You should always strive to learn more about the behavior and anatomy of the fish species you plan to target. The more knowledge you have, the better angler you’ll become if you can apply your critical thinking skills.
Here are a few interesting facts about the largemouth bass that I’ve learned over the years:
- Largemouth bass are widely abundant. The largemouth is one of the most widely distributed game fish in the United States, they are found in 48 states nationwide. Bass fishing also appeals to many anglers since freshwater lakes and ponds that contain bass are usually found within a short drive of most American homes.
- Largemouth bass are actually part of the sunfish family. Yep, it’s true. The largemouth is a member of the “black bass” group of fishes and is part of the sunfish family.
- Florida largemouth bass grow considerably faster than their northern counterparts. Florida bass generally reach a weight of about 10 pounds in 8 years. A Northern largemouth, in contrast, would generally weight about 5 pounds at the same age.
- The world record largemouth was caught in Georgia in June of 1932. The world record fish weighed 22 pounds 4 ounces and was caught on Montgomery Lake.
- The average lifespan of a largemouth bass is about 10 years. According to a few books and websites we’ve read, some fish have lived as long as 16 years. The Northern largemouth tends to live longer than the Florida species.
- Largemouth bass have inner ears that consist of small bones. These bones are able to pick up very subtle sounds, like the movement of a grass shrimp or crayfish.
Now that you know a little more about our favorite freshwater game fish, would you change anything about your tackle or the techniques you use? Feel free to comment on this post. I’d love to hear how you’ve studied the species and become a better bass angler as a result.