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Fish: Orangespotted Sunfish

The bass...and plastics and lures and mouse looking things

Post By: Fil Fishkiller      Posted: 4/11/2011 6:54:21 PM     Points: 661    
I was fishing bass the other day. I really am new to it. Pretty new to specific species targeting in general. Anyhow, I was using a small perch rap that dives about 12 feet, or to the bottom in most places. I have been slowly reeling and every 2 or 3 revolutions give the pole a pop. No luck.

I did this with a rainbow colored top thing as well. And this lure that looks like a mouse made of rabbit fur. No luck. I also tried a slow steady retrieve.

What is the best method of retrieve on your lure.

I did catch small baby bass with a carolina rigged purple twister worm on a chartreuse jig head. I was retreiving slow and popping it up every once in a while.

Again Bass Gods of FXR which method works best for the "budget" fisher. No float tube or boat or pontoon...or friends...sniff...sniff.

Anyhow,
I do have waders, and cheap fly gear and a shimano sahara 4500 spin cast and a graphite pole.

Not to worry, I never keep what I catch. Your techniques will benefit humanity...and me.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 4/11/2011 7:38:06 PM     Points: 6121    
First of all, waders can be extremely helpful in the right waters.

Secondly, the type of retrieve you use is specific to the type of lure you are using and the conditions, which means there are an infinite number of retrieve types so I'm not going to discuss that here.

Anyways, spinnerbaits are probably the easiest to use and one of the most effective types of bass lures around. They've been around for a very, very long time but they continue to be very effective. These guys make great spinnerbaits and jigs [log in for link] but I bet they're a little pricey for you. A small assortment of bass pro brand spinnerbaits in white, chartreuse, and black should cover most situations.

Also, if you're planning on being a "multi species" fisherman, be prepared to either spend a lot of money and be a good fisherman or spend a moderate amount of money and be an OK fisherman. This is my dilemma.

Also check out the articles page here on FXR and look for Chad LaChance's articles titled "evolution of a bass angler"
 Reply by: Team Galaxy      Posted: 4/11/2011 7:46:08 PM     Points: 496    
Wow....lots of questions, but good ones...lol. As a beginner bass fisherman I would stick with plastics for now. They are cheap and real easy to use. This time of year is perfect for them and they are simple to use. You can drag them, hop them, swim them, pull them through cover (such as brush piles/ rocks). There are lots to buy, but crawdad imitations are real effective. Curly tail worms, grubs, tubes, and lizards are great too. Sounds like you had some success with the Carolina rig....good job. Colors to buy would be greens, browns, blacks. All these would be just fine for your spinning gear. One thing you did right was to change up your lures a lot, bass are finicky, they will bite one thing this hour and not the next. Stick with plastics this year and perfect the technique, after that you can go to crankbait style lures and perfect them. One good tip for your plastics is to only cast out about 10' or so, then do different things with your retrieves. See how the lure works in the water, learn to "feel" your bait, run it over rocks, bump it off stumps, drag it through gravel.....remember, do this when you can see your bait, it will give you the feel you need to be effective in deeper water and also see how the action is as well. Also, check out some blogs by Chad LaChance, Troy Coburn, or Jim Strawbridge. Those guys bass fish a lot and have useful information. Good luck...and keep the questions coming.

"Team Galaxy"
 Reply by: Fil Fishkiller      Posted: 4/11/2011 8:13:08 PM     Points: 661    
Thanks for the info. I have been fishing three years now. Started with bait and have progressed.

Right now I am where I spend a lot of money and am a terrible fisherman. My problem is I can't get it through my head that a fish would want to bite plastics and those crazy looking spinner baits. So I usually stick to perch color rap because it looks real.

I have some spinner bait but never use them. I will try them out. As well as different swimming techniques.

I got the mouse at a fly shop on Colorado Blvd near I-25. It looks real cool when it swims.

Essentially I spend all week figuring out which fish to target depending on how far I can bus and bike.
 Reply by: Team Galaxy      Posted: 4/11/2011 8:28:13 PM     Points: 496    
Fil
The water is warming up for bass and soon it will be prime time for that mouse. If I were you I would cast that thing parelle with the shore line and swim it back with some pauses in between, as you pause it twitch your rod tip and make the bait ripple the waters surface as it sits, then start your retrieve again. Fly fishing can be very effective for bass in spring and fall, so don't always use your spincaster. Maybe I should take my own advise....and start to fly fish for bass...lol....ummmm NO!

"Team Galaxy"
 Reply by: Fil Fishkiller      Posted: 4/11/2011 8:35:05 PM     Points: 661    
Looks like James Strawbrige has a whole article on bass fishong from shore right above this conversation box!!! Thanks again Team Galaxy guy...or girl.
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 4/11/2011 9:16:42 PM     Points: 1040    
Fil,

Right now I would recomend a 1/4 or 3/16 oz spinnerbait in white or white/chartruese. They are inexpensive and allow you to cover alot of water. Fan cast (which mean parallel the bank and work your way out until you are casting straight out in front of you.) Try to brush the tops of the weed piles and when you get a pattern where they are you'll be successful.

Good Luck.