What you're up against...some facts about fishing the Largemouth Bass

November 10, 2006
By: Jennifer Quinn
Website: http://www.my-fishing-equipment.com
What you're up against...some facts about fishing the Largemouth Bass
Congratulations! If you came across this article because you're considering fishing for largemouth bass, you're in luck. The largemouth bass is one of the most sought-after, freshwater gamefish for 8 out of 10 anglers on the water today. The largemouth is native to North America, and in the last 100 years has been introduced into Africa, Europe, Hawaii and South America.

These fish can be found in almost all freshwater habitats, but prefer warm, slow streams and quiet lakes thick with underwater vegetation. The largemouth likes protective cover such as such as logs, large rocks, grassbeds and other underwater structure. When fishing for largemouth, pay special attention to these details. They can make a big difference. You have to find the fish to catch 'em!

The largemouth is most easily recognized by the notch between the front and back of the dorsal fin. Other characteristics include a jaw that reaches back past the eye (not the case with smallmouth bass), and a horizontal dark stripe that runs along the side from head to tail. In southern waters, largemouth tend to grow larger with 8-10 lbs being common as opposed to Northern Waters where a 3 lb fish is a good catch. The world record largemouth was caught near Jacksonville, Georgia on June 2nd , 1932 by George W. Perry. At 22 lbs 4 oz, this fish was certainly a lunker. (bass-speak for a fish over 10 lbs).

The largemouth bass doesn't discriminate when it comes to diet: ducklings, crayfish, mice, frogs, baitfish, insects & minnows are included. When fishing for largemouth, try to mimic the looks and behaviors of these animals. For example: spoon lures are usually finished in a metallic color and move through the water with a back and forth motion that imitates a fish in distress. In this case, flies are self-explanatory.

One of the most challenging, but also the most fun ways to catch a bass is with topwater lures. This technique provides for some of the most explosive strikes in freshwater fishing. Topwater fishing is done primarily in the early morning or at dusk. Under overcast skies, bass may hit topwater gear all day. If your just beginning, you can use poppers. These are usually made to look like a fish, and they simply float on top of the water. When you jerk or retrieve slightly, the curved end of the lure throws water and makes noise, a bass attractant. These can fool bass into thinking that there's a fish in distress close by. An easy snack!

Of course there are many, many choices of lure and soft plastic baits. Too many, in fact, to cover here. Some are pictured below.

Largemouth Bass Baits and Lures

While making your lure selections, keep in mind that water clarity and/or sun or shade should be the main influence. A simple rule of thumb is cloudy skies and/or stained water calls for brightly colored lures while sunny skies and/or clear water calls for more natural style. You will go through a period of trial and error and some days it may feel like you're throwing your whole tackle box at them without success. That's ok, though…that should just inspire you to get out there again.

About the author:

Jennifer Quinn is a successful author and a regular contributor to my-fishing-equipment.com your number one online resource for fishing rods, fly fishing equipment, tackle boxes, lures, hooks and reels

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