Q: Which LRF technique would be best to try when fishing for my first bass? RUSSELL SMITH, BROADSTAIRS, KENT
AK & DS say: Bass are active predators. Although their diet can be varied, more often than not they'll be hunting some kind of baitfish. While you are fishing, keep a lookout for baitfish in the water. It will give you an indication of what bass might be feeding on.
Two LRF techniques that are ideally suited to bass are metals and jig-heads. Both allow you to cast good distances and cover large volumes of water, searching them out.
Both techniques can be fished sink-anddraw to cover the water column, or can be fished with a steady retrieve and depth once the fish are located.
Metal jigs cast amazingly well, but generally need decent water clarity. It's a very visual method. In poor water conditions, we would fish a shad-tail, soft lure on a jighead – something that will beat and pulse, drawing a fish’s attention.
There are more techniques that will work for bass, but these two will give you good odds of landing your first LRF bass.