Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 7 | Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 7 | Bass Fishing

Glenn: There we go! There we go. Okay. Come on in. Got a little belly on him. He’s been eating. That’ll work. Nice bright bluebird day, why not throw a
buzzbait? That’s clear water. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with and today,
I’m gonna answer some email questions that we received over the past month or so and
hopefully they’re gonna answer some of your questions as well and help you become a better
angler. Starting with this question, why are so many
big bass caught on slow-moving lures? Well, that’s a really good question. There’s a lot of different theories out there,
but really the reason is, at least in my opinion, is bass, big bass especially aren’t as quick
and nimble and as agile as smaller bass. Now, if you look at minnows and baitfish,
you can see they can dart and move very quickly and turn on a dime. Big bass that weigh nine, 10, 12 pounds, they
just can’t pivot that quick. They’re not that agile. Plus the minnows don’t have a lot of protein
in them. So, big bass have learned that there’s a ratio
of how much calories they are gonna burn versus how many they’re gonna get as a reward. And it doesn’t make sense to burn more calories
than how many you’re gonna end up eating, that’s a losing proposition. So, big bass tend to go after smaller or slower-moving
lures because they’re easier to catch and they don’t have to expend as much energy hunting
them down and capturing them. Therefore, the less energy they have to expend
with the greater the reward from a calorie perspective, the larger they’re gonna grow. And so that’s why big bass are caught on slower-moving
lures more often than faster-moving lures. So, this question comes from a viewer who
wants to know more about jig head design. Specifically, they ask lot of jig heads look
the same out of the package, but really what’s the difference in the design? What makes one better than the other? Well, that’s a really good question because
there’s several different types of jigs. There’s round head jigs, there’s football
jigs, there’s pointed head jigs, swim jigs, and each and every one of those actually has
a place. There’s not one jig universal jig head that
you can use. For example, a pointed shaped head jig, it’s
best you used for vegetation simply because it will slide through different forms of vegetation
without getting hung up. It’s not gonna collect all those weeds on
it. And so it’s really good for those weedy vegetation
type things where the big bass actually are. But another type of jig head design is a round
head jig and that I actually really like a lot, it’s not really good for weeds, but it’s
good for wood and rocky areas, points, and humps, and ledges, that sort of thing. I like the ones that have the eye on the top
of the head because they don’t get hung up as easy. They actually will go through rocks and such
and come out of it. Even if you get a little bit hung up with
that eye on the top on that round head design, it’s easy to get them unhooked or unstuck,
if you will. So, if you had that pointed head design like
I mentioned earlier for vegetation, they just wedge themselves in the rocks and you’re just
gonna get really frustrated because you’re gonna get hung up a lot and lose a lot of
jigs. But the round head, that’s better designed
for that. The football head jig is actually… it’s
named because of its football design. That’s a hybrid and it works really well in
those rocky areas as well, small rocks, deeper areas. I like to fish that in deep water. They’re usually rocky or have some kind of
a hard bottom to them and they come through really well. They don’t get hung up as easy as well. Again, if you noticed that the eye of it is
at the top of the head, so that aids in its ability to get through all those rocks without
getting stuck or even if you do get wedged in there, they’ll pop out easily. Whereas a jig head with an eye on the front,
you’ll actually pull it snug against the rocks and you’re not gonna get them out, you’re
just gonna wedge it in there even tighter. Now, the swim jig, that needs a pointed head. And actually if you look at it on the bottom
of it or near the bottom of it, it has these fins, if you will, and it is a little bit
of flat design on the bottom. The way that it’s designed, it helps it move
through the water a lot easier without it rolling from one side or the other. So, it’s designed to be pulled through the
water column and look like something living, breathing that’s swimming through the water. You can’t really do that with, say a football
jig. It’s gonna wobble, then flip over and rollover
or even the weedless jigs that I mentioned early for weeds, they don’t have that design
on the head, so it doesn’t stabilize it. Swim jig is designed for it and helps it glide
right through the water a lot easier. So, each jig has its pros and cons and it
really…it’s all about is matching the type of jig you’re gonna use with the type of cover
