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February 25, 2016

How To Catch A Bass Every Cast

Few things can be as exciting and fulfilling for a fisher person than catching a fish with every cast! Fox_more_clever_than_fish_DVIDS92061

Can you learn how to catch a bass every cast?

Yes and no!

3 Requirements to catch a bass on every cast

1. Conditions

There are various conditions that allow you the exciting experience of catching a bass of on every cast.

  • Bass are schooled near a trough, ledge, hump, or other structure.
  • Bass become excited and so jump at your baits.
  • The water you are fishing gets very little pressure, so bass are not used to seeing baits.

2. Location

As you can see in the above list, finding a school of fish will increase your chances of nonstop action. You can find these structures by analyzing your fish finder readout, feeling the bottom with your lure, or from studying 3-D maps of the area where you are fishing.

And think schooling fish! So, if you catch one bass, assume there are other bass in the area and fish it thoroughly and carefully.

Watch world-class fisherman Kevin Van Dam fish a school; he’s excited!

3. Technique

Naturally, HOW you fish for bass will determine your success. Under various conditions, different lures and techniques will be productive.

On the other hand, some folks really focus on just ONE type of lure:

  • JigsBig_Bass_Louie_Bartenfield_sm
  • Worm fishing (plastic)
  • Crankbaits
  • Topwater baits
  • Spinnerbaits

That’s fine, and you can certainly have success specializing in one type of bait, but most bass fisherfolk like to have a variety of choices to increase their chances of success.

No matter what you decide to use, be sure and learn all you can about that technique. Master the lure and you will be a master basser!

Be sure and share your success stories with me here!

Tight lines!


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The Smiling BassHole

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Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Hello, You have some good information on bass fishing.I bass fish alot in the summer after the spring trout fishing slows down here in New Hampshire.Can’t wait to get out.It looks like an early spring I hope.

    Good luck bass fishing it’s coming quick this year.

  • Skip,

    Looks like you do some hunting, too!

    I’m also in New Hampshire. One of my “home” lakes is Webster Lake. I’ve caught some nice bass right near the “new” beach!

    And where do you like to fish for trout? Are you a spin or fly fisherman? I did fly fishing (for both bass and trout) for many, many years. While working in San Francisco as a legal secretary, I spent all my lunches at the local Orvis shop, often helping customers, so they finally decided they had to hire me on the weekend!

    Yes, I’m looking forward to spring. I’m still stiff from my surgery, but I missed a lot of last year’s season, so I’m raring to go!

    Tight lines, my friend! And maybe I’ll see you on the water!


  • Roger,
    Not been much of a bass fisherman in my life. I have caught some big ones though. I just moved to a big pond with a lot of bass. I will be looking at some of your tips as I go out this spring and summer to find some of them. There are three ponds and the top one has a lot of stumps sticking out of the water. I am going to try this area first. What do you think will work best for bait, I live in the Midwest.

    • John,

      Stumps sticking up out of the water is always a good sign!

      What lure to use will depend on a few factors, including what you like to do.

      Quick answer is:

      * Try a jig. Toss it past the stump, then try to “thump” the stump on the way past. Jerk the jig and let it fall a bit. And hold on!

      * Cast a spinnerbait out into the water, and bring it back with a herky-jerky / stop-and-go retrieve. Again, aim for thumping those stumps. The hits can be massive!

      * Use just a worm (plastic) threaded on a hook. Swim it past those stumps. Twitch a bit as well. You can use any type of soft plastic, not just the worms (salamander, crawfish, baitfish).

      Sounds like you’ve got some good times ahead!

      And I WILL be adding some spring tips soon, so stay in touch!

      Tight lines!


  • Kevin VanDam makes it look so easy!
    I had never caught a bass before, but it seems doable now that I have read your post.
    I thought to be able to catch bass, it had to be a specific time of year.
    Now I know where to catch bass, near a trough or ledge!

    Thanks for the tip Roger!

    • Yohan,

      Kevin Van Dam makes it look easy because he’s one of the world’s best bass fishermen!

      You CAN catch bass all year long. But the BEST time to catch BIG bass (for us mortals) is spring! Which is either already here or just around the corner (I’m in New Hampshire, so it’s still coming for me!).

      And in the spring, those big bass come right up to the shore, preparing for the spawn, and then spawning.

      So now’s a good time to start!

      Tight lines,

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

    • Thanks!

      Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I’m hoping to add more videos going forward.

      Meanwhile, as a BassHole, you can’t go wrong linking to Kevin Van Dam!

      Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

    • Thanks, Tyler!

      I’ll be posting more on lures and techniques, so be sure and check back soon!

      Meanwhile, if you should have any specific questions, let me know and I’ll either answer them or research them to find the answers!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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