Bass Fishing: Tips, Gear and Where To Go

This page provides links to all our best bass content including articles on bass fishing tips, lures, gear and advice on fishing for all types of bass

Bass are the most popular freshwater sportsfish in the US.

Anglers in almost every state love catching largemouth, smallmouth and other bass species.

Bass live in a wide range of different waterways from ponds and lakes to rivers and canals.

They feed on a variety of different creatures and are more than willing to take lures and soft baits.

This page is devoted to showing you our range of bass content arranged into the following categories

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Bass Fishing Tips

We all want to improve our bass fishing and with these tips from our team of expert bass anglers, you’ll be increasing your strike rate on the water. These tips cover where to find bass, bass behaviour, bass fishing techniques and more.

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Trout Fishing vs Bass Fishing: Which Is Best for You

Facebook X Pinterest Reddit WhatsApp Two of the most popular freshwater fish when it comes to fishing are bass and trout. Both offer their own unique challenges and rewards for …

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What Is a Bass Grand Slam? All the Species Required

A Bass Grand Slam involves catching three of the following bass species in a single calendar day: Largemouth bass, rock bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, spotted bass, shoal bass, white …

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Best Water Temperatures for Bass Fishing: Detailed Chart

Knowing the best water temperatures for bass fishing can make the difference between a successful fishing outing and an unsuccessful one. Water temperatures can often be the number one deciding …

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Bass Fishing From Shore: Tips for Bank Angling Success

Bass fishing from shore can be an incredibly rewarding experience for those who take the time to learn the tricks of the trade.  With the right rod, reel, and tackle …

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How to Catch a 10lb Largemouth Bass: Expert Tips

As a bass angler, you obviously want to catch the largest and most impressive largemouth bass you can. These massive lunkers are the prized trophy of any bass fisherman, regardless …

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Fly Fishing For Largemouth Bass: A Beginner’s Guide

Historically, largemouth bass has been a fish targeted by anglers on expensive bass boats with enough spinning rods, bait casting rods, tackle, and lures to arm a small village. Now, …

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Best Soft Bait Colors for Bass: Top Picks for All Conditions

Make sure you are using the KILLER color for largemouth bass at any given time with this awesome guide to soft plastic bait color choice

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How to Catch Striped Bass: Tips for Striper Success

As one of the most popular saltwater sportfish for anglers in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern areas of the United States and Canada, Striped Bass can be an aggressive and exciting …

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How to Catch Smallmouth Bass: A Complete Guide

When it comes to freshwater fishing, smallmouth bass are a very popular American game fish to put on your list of species to catch. While not as eager to take …

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Bobber Fishing for Bass: Tips for Float Fishing Success

Whether you call them fishing bobbers or fishing floats, having these useful items on your line can make adjusting the depth of your bait much easier when bass fishing, as …

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The Top 10 Best Bass Tournaments

Professional bass fishing tournaments are a great way for anglers to take their hobby in a new direction. These fishing tournaments can help hobby fishermen display their talents and take …

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What is Considered a Trophy Bass? Largemouth and Smallmouth

Bass are one of the most popular, if not the most popular freshwater sportfish targeted by anglers in the United States. Every bass angler wants to hook into a trophy …

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Bass Fishing At Night: 20 Top Tips

Heading out onto the water on warm nights is a great way to land some massive bass fish, especially in the early spring or summer months. While keeping track of …

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How to Catch Bass: Fishing Tips for Beginners in 2024

Learn how to tempt America’s most popular freshwater game fish with some bass fishing tips that will massively boost your catch rate and enjoyment

Bass Fishing Rods, Reels & Gear

Bass fishing is easier and more productive with the right gear. In these articles our team of writers help you put together a rod and reel or choose an off the shelf combo for your bass fishing, whether it is a spin fishing outfit or a casting set up.

We’ve got articles on the best line types and strength for bass fishing, and what kind and size of hooks to use.

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Bass Fishing From Shore: Tips for Bank Angling Success

Bass fishing from shore can be an incredibly rewarding experience for those who take the time to learn the tricks of the trade.  With the right rod, reel, and tackle …

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Best Lures For Peacock Bass Fishing: Jigs, Poppers And Flies

The peacock bass is a popular target for the traveling angler, with many anglers traveling to the rainforests of South America to chase this fish in their natural environment. Due …

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Bass Fishing Gear List: What to Buy and Use for Bass Fishing

If you want to be a successful bass angler, you’ll need to have the right gear. There’s a lot of debate surrounding new tactics, techniques, and equipment in bass fishing, …

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How to Catch Bass: Fishing Tips for Beginners in 2024

Learn how to tempt America’s most popular freshwater game fish with some bass fishing tips that will massively boost your catch rate and enjoyment

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The Best Bass Attractant: Our Top 7 Picks of 2024

The best bass attractants and scents can help you catch more fish.

