Since spend­ing hours in my favourite tackle store up the road it has al­ways been a great fas­ci­na­tion of mine to watch bass an­glers choose their lures.

SA Bass - - >> Sa Bass - >> Roger Don­ald­son*

Ei­ther the an­gler has some­thing very spe­cific in mind and chooses with ut­ter con­tent­ment, or there’s pure con­fu­sion. How­ever, I would like to sug­gest a sim­ple strat­egy for putting more bass on the end of your line. It may be just a mo­ti­va­tional re­minder for some of the read­ers, yet for oth­ers I’m fore­see­ing a marked im­prove­ment on their catch num­bers and less frus­tra­tion in the tackle store.

Most of us don’t have the lux­ury of spend­ing count­less hours on our favourite stretch of wa­ter work­ing out the bass’ where­abouts. Bass move to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in a fish­ery for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, in­clud­ing sea­sonal changes in tem­per­a­ture, vari­a­tions in wa­ter depth, wa­ter qual­ity, po­si­tion­ing of struc­ture and cover, and of course where their food is lo­cated. Not be­ing fa­mil­iar with a par­tic­u­lar dam, or how the above changes will have af­fected the bass will mean a lot more search­ing to find our tar­get species.

Nat­u­rally, us­ing a fish finder will help you lo­cated un­der­wa­ter struc­tures, and cer­tainly with the gross im­prove­ments in elec­tron­ics today an­glers may even be able to ac­tu­ally see the fish. How­ever, 99% of us do not have this lux­ury, but can rely on just three very clever ‘search baits’ to help us de­ter­mine where the bass are:

The li­p­less crankbait

This is po­ten­tially my great­est ‘search bait’ of all time and I know it’s ter­ri­ble, but I have a par­tic­u­lar favourite in this range – I sim­ply do not leave home with­out it. Be­fore I tried this bait I would never have be­lieved I would be writ­ing a story one day with it at the top of my lure list.

This lures great­est as­set is that it can be

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