In this how to fish video guide for bass, Gene Jensen from the Bassresource.com, shows us some of his methods. He is in his boat throughout the presentation and demonstrates different techniques and methods to look for bass fish. Gene Jensen suggests enthusiasts to keep their calm and to develop their own style for fishing.
For your reading pleasure here is the transcription from video by Gene Jensen.
Hey guys! This is Gene Jensen with the Bassresource Dotcom. Today I wanna run around the lake and I wanna show you guys the method that I use to locate bass. Now this is my method, there are a lot of different you know, people do it in a lot of different ways, but this is how I do it. I wanna show you how I, you know how I look for bait fish and how I look for cover and structure and things like that, before I even throw a line in the water than how I go and I actually search for the bass and try to get bites or try to get things to happen. So, let me just run around the lake and show this to you, let’s see how it turns out.
Alright, I just ran in, ran about five miles then I pulled up into this pocket, and you know, the water color’s a little bit different; I noticed that and things like that but the thing is you boat around you start looking for bait fish, as you can see on the fish finder, you know there’s nothing, I mean there is no bait fish in this area. So you’ve gotta fight the urge to stop and fish that beautiful tree that’s leaning over in the water, you know all that nice grass and things like that. Yeah there may be a couple a fish there, but there’s not gonna be enough and they’re not you know, they’re just you know, to me they’re just not gonna be active.
So I am gonna get out of here and I’m gonna go and head up into another creek and see if I can’t find some more fish; just fight that urge to stop and fish, when there is no bait fish in the area okay? And like I said I’m just looking for life, there’s no ticking on the water, there’s no birds feeding on the bank, there’s no seagull’s diving you know, kind of stuff like that. Anyway, I’m gonna keep moving to see if I can find something.
Alright, so I came into a long creek and it’s about a two-and-a-half, three mile-long creek, and I done all the way through this creek and it was a wasteland, and I just couldn’t find I was getting discouraged, getting ready to turn around, so well let’s go all way to the back and take a look and see what’s going on. So, you know that’s basically what I did, and as I got all the way to the back of this creek, now it’s springtime this is where actually where they should be; but I started seeing a lot more life and a lot more life and a lot more life. And, as you can see there’s not much but, you know here’s some fish here, there’s a pod of bait fish there. You know and I just started seeing more and more life, there’s some here some there. So, you know there’s a whole bunch of bait fish right here. As the further back in this creek I go, the more life I see; there’s birds over here around this point. So I’m gonna stop here and fish. Why not? I mean it’s got the most, the highest concentration of life that I’ve seen along this whole entire stretch of creek.
Alright, now what my goal is or what I wanna do is, I wanna cover as much areas I can in a short amount of time. I want to locate the fish, I don’t necessarily want to get them to, to bite! You know or should I say to actually feed. What I am looking for is I’m looking for that reaction strike; so I’m gonna pull out a search bait. What’s a search bait? Well, a search bait is a moving bait, anything that you know you cast out and you reel it in, is a moving bait and I’m looking for fish to either follow or strike or bump or swing or something, I’m looking for some type of a sign that there is a bass in this area okay. The search bait that I chose right now is a square bill and I may switch to rattle trap or a lipless crankbait but other search baits or spinner baits, flukes! Or square bills. This is the wrong type of fish, but there are fish in the area.
This would be a white bass or it’s a baby striper. Let’s see, I am gonna get him loose, but hmm. So I’m looking for, I’m just gonna run the bank and I’m not necessarily just gonna wind it out, throw it out and wind it in; I want like I said I want a reaction strike. So, I’m gonna do a, an erratic retrieve, even with a rattle trap; I’m gonna try different things you know. I’m reeling it in, I’m stopping it, I’m you know I’m jerking my rod. I’m doing all kinds of other stuff, I’m popping it. You know fast and slow and I’m just looking for that reaction strike. And as the bait comes in, I’m looking a foot and a half two feet behind it and I’m looking to see if there’s a fish following it may be. So, anyway. So I’m gonna run this bank real quick, I’m gonna turn the troll motor on high and I’m just gonna look for sign.
