to 10 lb line put on it, mono or braid?

Glenn just put up a video on fishing plastic worms, watch the vedio and start there.

We can't even agree what a T-rig is, that should give you an idea how complex bass fishing can get with terminology having multiple meaning, we can agree on what a soft plastic worm is!

Good luck ( watch the video),

Tom

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On 6/26/2019 at 6:14 PM, Clark1409 said:

Thanks guys! Now I have some direction to start with.

I’m using a 7’ Medium power/fast action, spinner reel, and have 8-10 lb test to put on it. I’m guessing I’ll start with trigs and go from there. I’m really trying to see what rigs work best for what situation since there’s so many to use and I’ve never used 90% of them haha

Not really sure what kind of line you mean when you say 8-10 pound test.  Braid, Mono, Fluorocarbon?  I would highly recommend spooling your reel up with a hi-viz 10-15 pound braid and tying on a 8-10 mono or flouro leader.  Something like PowerPro or suffix 832.  Those are 2 really popular brands of braid.  You can find them both just about any place that sells fishing gear and most people seem to be fairly please with either or.  I think you are on the right track.  A Texas rig is a good place to start.  You can fish all kind of soft plastics on it and it doesn't have to just be a bottom bait.  I have been known to swim creature baits through and over grass lines and have caught fish doing it. 

 

As far as what works best for you is all up to you.  Know one will be able to tell you that.  People can give you a general idea of what might work in a particular situation, but what works in your situation on the waters you frequent is something you will have to figure out. 

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As others have said, this site has so much info. I especially like the videos.

 

I've barely fished a year and I'm catching them better than my friend who has fished - though not much for bass - for decades. I've watched most of the vids here and many more on Youtube. Hundreds.

 

I think I know where to find them better because of all the help I got on the internet. I am totally addicted to this so I spent a lot of time learning everything I could.

 

I'd say learning to bass fish is actually easier these days due to the availability of information at your fingertips. There is no substitute for time on the water, but learning bass behavior and the basics of where, when and why they go where they do can be learned at home as well. Take that knowledge and apply it on the water.

 

You don't need expensive gear. My first rod/reel was a Bass Pro Shops $25 dollar thing. I still have it. It has caught me 5 lb stripers, and many bass. Was my only rod for 9 months. I use cheap baits, even Walmart stuff. They catch fish! I have some brand name stuff too.

 

tl;dr

Learn bass behavior and watch at least 300 videos. Glenn here at BassResource will teach you a lot. Learn the Texas Rig, get some rubber worms, some flukes maybe, and get a few crank baits and go for it. I like the little grub spinners at Walmart too for tough times.

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Thanks y’all this advice gives me confidence that with some practice and patience I can get a handle on this.

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It's all about the journey, not the destination. I keep learning all the time.

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