For some anglers the pure excitement of catching any fish is all they need, for some it’s the time spent on the water with friends or family, now there is nothing wrong with these motives and in my mind anytime on the water is a great time!
But for some anglers, one thing crosses their mind when they drop their boat in the water and that is to locate and catch big bass. These anglers have the mindset that a day of fishing filled with a few bites from big bass is more exciting than catching a boat load of smaller bass.
Now you may be asking yourself, how can you specifically target big bass? Well the first thing we must do is define the term big bass. This all depends on where you live geographically and what body of water you are fishing.
When you are talking about fishing a lake or river in the Midwest, a big bass is any fish that is usually over that 4 ½ pound mark. Now if you are in California, Florida, or Texas, a big bass is something over that 6- or 7-pound mark.
When it comes to lure selection there are a few lures that just scream big bass. A flipping jig has been a tried and true staple for bass anglers for many years and because of its bigger profile and different presentation than the common Texas-rig plastic, it is a great choice for chasing down big bass.
For me, a ½ oz All-Terrain Tackle AT Jig black/blue or green pumpkin jig is a standby lure for me that works around a variety of cover, from flipping boat docks and laydowns to vegetation the jig works. Many anglers will lose confidence in the jig if they do not get bit right away or miss a few fish, this is when it is important to not get discouraged and keep fishing that jig. Sticking with a jig and learning to fish it will pay off down the road as your rod will be loading up with a big bass in no time.
Having the correct gear makes fishing a jig that much easier, which is why I’ll use 20 lb Seaguar TATSU Fluorocarbon as it is very abrasion resistant and super sensitive, meaning I’ll be able to feel lite bites, with the correct line and rod. My rod of choice is the Witch Doctor Tackle Oracle pitching stick (7’6” or 7’8”). This extra-heavy power rod allows me to pitch all day long without getting fatigued, yet the power of this rod allows me to hook up on a bass and get them away from the dense vegetation.
Much like the jig, the topwater frog is a lure that some anglers will tie on and throw in some situations, such as when fishing around lily pads or matted vegetation. But if you are looking to chase down big bass, tie that frog on and fish it for long amounts of time and you will catch some big bass. Areas that this technique will shine are around boat docks, over hanging trees and grass lines.
A frog, like the Snag Proof Bobby’s Perfect is my choice, as it casts well and has a great hook up percentage. Do not just think of your frog as a lure to use over cover, use it in open water as this bait walks the dog easily out of the package and will call big bass up to the surface.
Being that the cover you are throwing your frog into is quite dense, using a braided line is a must as it will get you a rock-solid hook set and not break when wrapped around heavy cover. I will spool up a high-speed ratio Wright & McGill Victory II Reel with 65 lb Seaguar Smackdown braid, as it casts smooth and has no stretch.
As I have highlighted above, cover that you will find big bass hiding is very dense and tough. Do not be afraid to make multiple casts to the same piece of cover and from different anglers as many times that big bass will take it is time biting. These fish have gotten big for a reason; they are opportunistic feeders and are not fooled lightly, so it will take patience and commitment from you the angler.
As you look to plan your next fishing trip this season, do not be afraid to plan some days where big bass will be all that is on your mind.
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