Bass Fishing Lures

You can catch bass on lots of different types of bass lures. In the articles below we provide our team’s picks for the best jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, swimbaits and topwater lures for bass.

We’ve also covered frog lures and the full variety of softbaits for bass as well as nominating seasonal collections of lures for autumn, winter, spring and summer.

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Best Rapala for Bass Fishing: 10 Expert Picks

Rapala lures are widely recognized by many anglers as some of the most effective and popular lures for bass fishing. These lures are specifically designed to mimic the natural movements …

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The Best Creature Baits for Bass: Top 10 and How to Fish Them

Find out why creature baits can be DEADLY on big bass and which ones to choose in various bass fishing situations: craws, lizards, grubs & worms.

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Best Frog Lures for Bass: 10 Topwater Gems

Topwater frog lures are some of the most popular and most fun to fish lures there are. You can throw most of them in any nasty and shallow weed cover …

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Best Jig Trailers for Catching Big Bass

Many anglers love using a jig to catch big bass fish. It’s a great option for use in extremely clear water as much as it is in stained or cloudy …

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Best Chatterbaits & Trailers: Our Top 7 Picks

Whether you are new to bass fishing or an old bass fishing pro, picking the best chatterbaits or bladed jigs and trailers can mean the difference between waiting for a …

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Best Lures For Peacock Bass Fishing: Jigs, Poppers And Flies

The peacock bass is a popular target for the traveling angler, with many anglers traveling to the rainforests of South America to chase this fish in their natural environment. Due …

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The Best Spinnerbait Trailers For Catching Big Bass

Fishing for bass can be an exciting hobby for anyone, both new and experienced. But with so many different bait choices, it may be hard to decide on the right …

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Best Lipless Crankbaits Reviewed: Our Best 10 Picks 2024

Lipless crankbaits are great lures for unlocking a hot bass bite in a range of situations. Find out our faves and how to fish these deadly lures

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Best Smallmouth Bass Lures: 12 Top Baits for Smallies (2024)

Smallmouth bass are awesome; they fight hard, are very aggressive, and are all around a blast to catch. While they are very similar to largemouth bass and will inhabit the …

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Best Spring Bass Lures: Our 14 Top Spawning Season Baits in 2024

Spring can be one of the most productive times of the year for bass anglers. With the warmer temperatures, spring bass will begin to make their way toward more shallow …

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Buyers’ Guide: The Best Bass Fishing Lure Kits of 2024

Save money and catch more fish with these great bass fishing lure kits. Choose from crankbaits, soft plastics, swimbaits and topwater bass lures.

Bass Fishing Rigs

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The 5 Best Bass Fishing Rigs for Beginners

Fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air, and bass fishing in particular is a very popular reason to get out of the house …

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Best Wacky Rig Hook for Bass Fishing: Types and Brands Compared

For anglers searching for the best wacky rig hooks for their wacky rig fishing, one of the most commonly used options, and my personal favorite as well is a wide …

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How to Rig a Tubebait Weedless: The Stupid Rig

Tubebaits and hollow tube jigs can be a frustrating bait to fish with. Not only do they often get hung up on the hook point, but fishing tubes can get …

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Sliding Sinker Rigs: How to Tie & Fish The Carolina Rig

The Sliding sinker rig (also known as a Carolina rig or a Slip Sinker Rig) is an excellent finesse-style rig for a wide range of species including bass. They work …

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The Split Shot Rig: A Deadly Finesse Fishing Tactic

Fishing with the split shot rig can be a simple yet highly effective technique that consists of three simple items; your favorite fishing hook, a split shot weight, and your …

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How to Rig a Fluke: 7 Deadly Methods EXPLAINED

Flukes can be deadly in bass fishing, but you need to know the right way to rig a fluke to get maximum success. Here’s our How To Guide

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How to Rig a Tube Bait: 6 Deadly Methods

There are a massive amount of different baits you can use to hook a trophy bass, but one of the best techniques to get the job done is a tube …

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How to Rig a Swimbait: 5 Awesome Methods

Learn how to rig a swimbait with our 5 top-rated methods! Our comprehensive guide offers easy steps for your ultimate fishing success.

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Carolina Rig vs Drop Shot Rig: Best for Bass?

