This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – differences between largemouth bass and smallmouth bass – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is about the differences between largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.

I am and always have been a bass fisherman since I was a youngster and both largemouth and smallmouth bass had me hooked on fishing very quickly! There are some key differences to note between these two species, which is why I decided to do a vlog on what the differences are with respect to habitat and how to secure each species when setting the hook.

Largemouth bass are mainly found in very thick weedy areas, with the depth they hang around in ranging from a foot right up to several feet, dependent on various factors with the main two being freshest oxygen and staying close to schools of bait fish. Smallmouth bass on the other hand do not hang out in the same areas, you will mainly find them in extremely rocky areas, filled with gravel and sand as well as sand flats, as they stay close to their number one food source which is crayfish. You will also find smallmouth in deeper water areas as well, which would also be dependent on the situation around oxygen and their second food source like bait fish.

This is one of several largemouth bass I caught, in the 3.5 to 5 pound range while fishing weed lines and cattails on a fishing trip at Lake St. Clair.

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Largemouth bass will have a roaming areas of a few hundred feet or so and can be found clinging close to all types of structure, like docks, sunken trees, rocks, logs, boathouses, you name it they will be around it! All these areas are used for ambushing prey, staying cool, sunning themselves or even hiding out from predator fish. Largemouth will also hang out in schools as well, normally you will find a few in one area but can stumble upon that monster bass sitting behind a dock post ready to strike! Smallmouth bass will stay close to the rocky bottoms searching for crayfish in around all the rock pockets below. They will roam around rocky weed areas as well, but unlike the largemouth bass smallmouth will not sit deep inside the weeds like largemouth love to do.

This is by far my largest smallmouth bass ever caught, while I was dragging a tube in 15 plus feet of water on lake St. Clair. Weighed in at over 7 pounds!

Both are amazing fish specimens that out up a stellar fight, but pound for pound smallmouth bass will give you the fight of your life! A 3 pound smallmouth bass can right as tough as a 5 pound largemouth bass, as they usually feel a lot bigger than they are. Smallmouth bass have a very wide body structure with a very strong head area and jaw, which is needed for crushing crayfish. The roof of the smallmouth bass’s mouth is filled with a thick hard bone plate, kind of feels like a bunch of bumps and this is the plate that does all the crushing with that jaw strength pushing crayfish into the bone plate. Largemouth on the other hand do not have this same mouth structure, they don’t have this thick rooftop bone plate as they will eat items like worms, frogs, minnows and small panfish which they swallow whole and do not require to crush anything. Largemouth bass will flat out inhale their food not just bite at it, whereas smallmouth bass will usually investigate a bait before they strike. Smallmouth are known for following a bait along the bottom, looking at it intensely then striking at it a few times before they completely hammer it.

This largemouth bass is my biggest Canadian largemouth to date, weighed in at around the 7 pound mark and was caught on my go to bait, chartreuse spinnerbait with double Colorado nickel blades and a chartreuse twin boogie tail soft plastic trailer.

Since fish do not have hands they only way for them to really investigate a bait it to take it in and out of their mouth a few times, which is why we have those missed strike feeling sometimes. Just because a fish takes a bite at our bait it does not mean it did not instantly spit it back out before we set the hook. This actually happens quite often as that is how the fish feel a bait out. Now granted we should not give bass much credit for being smart at all, their feeding habits revolve around the need to feed and territory guarding of nest’s. Largemouth bass for example will strike at things like worms, small snakes and lizards to kill them so they don’t eat the bass eggs. Smallmouth bass will also do the same when they are spawning, it’s all instinct driven with the need to protect the eggs/nest’s.

This photo is a release shot of the largemouth bass photo just above, what a sight watching this beauty swim away!

When setting the hook on a largemouth bass, you do not need a lot of power as you would require with a smallmouth bass. Due to the bone filled jaw/mouth of the smallmouth bass you will need to set the hook with more power to penetrate through that bone, whereas a largemouth bass has thin tissue around it’s mouth area that hooks can penetrate much easier. You should also note that during the warm months, when water temperatures are quite warm as well the fish will be at their softest when it comes to skin and mouth areas. Living in those warm water temperatures will soften up the lip and body of the fish making it much more easy to damage so extra care will be needed when setting and removing hooks, as well as overall handling of the fish itself.

As I mentioned above these are both great species to fish for and understanding some of the subtle differences and the big differences will definitely help you find and land more fish!

Hope you found this vlog helpful!

The AMFisH guy…tight lines!

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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – How to approach fishing shorelines – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers! This week AMFisH(LEARN more: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is a short video about how to approach fishing a new shoreline.

When it comes to fishing shorelines you has fished before and new shorelines the rule of thumb in most cases stays the same. When you approach a shoreline you want to start fishing, I always recommend starting with a very high confidence bait you love fishing! Now you might ask why, well it’s simple the second we as AMFisHers start using a bait we have caught fish on our confidence level increase astronomically.

Once you have that one confidence bait ready to go, take this part a few steps further by making sure you have another 4 to 6 high confidence baits ready, as they will come in handy after the first two passes across the shoreline. Next thing to consider is distance from the shore itself, you don’t want to be too far out and not getting the bait to the fish and you also don’t want to be to close casting past the fish, so a safe approach is to stay out far enough where you can try some cast’s really close to shore and some further out from shore. Once you find out where the fish are hanging out and striking the bait you can then adjust your position accordingly.

Below is an example of a typical shoreline one might see, that has a mix of some sandy beaches, trees hanging over the water, rocks and weeds, all excellent structure to fish!

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I always suggest making two passes down a shoreline with the same bait, WHY well there are often so many good spots to cast that it is almost 100% impossible to hit every good spot with a cast, so by making two passes along the shoreline with each confidence bait you are increases your odds of determining if the fish are into that bait or not. You do not want to stop using a bait when the fish might be into that bait, so breaking things down like this is critical.

When it comes to those good spot and determining those good spots, this is where being very observant is of the utmost importance. As you slowly drift along the shoreline keep your eyes glued on any high fish catch percentage spots, these are the areas that stand out the most. Examples would be long submerged trees, large sunken rocks that are sticking up out of the water, sunken trees with thick bunched up branches, that shallow water that leads right into a deep drop off and those very shade filled pockets, these are all examples of high percentage fish catch spots. By studying the shoreline and determining where each cast should be will also help increase the amount of fish you catch!

The shoreline example below is more of a typical bay or inlet that would have some great structure around the shoreline with direct access to deeper water, again another great shoreline to find good quality fish and predator fish.

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Fishing is kind of like opening a new puzzle and working on it for the first time, we as AMFisHers really need to focus on the important things that will result in a successful day on the water and once we have taught ourselves how to approach a strategy we can then deploy that same strategy in similar situations on different lakes to lead to even more successful fishing days.

Hope you found this video helpful!

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