Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 3 | Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 3 | Bass Fishing

Keri: Oh nice. Oh, you got the camera. All righty then. Glenn: eh, not sure if that’s a bass or
not. Keri: Uh oh. Glenn: Oh, it is a bass. Keri: It’s a bass. Glenn: Come here, sweety. Keri: He swam the other way. Saw the net and went under the boat. Glenn: That’s a good fish. Keri: That’s a nice fish. Glenn May: Hey folks. Glenn May here, at, and today
I’m gonna dive into our email bag and try to answer some of the questions that you’ve
sent to me recently, starting with this one. “Glenn, why do you think bass strike at buzzbait?” Well, reading between the lines, I’m gonna
say “You know what?” It sounds to me like you’re saying, “A buzzbait
doesn’t look like anything in nature, so why would a bass attack it. It doesn’t look like any food.” Well, the reality is a buzzbait appeals to
many of the bass’s predatory senses. One of the things that bass do, the best way
for them to catch their prey is to corner it up against something so it doesn’t have
an escape route. That might be up against a sea wall, up against
a point, you know, a rock hump, maybe up against some stumps, something where they can limit
the escape route of the forage. And in this case, the surface of the water
is also a barrier, so it helps prevent the baitfish from getting away. So anything skittering across the top is an
ideal target because it looks very vulnerable to the bass. In addition, a buzzbait creates a lot of commotion
and vibration and that appeals to both their visual sense as well as their lateral lines
picking up those vibrations. It helps them find that lure and when they
see it, it looks like something that’s running across the surface that’s trying to get away
from them. And to me, bass are a lot like cats. They’ll chase something that’s trying to get
away from them. That’s why you’re playing with a string, bring
it across the floor. As the string’s going across in front of them,
they’re not really gonna attack it, but when you get to the tip and that end of the string
gets by them, that’s usually when they hit it. Because now it looks like something that’s
gonna get away from them, so they better react to it or it’s gonna be gone. So I think it appeals to all those different
senses to bass for that reason and this is why they strike buzzbaits. Here’s another great question: “Fishing, like
most other things, has exceptions to the general rule. What are a few for fishing? For example, fish don’t typically bite during
cold front conditions.” So yes, generally speaking, cold front conditions,
the bite is slow, the bass aren’t as active, they don’t wanna bite as much. But yes, there are exceptions. For example, cold front a lot of times, to
me, bass are more affected by cold fronts during the colder months. It seems like the colder the water, the more
affected they are when a front comes through. Whereas in the warmer months, especially in
the spring, and again in the early fall, when the bass are feeding the most, they don’t
get as affected by the fronts. I think both of those times a year you’re
getting more fronts, for example, coming through. That’s one of ’em. The bass kinda become acclimated to it. But also, they’re in feed mode. They got the feed bags on, they’re eating,
and at that point, they’re really not gonna let anything get in their way, certainly not
a cold front. So, I don’t think they’re as affected during
that time you can catch. Actually, at times I’ve caught more fish during
cold front conditions during those times of the year than in the other times of the year. So, those certainly are some exceptions. But there’s other exceptions in fishing that
I’ve noted as well, and you probably have too. For example, I’ve caught fish on topwater
baits on New Year’s Day in 42-degree water, when bass aren’t supposed to be hitting topwater. Typically cold water, winter conditions, bass
don’t hit topwater lures, but there we go. I caught some fish on ’em ’cause for whatever
reason, they were busting fish in the surface, and when they’re not supposed to, but that’s
an exception. Another time is, I’ve caught fish as deep
as 75 feet deep. I was fishing a tournament in very clear water,
wasn’t catching too many fish, and so I just kept going deeper and deeper and deeper and
deeper. I actually caught on a Rooster Tail. Yeah, a lure that typically doesn’t go very
deep at all. I put together a split shot rig and put a
Rooster Tail on it and threw it out in the deep water. I had to wait it seemed like 30 minutes for
