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If you enjoy catching smallmouth bass (like I do) then this article is probably for you. In this article I'm going to outline some tips and techniques that will help you catch more smallmouth bass on your next fishing excursion. The tips and techniques contained in this article are mainly for fishing in small rivers and streams, but can easily be modified to other fishing scenarios as well.
Many anglers don't realize it, but Smallmouth Bass can be fished for (and caught) in much the same manner that trout are fished for. In other words, wading in small rivers and streams, and even using the same sorts of bait and/or lures. As a matter of fact, fishing for smallmouth is a great way to "stay in shape" for trout fishing and in many cases both species can be caught in the same waterways.
But, for the purposes of this article, we're discussing how to catch a smallmouth, so let's begin with your gear. When fishing for smallmouth bas in small rivers and streams, I like to use ultra light gear spooled with four-pound test line. I personally use the same setup that I use for trout fishing. The light line results in more bites when fishing for smallmouth, just like it does for trout.
There are many types of bait/lures that can be used effectively for smallmouth bass, like Rooster Tails, Spoons, Rapala's, and even small jigs. As far as bait is concerned, I've found that there's nothing quite as effective as live worms. Live worms are a great bait for smallmouth, and the most effective way to rig them is gang hook rig. This simply means a set of pre- tied gang hooks attached to a barrel swivel. Split shot sinkers are then added for weight, and this rig is allowed to flow naturally with the current of the river or stream. This technique is highly effective.
In order to be as efficient as possible when using live worms as bait, it's also a great idea to have a bait bag to carry your live worms. This might sound strange, but it's nonetheless true. Once you begin using a bait bag, you'll wonder how you ever fished without it! If you fish with live worms as bait, a bait bag will become your best friend. Always having your worms at your fingertips waiting to be used is a HUGE time saver.
The last great tip I have concerning how to catch a smallmouth is to always make sure that you're fishing at the most opportune times. Fishing when the bass are the most active will have a dramatic affect on your catch rates. Knowing the best times to be on the water has to do with paying attention to the weather and moon, which is simple and easy to do. This can be done without spending a dime either, simply find a free e-book about how these two factors of Mother Nature affect fishing, and you'll be good to go.
These simple tips and techniques are how to catch a smallmouth, and if you've been fishing for smallmouth for a while, these tips and techniques will help you to be more successful.
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