Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 5 | Bass Fishing
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Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 5 | Bass Fishing

November 28, 2019

Glenn: He’s got a big head. Hey, folks, Glenn May here at And today, we’re going to dip into the mailbag
and answer some questions that our viewers have sent us. And hopefully, one of the questions is yours,
or it may be one you thought about, and here we are answering it. So hopefully, it will help you too. First question we have today is regarding
basically your health, and that is, “Hey, Glenn, I have seen anglers out there kissing
bass before on TV, and my friends do it sometimes. But I want to know, is it really safe to kiss
a bass?” Well, no. No, it’s not. There’s several reasons behind that. First of all, you wouldn’t take a drink out
of the lake that you’re fishing or river. Why? Well, because it’s probably got some pollutants
in it, plus the bacteria in it could make you sick. Seriously, it can give you some intestinal
issues or stomach issues, stomach cramps, what have you, all the way down to, you know,
some severe problems that could put you in the hospital. And that’s on the fish, and you could accidentally
ingest that. In addition, fish have bacteria on them. Part of their makeup, part of the system that
they have on their slime coat, if you ingest that, it’s a potential that you could have
some gastronomical issues with you, I mean, intestinal issues and cause other problems,
and you can get very, very sick. And sometimes this can last for weeks on end. It’s not a simple thing. You know, fishing is supposed to be fun. So, that’s why you will never ever see me
kiss a fish. Okay, here’s another question from an angler
who says he fishes a lot of lakes in the summertime that have a lot of timber in it, but he’s
having trouble catching fish around the bases of the trees and out around the timber areas
on the bottom during the summertime. So, “Do you have any tips?” Yeah, actually, this may or may not be happening. But in the summertime, a couple of things
could happen. Number one, you might have a thermocline setting
up. You can see that on your graph. You’ll see a thick line somewhere above the
bottom of the lake. Well, underneath that line, oxygen is really
depleted. And that’s not a very healthy environment
for the bass, so they’re not going to stay down there. So they might not just be on the bottom because
of that. In addition, sometimes what happens is if
the bottom is void of a lot of, you know, weeds or any kind of cover, the big fish may
move up into the branches of the trees to provide a little more protection, and the
bass will follow them. So the bass may be higher up in the water
column up around those branches. And finally, if there’s a lot of wood debris
on the bottom of the lake, what happens when wood starts to decompose, it actually consumes
a lot of oxygen. And that same thing I told you that occurred
with the thermocline can also happen with wood decomposing on the bottom. It just may not have enough oxygen down there
where the bass will want to hang out in, and plus the baitfish won’t either. So if you’re having difficulty catching fish
around the bases of these trees, move up vertically in the water column and vertically jig those
areas, and you might catch some suspended fish up off the bottom. All right, here’s a question we can all relate
to, but it’s from a beginning angler. And he asked, “Hey, what can you do when the
fish just aren’t biting? You got any tips?” Yeah. I got quite a few actually. We’ve all been there. It happens to the best of us, but there’s
several things you can do. First of all, you got to maintain a real positive
attitude. You’ve got to keep that focus. You have to understand that with every cast
you make, there’s a potential that you could get bit. Have that confidence and have that belief
with every cast. The reason being is it’s going to enable you
to focus more on that cast, and on your accuracy, and on the presentation as it enters the water,
as well as the presentation on your way back to the boat or back to the shoreline. It’s a focus thing and a concentration thing. If you are not confident in what you’re doing
and you’re not confident the fish are going to bite, then you’re not going to be paying
close attention to what you’re doing. You’ll get sloppy, you may miss subtle bites,
and you may miss out on an opportunity to catch a lot of fish. So maintaining a positive attitude is absolutely
critical to catching more fish. The next thing you should do is slow down. Sometimes a fish just don’t want to chase
a fast-moving bait like a spinnerbait, or a crankbait, or maybe your favorite topwater. Don’t try to force it. If they’re not willing to bite it, then slow
down and move to a slower-moving presentation like a jig, or a worm, or maybe a drop shot,
or a split shot presentation, and that can often elicit more bites. The other thing you can do is downsize on
your lures. Go to a three-and-a-half-inch tube jig, or
maybe a four-inch finesse worm. I know a lot of guys that fish five-inch Senko-type
worms, and sometimes I’ll move down to a four-inch or even a three-inch, and I’ll start catching
a whole bunch. Matter-of-fact, I’ll put those on the back
of a split shot sometimes, and I’ll start catching a lot more fish when I wasn’t getting
any bites before. So just downsizing your lures and slowing
down oftentimes, you can get a lot more bites. Now, if you’ve tried all this stuff and you’re
still not catching fish, don’t despair. One of the key things that I do every time
I go out fishing is I want to learn something new. I want to have a key takeaway every time I
get off the water. So even if the fish aren’t biting, take this
time, this opportunity to learn some stuff. For example, if you’re not familiar with the
lake very much, go out there and motor around. Go check it out. Go to areas you haven’t been before, seen
before, and start taking a look at it. If you fish from the shoreline exclusively,
go drive around the lake. Look for other areas and opportunities where
you can fish from the shoreline, places you’ve never seen before perhaps. Get an idea of what’s out there. If you’re on a boat, you can also maybe…this
is the time to learn your electronics, I mean, if you aren’t very familiar with your electronics,
you don’t feel comfortable with them. One of the things that I used to do, I’d go
over an area that I knew what was there, and I graph over it. And I’d watch my electronics, and what does
it look like on that screen versus what’s really below, and I get a better idea of how
to interpret what I see on the graph. That is really valuable for when you’re fishing
new areas that you haven’t been on before. Now you have a better idea what’s down there
because you have a better understanding of how to interpret your graph, for example,
or start playing with the different settings on your graph and take a look in how that
changes, what things look like on your graph to what’s below. Also, it’s a good opportunity to learn new
techniques. Now, again, maybe the fish aren’t biting,
but say, for example, you don’t feel very comfortable walking the dog with a Zara Spook,
or maybe you’ve never tried it before. Now is a good time to practice and learn how
to get that technique down. It does take some practice and timing to figure
out how to walk a dog with a Zara Spook or walk a dog with a frog, for example, any kind
of technique like that. Practice it now when the fish aren’t biting,
so when the fish are biting on that technique, now you’re spending more time catching fish
versus learning how to actually work the bait. So always figure out some way to at least
learn something new when you come off the lake, and that way you don’t feel your day