it to get to the bottom, but I started catching fish that deep and they were little fish. They were only like 12 and 1/8 of an inch. I think I brought in 5 fish for like 4 pounds,
but I ended up in the top 5 because everybody else struggled to catch fish at all. Most people blanked. A very unusual situation, but you know, it’s
an exception. Another exception is during wintertime, I’ve
actually caught fish on fast-moving crankbaits in really deep water. When fish are supposed to be lethargic and
not willing to chase down baits, I’ve caught fish on fast-moving baits during the wintertime. So there’s always exceptions and I think the
reason being is that’s it’s a notion that was instilled in me by my fishing partner
a long time ago, and that is, “fish don’t read the same books we do.” Sometimes they don’t do what we expect them
to do because they’re off on another page of a different book that we’ve never read. So, when you’re not catching fish and you’re
struggling to catch ’em, think outside the box and think about what could they be doing
that they’re not supposed to be doing and you might stumble upon a pattern that wasn’t
supposed to be happening that day. Glenn: And it probably was … There we go. All righty. Yeah, little buck bass. We’ll take it. Little jig. They’re fun, they’re fun, I’ll tell ya. Boom. Glenn May: Okay, here’s a question from a
young angler who doesn’t have a boat, so he fishes from the shoreline. “Glenn, what lures would you choose to fish
in a pond that doesn’t have a whole lotta cover?” Well really, there’s a couple of things I
consider when I’m shore fishing. One of ’em is casting distance and the other
is water clarity and available cover. If the lake doesn’t have a lot of cover and
the clarity is relatively clear to murky or, eh, let’s say just stained, I would first
pick like a lipless crankbait because, with a lipless crankbait, you can vary the depth
at where your fishing. So it adds a lot of versatility to it and
you can cast those a million miles. Right? You can cast ’em really far, or you can underhand
cast short. So, you can make a lot of casts to targets
as well. So it’s a very versatile bait to be fishing
in those conditions. If the bass aren’t willing to chase down a
lure in that clear to stained water, then I would fish something like a YUM Dinger,
you know a soft plastic jerk bait. That’s a type of thing I would be throwing,
maybe a fluke, something like that, and you know, fish it a lot slower methodically over
the tops of weeds or near cover or near ambush points such as if there’s a stump or a rock
or something like that nearby the fish might be hanging out on. If the water is murky, and the visibility
isn’t all that much, or if it’s got a lot more weeds in it, then I’d pick something
like a spinnerbait that has Colorado or Indiana blades on it. I like to fish 3/4-ounce spinnerbaits because
of two things, well, primarily because of speed. I can fish it really fast and I can boil it
just under the surface where I’m just bulging the water, not breaking the surface, or I
can fish it a lot slower and slow roll it right near different cover. In addition, because of the weight, I can
fish throughout the water column. So again, it makes it more versatile. So, those are really the three main lures
that I’d always have with me when I’m shore fishing in the pond. Here’s a great question. It’s,
“Can you please explain some of the harmful effects from the sun’s rays?” You know, we talk about a lot of our fishing
gear and our lures and fishing techniques, but one of the things we don’t talk about
that much that really needs to be talked about more, and that is the harmful effects from
the sun. We’re out in the sun every time we go out
fishing. Whether we’ve got some cloudy cover or it’s
a bright, sunny day, you’re still affected by those sun’s rays, and it’s a cumulative
effect. We talk about skin cancer. Well, those of us are out on the water a lot
longer, and a lot more often, have higher risk of skin cancer. Why? Because over time you have more and more irreparable
skin damage. It builds upon itself. This is why you don’t too often see somebody
in their 20s have skin cancer. But that same person who continues fishing
throughout his lifespan, by the time he gets into his 40s and 50s, now he starts to have
problems. This is why it’s really important for you
to cover your skin. Often times you’ll see me, I’m fishing with
long-sleeve shirts, I’ve got long pants on, I’ve got gloves on, and sometimes I have a
buff on. And a lot of times when the cameras aren’t
rolling I’ll wear a buff in addition to wearing sunscreen. I have at least 50 SPF. If I can fish 70 or 100, I’ll do that. I know some researchers say you don’t need
