Creating a Bite
Bass fishing is a different animal when it comes to catching fish. No other type of fishing can compare, as most other types of fish bite to eat something and feed, whereas bass respond and strike.

When it comes to catching bass, I always tell my customers if you are going to be a good bass fisherman, you have to learn to create a bite. There are many times that bass just do not eat, and getting them to strike is the only way to catch one. The key is: how do you create a bite?
This is where bass fishing becomes different. You just don’t throw a bait in the water and wait until a bass decides it’s hungry. Your bait must entice a bass to strike it. Most bass fisherman fish with artificial baits. This also changes the dynamics of bass fishing as it increases the need to create a bite vs. find a hungry bass. Many times, it’s some type of movement, noise, color or speed that causes bass to react and strike. For the fisherman, deciding which of these is key to catching. There is no one thing that I can tell you always creates a bite. Here is where you must use your thought process, your creativity and experience to get a bass to respond to your bait. This aspect of bass fishing is the one that separates the best from the rest; use your mind, your wrist, your pole, your reel and try different ways to move that bait until something works. When you find a movement that works, unhook your fish and do it again to see if it creates another opportunity.
The important aspect of creating a bite is, many times, movement over all the other things we as bass fisherman talk about that are the difference makers. One thing I always do when it’s tough, is ask my customers what is their confidence bait – what bait do you believe in? There’s a reason it’s the bait they create a bite with more than any others. They may not realize it, but its true – creating a bite is an art. It’s the difference maker and if you put your creativity to test every time you go bass fishing it will pay dividends.


Captain Mike

Dunham's Sports

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