Adapt techniques to adapting Bass

By Don Ingram
   Fish live in an ever-changing environment. Water level, temperature, clarity, light penetration, weather fronts, and current all impact how or what a fish must do to survive.
   By trying to understand how a Bass adapts to the changing conditions, anglers can increase their chances of catching more Bass by matching techniques like cranking, flippin, spinnerbaiting, or casting a worm to the changing conditions.
   Bass are creatures of opportunity and use certain variables like current, wind and light penetration or shadows on the water to feed. Anglers recognizing when these conditions occur and match the right technique with the conditions increase their chances of catching more Bass.
   Because the variables and conditions are infinite, we will discuss current in a reservoir or river system. In a river or creek system current may be constant or just when electrical power is being generated. In a lake, current may only exist when the lake is rising or after a heavy rain. In either situation Bass adapt to the changing conditions.
   Whenever I’m faced with fishing on a body of water with current, I remember one thing. If you take a bucket of minnows and pour out the water, the minnows adapt to the water leaving the bucket and swim up the current to the end of the bucket until the last drop of water falls out. By observing the minnows as water leaves the bucket, we know how they naturally adapted, positioned and migrated in current conditions.
   When current occurs, Bass will turn and face into the current for two reason. They use the least amount of energy when facing the current and they capitalize on the current washing food directly to them.
   Anglers fishing in current conditions increase their chances of catching fish by using the current to their advantage. Whether wading or fishing from a boat, always cast upstream and retrieve the lure with the current. By doing this, the current assists with a natural presentation that the Bass are using to feed. Look for eddies behind objects that create a current break; eddies are ideal places all species of fish take advantage of to feed.
   When Bass are active, they will ambush a crankbait, spinnerbait, or fast moving lure. When they are inactive, utilize a slow presentation like casting a jig or flipping a worm.
   Anglers should use a 30-minute rule. If you cast the same lure for 30 minutes and haven’t caught a fish, change the lure and try something different. Through trial and error an angler can maximize time spent on the water and catch more fish.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article entitled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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