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i am 13 and fish on small city lakes/ reservoirs and would like to know if anybody could help me leave the other guys on the scale. Any tips lures techniques would b greatly appreciated. I fish the Piedmont region in NC.

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You are in the right place to learn what you need to know. Just go to the top of the page and click on Fishing Articles and start reading what is there. There is not another place on the web that has more information about bass fishing than what you will find here.

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Read the articles

Fish as much as your passion allows you and the numbers will come.

If you have a more specific question, fire away.

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Spinnerbaits are good for beginners.  They are versatile and catch fish.

Probably the best bass catcher is a 5" Senko.  Use any color you can get with the word "watermelon" or pumpkin in the name.  Just wacky rig it.  that means put a hook through the middle of it.  Don't use any weight.  Just cast it out near some cover (anything in the water like stumps or weeds) and let it sink to the bottom.  Don't expect to feel the bite.  The best trick for new young bassers is to learn to watch the line.  If it twitches, or moves sideways, or does anything unnatural, then crank out the slack and set the  hook. (jerk the rod back fast)

good luck and have fun

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avid i agree with you the senko is one of the easiest lures to use. its great for begginners becasue its easy to fish. you really dont have to work them. if you are fishing in weed choked areas go with a texas rig with no weight or only a little like no bigger than 1/4 ounce

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If there is a bass club locally, or you know someone who is a good angler who will let you go along, your prospects for learning increase drastically. What part of the country are you?

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Being on this forum already means you a leg up on them already. ;)

1) learn how to fish a worm

2) learn how to fish a senko

3) learn how to fish a soft jerkbait

4) Rattletrap is another bait that will be good to learn or crankbait

5) any walking topwater bait

6) spinnerbait

This will cover you from top to bottom. The main thing with any bait is you need to learn many different ways of fishing the same bait. Read through the articles on this site and read through the posts talking about each lure. Take notes so that you can look back on later. Write down when these guys tell you where they fish these lures and under what conditions. If someone has a weird way that they are fishing a lure that is working for them write it down. Test it out on your water be creative.  To be effective you need to know what makes the bass tick and what will make your bait draw a strike. Start with the basics and expand as you gain confidence in the lure. Don't get hung up on the mystique of a bait because you will become a lure collector not a fishermen. It takes time on the water fishing before you learn what you want out of a bait and what to look for. When you figure this out you weed out most of the pretty baits and you stick with the steak and potatoes. My point is that you can have a box full of lures that cost you a house payment but if you don't know the potential of what you have it isn't much good to you. Learn the mechanics of the lures first.  ;)(then buy the toys)

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Chirs makes an excellent point about learning the different ways to use a particular bait rather than just "buying the toys"  I love buying the toys.    But I have quality lures in my tackle box that I have never used.  I made a vow last week not to buy any more lures for 4 weeks.  So I have 3 weeks to go.  After the 4 weeks I will decide whether to extend it or not.  Right now it looks like I probably will.  I am catching as many fish as ever and having fun using "old" lures in new ways.  

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