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Why and how to Bass Fish?!

Why and how to Bass Fish?!

In this blog, Pascal Rainville answers the question: "Why Bass Fishing?" He shares the allure of bass fishing, the changeable nature of the fish, and introduces three effective techniques for beginners: The Wacky Rig, The Bladed or Vibrating Jig, and The Popper. Emphasizing that success comes from time and effort, Pascal's insights offer a valuable starting point for any budding bass angler.

Why and How to Bass Fish?!


This is a question I get quite often, from anglers of various levels to people I meet in passing. The answer may seem simple, but I will share with you all the aspects that make this seemingly ordinary fish so fascinating for me.


Many might argue that bass are an easy fish to target—patrol the banks or structures, toss a lure, and eventually, you are bound to catch one. Arguing otherwise would be disingenuous and paint the practice of bass fishing as more complicated than it is. Certainly, given the right windows of opportunity, bass will attack and bite on almost anything. However, there comes a time when even the best baits fail, and this challenge is part of what fuels my passion.


For me, the thrill of the next catch, deciphering a new body of water, or figuring out the bass behavior at a particular moment are all components of my affection for this pursuit. Another aspect that fascinates me is their ever-changing mood and behavior. Bass can switch from being incredibly active, almost destructive when attacking, to having their jaws locked, belly on the riverbed, refusing to eat anything.



The Simple Approach

Here are three techniques for someone just starting out with bass that will likely get a bite anytime, anywhere you may target them.



The Wacky Rig

If there's a technique as simple as the worm and bobber, it's this. All you need is a circle/wacky hook, a wacky rigging tool to maintain bait longevity, and a stick worm-style bait. For a straightforward rundown on how to fish it, cast it out and let it fall freely. Occasionally, give a quick little twitch of the rod tip and let it fall loosely again.


The Bladed or Vibrating Jig

Known to many as a chatterbait due to the popular bait by Z-Man, this bait is sure to provide some action when you want to target bass in and around structures and cover. Whether you are fishing around grass, submerged timber, or docks, this technique works great. From a wide selection of chatterbait by Z-Man to other brands like Weapons of Bass Destruction Lures, you're sure to find one that suits you.


You'll also want to add a trailer bait, and here are some simple choices for you:



The Popper

A long-time favorite among topwater anglers and a staple in an angler’s arsenal to work the surface. You cast it around accessible targets such as docks or rocks that are either submerged or breaking the surface. With a simple twitch of the rod, the bait will pop, splashing water and making a "gloop" sound. Pop it a few times, let it sit, repeat the process, then retrieve and cast again. You can find our popper selection here.


Success Comes with Work

Using these techniques, you have a good chance of landing a significant number of large bass. While these are excellent beginner methods, there's a plethora of techniques to explore and practice. These starting techniques don't require extensive practice or knowledge to use. My advice to all anglers is this: Nothing can replace time spent on the water, building confidence in a lure or technique.


I hope you have a great season and catch the fish of a lifetime!


Pascal Rainville

Bearded Bass Project


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