What is a Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass is considered one of the most important games fishes in freshwater with its origin in North America. It belongs to the species of blackbass and is also referred by various names, to name a few, widemouth bass, bucketmouth, green bass and bigmouth. It is the largest among the sunfish family which thrives in a vast range of habitats of freshwater. However it as well thrives best in weedy lakes, backwaters and also in sluggish rivers. These largemouth bass fishes are specially featured with a longer upper jaw, which extends even beyond the eye, when the mouth is closed. They are created with dark green on the top surface, light silvery green on the sides and whitish base. There is also a dark stripe which extends from head to tail, that makes it a distinguishing feature from small mouth bass fishes.

Now coming to the angling part of it, what exactly are the techniques to be used to fish a largemouth bass? The most important factor in catching a bass is to first find the fish!! This reminds of the thumb rule in fishing which goes like this-“never leave fish in order to find more fish”. Here are few hints and fishing tips while you go on an angling experience trying out to catch largemouth bass fishes.

  • Largemouth bass can be found more in warm lakes and less moving water and prefers dense aquatic vegetation. Dock pilings, fallen logs and suspended brush are also their favorites.
  • Preferable fishing times could be early morning or in the evenings especially between June and October of any year which is normally considered to be peak fishing periods.
  • Bait is another important factor that affects fishing. The bait you choose must be based on the natural diet of the fish and it can be either live or dead. Largemouths prefer larger prey, just as indicated by their name. Feeding on frogs, crayfish and normal big fishes are a wonderful meal for them. Leeches and earthworms are very good natural baits. Artificial baits could be crankbaits, variety of soft plastic, topwater plugs, vegetation and weedless lures.
  • Equipment is yet another important factor to be concentrated on before setting out on angling. The rod must be selected keeping in mind the size of the fish you intend to target. This involves considering two aspects namely line rating and action. While line rating point out, how much weight the rod can handle, action specifies the extent to which the rod can bend when a larger fish is caught.

The fishing of largemouth bass has increased in its popularity in recent years. Substantial and improved expansion of waters that contain bass population is one of the main reasons attributed for the popularity of largemouth bass fishing.