The NewEnglandBass.com Commandments of Bass Fishing

  1. Throw topwaters only when the water is at least 60 degrees and the sun is not visible or bass are schooling
  2. Wait 2 seconds before setting the hook with a topwater
  3. Fish shallow early and late and on cloudy days - fish deeper on bluebird days
  4. Fish tight to cover on sunny days - cover more water on cloudy days
  5. Throw single hook lures around heavy wood cover - throw treble hook lures whenever you can get away with it.
  6. Use a medium to light rod when fishing with treble hooks - use a stiffer rod for single hooks (worms, jigs, spinnerbaits)
  7. Use dark colors at night
  8. Use brighter colors in murky water and on dark, cloudy days
  9. Use colors that don't stand out in clear water and sunny skies
  10. Use bigger and noisier baits in murky water
  11. Work a bait faster in clear water
  12. Use unweighted baits only in calm, shallow water
  13. Use heavier baits in the wind, deep water, or strong current
  14. Big baits catch big fish, small baits catch more fish
  15. Match the size of the bait that the fish are feeding on
  16. Work a crankbait in about 1/2 the depth the bait is designed to run.
  17. The lighter the bait, the more line you should leave out when casting.
  18. The percent of how full you fill your baitcasting reel is about equivalent to the percentage of your maximum casting distance. For instance, if you fill your spool 100%, your maximum casting distance is 100%. If you fill it 80%, you can only expect to throw it 80% of its' potential.
  19. Bass prefer long and skinny over short and fat
  20. Rising water is better than dropping water
  21. West wind is better than an east wind
  22. Cold fronts will shut the bite down when the water is cold
  23. Smallmouth bass behave completely differently then largemouth bass, and so should your approach to catch them
  24. You cant catch em if you don’t fish for em

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