Giant Bass!

by Abby Wendle


Basses come in varying types including the striped bass, the large mouth bass, the small mouth bass, and the spotted bass. As you can imagine, catching each type of fish requires a different approach. Getting to know more about each fish will increase the chances of you catching one. If you can understand how it moves to escape prey, it will be easier to catch.

The striped bass is from the Percicthyidae family. Other types of bass in the family are the white bass and the white perch. Striped and white bass are sometimes called the temperate basses. This romantic name connotes moderation and self control. As such, fishing for a striped bass can sometimes be quite different than fishing for regular bass.

The large mouth bass, small mouth bass, and spotted bass all belong to the Centrarchidae family, a family that’s also associated with bluegills, pumpkinseed and rock bass. These fish are also known as warm water basses or black basses. Each of these basses have a distinctive look that can help you identify them. If you see a greenish brown bass with vertical stripes on the side you have a small mouth bass. Another was to distinguish between a large mouth and small mouth bass is in the mouth. If the fish’s jawbone goes out past its eyes then it’s a large mouth. If the jawbone stops before its reddish eye it’s a smallmouth. Weight is also an effective way to tell the two fish apart. A small mouth bass averages seven and a half pounds. If you’re looking for a small mouth bass, try fishing near rocky streams. Once you have one ready for dinner, expect it to taste similar to a large mouth bass.

According to the, Over time the bass has become the favorite in freshwater fishing in the United States. The bass fishing tournament industry is behind this rise in popularity due to the recreational fishing products they sell and their interest in teaching other fishermen how to catch bass.

Bass fishing as we know it today started as food-hunt in the south of the United States. Since then it has grown into an industry worth billions of dollars. It has undergone many changes since its beginnings in the 1950’s and now is the second most sought after game fish in the United States. It’s brought about the developments of a variety of fishing gear. Special lines, rods, reels and even boats have been created specifically for bass fishing. About two billion dollars are generated from competitive bass fishing alone every year. The most recent numbers put the sport’s value at over seven billion dollars.

While bass were originally fished for food, it is no longer this way. These dayss soon as they are caught most fish are released. In fact, in competition fishers are receive a large penalty for dead fish, if they are weighed at all. Once they are weighed bass are immediately treated for stress and then released into the water.

Bass fishing has become so popular in the US that wildlife departments have begun introducing largemouth bass all around the world. You can now find largemouth in places like Japan, Australia, and South America. The excitement of bass fishing has traveled with the fish. USA tournaments now have participants from many different areas.

Bass fishing clubs have been created by anglers to broaden the friendship between sportsmen. These clubs can be found across the United States. They are divided into the western, central, and eastern divisions. These clubs range from competitive to recreational. A member of one of these clubs receives newsletters and sometimes periodicals providing information about events, contests, and tournaments. If you want to get involved in tournament fishing these clubs can help you enter national tournaments. You can find web pages for many of these clubs that offer information on dues, locations, and past events.

If you’re looking for us to tell you exactly how to catch that bass that’s been eluding you, it’s something we cannot do. Why? Every fish is unique. It’s up to you to find out the best way to catch each fish. Only time and experience can teach you that.