In this article I’m going to reveal some secrets of Smallmouth Bass fishing that any angler can use to their advantage on their next fishing excursion. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to focus on fishing for Smallmouth out of the flowing current of a small rivers and streams. If you didn’t realize it, smallmouth can be caught in the same manner in which we fish for trout. The only difference being the amazing fighting ability of the Smallmouth Bass.
I’m going to assume that you have a river picked out that contains the fish we’re looking for. Begin by finding a good looking are that’s not too shallow. The goal’s going to be to have your offering bounce off of the bottom as it flows naturally with the current. Start by grabbing the end of your line and tying on a small barrel swivel. Now, on the opposite end of the barrel swivel, tie on a set of pre-tied gang hooks. Add some split shot sinkers above the barrel swivel for weight. The number and size of split shots will vary, depending on the current flow. Now add a live worm to the set of gang hooks (gang hooks are the best way to present live bait).
Now cast this offering into the current, parallel to yourself and close your bail. Let this offering flow with the current, tumbling along the bottom the entire drift. You want your line to be taught as the drift happens. With practice, you’ll easily be able to distinguish the difference between the bottom and bites. This technique works extremely well for Smallmouth Bass.
The next secret is to make sure that you have an efficient way to carry your bait. Remember, the more time that you can spend with your line in the water (where the fish are), the better. Having your line out of the water while you locate your bait and bait up is a huge time waster. That’s why having a bait bag is such a great idea. A bait bag is simply a small bag that hangs from your fishing vest, and carries your bait for fishing. This way your live worms (or other bait) is always “at your fingertips” waiting to be used. With a bait bag, there is no more wasted time searching for and using your bait.
The final secret to Smallmouth Bass fishing is to make sure that you’re on the water at the most opportune times. What do I mean by this? There are certain times of the day and month that are more conducive to fishing than others. Knowing this information, and how to use it to your advantage is what I’m referring to. The information that you need to know, revolves around the weather and moon. There are no two single factors that affect the behavior of fish like the the weather and moon on fish, and knowing the basics of how this works is a secret to being a truly successful angler.
Give one or all of these secrets a try on your next Smallmouth trip and see what happen? You won’t be disappointed, I promise you.