If you’ve looked into any types of bass fishing rigs, you have no doubt heard of the Carolina rig and the Drop Shot rig. Both have their fans in the …

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The Mojo Rig: The Secret Finesse Carolina Rig (+ pictures)

While it has often been called the mini Carolina rig or the Finesse Carolina rig, the Mojo rig is an excellent bass fishing rig to use in the winter or …

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Neko Rig Setup: An Effective Worm Rig For Bass Fishing

Whether you are new to bass fishing or have been enjoying it for years, chances are good you’ve heard about the Neko rig from many anglers. This highly effective rig …

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Carolina Rig Vs Texas Rig

When it comes to comparing the Carolina rig with the Texas rig, many bass fishing anglers might swear by one being better than the other for certain situations or seasons. …

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Tokyo Rig Setup: How To Build And Fish It

Originally created in Japan as an alternative to the Texas rig, with a focus on being used in heavy vegetation to land big bass fish, the Tokyo rig has quickly …

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Tokyo Rig Vs Texas Rig: Bass Rigs Compared

When it comes to bass fishing, there is no shortage of great setups to try. While many anglers love their tried and true Texas rig, a new rig that showed …

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Wacky Rig Vs Texas Rig: Bass Rigs Compared

If you’ve spent any amount of time around bass fishing anglers or read even a single sentence about bass fishing setups, you have no doubt heard of the Texas rig. …

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Tokyo Rig Vs Drop Shot

In the fishing world, there is no shortage of rigs floating around. Some are new, some are not so new, and some look very similar to others. When it comes …

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Shaky Head Vs Texas Rig: Which Is Best For Bass Fishing

For both new and experienced bass anglers looking to get ahead of the competition, considering different styles of rigging may be something you want to do. There are countless bass …

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Ned Rig Vs Shaky Head: Best For Bass?

When it comes to different techniques in bass fishing that are catching on with new and old anglers around the country, finesse fishing has really come into its own over …

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Fish Finder Rig Vs Carolina Rig

When some anglers are asked about the differences between the Fish Finder Rig and the Carolina rig, they may try to insist that they are one and the same. While …

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The Shaky Head Rig: How to Fool Big Bass With Finesse Worms

The shaky head is a very simple worm rig that is nothing more than a small plastic worm rigged on a light lead jig head. This finesse rig gets its …

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How to Rig a Worm for Bass: Popular Set-Ups Explained

Fishing soft plastic worms or any sort of soft bait has become the mainstay for bass anglers. These lures are most likely responsible for the most fish caught every year …

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The Ned Rig: How to Fish It and What Bass Baits to Use

Ned rigs are so much of a rig as they are a specific type of jig head and worm. Ned rig style jigs are what’s called a stand-up jig (the …

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The Drop Shot Rig for Bass: Full Setup & Fishing Guide

Learn how to set up a drop shot rig the EASY way: which weight to choose, how to rig the worm or other plastic bait and how to fish the rig itself

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The Carolina Rig for Bass: Full Set-Up Guide and Tips

Learn how to build a Carolina Rig for fishing soft plastic baits for bass. Full step-by-step instructions and tips on how to fish this great bass rig

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How to Texas Rig a Worm

The Texas rig is the most commonly used rig in bass fishing, and rigging soft plastics this way gives the angler one major advantage, it’s weedless. That makes this type …

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Bass Habits and Behaviour

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When Do Bass Spawn in Ponds and How to Catch Them

Many bass anglers will search for bass in large lakes and the deeper water of reservoirs, but some of the best largemouth bass fish can be found in small ponds …

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Post Spawn Bass Fishing: Tips and Tactics for Success

Post spawn bass fishing is exciting and fun. Fishing guide Jeff Knapp shares his best tips for landing trophy post spawn bass

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When do Bass Spawn: Largemouth Spawning Season Explained

Largemouth spawning season is a great time to catch aggressive trophy bass. Jeff Knapp shares his spawning bass tips and best lures for enticing them to strike

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When do Smallmouth Bass Spawn? Season and Times Revealed

Get the best fishing info on smallmouth bass spawning to help boost your fishing success. Spawning times, locations and seasons revealed

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When do Striped Bass Spawn? Season and Locations

Striped bass are one of the great sports fish in the US. Jeff Knapp explains when they spawn & why it is better to target after spawning has finished

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Do Bass Eat Bluegill? They Sure Do!

