What facts about largemouth bass do I need to know before I go fishing?

What facts about largemouth bass do I need to know before I go fishing?

Largemouth bass are absolutely fascinating creatures that are incredibly intelligent in terms of their species. This can make them more difficult to catch on a fishing trip unless you know a lot about them and can second guess their habits. The first thing you should know about largemouth bass is the fact that they have six senses – the usual five of touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing and the additional lateral line. Lateral line is effectively nerve endings that run from the gill to the tail. They give a bass the ability to function with or without their sight. They can still find food and monitor movement so it is possible to catch bass even on the most murky of days. Having poor weather is not an excuse! However, this amazing sight also extends to objects on the water’s surface and above so you absolutely have to blend in if you do not want to scare the bass off. Bass can also detect colour so you should make note of that before choosing your bait and spending a day on the lake. They are particularly partial to red so choosing red baits and similar colouring (like chartreuse) can really increase your chances of catching a largemouth bass. This has actually been scientifically proven so it is fact. The colour red is important in terms of the light and weather conditions as well because bass eyes absorb more light than most other fish eyes do. This is why they will head to shady spots more often than not. This knowledge can help to improve your catch rate in no time.


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