was wasted and that, “Boy, I just blew it.” You know, you can really come down on yourself
sometimes if you’re not catching fish. But if you can at least walk off the lake
going, “Boy, I learned a lot of stuff today, even though I didn’t catch any fish,” that
will help you with your positive attitude and will help you become a better angler. So I hope that helps. So here’s a question from a viewer in Kansas,
and he says, “Glenn, why do you use braid?” Well, let me first tell you, I think braid
is a specialty line, so I don’t use it on all my gear. It’s not a universal line. So you’ll only find it rigged up on some of
my rigs, but not on all of them. I think fluorocarbon, copolymer, monofilament,
all have their place, and I use them all for different situations, different techniques
and types of fishing. Braid is no different in that regard. So for, me when I use braid, I want to really
exploit what it’s really good for, its characteristics, and that is fishing in weeds and woody cover,
especially thick, woody cover thick weeds such as, you know, hydrilla, milfoil, or fishing
in submerged bushes and trees. Braid really shines in those areas. Notice I didn’t say rocks. Braid is not good in rocks. Rocks can fray braid, and I’ve seen it even
cut braid. Rock is like braid’s kryptonite, so I won’t
fish it around rocks, but thick weed and woody cover. So that usually translates into flipping,
and pitching, or throwing frogs, or spinnerbaits, or buzz baits over the top of submerged weeds. Or if the weeds are all matted, then I’m throwing
frogs and spoons right over the top of it, and pulling it, lure across it. Because when a fish sucks it up, you almost
always dive right back in those weeds. And the braid is really good at cutting the
weeds and pulling that bass out rather than getting wrapped up and tangled in it and then
you’re stuck. The bass could wedge and use that leverage
to get himself free. So those are the instances where you’ll see
me using braid. Keri: Oh, I got it. Nice fish too. Man, he’s healthy. He is healthy. Thank you, dude. Thank you. Thank you. Come hither, no, come hither… Got you. You’re not going anywhere. Look at the belly on that guy. Another one. Yaay. Glenn: Now, here’s a question the gentleman
asked me the other day at the boat ramp. He said, “You know…” We were talking about GPS units. And he said, “You know, today’s GPS units
and how sophisticated they are, do you really find a need to use marker buoys anymore?” And I said, “Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely I do.” I use them for a couple of different reasons,
not for the reason we used to back in the day we used to use them to actually mark structure. But now, I don’t do it that way because I
don’t like to put a buoy right on top of where the fish are, so I won’t do that. But with structure fishing, a lot of times,
it’s a game of angles, and getting the correct angle is key to getting more bites. So when I do catch a fish off a piece of structure,
I like to kick a marker buoy right over the side right where the boat is so I know where
I need to position my boat to keep catching more fish. So a lot of times you’ll see me fishing right
next to a marker buoy. Why is this guy right on top of it, and he’s
not vertically jigging? That’s why. I need to position that boat in the right
position relative to that piece of structuring and stay on that spot. Another reason I use marker buoys is it helps
me visualize what’s under the water. So say, for example, there is a submerged
weed line in 15 to 20 feet of water. I might take a marker buoy and drop it on
one end of the weed line and then move up 30, 40, 50 yards and drop another marker buoy. Then I’ll back off, and I have a visualization
of where that line is. I have an idea of where that weed line is. And if I can keep my lure right in that strike
zone the whole time just by looking at those two marker buoys, I have an idea of where
that weed line is. So, yeah, I never leave without a marker buoy. I have several on my boat, and I use them
all the time. So here’s a question that was posted to me
from our Facebook page. He’s a new angler, and he asked me about electronics. He said, “You know, what’s the best way for
an angler to get the most out of his electronics right out of the box, and then later on down
the line? What can we do to get the most out of it?” I really like this question because we invest
a lot of money in these electronics. Man, it’s expensive. And so it behooves you to get the most out
of it. Granted they work great right out of the box. You turn them on, and you can go. And they show you a lot. And they’re really accurate, and they’re great
to use. But if that’s all you do with it, you’re not
getting your money’s worth. So, several things I do. First of all, by the time that unit leaves
the factory in the box, from that time on to when you open it, maybe months later, especially
with new units, a lot of software updates occur. Now, these software updates either contain
bug fixes or sometimes new features and functions. So the first thing I do when I get a new GPS
unit, I update the software always. I go to the manufacturer’s site, look for
an update, and I update it. And I do that regularly. Put it on your calendar, check it every few
months, and make sure you keep it updated. The other thing I like to do is…this is
more for the longer run stuff. But once you get used to using it, then take
it off auto and start to learn the different functionalities and features and how to change
the settings on it to get different views and also to adjust it with different types
of conditions that you’re fishing under. Starting with the gain and the sensitivity,
just start with those two things, and look how it changes your screen. In different situations, it can really add
clarity to your screen. You can see a lot more. And then from there, start learning all the
other different buttons and knobs on it that you can press and different settings you can
do. There’s lots of tutorials out there on your
unit. You can learn a lot about it. You don’t have to learn it all. You’re going to have it for a long time, so
don’t feel like you have to, you know, take a university course and learn it all in a
couple of weeks. Take your time, look at what you feel comfortable,
learn some things, go out in the water until you feel comfortable using that new knowledge,
and then go back and learn some more. The other thing about the electronics to get
the most out of them is you got to take care of them. Now, I know they’re built for the outdoors,
they’re built for rain and all kinds of weather, and a lot of vibration that occurs on the
boat when you’re running down a lake, but at the end of the day, they’re still electronics. So what I do is I keep them clean, and part
of that means when I’m on the boat and I’m putting on sunscreen or insect repellant,
I make sure I’m downwind from the electronics because if it lands on electronics, it potentially
could damage the screen, maybe permanently, or even the cover. So I do that, plus I keep it clean. And when I’m traveling between the launch
and home, I take electronics off, and I put them in the cab on the truck. A lot of times, the ride on the land, on the
highway is a lot rougher than any ride you’ll have out on the lake, and I just don’t want
to subject my electronics to all that vibration all the time. So I just take them off, and I put them in
the cab on the truck for the ride to and from the lake. Just a couple of things you can do to get
more out of it, to make them last longer, and to really get the most you can out of
your investment. Well, that’s all the questions we have for
today, but we’re going to do a whole bunch more. So if you have any questions, hey, email me
right here, and I’ll try to get to them as much as possible. Hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit


