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Bank Fishing Help!

Hey! Im absolute trash at bass fishing. I need some help with catching and finding bass in a new lake. I would like to know where to find the fish, if they are mainly on the bank, out in the middle etc. What lures to throw along the bank and lures to throw fan casting. I need big help on finding the fish though.


  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,937 Moderator
    Where are you fishing ? What lake/river ? If your fishing from shore you can only work what you can reach casting.

    That will narrow down your search. Use what the depth your fishing calls for.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • kmander3kmander3 Posts: 107 Officer
    Not knowing where specifically your at nor what you have available as far as tackle and such. I would recommend starting with one of the best search baits for bank fishing the good ole Texas rigged plastic worm. I'd start with maybe a 7" ribbon tail with a small weight and cast along and through any visible grass or cover you can get to from shore. The advantage of the Texas rigged worm is it's very weedless and also one of the most reliable ways to find fish from the shore.

    The other recommendation would be to fish a weightless senko. Again Texas rig it just don't have a weight on and fish it through and near any cover you can get to. I haven't found many ponds where a bass won't eat a Texas rigged senko.

    For both I'd start with a good overall Florida color like junebug.

    The other advantage is if you master these worm techniques it will only help you down the road if you get really into bass fishing down the road since they'll transfer to a lot of other methods.
  • Reel MullarkeyReel Mullarkey Posts: 1,873 Captain
    Try to approach without spooking all the fish. Most fish are along the bank. I suggest creeping up to the water and be aware of your shadow. Cast along the bank first and work a fan pattern with your casts. Once you have worn that spot out move down the bank but always cast ahead of yourself, in hopes of catching a fish before you spook everything.
    I suggest throwing top water type lures, so you can see the strikes. I find it a lot more entertaining than throwing worms or swim baits I can't see, plus it limits your possibility of snags.
    Another thing that might help you, down size all your gear. For fresh water fishing you don't need anything larger than 10# test and make sure your hooks fit you plastics correctly. No 30# or wire leaders. You really don't even need a swivel. Just have fun with anything you can catch. If you get broke off... at least you have found a fish :-}
    Jonathan Mullarkey's
    Professional cleaning and restoration since 1999

  • sandwashsluggersandwashslugger Posts: 244 Deckhand
    Use line suited to the situation. I had a bass break 50lb braid in the lilly pads before
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