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Bass hide from their own predators by seeking cover. This also protects them from the discomfort of strong sunshine. They prosper when they find a location where they can eat in safety without spending too much energy in catching food. This is why they like to lie in ambush for their prey. Much of their prey lives in or near shallow water. They understand that anything that is on the surface splashing around is usually out of its natural environment and vulnerable. This makes them easy to catch.

Bass always keep an eye on what is happening on the surface and rarely refuse to eat off the top. Any insect or terrestrial animal that falls into the water is normally helpless. Bass bugging is great fun. A bait fish splashing and slapping around neat the surface sends out signals that it is disorientated or injured. Poppers and Diver patterns are good imitators to use. Amphibians like frogs are not that good at swimming and no match for a hungry Bass who wants an easy evening meal so tie on a kicking frog pattern. Try using a floating Hopper dry fly to imitate a locust, cricket or grasshopper that has misjudged his landing spot and is now trying to swim to the shore. Bass are opportunistic feeders. If anything suggests food they will try and eat it so long as they do not have to venture too far from their hiding place. You can have hours of fun fishing from the shore, wadding in the shallows or sitting in a boat close to the shore looking for that bass hiding place.

Bass will assume that things that splatter onto the water and then wriggle, jerk and splash are alive. These fish primarily hunt by sound and sight. Even if the object does not look like anything it has seen before, if it moves and therefore alive, it is considered food. All bass are active aggressive predators. When young they feed on tiny crustaceans, insects and their larvae, rodents, worms and tadpoles. They soon add to the range of their diet and progress onto larger food such as frogs, crayfish, leeches and other fish. The largest bass has been known to take baby ducks and other small waterfowl.