Bass Fishing and Shiners! The Only Way to Fish!
Shiners are a type of fish known for their shiny silver scales. They are often associated with minnows and are known as great baits for bass. The right fishing techniques using shiners as live bait would certainly get you a trophy-worthy bass. One of the main reasons why bass is attracted to shiners is the fact that it is one of their natural preys. Just as ballyhoo and squid are used for trolling deep sea fish, shiners would undoubtedly go a great job at luring in bass.
To start bass fishing with shiners, of course, you would need to get some of it. It is recommended to choose live shiners, as much as possible, buying them in the last minute. If it is not available, you can opt for frozen shiners but before using them, make sure that they are well-thawed first.
The next step is to rig your shiner by using a circle hook. Always put in mind that you are not fishing bass with artificial bait, so be cautious in hooking them. To ensure that they will leave longer, hook them through the lip, below the dorsal fin, over anal fin or through the tail. Do not use bobbers, if possible, as they can distract the bass but should you insist in using them, make use of the smaller ones.
Once you’ve cast your line, be patient and allow the bait to work by luring the bass to bite. Stop casting and reeling in repeatedly, otherwise, the fish will die faster. Allow the bait room for flexibility so that it moves in the water like a natural swimming shiner would. To get the bass to bite, you can use different techniques like trolling and drifting.
There may be Bass fishing purists who would not claim as trophy-worthy any live bait catch. This, however, does not take away the fact that bass fishing with shiners is great fun! If you have not tried it before, try it soon. Just make sure that your bait is properly rigged onto your hook. You would not want to loose your chance at hooking a trophy winning bass because of poorly rigged baits!