The whole point of Bass fishing is to find and catch as many fish as you can or and of course to enjoy yourself so whether you’re fishing in a familiar place or a brand new location, follow these 5 Bass fishing tips for the best day out.

1. Care for Your Rods

To keep your rods looking as good as new, keep them clean; for the cork handles, just gently sand them with very fine grade sandpaper and all the surface dirt will come off.

Take care not to allow your graphite rods to impact against anything hard. The rod might not break at the time but there will be a weak spot so take care to stow your rods securely while travelling to and from your fishing spot. On your boat, strap them firmly to the deck or if you have a storage locker, ensure that there is a system for holding the rods horizontal so they won’t wobble about and knock against one another.

2. Care of Your Boat and Trailer

Make sure that your trailer bearings are checked regularly to avoid accidents.

Take care of your battery but carry a spare anyway in case of emergencies.

Make sure that your engine is serviced and won’t leave you stranded in the middle of a lake.

3. Smartphone or Tablet

A smartphone or tablet is ideal to keep a record of the weather conditions, lures used, location and weight of catch as well as for downloading maps of the area.

You can also use your electronics of choice to keep a track of your position, particularly if the weather gets nasty.

4. Clever with Clothing

If you need to push your boat into a lake, be sure that you have waterproof footwear if you don’t want to spend the rest of the day with wet feet. At the very least, take a small towel and a spare pair of shoes and socks.

As well as footwear, take along waterproof outerwear and warm clothing; there’s nothing more miserable than being cold and wet on a day out.

5. Keep Warm Inside

Be sure to take along a large thermos flask of hot tea, coffee, chocolate or soup. You could even take hot stew but plenty of sandwiches and snacks are a must to keep those hunger pangs at bay.

Follow these 5 tips for being prepared for bass fishing and you’ll have plenty of great days out catching fish.

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