you’re gonna fish to get the best results. So, that’s why there’s different jig head
designs. Well, I got it. Keri: Hey, look at that. It’s a nice fish. I’ll get the net. Glenn: Yeah. Here we go. That’s a really good fish. Keri: Yeah, it is. Of course, the net is not in the right place. Glenn: He’s barely hanging on, too. Keri: Yeah. Anywhere where I can grab. Glenn: I need a net now. There we go. Keri: Nice fish. Glenn: That’ll do. There we go. Keri: A little football. Glenn: Here’s a great question from a young
viewer who wants to know how long is the average lifespan of bass? How long do they live? And that question is difficult to answer and
there’s several reasons why, but hopefully, I can give you some insight on why they live
longer than others. Bass, their longevity really depends on the
environment they are in. So, for example, a bass will live longer in
cooler water temperatures than bass that are in hotter temperatures. So, a bass that lives in the northern climate,
say in Minnesota or in Washington state, in Northern New York, that type of thing, those
bass can live up to say 15 to 20 years old. Whereas a bass in extreme southern part where
it’s really warm all the time, say Florida, Texas, California, those bass may live up
to 10 or 12 years at the most. In addition, it has to do a lot with the environment
that they are in. Bass that live in really good water, clean,
good quality water with abundant forage and lots of cover, they’re gonna live a lot longer
than fish that don’t have as good water quality or as good forage or say, for example, the
lake isn’t managed as well and there’s a lot of stunted fish, there’s too many bass for
the amount of forage that’s around, those fish aren’t gonna last as long either. So, you got to combine those different variables
and look at the lake that you’re fishing and that will give you an idea of about how long
a bass could live in that body water. So, here’s a question about fishing out of
a boat. John asks, “Hey, I noticed a lot of people
stand when they’re fishing, but I also see other people that are sitting, or leaning
against pedestal seats. What’s the best way? What’s the best way of fishing out of a boat?” Well, John, that’s a really good question. You know the pros, they stand all day long
for a couple of reasons. Number one, it enables them to see into the
water better and see greater distances, it helps them…a lot of their boats have the
foot pedals that are recessed into the deck of the boat, and it’s easier to control those
recessed foot pedals from a standing position. In addition, when you’re on a tournament all
day long, standing up the whole time enables you to be on point, be alert, be watchful
the whole time and maintain your focus. On the other side of it, sitting down, it
enables you to be more stealthy. You have less visibility to the fish that
are under the water, you have a greater ability to skip under docks, you have a better horizontal
presentation, a little bit better hooks from a horizontal standpoint. And then there’s also your comfort level. For example, my father who’s in his 80s, he
has hip issues, he has a problem with his foot. For him, he loves bass fishing, but standing
all day long just isn’t an option. So, sitting is far more comfortable for him
and enables him to get out in the water and still fish. For me personally, I like to have a pedestal
seat. I’m in between. I like standing and staying focused when I’m
really on point and say, for example, sight fishing or I’m in a tournament. However, from time to time I like to lean
back on my pedestal seat and take a load off my feet, relax a little bit. Makes me a little more comfortable and my
feet and my legs get tired throughout the day, so I can lean up against that pedestal
seat and take a weight off. So, it’s a back and forth thing for me. So, really what it boils down to is really
what is your main focus? Is it tournament fishing? Do you need to stay on point and also, what
is your comfort level? Keri: There you go. Glenn: There we go. Keri: Where I said he’d be. Glenn: Right here. Oh, boy. Come here. Come here, honey. You ate that thing. Both hooks. With both hooks. Look at that. Look at that. Both hooks right in his face. Think he wanted that? Again, just waiting. Let them blow up on it. Give it a second or two, reel down. If you see the line swimming off and starts
to tighten up, crack that whip. Nice frog fish. Okay. It’s time for another question. Are there certain times or conditions that
make some riprap areas more productive? And where should I focus my efforts on for
a long stretch of riprap, where should I begin fishing? Well, riprap is one of my favorite forms of
cover to fish, but if I were to pick a time, the best times to fish it, I would look at
it from early to mid-spring and then again from about the middle of fall to end of fall. The reason for that is really what’s available
cover during that time and where the fish are in terms of depth. In the spring, the fish are moving up shallow,
