Fishing Tips & Techniques
Keep Your Lure in the Strike Zone!
The strike zone is the area where bass will strike your
lure. Some days the strike zone is measured in yards. Many
days the strike zone is only a few inches in front of the
bass’s nose. Here are some ideas that will help you get
- A lure that passes two feet from a stump may not get
hit but a lure that hits the stump may get a strike. Hit
the cover with an accurate cast.
- When your lure hits the stump, stop it and let it
fall. Shake it or twitch it right at the cover. Give the
lure action while not moving it away from the cover.
- The strike zone may be at a certain depth range. Cast
at an angle in front of the boat so your lure stays at
that depth longer. If you cast directly at a bank, your
lure passes that depth too quickly. Cast at an angle to
- The strike zone may be only the shady side of the
stump. Slow your lure there. Some days the strike zone
is at or just above the fish’s depth. A bottom bouncing
lure just does not work. Use a lure that runs at or just
above the fish’s depth. If bass are feeding on shad,
they often only seem to look up.
- Flip or pitch your lure within inches of the cover and
then just shake it without moving it away. Check for
current, even wind current. Bass will orient into the
current and only look one way. Work your lure with the
current or wind.
Catching No Bass, Why?
Why is the bass fishing no good today? Are the bass there
but not biting? Have the bass moved? Why? Have you tried
different techniques and different lures? If not, change
your technique. If you have, maybe they bass fishing will
be better somewhere else. What could have caused the bass
Think of the conditions such as water
temperature changes, water level changes, water clarity
changes, time of year, bait fish location, available cover
or light conditions. What has changed and where would that
change have moved the bass? Is there better cover now
available to the fish? Where on your lake would offer a
better combination of conditions? Bass fishing is like any
other sport. It is mostly mental. If you are catching no
bass, there are only two reasons. Either the bass are
completely passive or they are gone. Try something
different. Make a big change, not a little change.