Fishing for big bass is an American tradition. Whether you fish tournaments or for fun catching the big one is always the dream. In 1932 a 20yr old Georgia farm boy, George Perry, landed the current world record Largemouth Bass at 22 pounds 4 ounces. A 25 pounder was caught in California in 2006 but because of how it was caught was not submitted to the record books.
Fishing for big bass has become big business. Bass fishing equipment is endorsed by professional anglers just like products in other major sports. Televised and local fishing tournaments are everywhere and some of the prizes are worth big money. Some tournaments grand prizes are topping $100,000!
Fishing for big bass has become a very diverse art. Depending on time of day, the season of the year, and local terrain and bait, big bass can be very hard to catch. This is where having the right knowledge gained from the best fisherman over decades can really make a difference.
From top water fishing to fishing with plastic worms there are as many varied techniques to fishing for big bass as there are stories of the one that got away. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and striped bass all have very different ways to landing the big ones. Live baits are just as varied. Crawdads, minnows, worms, frogs, crickets, and shad are all favorites.
Just as varied is the gear you use, from closed to open reels, to fly fishing, all can be used to catch big bass. Some fisherman employ the latest techniques and tools like depth finders and bottom reading graphs, cruising in bass boats with every technological advancement. While big bass are still caught from flat bottom boats and by 20 yr old Georgia farm boys fishing from the shore.