Fishing Tips: Bass Fishing

THEY WOULD HANG ON TO WIN IN THEOPENER 6-4 THE FINAL. >> COLLIN: WELL, ALREADYTHURSDAY ONCE AGAIN. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?ANOTHER SEGMENT OF FISHING TIPS. THIS WEEK RAY AND MANDY DISCUSSEVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOWABOUT BASS FISHING. >> TONIGHT WE’RE GOING TO TALK ALITTLE BIT ABOUT BASS FISHING. BASS IS THE NO. 1 SELECTED FISHFOR ANGLERS ACROSS THE UNITEDSTATES OF AMERICA, GETTING MOREAND MORE POPULAR IN MINNESOTA,ESPECIALLY WITH SMALL MOUTH BASSBECOMING SO IMPORTANT IN SOME OFOUR LAKES, MILLE LACS, LEECHLAKE HAVE GOOD NUMBERS OF SMALLMOUTH BASS. SO WE WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BITABOUT SOME OF THE TECHNIQUESTHAT YOU CAN USE. THE GREAT THING ABOUT BASSFISHING IS, WHEN THE BASS AREBITING, KIDS CAN CATCH THEM. WHEN THEY AREN’T BITING, EVENTHE PROS CAN’T CATCH THEM, SO WEALL KNOW WHAT THAT’S ALL ABOUT. BUT I’D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TWOTECHNIQUES THAT ARE VERY COMMON. ONE OF MY FAVORITES, IT’S JUSTUSING A PLAIN OLD WORM, AND THEYCOME IN A VARIETY OF SIZES ANDCOLORS. YOU CAN GET THEM 4 INCHES LONGTO 10 INCHES, 11 INCHES LONG,AND IT’S JUST ON A LITTLE TINYMUSHROOM JIG HEAD. THIS PARTICULAR TECHNIQUE ISALMOST WEEDLESS. IT JUST SLIDES THROUGH NORMALWEED LINES IN THE LAKE. THIS IS A VERY EFFECTIVETECHNIQUE: YOU FEEL A LITTLETAP, JUST GIVE IT A SECOND ANDSET THE HOOK, BANG. MY FAVORITE TECHNIQUE IS TO USEWHAT’S CALLED A WACKY WORM. WACKY WORMS ARE TAKING AWORMLIKE THIS AND YOU TRY TOBALANCE IT, PUT THE HOOK IN THECENTER OF THE WORM, AND YOUTHROW IT OUT SO THE WORM GOESDOWN LIKE THIS. DAYS WHEN THE FISH WON’T BITEANYTHING, THEY JUST CAN’T HARDLYRESIST LATCHING ON TO A WACKYWORM. IT’S A VERY EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE. >> MANDY: I’VE GOT A STRAIGHTSHANK WORM HOOK WITH A WORM ONIT AND WEIGHT UP HERE. THIS WEIGHT ISN’T PEGGED AND ITCAN SLIDE, SO THIS IS CALLED ATEXAS RIG. UNLIKE THE WACKY RIG THAT FLOATSDOWN HORIZONTALLY, THIS, THEWEIGHT GOES DOWN AND SLIDES ANDTHE WORM GOES DOWN WITH IT. YOU JIG IT AND IT POPS UP AGAIN,SO IT’S CONSTANTLY THIS UP ANDDOWN POP MOTION WITH THE WORMTAIL FLAILING IN THE WATER. IT’S ACTUALLY REALLY, REALLYEFFECTIVE. HANDS DOWN, MY FAVORITETECHNIQUE IS A TEXAS RIG. SO WE TALKED ABOUT IT WITH THEWORM, THE WEIGHT UP HERE THATSLIDES FREELY THAT GIVES THATYOU BOUNCING ACTION. I’VE GOT A 4 OTT WIDE GAP HOOKAND THEN THE PLASTIC ON HERE. FOR SOME REASON, THIS THING CANPRODUCE OUT OF A WEED LINE, OUTOF A FLAT. IT COMES IN MULTIPLE DIFFERENTCOLORS, AND OBVIOUSLY IT MIMICSCRAYFISH, BASS’ FAVORITE FOOD.

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