IGFA's 101 Freshwater Fishing Tips & Tricks by Bill Dance

By Bill Dance

One of America’s top identified fishermen with greater than 50 years of on-water event, invoice Dance can also be a match champion and a tv character. His counsel can help any angler capture extra and larger fish. Even skilled fishermen won't comprehend that dark-colored lures paintings most sensible in the course of low mild stipulations; that reluctant bass usually chunk at smaller lures fished slowly; that seventy five% of all line mess ups take place on the knot, so stable knot tying is key to good fortune; that once waters upward push, bass stream shallower—when it falls, they movement deeper. Dance’s wisdom is so wide-ranging that absolute newbies and crusty previous veteran fishermen alike could be informed and entertained and surprised. This booklet is being supported via The foreign online game Fish organization (IGFA), a number one authority on angling and the keeper of fishing’s international record.

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Fluctuations will affect bass in shallow water more, and a rapid change will have a more drastic effect on fish movements than a gradual change. Falling water drives bass deep. Rising water brings them up. 71 A common error that you should avoid when fishing farm ponds is consistently fish only the shallows when the bigger fish have moved to deeper water. Try fishing whatever deep structure is there, perhaps a channel ledge, submerged mound, or deep point and you’ll probably connect with the bigger fish.

Retie frequently. Check knots often for fraying. 33 As predators, bass exhibit a number of general tendencies. Two of the most important ones involve how they feed in a school of baitfish. Contrary to the belief of some fishermen, a bass does not merely open its mouth and crash through a school of shad in a random manner. In order to feed effectively, a fish must isolate a specific victim and then pursue it. At the same time, a fish is more prone to select a prey that appears disabled or one that looks different in some way from the others.

Palming provides power and control. 16 When bass fishing familiar waters in your area, don’t get hung up on the same old spots. Spend some time looking for new spots and locations you’ve never tried before, with some lures you might not ordinarily use. You’ll probably be surprised at the results! 17 It’s important to remember that fish feed heavily by sight in clear water, but in stained water, vision begins to lose its primary importance and fish use a mixture of sight, smell, and sound to locate their prey.

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