Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 4 | Bass Fishing
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Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 4 | Bass Fishing

November 20, 2019


Glenn: Boy, he came out and smashed it hard! Come here, you. Got you on my jig, buddy. That’s the good one. Got a face full of jig right there. Good-looking fish. He wanted it. Boy, he wanted it. That works. Well, I’ll let you go, little buddy. Here we go. Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com. And we get a lot of questions. It could be on our forums, or on our YouTube
channel. It could be on our social media channels. We get a lot of questions. People email us, etc. And so what I’ve done here is looked at a
whole bunch of questions that we’ve received over the past several months, and I’ve collected
several of them. And I’m going to answer them today in today’s
show. Hopefully, they’re similar or same questions
you’ve had and that can help you with your fishing as well, starting with this one. “Why are the fish I catch in murky, muddy
water so white and pale in color?” So this has a lot to do with how much light
is available under the water. Bass, they’re kind of like chameleons. They have pigmentation in their skin that
allows them to kind of change their color a little bit. They’re not like a chameleon that can, like,
change their color in a heartbeat, you know, really quick, but over time, bass living in
their environment, they adapt to try to match more of what’s available in the environment. So for example, in muddy water with a light
penetration and isn’t very deep, a lot of the colors are muted, and the contrast is
muted. So it’s more of a unicolor. And if you had really bright, brilliant colors,
you’d absolutely stand out. So it makes it difficult for a bass to conceal
themselves because they rely on ambushing their prey. So their coloration will be a lot more pale. It won’t be as vibrant. It will be a little bit lighter in color so
they can blend into their environment better when they’re feeding. Conversely, if you’re looking at really clear
water, say 8 to 10 feet or more in a bright sunny day, a lot of those fish if you’ve noticed
when you catch, they’re really brilliant. Their coloring, the markings are just distinct. The lateral lines are really dark compared
to the rest of their body. Those bass, if you look underwater, you’ll
see everything’s a lot more…the contrast is there, it’s a lot more distinct, the colors
are more brilliant, it’s a lot more vibrant underwater, and so those bass, that light
color, they would really stand out even if they’re in the vegetation. They could be this bright white color if you
will, compared to everything else. So they can darken their colors and get more
contrast with their body, and they can blend in more with that vegetation. So it’s all about light penetration. If you see a light colored bass, you know
it came out of lighter water or muddier water, or sorry, should I say darker water and muddier
water, or if it’s really vibrant in color, colorful, you know that it came out of water
that had a lot of clarity to it and in bright, sunny conditions. Okay, “Glenn, I’ve heard you talk a lot about
rhythm when you’re topwater fishing. Can you explain a little bit more about what
that is?” Okay, well, rhythm is really the combination
of… Typically when you’re fishing poppers, or
chuggers, or any kind of topwater lure that goes across the surface where you can pause
it and then chug it some more and pause it, rhythm is the cadence that you’re using. It has to do with say for example, on a Pop-R,
you would go, you know, pop, pop, pause, pop, pop, pause, pop, pop, pop, pause. It’s that cadence. That’s what the rhythm is. And also it has to do with how hard those
pops are. If it’s really windy out, or if you have kind
of dark conditions, cloudy, early morning, for example, then your pops may be harder,
you know, pop, pop, pop, and then the pauses may be longer in between, for example. And if the water is really clear, then it’s
going to…or there’s not as much wind out, you got a slick surface, then your pops are
going to be a lot more subtle. They’re not going to be as distinct. And you may have shorter pauses in between
because you want to give that bass less time to examine it under those clear conditions. So that’s what the rhythm is, is your cadence,
if you will, while using the topwater. Aha. Keri: You’re right. He does not… Oh, he’s got a little fight left in him, huh? All right, you. Can you do an easy release with a jig and
shake it off? Oh no, I got it. Glenn: You got to put that in a weird spot. Keri: He did that to himself. Yeah, it’s really weird. You weren’t going anywhere. Somehow you’ve impaled yourself. You slapped at it and it got you. Glenn: Yeah, they’re sharp hooks. Keri: They’re gone. Smallmouth don’t mess around. Glenn: Okay, here’s a great question about
fishing during the winter months. “Hey, Glenn, you got any tips for fishing
when the water temperatures are really cold, say in the upper 30s all the way up to the
upper 40s?” Yeah, winter fishing can be tough, relatively
speaking. See, in colder temperatures, the fish’s metabolism
is governed by water temperatures. So the colder the temperature it is, the less
often they feed. Bass in cold water will feed maybe once every
seven days, whereas fish in the peak of the summertime are eating several times a day. So during the wintertime, there’s going to
be just by virtue of that less bass that are willing to bite lures. So your bite is going to be less frequent. And you’re not going to catch as many bass
as you would in the summertime. A lot of people lead us to believe that the
bass are really lethargic and slow-moving. No, they’re just as capable of moving as fast
as they did in the summertime. But a lot of it is the baits that are moving. The forage that they’re feeding on is slow-moving. And so what you need to do is you’re fishing
relatively slow because that mimics what the bait fish and what they forage, say sculpin,
for example, they move very slowly on the bottom. Those are the things the bass are targeting. So you’re mimicking that rather than, you
know, you need to fish slow because the bass moves slow. I just don’t buy into that theory. A matter of fact, I’ve actually caught bass
with crankbaits in colder temperatures, in 40 degree temperature and on spinnerbaits. I’ve actually caught fish on topwater in 42-degree
temperature. But those are exceptions to the rule. As a general rule, you need to fish slower,
you need to be more methodical, and you need to really pay close attention. Your concentration needs to be at the highest
