Top Bass Fishing Tips – Part Five – Bass Fishing the Reeds

This is the last article in our series titled Top Bass Fishing Tips. If you missed any of our previous articles in this series, I highly recommend that you do a quick search to find them as they compile some of the best bass fishing techniques that will help you catch more bass. With that said, let’s take a look at the topic of today’s article on Top Tips for Bass Fishing. Today will look at reed bass fishing.

The secret behind many bass fishing techniques is knowing and understanding proper presentation in order to catch that lunker we dreamed of the night before. Well, every time I spot a bed of reeds it’s exactly the first thing that pops into my head, and my heart starts beating like I’ve just won the lottery. It’s not really surprising that this happens because any good elite bassmaster angler is going to tell you that bass fishing is gold. Here are a few things to keep in mind when fishing for reeds.

1. Get a great cast. This is one of the best and most valuable bass fishing tips when it comes to reed fishing. The reason is that the grass structure is actually quite thin around the bass and if you don’t set yourself up far enough from the bass and go for those longer range throws, you risk to scare the bass. So it makes sense that the further away you are from the bass in this situation, the less responsive the bass will be to your presentations.

2. The trajectory of the casting. Wow, I bet you never saw that one coming. Many bass anglers rarely consider their cast’s actual trajectory, but talk to an elite bassmaster and they’ll tell you they’re thinking about it all the time. This is one of the most critical aspects of getting a good cast. Thick reeds do not lend themselves well to rod flipping or pitching techniques and will cause you a lot of blockages. What I love to do about growing reeds is projecting skyward. The idea is to get it high and long. By doing this, you will have a better chance of landing between the reeds without hanging up and placing that bait or lure directly on the nose of the bass.

3. If you don’t get a “Dead Stick It” Strike. Bass fishing with the reeds is like walking a fine line, and sometimes you will have no idea if you have passed it. You could be sitting pretty far back, throwing your decoys high up into the sky, and still not being hit. It’s hard to say the exact reason, you might think you’re far enough away from the bass that you won’t be scared, but you are not. Maybe the guy you fished there and an hour before made the bass shy, there are a million reasons, so if you don’t get a strike after a few throws, stick it. Let your bait or lure sit there for a few minutes, just in case the bass might think about your presentation before nailing it. Once you are convinced that there is nothing (or that your patience cannot take it anymore), back the decoy slowly, do not ride on the recovery as you will not only scare the bass but in anyway, the hood will be hung in the reeds so you’re done like dinner. This method of bass fishing can be frustrating, but learning how to refine weed rigs is the real winner for reed bass fishing.

Well here are some quick bass fishing tips for reed fishing that are sure to help you catch more bass. The goal of this series was to give you excellent bass fishing techniques so that you can become the next elite bassmaster. So what are you waiting for head on, wet that line and grab the lunker of your life. See you on the water.

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