The History

There are many types of bass and they all fall under the Sunfish Family category. Anglers specifically seek the black bass species, including Spotted bass, Smallmouth bass, and Largemouth bass.

Lots of specialized equipment was created to get bass… from bass boats, to tools like reels, poles, lures, and fish-locating gear. Matt Skillern, an avid fisherman and divorce attorney in Houston, recommends rivers, creeks, streams, ponds, reservoirs, and lakes as the best place to find Bass.  Largemouth bass are usually bigger and seek to escape when hooked.

Bass are sensitive to scent, so odors or any substances on the pole, reel or lure or even on the fisherman’€™s hands can tip the bass off to the fisherman’s presence. For instance, bass can smell substances like tobacco or bug spray. Soft plastics used in the lure are especially susceptible to capture scent.

Bass fishing originated within America’s and was not brought over by settlers from other continents. The initial artificial fly lure for bass was developed in the mid-nineteenth century. Over time, more baits were developed. Plastic worms began being manufactured in 1949 and quickly became popular.

The advancement of the railroad track affected the development of the bass population. Initially, steam engines that needed water were run on railroad tracks along water sources. Damming creeks that intersected close to the railroad tracks created ponds which both smallmouth and largemouth bass could live in.

Farmers started to build farm ponds featuring freshwater bass. Meanwhile, as a result of industrialization, a number of the rivers that had included trout started to be polluted. The trout were to be killed off in large numbers and subsequently the little mouth populations started to decrease as a result of pollution at the same time. In recent years there has been a renewed interest is on maintaining water quality so their populations are returning.

In the spring time, an evaluation is done to determine the numbers of fish. Two main conditions will thin a population. If the bass are smaller than four inches, there are probably too many of them and not enough of a sufficient food source. The other indicator of overpopulation and stunted development is “scrawny” bass. Bluegills tend to be one and a half pound or more and if the bass are too ‘€œscrawny’€, the bass will be too small to consume the bluegills. The overcrowding can be taken care of by removing a portion of the bass and replacing them with forage fish. This releases the food demands and leave enough for all of the fish.

Bass fishing comes with a fascinating history and is a well-known sport because of the challenge provided to anglers.