  • Reply Bayken Chopps November 26, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Hi dude. I’ve been fishing at my neighborhood pond lately, and I can seem to catch any fish in it! Please give me some tips on how to catch all the bass and what lure to use in this time of year in Texas. Thank you.

  • Reply Chalky_White 1 November 27, 2019 at 1:01 am

    NE Florida there still busting my senkos!!!!

  • Reply Mike Stoy November 27, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Fairly novice fisherman…keep up the tips n tricks vids Glen. Learning a bunch!

  • Reply Ken Mccarthy Fishing November 27, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Glenn I don't know where I'm supposed to submit my my question, I checked on Bass Resource and I'm still lost,or can I just ask on here and see if my question will be answered on YouTube???

  • Reply Dustin Fox November 27, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I will never quit kissing my bass lol ?

  • Reply CA November 27, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Gastronomical issues! Lol. It’s def bad for you, just look at Jimmy Houston. He’s goofiest fisherman you ever seen!

  • Reply Robert Timmerman November 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I always thought kissing a Bass was not a good idea. Good info about using braid. I really like using it with swim jigs. Happy Thanksgiving Glen to you and your family.

  • Reply Thurminator Fishing November 28, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Seriously? Is kissing a bass safe…lol i have never heard of anyone getting sick from kissing a bass. Can’t believe of all the questions to answer you answer this? Smh

  • Reply BassGeek November 28, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Great info as per your norm. I agree and most electronic makers recommend you take the units off when travailing.

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