it is during any day of the time of the year because those bites are going to be subtle
because it’s a slow moving bait. They’re not going to come and annihilate it. They don’t need to. They’ll just pick it up and just swim off
with it. So stay focused, understand you’re not going
to catch as many fish, and by all means, wear warm gear to keep you warm in these coldest
temperatures, and that will enable you to stay focused throughout the day. So here’s a great question about summertime
fishing, “Glenn, how important is it to find oxygen-rich water during the summer when the
water temperatures are really warm?” Okay, so reading between the lines, oxygen…or
water, once it starts to get into the 80-degree temperature mark and especially soaring into
the 90s, it begins to lose its ability to hold dissolved oxygen. And the less oxygen that water holds, the
less appealing that is to baitfish and bass. So, yeah, finding oxygen-rich water is really
important because you’re apt to find more bass and more baitfish and the action will
be, you know, greater than in those areas that don’t have it. So typically, deeper water during the summertime
holds more oxygen. There’s always exceptions to the rules though. Don’t assume because the water temperature’s
really warm, all the bass are going to be deep. There’s variables that can change that. For example, if you have a lot of vegetation,
that vegetation produces oxygen, and so the water may have more oxygen there than say,
when there’s no vegetation. Or, you know, say for example, it’s hydrilla
or milfoil that taps out on the surface and actually produce shade underneath, then the
water underneath that shade, that canopy can be cooler, maybe five degrees cooler, and
so it can hold more oxygen then and it’ll be cooler than what your temperature gauge
reads on your trolling motor, so it can hold more oxygen plus there’s vegetation. So that adds to the oxygen. Also, wind can create a lot of oxygen. You get wind up on the shallows, and it’s
churning up the water, that will oxygenate the water as well. And finally, I’ve been in situations where
I’ve seen the thermocline has been really shallow. Typically, we think of a thermocline as being
deep, and anything below a thermocline really has…the water doesn’t have a whole lot of
oxygen at all. So you need to fish above the thermocline. Well, I’ve seen some lakes at times where
the thermocline is less than 10 feet deep. Honestly, that can happen. And so the fish aren’t going to stay down
below 10 feet deep for very long in that situation. They’re going to be up shallow. Even though the water temperature maybe in
the 90s and the oxygen level won’t be as ideal, it’s a lot better than you know the alternative
where they can’t survive under a thermocline. So just understand, as a general rule, the
warmer the water temperature, yeah, you’ll find fish deeper, all things being equal,
but there’s a lot of variables to pay attention to where they may be shallow even though the
water temperature is really warm. Keri: Hang on. Hang on. Glenn: I’m not gonna say anything. There you go. Keri: That’s a nice one too. Oh, my God, it’s strong. Glenn: That’s a good fish. Keri: A strong one out there. Come on. I’m gonna catch my bass. Glenn: That’s a really good one. Keri: Come here. Come here. Oh, my God, you’re big. Glenn: Good one. Keri: He was hungry. Now, I’ll let you go if you’d be nice. Glenn: Here’s a question about glasses, “Glenn,
can you talk about the importance of fishing polarized glasses? I hear everybody talking about fishing while
wearing polarized glasses. Like, what does that mean?” Well, polarized glasses really enabled you
to see in the water better. The reason is that, and especially cloudy
days, but even sunny days, you get this reflection off the water, and all you see with regular
glasses or with your bare eyes, just your vision is just this reflection of the clouds
in the sky and the sunlight bouncing off the water. It doesn’t enable you to look in the water. You put polarized glasses on and what they
do is they eliminate a lot of that reflection so you can see into the water, help you find
stumps, rocks, dock pilings, vegetation edges. You can even see fish. It enables you to fish a lot better because
now you know what you’re fishing. You can see what’s beneath the water, and
it helps you with your casting accuracy and a whole bunch of other things. So polarized glasses are extremely important
to have while you’re fishing. Here’s a good one about smallmouth fishing,
“Where do you suggest I go to catch trophy smallmouth bass? At what time of year should I go, and what
type of lures would you suggest I use?” Well, these are really good questions, and
there’s a lot of arguments because people have their favorites. But what I would look for are areas that have
really good, pristine quality water with a lot of forage available and cover. So what comes top of mind to me are, like,
the Great Lakes areas, for example, Lake Erie. I’d also look at some of the areas in the
Midwest, for example, say Tennessee has a lot of really good…you know, Dale Hollow
and, you know, and the Tennessee River chain kind of come to mind that has some really
good smallmouth. Other areas I would look at are out west,
say the Columbia River. And in Oregon, there’s some great smaller
rivers that have really good, clean water that produce big fish. But the best time to fish for these big fish
and you have your chances of catching the biggest one I believe is during the spring,
early spring. When these fish are at their fattest, they’re
ready to spawn, they still have eggs in them, they’re going to be at the biggest they are
throughout the entire year. So early spring is a time I would target. And I would focus on those areas that are
in the pre-spawn areas, for example, drops points, and secondary points that are near
the entrances to coves and bays, any type of creek channel that goes up into an inside
of a bay that may have a rock pile on it or some kind of ledge, ditch. Those type of things, you know, leading into
spawning bays and spawning areas, that’s the areas I would target. And I would fish probably like a jig or jig
and pig, maybe a finesse jig. I’d also use tubes. Tubes baits to me are some of the most productive
baits for big smallmouth. Just day in and day out, year in, year out
they produce quality smallmouth bass. So that’s what I would do if I were to look
for trophy smallmouth bass. Well, I hope you found those questions interesting
and helpful. If you have any questions for me, please,
fire them at me at this email down below, or you can always shoot me a question on Facebook. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
BassResource.com.