but there’s not a whole lot of vegetation yet. It just really hasn’t started to grow. However, on the riprap, algae starts to grow
on the rocks and that attracts minnows and baitfish to feed on that algae and zooplankton. And wherever the baitfish are, well, that’s
where the bass are gonna be. As spring progresses, more cover becomes abundant
and the fish are gonna go for those more productive areas, then the baitfish are gonna hide in
there because they’re not as exposed. So, the riprap isn’t as productive. I find in the summer months, as much as I
fish the riprap under normal conditions, average conditions I don’t catch as much. But then the fall arrives and guess what? The vegetation starts to die down. The fish are back up shallow again hunting
for food. It’s the same thing. You’ve got algae on the rocks, the baitfish
come there and that attracts the bass. So, they’re really, really good in the early
spring and in the late fall. Now, that said, things can change a little
bit. If you’ve got wind that’s blowing up against
the riprap and that breaks up the light penetration and oxygenates the water, it brings in…it
pushes some of the zooplankton up against the rocks. That’s gonna bring the baitfish in there and
that can really turn on the riprap even if it’s middle of summer. Now, you also asked about, “Where should I
begin?” I have a whole video about fishing riprap,
so I’m not gonna get into all the details here. I’ll link to it down here at the bottom and
you can look at it in fuller detail, but just a high level, you really need to pay attention
to what’s beneath the water. Riprap can look the same, the whole stretch,
but if you start to really dissect it and pay close attention, you’ll see changes in
sizes of rock, you’ll see some depth changes underneath the water. Maybe some areas where the riprap comes out
further and then it cuts in, there’s little points. Culverts are great areas if they’ve got it
because culverts sometimes carry current in it and bass’ll set up on that. Look for things like that. Weeds, drops, bigger boulders, what kind of
contour changes. Those are the things that are gonna attract
the bass and those are areas where you should fish when it comes to riprap. So, look at that video. I go into more detail on how to look for that
kind of stuff, but as a general rule, that’s the kind of thing you wanna look for when
you’re fishing riprap. All right. Here’s a question pertaining to muddy water. “Hey, Glenn, you got any suggestions on how
to fish a lake that’s muddy throughout the entire fishing season?” Well, I fished a lot of lakes throughout the
country and muddy water is no stranger to me. What’s interesting is that the dirtier and
the muddier the water, the less light penetration there is to the deeper areas. Bass tend to, if they can, they’re sight feeders. That’s the primary way how they fish. So, they will move up shallower because the
light penetration doesn’t go as deep. So, they’ll tend to be shallower in muddy
water than they will in clear water, but also bass that live in that environment year-round,
they tend to hone their other senses. So, things such as the lateral lines to be
able to sense the vibration of a lure, for example. So, when I’m fishing muddy water, I tend to
go for flashier and lures that have a lot more vibration to it. So, things like square bill crankbaits, spinnerbaits
that have Colorado blades or Indiana blades on them. I tend to fish buzzbaits or even lipless crankbaits,
things that have vibration and noise to help the bass hone in on it. Those are the type of things I fish in muddy
water and tend to be pretty successful. If I continue to fish on shallow areas and
focus on any kind of cover that you can find in those shallow areas because the bass will
relate to that. There’ll be right up against the docks, up
against stumps, up against pilings. If you can find any kind of rock or rock piles,
any kind of structure that those fish can relate to, they’re gonna be there. So, make multiple casts to it, even with different
lures and you’re gonna catch a lot more fish. All right. Well, I hope those questions help you and
help answer some of your questions that you had. If you have any questions, hey, feel free
to send them in to me. Here’s an email right here down below, or
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15 thoughts on “Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 7 | Bass Fishing

  1. Awesome information Glenn,Happy New Years to yourself your wife (Kay) and the whole team who make this Channel one of my favorite YouTube Channel ❤👍👊👊

  2. Glenn do you know anything about New Hampshire smallmouth bass fishing? I moved here from Rhode Island and last summer was my first time fishing for them and I had little to no luck at all. Can you give me some insight?

  3. Glenn what is the best presentation to use at a power plant lake in the winter? I fish in North Dakota and water is mid to high 50’s in the winter

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