Bass Fish Information
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Adult largemouth bass prefer to feed on small fish like perch, sunfish, and minnows. However they are also known to eat crayfish, insects, frogs, and even small aquatic birds. A bass under two inches, known as a "fry", will do not act as predators but instead feed on zooplankton and insect larvae.
Bass is a name shared by many species of fish. The term encompasses both freshwater and marine species, all belonging to the large order Perciformes, or perch-like fishes. The word bass comes from Middle English bars, meaning "Perch".
- The largemouth bass has a number of aliases: the wide-mouth bass, Florida bass, black bass, bigmouth bass, bucket-mouth bass, green bass, green trout, southern largemouth and northern largemouth
- A bass' average lifespan is about 16 years, but have been known to live more than 20 years.
- Largemouth bass have highly attuned sense of smell, and can zero in on prey by following scent trails in the water.
- Female largemouth bass are usually larger than male largemouth bass of the same age.
- Largemouth bass will often breach the surface of the water and become airborne when hooked in an effort to break free.
- It is encouraged among anglers to release large specimens of largemouth bass, because the larger fish are usually breed-king females that contribute to the future fishing stock.
World Record Bass Catches
- The world record bass was caught in 1932 and weighed 22 pounds 4 ounces. In 2009, the same size bass was caught in Japan to tie the record.
Feeding Habits Of The Bass
- Feeding habits depend on a variety of different factors such as weather, season, and time of day.
- Due to sensitivity to light, largemouth bass are more active early and late in the day.
- Early spring is the easiest time to hook a largemouth because they will start moving closer to the surface.
Most Common Fishing Lures Used For Bass Fishing
- The most common lures used for bass fishing include plastic worms, jigs, crank-baits, spinner-baits, and spoons.
- Bass are opportunist foragers, so experiment with different types of bait and lures.
- Largemouth bass are mostly attracted to the color red.