5 Comments

  • Reply Chris Saldusky November 19, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    First woohoo

  • Reply Northern Mike November 20, 2019 at 12:07 am

    – Right on with the big Smallmouth question. The entire Great Lakes system is incredible, all the way out to the St. Lawrence River. I'm lucky enough to live in SE Michigan. I have access to some of the best Smallmouth fishing on the planet. I usually head to Lk St Clair for trophies, but this year the Detroit River has produced the most/biggest for me. I prefer the drop shot technique first and foremost. But other baits will work well too depending on depth & time of year. Tubes, jerkbaits and crankbaits just to name a few. You can see a lot of my fish on Instagram @nothernmikefishing. I will be uploading videos of these to YT again soon.

  • Reply Mitchal Green November 20, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Great questions, great answers. All the best. ?.

  • Reply Ken Mccarthy Fishing November 20, 2019 at 2:32 am

    You did and Incredible job again answering the questions, awesome awesome ??

  • Reply Bruce Simmons November 20, 2019 at 4:47 am

    If I see fish breaching the surface at random areas on lake can I assume that those are Largemouth bass feeding on sum type of bait fish? This is an AZ body of water that holds tilapia, catfish, carp & of course Largemouth bass. The majority of the tilapia die off every winter & I haven't seen any bigger than my hand. Odds are catfish wouldn't be the culprit. And I'm of the understanding that carp are vegetarians.

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