The short answer is ‘yes’ – bass do eat bluegill. In fact bluegill are one of the main food sources for bass in many areas. Bass, especially Largemouth bass, Smallmouth …

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What Do Bass Eat? Guide to Largemouth Diets

Bass are opportunistic and non-discriminatory eaters. If a potential prey item swims or scurries past, and the bass is hungry, they will usually try to gulp it down as a …

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Pre Spawn Bass Fishing: How To Boost Your Catch

As the water temperature starts to rise, early prespawn largemouth bass start moving around and becoming much more active in the local staging areas of the main lake. This temperature …

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Bass Jumping Out of Water: What Does It Mean & How to Catch Them

Bass jumping out of the water are usually feeding on insects or other prey above the water. Find out the other main reason bass jump here

Bass Fishing in Different Weather and Barometric Pressures

Our crew are on the water come rain, hail or shine. It’s given them a good grip on how bass behave in different weather conditions and barometric pressure levels. We’ve compiled some of the team’s findings in the articles below.

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Best Water Temperatures for Bass Fishing: Detailed Chart

Knowing the best water temperatures for bass fishing can make the difference between a successful fishing outing and an unsuccessful one. Water temperatures can often be the number one deciding …

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Fishing in the Rain: 10 Tips for Wet Weather Success

Fishing can be a relaxing and exciting way to spend your day or weekend. But when the weather changes and the rain sets in on your next fishing trip, you …

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Fishing In Hot Weather: Bass Fishing Tips

Many anglers tend to avoid the sweltering summer heat as spending a day on the water in blazing temperatures can often be miserable. Enduring the summer heat is hard enough, …

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Barometric Pressure and Fishing: How Weather Affects the Bite

Being a successful angler involves extensive knowledge of the many different types of lure presentations, when and where to use them, as well as having a working knowledge of what …

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Bass Fishing After a Storm: How to Stimulate a Bite (Tactics for Tough Conditions)

When planning your bass fishing trip, it’s important to keep an eye on the weather forecast and look for any storm system that might be approaching. Any seasoned bass angler …

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Trophy Bass and Records

As anglers we are always striving to set new angling records. We keep a close eye on record catches across the full range of bass species. See the articles below for news on record bass and ways to catch a trophy bass of your own.

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How to Catch a 10lb Largemouth Bass: Expert Tips

As a bass angler, you obviously want to catch the largest and most impressive largemouth bass you can. These massive lunkers are the prized trophy of any bass fisherman, regardless …

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World Record Largemouth Bass: The Largest Bass Ever Caught

Breaking a world record is a pretty rare thing for anyone to achieve. Arguably, it is even more challenging to tie a current world record where exact weights, lengths, and …

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What is Considered a Trophy Bass? Largemouth and Smallmouth

Bass are one of the most popular, if not the most popular freshwater sportfish targeted by anglers in the United States. Every bass angler wants to hook into a trophy …

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World Record Smallmouth Bass: Check Out These Huge Smallies

While many anglers are focusing on largemouth bass, others spend their time chasing monster smallmouth bass. The smallies are not as big as their largemouth relatives, but they can still …

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Record Peacock Bass: The Biggest Caught in US and Brazil

Imagine reeling in a 37 inch long, 28-pound bass on your first cast of the day. For Iowa angler, Bill Gassmann, it was a dream come true. Gassmann, at the …

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Types of Bass

There are thought to be 17 different bass species in the US. We’ve written extensively about the main ones, and you’ll find these articles below spanning largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass and more including various types of bass hybrids and less known bass species.

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What Are Redeye Bass? How to Find and Identify Them

Redeye bass, also known as Coosa bass, Warrior bass, Bartram’s bass, and more, are a species of freshwater fish commonly found throughout the southeastern United States. While not as well …

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The Meanmouth Bass: A Unique Spotted Smallmouth Hybrid

It’s not uncommon for anglers to reel in some unique-looking hybrid fish. These fish can have some very eye-catching traits and, being hybrids, can also have unpredictable temperaments and natures. …

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Post Spawn Bass Fishing: Tips and Tactics for Success

Post spawn bass fishing is exciting and fun. Fishing guide Jeff Knapp shares his best tips for landing trophy post spawn bass

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How to Catch White Bass: Essential Tips for Success

For bass anglers looking for a new fish to target, white bass fishing can be exactly what you want. Catching white bass is an extremely popular sport throughout the United …

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How to Catch Smallmouth Bass: A Complete Guide

When it comes to freshwater fishing, smallmouth bass are a very popular American game fish to put on your list of species to catch. While not as eager to take …

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How To Catch Peacock Bass: Targeting This Exciting Species

Discover expert tips and tricks on how to catch peacock bass! Learn the best techniques and gear for a successful fishing adventure.

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Spotted Bass Vs Largemouth: Differences Explained

Bass are a favorite catch for avid sportsmen, but not all bass are alike. The spotted bass and the largemouth bass, for example, can be easily confused. In states with …

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.
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