Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a popular freshwater gamefish native to North America and loved by anglers for the fighting excitement. The Largemouth Bass is usually found in quiet, weedy lakes and streams. Its body varies in color from green to blackish and is marked with a dark horizontal stripe. Largemouth can grow in length to 75 cm (30 in) with a weight of up to 11,5 kg (25.3 lb). Largemouth feed on small fish, crawfish, snails, frogs, snakes, shrimp, insects, amphipods, salamanders, small mammals and even baby alligators.
|Maximum weight||(lb.)||≈ 13.25|
Recommended fishing methods and tackle
In the open waters of Missouri and North Carolina light action spinning gear is an excellent choice for casting light spoons, spinners and jigs tipped with almost any plastic bait to catch illusive Largemouth Bass. The most important thing in choosing your gear is to properly match your reel to the rod, and then spool up with line of the proper test weight to match your combo. Make sure your reel is filled to its capacity, for maximum casting distance and retrieve ratio. Now simply match your tackle with the proper weight lure and you are ready to go fishing. Don’t forget to buy a stringer!
Bass as most other fish relate to structure. For best results, cast your lure around objects visible above the surface, such as rocks, wood or weeds. Remember also that structure and slope you see on shore tends to continue below the water’s surface. Submerged points and drop offs you find will also hold fish.
For fishing in the heavy weeds and vegetation of the Everglades - Florida, you need a powerful, strong rod for setting the hook and horsing the fish out of heavy cover. Once again, most importantly though is to make sure you match the rod with the reel and proper line weight. In the clear water of the Everglades, fluorocarbon line is a good choice for fooling these lunker Florida Bass. Now that you have your combo set up, it’s time to choose your baits. Smaller spinners, spoons and jigs are good locator baits. When you find the smaller fish, you will want to use the bigger spoons, spinners and plastic baits to entice the bigger bass to feed. The heavier 1 oz. Bass Jig is also a good choice, worked slowly around cover they will get you bigger bites. Oh, you might want to buy a bigger stringer!
In the shallow water of the Everglades, there are simply not much structures (rocks, trees, drop-offs, and submerged points). In this thin water, Largemouth Bass become what we call "edge fish". Their structures are edges of weeds, pad fields, grass beds and any other vegetation in or around water’s edge. Your targets for casting this water will be these edges. Bearing in mind that Largemouth Bass are still ambush predators, hiding in good ambush points and waiting for their prey to swim by. Look for something different than other surrounding vegetation. Points in the lily pad fields, points or pockets in the shoreline grasses, areas where two or more types of vegetation come together. Once you locate Largemouth Bass on one of these “structures”, look around for more of the same in your area. Largemouth Bass hatch in schools and remain a schooling fish well into adulthood. Once you locate a fish, make many casts into that same area, as there is most likely many fish using it.