to go above 50, but hey, if it’s available I’ll use 70 or 100 SPF. I’ll also use polarized glasses. Every time I go fishing because polarized
glasses also block UVA/UVB rays, and those can be harmful to your eyesight. It can cause irreparable damage to your retina. It can cause premature cataracts. Right? So it can affect your vision. So, I pick glasses that wrap around and don’t
allow any light to leak in from the sides because I need that full protection from the
sun’s harmful rays to protect my eyes and my vision. Keri: That time I got him… Hello little largy. Come back here. Come hither. Right on the nose. Right on the nose. I gotcha right on the nose. I got you through the nose, actually. Sorry, I broke your nostril. Stop it. Li’l cutey. Glenn May: Here’s a great question. “Are big baits mandatory to catch big fish?” Well, yeah there is some truth to the big
bait-big bass theory, but are they mandatory? No. A lot of bass, typically what they’ll do is
they do bite bigger baits because they offer more calories and protein relative to the
amount of effort it’s gonna take, or the calories they need to burn to actually catch it. Right? So they learned that the bigger the baits
are, the more calories they have, and the slower moving the bait is, the less calories
they need to expend to hunt down and capture that bait needed. So, there is some truth to having big baits. However, I’ve caught plenty of large fish
on small 3 and 1/2 inch tubes, finesse jigs, and drop shot baits that are, you know, little
3-inch drop shot baits and finesse worms. Plenty of ’em. Because if you present a lure at the right
depth with the right speed and right presentation, a fish is gonna hit it. So, typically a slower moving baits at the
right depth, if a big bass is nearby, they realize they don’t have to expend a lotta
energy to eat it. They can just swim up and grab it. They will. So small baits can and will catch big bass. All right, here’s an interesting question. “Glenn, do you believe that a $15 lure will
outfish a $5 lure?” Well, that’s a really good question. You know, I think that we overthink too much
when it comes to lures. We put way too much thought and effort into
buying and choosing lures than the bass spends thinking whether or not they’re gonna bite
it. Expensive lures I think, yeah, they do have
their attributes that can make them more appealing and thus get more bites. But that said, I really think it’s more about
the presentation than how much money you spent on a lure. If you picked the right lure for the right
conditions and fished it at the right depth with the right presentation, it’s gonna get
bit. Notice I didn’t even say color, ’cause a lotta
times we spend too much thought on color. It’s getting that bait in the right spot with
the right presentation that appeals to the bass at that moment. That’s what really triggers a bite. How much you spend on it isn’t as much of
a factor. That said, confidence has everything to do
with fishing. If you don’t have confidence in the bait that
you’re throwing, then you’re not gonna spend as much attention, and your focus isn’t gonna
be there. Your attention to detail and how well you
present that lure and your casting accuracy is gonna be impacted by that. So, if a more expensive lure gives you that
confidence, then that is key in catching more bass. So, fish what you like to fish, what you think
is gonna work best, and you’re gonna catch a lot more fish. So thanks for sending me in those questions,
keep ’em comin’ at the email address below and I’ll try to get to ’em. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

8 thoughts on “Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 3 | Bass Fishing

  1. I learn so much from your videos. Anyone serious about fishing watch your videos.. theyre crazy if they dont. Free knowledge

  2. When I was a kid we never thought about the sun as long as we didn`t burn but here I am 80 yrs & paying for it, even eye lids

  3. Wow you got me again Glenn,Bass are like cats,That is so so true, and those were some great questions πŸ‘πŸ‘

  4. Great vid as always Glenn. I was thinking about the expensive lure question and you are absolutely right. I got an example with my kid. I got him a cheap (not so cheap anymore) scum frog thinking " if he gets a snag and doesn't get it back, no biggie" Then we went fishing, he used his frog and I was casting a spro frog…he got 8 fish, I got 2… Only down about his foggy is that it didn't last too much, it was basically gone after 4 fish and still catching though. Lesson learnt, I got him two more at that time for the price of mine. and he beat me again.

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