My Favorite Way To Fish

April 4, 2016 by  

It’s warming up and more and more anglers are getting ready to go fishing. I know I am. I’m often asked about my favorite fish to catch and my favorite fishing technique. When I respond that I don’t have a favorite fish or favorite technique, I am being very sincere: I just like to catch fish, and I use whatever technique is best for a particular situation. If I’m pressed for an answer, though, and if I think real hard, I realize that my favorite thing to do when fishing is to catch largemouth bass that are in the reeds. I don’t know why that is, but it is.

When the bass are in the reeds, they’re often biters. There are several types of baits that are outstanding in this situation. For a long time, whenever we were fishing reeds, we started with a spinnerbait. Spinnerbaits fish through the reeds nicely: they’re designed to be pretty snag-free, and that’s a factor in the reeds. Baits with too many exposed hooks get hung up in this type of vegetation, but spinnerbaits come through reeds very well, and best of all, bass like to eat them. I still use spinnerbaits quite a bit when fishing this shallow water cover.

Bass Fishing

When it comes to catching largemouth bass in reeds, Mike Frisch uses a swimming jig much of the time to do so.

However, in the past few years, we’ve been using a couple other baits even more when the bass are in the reeds. Probably the number one choice is a swimming jig tipped with plastic. A swimming jig is kind of like a spinnerbait without the blade. It’s pretty weedless and we retrieve it much like we would a spinnerbait. Sometimes the fish will be in the heavier clumps of reeds, other times they’ll be cruising the reed flats. Make shorter pitches to the clumps, make longer casts to cover the flats. We’re working the jig more like a jig when fishing clumps, we’re fishing it more like a spinnerbait when covering larger expanses of water. A Jungle Jig in the Pumpkin Craw color with an action tail is outstanding.

Another way to catch shallow water reed bass that works very well is with a plastic bait rigged weedless. An Impulse Jerk Minnow is very good for this technique. This bait is five inches long and white is a good color, although other colors work well also. I like white because I can see it coming through the water easier. It’s important to know where your bait is, because often times you’ll see a wake approaching the bait as a bass zeroes in on it.

Work the Jerk Minnow in the same reeds as you would the swimming jig. We fish the bait a foot or two below the surface. Give it twitches to make it glide through the water. This will usually be a slower presentation. When a bass hits, drop the rod tip for a second, then set the hook. Work the bait fairly quickly through the sparser rushes, but when it comes to one of those clumps, slow down. Even let it sink a bit.

It works well when two anglers are fishing for one to use the swimming jig, the other the Jerk Minnow. By doing so you’re showing the fish two different lure styles, and you’re giving them the opportunity to show you what they’re liking the most on that particular day. Most days they’ll show a preference, but not always.

Like I said earlier, I truly just like to catch fish and really don’t have a favorite technique for doing so. However, next time you’re on a bass lake, visit a reed bed and throw a swimming jig or Jerk Minnow. If there are any bass around, I’m guessing you’ll see why this style of fishing is probably my favorite.

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