Big bass is a term used to describe bass weighing over 5 pounds. Usually, a fish of this size would be called a “monster” or “beast.” However, it has become an increasingly popular fishing term used as the sport continues to gain popularity each year. This article will cover some tips and techniques for catching big bass as well as a list of popular bass lakes.
Advantages of big bass:
1. They are always a good fight, even over 5 pounds.
2. As mentioned above, big bass can be caught using some of the most popular lures on the market today.
3. Who doesn’t love catching “big fish!”
4. The bragging rights associated with catching your first big bass…or biggest for that matter, can be priceless.
Disadvantages of big bass:
1. Big bass are generally more difficult to catch than smaller fish, so the process of catching a big one can be frustrating at times.
2. Your technique may need to change from what you’re used to in order to land your trophy. For example, if fishing for some 5-pounders and you start getting bites that just won’t stick, chances are you’re not using the proper technique. After all, you don’t want to lose a trophy because of something as stupid as a line twist…
3. Big bass tend to tear up your average plastic worm in no time. If fishing with live bait or lures that resemble small fish, big bass may become less picky as the day goes on, but if you’re using a plastic worm they will generally leave it alone.
4. Many people only catch and release bass. While this is fine for most situations, if you want to catch a trophy occasionally you may need to keep one or two fish throughout the year to ensure they reproduce…just don’t forget to give them back!
5. Big bass, as mentioned above, can be difficult to eat because of their size and firmness. Sometimes anglers will have a little more meat on the side from fish they have caught and released…or so they think. It’s very easy for big fish to tear a fillet into two separate pieces when being picked up. So, if you’re looking for a way to cook your catch of the day, I would suggest using some toothpicks and skewers.
6. Big bass are most active during different times of the year than smaller fish. This makes it difficult to find them on the same bait or lure throughout the year. Generally, they become much less active in the colder months, but in the summer months, they seem to be a little more aggressive…
7. Big bass fight longer and harder than small fish, so when you do hook one it’s best to take your time with them rather than rushing into things. Once you get them to the boat or shore, give them some time to calm down before you start posing for pictures.
8. Big bass are great targets in tournaments…but they can sometimes be very expensive in terms of boating costs. For example, say you’re fishing in a 5-day tournament and the average fish is 3 pounds. You manage to catch 2 10+ pounders on day three and bring them to the scales, but unfortunately, they are not legal because of the size limit. This could be a very costly mistake…
9. Big bass won’t bite if you go too slow…but they won’t bite if you go too fast either! Sometimes it’s just best to relax and let the fish tell you what it wants to do. You’ll notice the bite will often be short and light for big bass…so give them some time to come up and grab your bait.