Variety of Fish

Largemouth Bass

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The largemouth bass (Micropterussalmoides) is a carnivorous freshwater game fish in the Centrarchidae (sunfish) family, a species of black bass native to the eastern and central United States and northern Mexico, but widely introduced elsewhere.
 
It is known by a variety of regional names, such as the wide mouth bass, bigmouth bass, black bass, bucket mouth, largies, Potter's fish, Florida bass, Florida largemouth, green bass, bucketmouth bass, Green trout, gilsdorf bass, Oswego bass, southern largemouth and (paradoxically) northern largemouth, LMB.
 
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Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is an olive-green to greenish gray fish, marked by a series of dark, sometimes black, blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank. The upper jaw (maxilla) of a largemouth bass extends beyond the rear margin of the orbit. In comparison to age, a female bass is larger than a male. The largemouth is the largest of the black basses, reaching a maximum recorded overall length of 29.5 in and a maximum of more than 20 pounds 1 ounce. The fish lives 10 to 16 years on average.
 
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                                                            Lake El Novillo, Big Bass 10.2 lbs
 
In larger lakes and reservoirs, adult bass occupy deeper water than younger fish, and shift to a diet consisting almost entirely of smaller fish like shad, yellow perch, ciscoes, shiners, and sunfish. It also consumes younger members of larger fish species, such as catfish, trout, walleye, white bass, striped bass, and even smaller black bass.
 
Prey items can be as large as 50% of the bass's body length or larger, as seen below, where the tilapia’s spikes got the best of them.
 
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Bass Eating a Tilapia. Tilapia’s defense is spiked dorsal fins which sometimes get caught in the Bass’s mouth and is unable to swallow. Lake El Novillo
 
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                                            Largemouth Bass love to stuff their belly!
 
Largemouth bass are keenly sought after by anglers and are noted for the excitement of their 'fight,' meaning how vigorously the fish resists being hauled into the boat or onto shore after being hooked. The fish will often become airborne in their effort to throw the hook!
 
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                                                      Fighting Bass, Lake El Novillo
 

Bass Baits

 
Anglers most often fish for largemouth bass with lures such as Spinnerbait, Swimbaits, plastic worms (and other plastic baits), jigs, crankbaits, and live bait, such as worms and minnows.
 
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                                                        Crankbaits                                                                                                               Plastic Baits
 
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                                                            Jig Heads                                                                                                    Spinnerbaits
 
Largemouth bass usually hang around big patches of weeds and other shallow water cover. These fish are very capable of surviving in a wide variety of climates and waters. They are perhaps, one of the World's most tolerant freshwater fish.
Strong cultural pressure among largemouth bass anglers encourages the practice of catch and release, especially the larger specimens, mainly because larger specimens are usually breeding females that contribute heavily to future sport fishing stocks. Largemouth bass, respond well to catch and release, with a very high survival rate after release, especially if the fish is handled with care and is loosely hooked in the side or top of the mouth.

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Largemouth Bass, Catch and Release

 
 
Largemouth bass are truly one of the most fun and exciting fresh water fish to catch! Lake El Novillo is loaded with them!