Bass Fishing[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="5296" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="img_link_large"][vc_column_text]Bass fishing is the activity of angling for the North American gamefish known colloquially as the black bass. There are numerous black bass species considered as gamefish in North America, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Spotted bass or Kentucky bass, Guadalupe bass, and many other species.
Modern bass fishing has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry. The sport has changed drastically since its beginnings in the late 19th century. From humble beginnings, the black bass has become the second most specifically sought-after game fish in the United States. The sport has driven the development of all manner of fishing gear, including rods, reels, lines, lures, electronic depth and fish-finding instruments, drift boats, float tubes, and specialized bass boats.
All black bass are well-known as strong fighters, and are fished recreationally. Largemouth bass are known for their wild jumps while Smallmouth bass are generally accepted as the hardest fighting black bass, pound for pound. Smallmouth bass tend to jump more and fight aggressively on the surface when hooked, in order to throw the hook. Large mouth bass tend to go after topwater and dark colored plastic worms. All bass are scent as well as visual predators so care should be taken to ensure no foreign scents, like tobacco, contaminate soft plastics. Largemouth bass anglers tend to catch and release. The increasingly popularity of the sport combined with "catch and release" practices have in some cases led to an overpopulation of bass.
By the early 20th century, bass fishing had been well established as a sport with its own following. Though the use of artificial lures for bass had begun with the Artificial fly and fly fishing tackle, the bait casting rod and reel soon came to dominate the sport. Although fixed-spool reels were introduced in use in the United States as early as the 1870s, spinning reels and rods did not gain wide acceptance as an angling tool until the 1950s. Since that time, most bass anglers have used bait casting or spinning tackle, using either artificial lures or live bait
There are several major bass fishing competitions in the United States with the two most dominant circuit being Bassmasters and the FLW series. On the West Coast, WON BASS has been the main regional circuit in operation since the 1980s Annually, WON BASS conducts the U.S. Open of Bass Fishing at Lake Mead, Nevada which annually pays back nearly $500,000 per event.
In modern bass fishing competitions, caught bass are placed in a live well, and released as soon as caught and weighed by officials. Competitors are penalized heavily for dead fish and in some cases dead fish are not weighed. Fish turned in for weighing are immediately released or placed in tanks and treated for stress and glyco-protein (slime coat) injury, then released back into the water.
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