Monday, April 6, 2009
Bigger Baits Equal bigger Smallmouth Bass
Most of the time for me, bigger smallmouth bass are attracted to bigger food. Only stands to reason the meal better be worth the energy spent! Now when I say bigger baits, I mean bigger baits compared to what most people throw on average for smallmouth bass.
For some reason, the average fisherman believes smallmouths are snackers. Throw a 2" or 3" grub and you'll catch a lot of fish. A lot of small fish. Throw a bigger bait near bigger fish and presto! More big bass.
I guess this is a good thing. Novices don't need to be taking smallies home in buckets/stringers. They don't throw close enough to cover or throw big enough baits to regularly bring out the big smallmouth bass.
Now, when I say bigger baits, let's not get crazy. I'm not throwing 7" swimbaits- yet. Just bigger than average. I've found a nice niche of what will catch numbers and size. Someday I may be headed down the big fish only route. Not yet.
Get the idea?
Most bigger baits can really be hurled. On any small-medium size stream the bass hear you coming. The longer you can throw, the better chance you have of presenting to unspooked bass. It's also fun dropping a big 4.5" tube down into a log jam .
Try it, you'll be surprised how many dinks you can catch too.