Alright! Well. Well the last day it didn’t work out so good, I kept catching the wrong species of bass there’s a bunch of white bass and well hybrids and striped bass, in the back of that creek. So I pulled it out and I went and found some dirtier water, this is quite a bit dirtier. I think that the
visibility on the last at that last place was about three and half feet, four feet; here I’ve got about 12 inches. So, I think I can get away with being a little bit more aggressive, jerking a loud rattle trap around and I’m gonna focus on these points and pockets; little places where the bass will get into to ambush bait fish. You know they’ll stay out from the pockets and the bait fish move into the grass and they go into the grass and they feed, points they sit up on the points and they wait for, they just wait for the bait fish to swim by and they you know, when the bait fish are down at depth you know, they have to swim up and over top of these points a lot of times and it put some close to the bottom and that’s where the bass, you know the bass don’t like to spend too much when they’re feeding, they like to be associated to something.
So, I’m gonna run this bank and spend a little bit more attention on, on the points. But, another thing to remember or to realize that you know when you fishing is this color water, you got twelve inches of visibility; you’re not gonna be able to see the bass following the bait. So, that’s something that I really stopped looking for. I’m looking for swirl behind it maybe if I’m fishing a shallow but this one, you know I’m gonna try run this one about two and a half, three, four feet deep. Let’s see what happens, but I’m still running fast! Lot of activity back in here, you know that same thing, it’s got a lot of a, it got a lot of bait fish. Lot of things ticking a lot more things ticking here than there were, there was in that other spot; so there’s a lot more life here.
There’s a fish, not a bad one. Alright, so I got bit! Got bit on this point, I want you to notice on this rattle trap, he hit the back hooks. Okay, he got it pretty good but he hit the back hooks, so that’s not, probably not exactly what they want to hit.
I’m gonna grab something and slow down. Spend little bit more time on this point with a, with a slow bait. But I’ve located them okay, I know where the fish are or some fish are; they’re on this you know, they’re on this point. And I’m gonna go and determine exactly what they want
to eat and then I’m gonna go from point to point and find little spots and some points will have fish on them, some won’t. I’m still gonna try pockets in between these points and see if I just found a good concentration of fish so, let’s see!
Alright! What I got here, cause I just picked up a jig head, this is a creeper jig head by a Green fish tackle, it’s a dragging jig head. So, we got a rage craw, I wanna say that’s a Falcon Craw color but, it’s a, one of my favorite dragging bait specially this time of the year in early spring. And another thing that, that I do a lot and that I know a lot of people do is you look around the lake and you see people fishing on the bank and you see them fishing in a boat and your automatic thing is to assume that â€˜oh they’re catching fish and I’m not’! Don’t think that, you know it’s, they could be sucking it up just as bad as you are. So, you know don’t assume that somebody else around the lake is catching fish and they know where the fish are and things like that. A bad day is a bad day, and you know as long as you go about it and go about that method you should be able to you know, use a method to find fish, you should be able to find them.
Yeah! Yo! That’s what I’m talking about. Searching and finding fish man, it’s what it’s all about. If you can’t find the fish you can’t catch them. It’s a nice old three and a half pounder maybe four, he’s pretty thick, they’re getting ready to spawn. But, you know like I said you know, you just gotta find them, if you’re not, if you’re not in the fish, you’re not gonna catch them. So, find the bait fish, I’m gonna let this go. Find the bait fish! Find the food that they eat and you will find the fish, you’ll find them active, you’ll find them feeding. Search for them, go up and down the bank look for sign, look for fish following and so and so forth, it’s all a method. It’s my method, it’s not everybody’s method; there’s gonna be a lot of people that would say, well I do it differently, that’s fine! This is my way, that’s what works for me.
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