How To Catch Any Fish – Largemouth Bass on Lures or Bait

What can I say about the Largemouth Bass that has not already been said? Probably nothing. Largemouth Bass are the most popular gamefish in North America and are the only fish I can think of that is found in all 50 US states. They are the subject of countless fishing shows, magazine articles, books, etc. US and Japanese tackle companies probably pour more money into equipment for these fish than any other.

Largemouth Bass are an aggressive fish that can be targeted using a huge variety of techniques, so no matter what kind of fishing you like to do you can probably catch a bass with it. In fact, I cannot think of a single category of artificial lure that will not catch a bass Poppers, Soft Plastics, Spoons, Spinners, Jerkbaits, Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits, Stickbaits, etc all will work under the right conditions. Bass are ambush feeders that pounce on prey that comes by them. Even when they are not feeding, they will often pounce on lures out of sheer aggressiveness. Every bass fisherman probably has a story about catching a tiny bass on a lure that was bigger than it. There is no way it was planning to eat it; the fish just wanted to smack it and show it who was boss.

Largemouth Bass are found in lakes and rivers throughout the US and also in a number of other countries including Japan where they are very popular. They are a hardy fish and easily transplanted. Largemouth relate very strongly to cover and structure, so if you find that you can usually find the fish. I release all fish I catch as I have never found them to be very tasty. They are easy to release by grabbing them firmly by their lower jaw, which immobilizes them (more or less).

Largemouth Bass can attain weights of over 20 lb but very, very few fish get anywhere near that size. The world record of 22 lb, 4 oz stood for 77 years until it was tied in 2011 in Japan. Any bass over 6 lb is generally a female. The average bass caught is probably only around 2 lb. The biggest one I ever saw in person was over 16 lb and was caught in Arizona on a live salamander (not sure if that was legal). I’m still searching for my double-digit fish; I lost one over 10 lb at the boat that still makes me want to cry.

Helping your child get higher test scores in science can be as easy as a day of fishing. Fishing is hands-on way for children to connect to important science concepts, in addition to being a great activity that can keep kids learning for a lifetime. This article will show any parent how to turn his next fishing trip into a science-filled learning experience.

Why fishing? If your child is in an elementary school in New York State, the majority of the fourth grade science test and the elementary science curriculum will be based on ecology, or the study of the natural world. As a fourth grade teacher and avid angler, each year I use fishing to hook students on science. Students in my classroom raise trout from eggs and release them into the wild. Along the way, they learn about insects, identification, pollution, food webs, conservation and life cycles, just to name a few concepts.

To learn the most from a day of fishing, plan ahead. Your trip should be a blend of education and fun. To make the trip a learning experience, try to think of it as a four part lesson: pre-fishing, fishing, alternatives to fishing and post-fishing. The latest brain research shows that a great deal of learning occurs while children are sleeping, so planning ahead a few days can give your child a chance to absorb new science concepts. Don’t force learning but use science vocabulary when the opportunity arises. If possible, try to use the terms and questions in this article; your child will see related questions on the New York State science test in fourth grade.

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