The rockfish was unaware of its approach.
The hand-sized fish swam in lines while guarding its base until a spark of green, black, and whitened burst onto the ocean. A large largemouth bass engulfed the carp with a strike and pushed a base high wall of water. The lunker, which was almost as round as it was long, narrowly avoided beaching itself due to its absolute velocity. It made me think of famous videos of orca whales savage seals.
Even though this encounter took place in a nearby pond, it was just as severe, wild, and untamed as any fishing trip I had taken to the remote Segra River in Mexico, Venezuela, or Spain.
This was the purest, most visceral form of game fish.
The picture of the largemouth bass has been diminished despite the fact that these connections take place every day in almost every freshwater system in North America. In fact, it has become weaker as a result of the public’s increased interest in specialized bass anglers over guitar. Although I have a lot of respect for guitar professionals, the fish themselves are what I admire most.
T e g extent, the fishing industry have lost sight of the largemouth neral pu b i and, to so bass‘s true nature as a e exte nt the fis ing indus ry have powerful, os ig voracious, and hardcore predator. These tuna may ferociously devour anything that fits in their mouths. According to biologists, everything depends on the “gape height” aspect.
How far bass can open their mouths is determined by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department ( TPWD ) Inland Fisheries Biologist Craig Bonds.
Bonds declared,” Over the years, I have seen spectacular evidence that they will attack it if they can match it in their tongues.”
He studied guitar eating habits as a grad student using clear vinyl pipes that could be inserted through the mouth, worked into the stomach, and used to remove the material without harming the fish.
” I discovered everything, from snakes to baby turtles, a child duck, and various fish, including bream and baritone.”
He previously discovered a group of worms in one bass that were the exact same colour and length. Plastic fishing lures were very popular.
I’m not sure if a bag of worms was accidentally dropped around, but this guitar had several of them—all the same color and size—in its stomach. They did have pretty much anything because they are greedy animals.
According to Bonds, he once saw a bass leap out of the water in an effort to get an overhead dragonfly.
They are quite violent and very tenacious, he claimed.
This kind of conduct was what initially drew me to guitar as a child. I recall entering a tackle shop inside an ancient Gibson’s business in Orange and spotting an imitation mouse topwater. A guitar might strike a mouse or cat swimming across the gully down the street, I recall thinking.
This was the very nature of the largemouth’s predatory prowess, highlighted in earlier outdoor television programming by legends like Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, and Roland Martin.
I recall Dance saying,” If these bass grew to 100 pounds, you may not be able to swim anywhere in the South,” as he caught a 12-pound fish on enormous live fish while fishing in Florida.
Contrast that with a show I just watched where the host praised the bass for being such beautiful and lovely fish and described them as being extremely delicate. Before releasing them, Jimmy Houston lips the guitar he catches, but I assumed this man was going to give him a hug as well.
My guitar needs to be vicious, ornery, and prepared to annihilate worms, spinner and crankbaits. I want something risky, no delicate. When you can witness your very own” Texas Topwater Massacre,” who needs” A River Runs Through It”? Bass are strong; disregard beautiful.
In this context, I had the joy of sharing a ship with See Largemouth, and it is largely what drives their desire to pursue them. They all understand the unscrupulous nature of guitar and how “gape height” can affect the process of getting rid of small fish, from Kevin Van Dam to Judy Wong to Alton Jones.
From what the professionals use, you can see bait on the market. Super-sized swimbaits and cumbersome creature baits are popular because the world’s top anglers know that a huge bass will easily pursue one.
That is a sign that the fishing area is beginning to realize that bass are predators in their setting rather than just bumper sticker feed. They are what great white sharks are to the sea to store tanks and streams. When they congregate in schools, they brutalize shad like a pride of lions among wildebeests, doing to fish what cheetahs do to deer.
It’s time to separate guitar from the touchy-feely types and see them for who they really are.