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Florida Bass Fishing Basics
As in most fishing, location is key. Bass fishing also holds by the rule of fishing where the fish are. This is the first step to success in catching bass.
Bass in Florida will reside in almost all bodies of fresh water including retention ponds, lakes, rivers, and canals. Bass are ambush feeders and prefer locations with lots of structure and hiding places and so when you are choosing somewhere to fish, keep this in mind. Bass will use almost anything in the water as this shelter ranging from fallen branches to weeds to man made structure like bridges or pilings. When scanning an area you are going to fish, look for these things and start at these places as this is where you are most likely to catch fish.
Baits and Lures
Once your location is set, the next choice is what to use to catch your bass. There are many different choices that each have their own purpose, but for this introduction we'll stick to the most basic one that produce lots of fish: the worm.
Worms come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes, but for the most part a medium length worm of about 6"-8" is desirable. When picking out worms, there will be literally dozens of choices of colors. It is a good idea to get a couple different colors that are very different from each other like a dark purple, light green, and white. Some great baits are the Zoom Speed Worm in June Bug color and the Zoom Trick Worm in the Watermelon color. When rigging these baits, you will want to do something called a Texas Rig. This involves a 3/0-5/0 wide gap worm hook, and an optional bullet weight. A great video showing how to do this can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h-GD2QP5hw. When fishing this lure, it is good to vary your retrieve but you'll want your bait on or near the bottom slowly bouncing along with a twitch here and there.
Keep throwing this bait until you feel a thump and then set the hook hard and fight your bass in! If you decide to keep your catch, remember to look up your state size limits and also to learn how to fillet fish, check out the link below as well how how to cook delicious blackened fish.
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