How to Fish Grass for Bass

Fishing fanatics have a love-hate relationship with fishing grass for bass. Though opinions vary regarding this type of fishing there is a mutual agreement that fishing in grass for bass is a unique experience that requires great angling precision and skill.

This guide has been written to help guide the people interested in this unique bass fishing experience sport with tips and techniques that would help them understand what is required to make their grass-fishing experience a successful one.

Fishing the Grass for Bass

Bass live within grassy spots in water bodies because of how the leafy stalks provide protection against high temperatures as well as from potential predators.

The densely packed grass adds a certain level of difficulty to the sport of fishing, which can be good or bad, depending on your attitude and what you’re hoping to get out of your fishing experience.

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There are many variables that change when you choose to fish grass, and a big thing to consider is the place where you choose to send down your hook.

The Impact of Seasons

Bass move in accordance with the changing seasons. The season you decide to go fishing can help you understand the likelihood of where in the grass the bass is positioned.

Spring

In spring, bass is likely to dwell near the inner corners of the grass. Don’t expect it to be fully submerged into the grass, but it will most certainly be nearby the edges.

Summer

In summer, the temperatures increase, causing the bass to swim right under the grass for shelter. When the air is hot, bass prefers to hide in the darker and cleaner under-grass areas to enjoy a cooler climate.

Fishery biologists have conducted research proving that some bass don’t move 20 feet from a patch of thick grass for a whole summer period.

Fall

In the crisp months of autumn, bass head towards the outside edges of the grass.

Winter

Later, in the cold winter season, if the grass remains in good condition, the bass stays on the grass edges. Often, the grass is affected by the colder weather and becomes shorter and dormant. Despite this, it still manages to hold large populations of bass.

Thus we can see that instead of migrating based on the seasons, the bass just reposition themselves along the grass depending on the external temperature and pressure.

The Ideal Rod to Pick

Baitcaster and spinning rods both work for fishing grass for bass.

A rod in the 7 ft to 7 ft 6 in range works well. The rod should be medium-heavy to heavy with medium to fast action. This will give you the sensitivity to detect a bite without sacrificing the strength and toughness to fight a bass.

What Reel is Right?

Once again, a baitcaster or spinning reel set up both work well.

Having a high-speed reel can make a serious difference in your chances of catching and landing a bass. Once your bass is hooked you want to get it out of the grass as quickly as possible. The high-speed reel is helpful in that.

Types of Line

Making use of a stretchy fluorocarbon or monofilament line to punch thick grass is not a very practical idea when fishing bass in grass.

Opting for a braided line is a much better choice as braid is an anti-stretch material that allows it to slice through vegetation during your fight with a hooked bass.

Moreover, it is interesting to know that braided line blends in well with the stringiness of grass. This makes it so bass can’t distinguish between braided lines and grass.

Choosing the Perfect Bait/Lure

When going to fish grass in your hunt for the bass, it is essential that you go prepared with a bait that can guarantee attracting bass towards your fishing hook. When it comes to choosing bait, the best lure is that which is appropriate for the season and fishing type.

Lipless crankbaits and square bill crankbaits are great options for cutting through dense grass beds. Choose a color to stand out from the grass and to resemble local baitfish.

Topwater baits such as hollow body frogs and buzzbaits perform very well at mimicking typical prey in grass. Frogs, lizards, and insects all hang out in grassy areas in lakes and ponds.

Above all, the most successful lures for fishing for bass in grass are jigs. Jigs are able to punch through dense grass to get down into the deeper water where bass like to hide.

The grass jig,as the name suggests, is specifically made for fishing grass. It’s got a guard from the jig head over the hook to prevent tangles and snags with the grass.

Bass Grass Fishing Techniques

Snelling the Fishhook

Some people often overlook the importance of the knot on a fishhook. Many traditional knots move on the hook eye when they are jerked, which makes the hook move around in the mouth of the fish.

Fishing in grass means that you are in a place of heavy vegetation, and the fact that a bass is a weighty fish means that you must ensure that your knot is firmly in place.

Tying a snell knot means that you are securing the shank instead of the eye, which allows it to get the maximum rotation when swung. Though it takes some time to learn, snelling is a trick that can help you get the most out of your fishing trip.

Avoid “Snapping” Hook Sets

For many newbies to the game, dropping the rod tip and lowering the boom is hard to resist. But still, don’t do it! When fishing in places where there is a heavy growth of grass, snapping hook sets is more likely to lose you a fish than to catch one.

Always Choose Practicality over Presentation

In order to get your bites, your bait has to be accessible to the bass. Hanging superfluous trailers and massive soft plastics hinder bites by getting in the way of your burying the hook.

Trailers and large soft plastics have their place in bass fishing, but in the grass isn’t one of them.

Remember that the best baits are streamlined and compact, designed to slide through the grass with ease.

Some Important things to Remember

Act Fast

When it comes to landing bass in the grass you have to work fast to ensure that you don’t lose the fish! Once you’ve set the hook, you can’t give the bass the chance to turn and bury itself within the thick grass.

As soon as you feel the bass on the hook you must reel until its head points upwards. If you are fast enough you will be able to maneuver the fish into the clear within record time.

Be Persistent

Sometimes the bass, in its attempt to beat you, would manage to secure itself in the grass despite the fact that you’ve managed to get a hook in it. That is not the time to give up!

When such circumstances occur, you should remember that fishing has always been a dance of patience and perseverance. If the bass is still on the hook, there is a strong likelihood that you can still catch it. Just maintain the pressure on the hooked bass.

You definitely have more endurance than a bass. So just keep the pressure on and the bass will eventually give in.

Know your Grass

When it comes to which grass is preferred by bass, beginners don’t need to worry about scientific names. What’s important to know is that bass prefer to inhabit dense grass growth which has plenty of edges.

Most anglers are able to distinguish between “under grass” and “next-to grass”, which help determine the position of the bass, making it easier to understand where to cast the line into to effectively catch a fish.