September 20, 2016

What Do Bass Eat? It’s Not As Simple As You Think

What Do Bass Eat? It’s Not As Simple As You Think

Knowing what bass are most accustomed to eating with definitely help us as anglers in a number of different ways.

Knowing what these bass eat naturally will help us plan our fishing strategies per individual fishing scenario, and using this knowledge will help you plan and execute your game accordingly!

In short, anglers of all sorts want to be aware of everything that bass are doing, and knowing what the bass eat is integral to finding and catching a lot of them!


Eating Habit #1: Mouth-size of this Bass

Mouth-size of this Bass

The most important part about understanding bass eating habits and what bass eat is understanding the mouth sizes of both small and largemouth bass.

Logically, they can only handle what can fit in their mouths, so knowing this seems simple but it is crucial knowledge to stay aware of at all times.

The size of what they can eat corresponds to the size of their mouth, so choosing your lure accordingly will help decide the potential size of fish you want to catch.

Eating Habit #2: A Bass’ Preference

The next most critical thing to know about bass eating habits is the fact that bass are like humans: they are all different. Preference can be determined by a number of factors like weather, and it can differ between different schools of bass, and/or by the individual fish: and this can make things easy or hard.

If you had success with one type of lure for one school or period of time, it doesn’t mean the next school of bass are going to have the same preferences. This is why knowing this is crucial, and you should always plan to have at least two very different setups ready to throw at all times!

Eating Habit #3: Colder Weather and/or Colder Water

Colder Weather and/or Colder Water

The diet of a bass can change with the weather as colder weather and water make fish slower, more lethargic and sluggish, and ultimately just less inclined to eat. Understanding a fishing situation where the water changes temperature can severely impact what the bass will eat.

This is where we as anglers want to use bait that is also much, much less active and slower than other types of lures and baits. In this situation, using a typical worm or night crawler can be key.

Using plastic worms can be great as well, and the in this case it’s just important that the movements are slow because so are the fish!

There are a number of ways to rig your worm bait (like the Texas or Carolina type), so once you have your worm securely on cast and let the worm natural sink with the line until it reaches the bottom.

What most anglers aren’t aware of (unless they are of course seasoned vets) is that the majority of bass hit this type of bait as it sinks and before it hits the ground. Using scented plastic worms or just real worms is key if you are going to let your bait sit any longer than 2-5 seconds.

In most cases, you will want to keep your rod and line extremely tight to feel the slightest hit on your rod’s tip. Be aware of the amount of weight you have attached on your rig so you have a better idea of how fast it’s actually going to sink, and repeat this process until you get a hit.

Of course you will want to check your bait a fair amount, and if you are using a larger rod it will always be a bit harder to feel that initial slight touch depending on how big the rod actually is.

So using a medium to smaller sized rod will definitely benefit you when you are trying to feel out smaller taps on the rod and your tight line!

NOTE: The smaller the rod the bigger the fight. Plain and simple. If you are catching bass that are smaller than what you usually catch use a smaller rod and reel to challenge yourself and make it more fun and entertaining!

Eating Habit 4: Fishing in or After Rain

Understanding How Weather Fronts Affect Fishing

Knowing how fish can be affected by the rain is crucial, and if you’d like to read more about it in depth click on an article about just that topic here.

A front can really change the entire day of fishing, and if you aren’t aware that it can do so, this might eat you up and lead you through a boring day of casting and not catching. So there’s no doubt you’ll be glad you’ve read this!

Eating Habit #5: Situational Bias and Reasoning

The last eating habit we’ll discuss that is essential for every angler to understand is the fact that each situation and day of fishing can and very well could be different.

If you are fishing on a pond it will definitely be customary to find out the rhythmic aspects of how aquatic life functions in these waters, and the great thing about ponds is that they can be very predictable.

As fisherman if we know when the fish are feeding, then we know where and when to fish! If you live close to a pond you can try to understand and pick-up on the tendencies of the fish in that particular body of water.

As anglers fishing on rivers and on the ocean will discover, these rhythmic and structured patterns largely don’t exist because of the changing nature of the composition of the marine environment.

Being aware of the weather, the temperature of the water, and individual fishing scenario as a whole will really make you more keen to understanding how to understand how bass eating habits can be the same or change depending on the situation.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Bass eating habits can even change within a timeframe of just a couple of minutes, and we all know how quick rain can start even when the weather was just sunny moments before.

Understanding the individual scenario and trying to feel out and further understand how the bass are operating is absolutely going to help you become a more experience and seasoned angler for a number of reasons.

It seems simple, but to catch something you have to know how it operates. The innate function that is eating serves as a great way to further understand how we think like these creatures.

Using the ideas and techniques we’ve discussed in this article you can go out on your next day of fishing and be able to further think like the bass that you are trying to catch.

Having a number of different setups available is going to provide you with a lot of depth for exploring the optimal fishing method for the time being, and if you can you should always have at least two options to throw at a time just in case.

Having these two potential options will give you the quick ability to throw each one at different times to feel out the situation and scenario.

We’ve all seen a massive striper jump in the channel of a river before while we are fishing for large-mouth bass, and we always want to have that critical other potentially larger set up to really be able to cast out there immediately if possible!

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I'm Brenda. I have a great love with fishing and the wonderful fish species. I created the website - Fall For Fishing - as an outlet for my love of Fishing and I hope that you may find some enjoyment learning from my Fishing articles.

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