The Largemouth Bass

What is the average size of the Largemouth Bass?

The largemouth bass is not actually a member of the bass family but is a member of the sunfish family which surprises many. The reason it is called the largemouth bass is because it has a strong resembelence to many in the temperate bass family and does not look very much like its sunfish cousins.

The Laergemouth bass is known by many different names due to the large areas they can be found in, there names are lineside bass, big mouth bass, black bass and green trout (although it is not a trout).

You can tell a largemouth bass from any other bass by its black horizontal line running along the length of its body and is jagged in shape, although some largemouth bass can be totally black in colour. Another tell tale sign that you have caught a largemouth bass is that the upper jaw of the fish extends beyond the rear of the eye socket.

Although the largemouth bass can reach up to ninety seven centimetres in length and weight up to twenty six pound and four ounces (just over ten kilograms), the average largemouth bass only grows to between twelve and eighteen inches (thirty and forty five centimetres) in length. Largemouth live to around twenty three years in age. 

Largemouth bass are a favourite among many fishermen due to the strong fight they can give, even when they are smaller in size. It is extremely common for fishermen to catch, weigh and release the largemouth bass as they are rarely eaten and respond well to the catch and release method as they are a very durable fish.

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