In no other area of freshwater fishing is there as much conversation, debate and passion than around largemouth bass fishing and what works and what doesn't for largemouth bass fisherman.
So what are some of the essential things to remember when fishing for largemouth, and how can we become better at fishing these beautiful fish.
Understand their hard wired nature: Largemouth Bass are ambush predators through and through; most often they love to sit and wait for their prey to come to them. Usually they will hide under the shadow of thick cover and lay in wait for a baitfish to stray just within striking distance. This cover can be fallen trees, sticks, lily pads, weed, and even pier pilings.
Anything that a largemouth bass can use to conceal itself, it will use to its full advantage.
Acknowledge their Sensory perception: Largemouth bass are primarily visual predators, they eyeball their prey before they commit to a strike. Largemouth will often make sure they get a good strong look at a potential target to re-enforce that it is an actual food source which is why it is so important to use lifelike freshwater lures.
Although sight is its main sense for detecting prey it is certainly by no means the only sense it uses for reaffirming an object is in fact a food source.
Often a largemouth will seek to 'backup' its visual sense with both its sense of sound 'vibration' and it sense of smell and taste 'chemical' and they rely on these backup senses even more in stained water or in low light where they can't use their sense of sight so much.
As a largemouth bass fisherman if you specifically cater for these two senses you will without doubt attract a greater number of strikes and more 'committed' strikes from your quarry.
So whenever possible use a lure with a rattle to cater to the fish's sense of sound and use a fish attractant to cater for the largemouth's sense of smell.
Be on the water at feeding times: Largemouth Bass tend to feed more in low light conditions which is why it is important to be on the water when they are most active at feeding. This would be early in the morning and late in the afternoon or early evening. At these times largemouth have the benefit of cover of darkness yet still have the ability to clearly sight prey.
Being on the water at these times will ultimately give you the promise of more largemouth bass fishing action.
If there is one thing that is essential when fishing for largemouth it would have to be confidence!
Gaining confidence with your largemouth bass fishing can only really come from spending time on the water, experimenting and trying new things and gaining invaluable experience.
Having the most expensive, high quality or latest freshwater lures won't really account for much if you don't have a high level of confidence when using them.
John Salamon, has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to freshwater fishing and freshwater lures.