Largemouth Bass Fishing
One of the most popular fish today for sport fishing is the largemouth bass fish. They are usually found in fresh water such as lakes, ponds, irrigation ditches, rivers and streams. Despite the changes of season and weather, you will be able to find largemouth bass in the said places, through frozen lakes and sizzling hot rivers.
Here are some interesting largemouth bass fishing tips that you must familiarize yourself with before actually fishing for them.
The largemouth bass originated from Mississippi, on the East Mississippi River. Due to their high demand, they were stocked in other parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Of course nowadays, largemouth bass can be found in practically any part of the world.
The largemouth bass comes from the black bass group. Other members of the black bass group are the smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, Suwanee bass and Guadalupe bass. The black bass group belongs to the sunfish family. The two main subspecies of largemouth bass are the Florida largemouth and the Northern largemouth. The Florida largemouth grows to up to twelve pounds while the Northern largemouth only grows to eight pounds.
Largemouth bass can be pale olive to dark green depending on what type of water they are found in. For example, a largemouth bass caught in murky waters will have a pale olive color on its back and an underbelly color ranging from white to yellow. One thing all largemouth bass, and bass for that matter, have in common is that they have a black band that runs laterally from their heads to their tails.
The most prominent sensory part of the largemouth bass is their sense of smell. They can smell things through their nostrils which are located on their snout. It is called the nare. Nares are so perceptive that they can sniff even the most minute scents in the water. It is their nares which teel them if they should reject or swallow an object. They rely on their sense of smell more than their taste buds because their sense of taste is not so advanced.
Speaking of their sense of taste, when fishing for largemouth bass, it is wise to know what types of food largemouth bass appreciate. A newborn largemouth bass fish will want to feed on tiny crustaceans and zooplanktons. When the largemouth bass grows to two inches in height, they like eating on small insects and fish.
When they are adult-sized, largemouth bass feed on fish, worms, frogs and insects. Take note that a largemouth bass has a very large mouth, hence its name, and an incredibly flexible stomach. That is why they are able to take in most any kind of prey even if it is half the largemouth bass’ own length.
The largemouth bass fish usually has a tendency to swallow their food head first. The trick here is to wait a bit before setting the hook when using larger bait. But if you are using smaller bait or lures, you should set the hook right away, because the largemouth bass can literally inhale the smaller lures or bait in one go.
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