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The 6 Best Bass Fishing Techniques

Learning more techniques and becoming a more diverse angler will lead to more lunker-size bass, like this one, on future fishing trips. (Photo courtesy of WorldFishingNetwork.com)
Learning more techniques and becoming a more diverse angler will lead to more lunker-size bass, like this one, on future fishing trips. (Photo courtesy of WorldFishingNetwork.com)

Whether you're a weekend bass warrior or a new tournament angler looking for more tricks of the trade, these critical techniques should be mastered to maximize performance and success

One of the reasons bass are North America’s most popular gamefish is they’re somewhat easier to catch than other species, primarily because they are so abundant. But, just because these fish can be found virtually everywhere doesn’t always mean you’ll always load the boat on every fishing trip. It’s more than just tossing out a bait and hoping there’s a hungry bass nearby willing to bite; consistently catching lunkers comes down to proper technique. Below are critical techniques you should master to maximize your performance and success as a bass angler.

Pitching and Flipping

When bass aren't all that active and are hiding in thick cover, it’s as if you have to go into stealth mode to catch those shy lunkers. The best methods for getting to shallow-water thick cover, without spooking fish too much, are pitching and flipping. These methods are similar looking techniques, but some occasions require one over the other, especially as it pertains to distance. The key to successful pitching and flipping is practice, a long rod – 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 feet – and the right soft-plastic bait.

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