Bass fishing is a very sought after sport in the United States and many other countries like Australia and Canada. Many tournaments are held throughout the year and this has made bass fishing a very lucrative industry.
Although bass is an edible fish, sport anglers do not treat them as food. During a fishing tournament, bass are caught, weighted and then release back into the water. If the bass are stressed, they are placed in a holding tank for treatment and then released back into the water right after treatment is completed.
There are many factors that can affect your performance as a professional bass fishing angler. First, you need to understand the biology and behaviour of the bass that you want to catch. Knowing how bass behave in different water and temperature environments, their habitats and many other factors can affect your fishing outcome.
For example, bass fish are pretty sluggish in extremely hot or cold water. They usually do not fight very hard when they are caught. However, they feed and grow rapidly when the temperature is moderate and will put up a hard fight if they are caught.
Bass also prefer to stay in covered areas and usually prey on smaller fish. This should give you an idea of where to look as well as what lures to use when bass fishing.
Besides learning about the bass fish, you need to understand and maximize the use of your fishing equipment. The type of rods, reels, lines and lures to use will depend on the type of bass fish you are expecting to catch. You certainly do not want your equipment to fail at the moment when a fish bites.
In a fishing tournament, you seldom stay in the same spot for a long period of time. If you are not having great result in one spot, you will have to quickly look for another spot to improve your catch. Your ability to read a fishing map quickly and accurately will help in your chance of locating a good fishing location.
A good piece of advice would be to visit the angler supply store near the tournament venue. You can pick up a few useful tips from the store owners on the potential spots for landing a big catch.
Regardless if you are a sport or recreational angler, you need to improve your fishing techniques and knowledge on a regular basis. Always seek out other successful bass fish anglers to exchange ideas and pointers. Most successful anglers love to share their knowledge.
You can also go online to visit bass fishing forums and make new friends. You will likely meet anglers from around the world which will further broaden your bass fishing knowledge.
By taking all the above factors into account, you can make every fishing experience enjoyable and fruitful.