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The Easiest Way to Catch Bass

by Wesley Davis
Adult bass feed on invertebrates like nightcrawlers and crayfish.

Adult bass feed on invertebrates like nightcrawlers and crayfish.

Fishing for bass is fun for beginning anglers and children; they are simple to locate and exciting to catch. The easiest way to catch bass is by using live bait such as nightcrawlers. Types of bass include smallmouth, striped, white, spotted and largemouth bass. Being one of the most popular gamefish, bass have been artificially stocked in many lakes and rivers.

Tie a No. 6 hook onto 10-pound-test fishing line using a suitable fishing knot. Attach one or more small, splitshot weights to the fishing line 18 inches above the hook.

Thread live bait onto the hook. Nightcrawlers should be hooked through the body at least twice. If you are using a minnow, attach the hook below the dorsal fin.

Cast your bait into areas that are likely to hold bass. Many species of bass prefer locations that offer substantial cover. These can take the form of undercut banks, grass beds and lily pads.

Allow your bait to rest in the area for a couple of minutes before slowly reeling it in. Re-cast to a different location. You will catch more bass by making more casts.

Cast artificial lures such as plastic worms, spinner baits and crank baits as you become more confident in your bass fishing ability. Each artificial lure will require a particular rigging method. Spinner baits and crankbaits can be tied directly to the line. Plastic worms must be attached to a hook specifically designed for plastic-worm fishing.

Items you will need

  • Rod
  • Reel
  • 10-pound-test fishing line
  • Bait
  • Hook, No. 6
  • Weights

Tip

  • A closed-face reel -- called a "spincasting reel" -- and a short rod of about 4 feet is the easiest combination for young children to use. Older children and adults should begin bass fishing with an open-faced spinning reel and a rod 5 to 7 feet in length.

About the Author

Based in San Diego, Wesley Davis has been writing and editing since receiving a grant from the National Geographic Foundation in 2005 to publish a children's science book. He now writes for Limelight Education. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from California State University-Chico.

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