Bass Fishing Basics for Beginners

Here you will find articles designed specifically for the beginning angler. They contain fishing tips, how to fish, and bass fishing basics every angler needs to know to catch more bass! 

Looking for advanced "how to fish" tips and tactics? Visit our Fishing Articles section to unlock thousands of how to fishing articles at your fingertips. These go beyond the bass fishing basics. You'll learn the best way to catch bass with in-depth information on all types of bass fishing rigs, lures, tactics, or fishing conditions!

Pros’ List Top Tips and Mistakes

The following lists are the pros top tips and the biggest mistakes they see many anglers make. Are you guilty?

Net Results

Most fish are lost at the boat because of a mistake with the net. Here's how to ensure it doesn't happen to you!

Flipping and Pitching With Mark Menendez

Pro Mark Menendez outlines the top three mistakes anglers make when flipping and pitching.

Get Started in Bass Fishing for under $125

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get into fishing. Follow this guide for money saving tips!

Learn These Five Fishing Knots

Easy to tie and strong, these knots cover nearly every fishing situation. And knowing when to use each will mean more bass.

Hooked On Bass

Here are a handful of essential hooks that every bass angler needs to have in his tackle box.

Setting Up A Baitcaster With Pete Ponds

With plenty of practice in the right settings, any beginner can head out on the water with the confidence of having a backlash-free day. Here's how.

How To Catch Bass - The Essentials

What do you need to do to catch bass on your home lake? Hank Parker reveals his tips inside!

The Setup – Ideal Rod/Reel/Line Combos For All Presentations

Different lures require different rod/reel setups to be most effective. Here's an easy guide for you!

Angling 101

How do you get started in fishing? What rods, reels and lures should you begin with? This article will point you in the right direction.

Why Bass Fishing?

More and more people are picking up a rod and going bass fishing. So why bass and not something else? Find out inside.

Seasonal Lure Selection

Learn how to break down each season into fish activity to understand the lure selection, size and colors.

Right Gear, Right Fish

Want to catch big bass? Choosing the right gear will help you catch the wiliest, wisest fish to the most naive fish.

The Art of Angling

Here is an introduction to fishing that includes rods, reels, lures, plus a few tips thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

Bass Basics

We help you sort out the confusing lure choices, places to fish and techniques for bass fishing inside.

Budget Bassin

We've all been there. Fishing on a budget is hard. These money saving tips are sure to help you out!

Tips For Beginners

In this article, a beginning angler outlines some shortcuts he encountered en route to catching some huge bass!

Color Perception

How do you choose the right lure color in a world full of millions of lures? We help you unlock the mystery of color for you inside.

3 Parts to the Fishing Cocktail

There are only 3 parts to successful fishing. We reveal the elements that make the perfect "Fish On A Hook".

How I Became a Good Bass Fisherman

Read this article. Before you know it you will be doing things from instinct, and catching fish when others can't.

Fishnoob Vol. 1

The experiences of a new angler to the sport are chronicled in this article. Something we can all relate to.

Small Waters, Big Bass

Fish your lake as if it's small and you'll be amazed at how much more you'll know about it by the end of the day.

Bass Fishing Fever

Once you hook into your first quality bass, you're done for. But read this article before you starting buying a ton of gear.

Timeless Fishing Tips

There have been many great achievers in our sport. Here are some bass tips gleaned from pros going back to the mid- 50's.


You're planning your fishing day as you head towards the lake. Where will you start fishing and why? Here are a few tips to help you out.

Color Selection Simplified

When it comes to buying lures, there's more choices than ever before. This article helps you decide which colors to use.

Worm Basics

Plastic worm fishing is one of the toughest arts to master. Pro angler Charles Stuart helps you get started with these tips.

Worm Fishing

If you are new to sport, you need to know about worm fishing. Learn the best tips straight from this article.

It's How You Wiggle Your Worm

Fishing plastic baits requires practice. Here are some tips to jump-start your learning curve.

Texas Rig Fishing

The Texas Rig is one of the most versatile rigs for fishing, and it's been catching bass for decades! Learn all about Texas rig fishing.

The Game Is Rigged!

The Texas and Carolina rigs are two of the most productive worm fishing rigs today. Find out how to use them inside.

Spinnerbait Basics

If you've never used spinnerbaits, this article will get you started. Soon you'll be catching bass in no time!

Crankbait Basics

Here are some basic things that you can do with crankbaits to improve your catch that even experienced anglers ignore.

Crankbait Retrieves

Using the right presentation can improve your day's catch. Here are three of the very best techniques for crankbait fishing.

Jiggin' It

Never fished a jig before? Here's a simple guide to acquaint you with this wonderful lure called a jig.

Equipment Basics

Matching the right rod, reel, lure, and line sounds complicated, but it's actually quite easy once you read this article.

Tools Of The Trade

Choose your fishing tools wisely, and you'll fish better. Here's how to select the right fishing rods and reels.

Selecting Rods and Reels

Use these guidelines for rod and reel combinations, and you'll avoid mismatched sets.

Choosing The Right Rod

Here's what you need to know to find the right bass fishing rod to make each fishing trip more successful.

So You Want To Buy A Bass Rod!

Confused by the enormous selection of today's bass fishing rods? We explain how to select your next fishing rod.

The Choice Between Spinning and Baitcasting

When should you use a baitcasting or spinning reel? Which is better? We help you figure it out.

Know Your Reels

Fishing Reels: This article explains how adjust and maintain your fishing reels in order to get the best performance out of them.

Line Selection

Braided, fusion, mono, co-polymer...there are more choices facing anglers than ever before. We help you make intelligent choices inside.

Know Your Hooks

A successful day on the water can be won or lost by a poor hook. But which hook should you use for each bait?

Stop Losing Fish!

We've all had those days when it seems the bass won't stay hooked. Lets look at the problem and see what can be done about it.

Boating Etiquette On and Off the Water

This article could help you avoid personal embarrassment or an actual confrontation with another boater.

Sunglasses Improve Fishing

What could possibly be the benefit to wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day? Find out why inside.

Rules To Live By

There are certain fishing rules that determine whether or not you have a successful day. Find out what they are inside.

Make Fish Stories Reality

The next time you're on the water, don't have a fish story about the one that got away. Show them the one that didn't get away.

Hung Up

Let's face it, getting hung up is a fact of bass fishing. Here are several techniques for getting your lures unstuck.