Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

saltydancin

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I have seen smallmouth bass jump after damselflies & dragonflies many times.Largemouth will often do the same.
Not just damselflies & dragonflies, but crickets, grasshoppers & when the White Miller hatch was on & it looked like a hail storm with all the bass feeding as there were plenty of cannonball splashes from smallies & bucketmouths high flying acrobatic feasting habits. Then there's Dobbin flies for "was that a wheel off a car or a truck" that just went into the water !
 

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I've never went after it but people have told me there are sections of the Grand R in Michigan that have prolific hex hatch and it's a great time to slay smallmouth.

A cicada would be quite a meal. I think I saw one for the first time in my yard injured. Had the dog freaked out. I quickly took the butt end of a 4x4 and put it out of its misery.
 

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Hi all,

I was fishing the other day and saw some fish surface but they were too far away for me to really tell what type of fish it was. I was fishing for trout but it got me thinking if I see a fish jump will it always be a trout or do bass do the same? I can't say I've ever really seen a bass jump so that may be my answer but I wanted to know from people that have more fishing experience than I do.

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I have seen Largemouth Bass come out of the water to pluck dragonflies off of leaves and once saw a Smallmouth take a dragonfly off of a rock in the middle of the stream.
 

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Very cool video, Silver.

That "skating" technique is one that sometimes works on species you'd never think of.

I've watched my buddy Wayne catch most of his permit that were sickling in a sort of trance, soon after they float up to the surface, using the skating technique.

He'd cast a live crab 6 feet or so in front of them and, immediately upon landing, skate it along the surface for three or four feet before giving it slack and letting it dive for the bottom. It usually resulted in a hookup. I also used with very good success "skating" a large Atlantic Salmon bomber for big, late-night browns on a slow water stretch of the Eagle River in Colorado. No doubt they thought it was a field mouse, which were abundant in that stretch.
 

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I've had bass jump and hit my topwater hairbug on the way back down on a few occasions. I've also had one (in particular) intercept a big hairbug that was flying about 2' off the surface as my line and leader unfolded. You don't forget things like that!
 

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nothing I have ever seen skyrockets out of the water like a wahoo..I have seen at least 20 ft leaps and have heard of 30 footers...
unfortunately I have never been able to catch one on a fly rod...

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:laugh: What ??? If two fish, both weighing 2 pounds, clear the water and land on their side, it would be impossible to tell what kind they were just by ear. You'd have to prove it to me, that even by eye, you could tell the difference between two fish at more than 20 feet or so with 100% accuracy.

I'm not calling you a tall tale specialist ... I just don't believe your claim.
I am in on this bet also, no way in hell.
 

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I have had a bass jump out of the water several times. Once while fishing under a light a bass jump partially out of the water and nabbed my spinnerbait. One more time I had a bass jumped and hooked itself on a bait hanging over a limb at least a foot over the water.

Bill
 

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Since it appears this thread has been resurrected I'll join in with a quick anecdote.

Growing up in upstate NY, we had a small farm pond with largemouth. The pond was spring fed and varied in depth by a couple feet depending on the time of year. By late August, this meant there'd often be a 2-3' exposed mud bank between waterline and terrestrial vegetation. One particular summer, I witnessed a bass launch itself out of the water and up the mud bank at least half a dozen times attempting to catch frogs sitting exposed. While the bass (no idea if it was one individual or multiple) was only successful once during my observations, I can only assume it was a successful hunting tactic given the number of times I witnessed the behavior. By the end, I was a little surprised our resident blue heron hadn't simply taken up residence along the stretch of mudflat where the fish was feeding.
 
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I’ve had a smallie go airborne to take a popper. He hit it so hard from below that his entire body was out of the water at one point. I have included a picture of that very fish. 7878DFBB-24D1-4757-BE21-9622B9971E2C.jpeg
 

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The smallmouth here (Nova Scotia) certainly jump. In late summer you can watch them come clear out of the water after damsel and dragonflies.
 

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I once caught a smallmouth as I holding the leader, dangling the fly about a foot over the water deciding where to cast next. Yes, they can jump -- and surprise the heck out of you while so doing.
 
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