People are always asking what is the best way to get started in bass fishing. It’s a popular sport these days and everybody wants to get involved. Fish the banks is the only way to fish when you don’t have a boat. Fishing in a boat isn’t the only way to fish bass.
Pitch to the water right in front of you. The long cast can spook all the bass fish between you and the bank. A good way to start is to start pitching to the fish right off the bank in front of you. Jerkbaits, worms and jigs are good ways to get the fish to bite.
Working the layers, a drop shot is the way to cover the water. Bank fishing weightless texas rig or a spinnerbait will definitely get the attention of the fish. Finessing the water is going to get in the water and not scare the fish out of the zone and allows you to catch a lot of fish. Work it on the inside and move over and out of the area.
A squarebill, a swimbait, bring it with you if you got it. You will be tying on the baits to see what works. A couple rods with a rounded, smallish strong angle. A backpack for keeping your hands free, you don’t want to have a lot to pick up when you decide to move out of the area. A rod that is for light housekeeping and faster accuracy and action.
Lines, 8-pound is a good start on a spinning on fluorocarbon, 12-pound is good for dropping down quicker and wackies. For under trees a shorter rod takes the day. A medium baitcaster is a faster action rod and good leveraging.
If you have your mind set to catch a bass fish you are going to seek and destroy, meaning there are kids( and some big people too) using Spiderman and Barbie rods and are bringing in some master fish. Don’t be afraid to get a topwater lure on the water and use it. It’s a fun and great way for beginners to get on the water and catching bass by using a lure they can see themselves maneuver and how it works on top of the water with the fish.
Structure, there are versions of fishfinder for bank fishing. There are some decent ones too. The way you move your bait through the area you are working will tell you what structure or sandy bottom or rocky is in the area. If you are not familiar with the area a sensitive rod and paying attention to how the jig feels going through the water or even a grassy area is important. You want to know what you are working with so you know what you need to present. Your rod, bait and you is probably your best fish finder. Fishing on your fishing intuition will get you far just ask the pros.