Bass fishing has a fascinating history. It started in the late 18th century and continues to progress until today.
It probably was originally practiced in search for food among the people in the south of the United States.
Since then, it has started gaining numerous audiences of all ages and nations.
Today, countries such as Australia, Cuba, South Africa, United States and most of Europe participate in this kind of event.
• The year 1768 or 1770 represents the birth of bass fishing sports. Onesimus Ustonson introduced his first multiplying reels to the fishing gurus and lovers. It was later developed into bait caster.
• William Shakespeare Jr. materializes the production of a level wind device and secured its patent on 1897.
• The William J. Jamison Co introduced the overly ornamented Shannon Twin Spinner in 1915 and was improved to create today’s spinner baits.
• In 1932, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted the creation of Tennessee Valley Authority and encouraged the creation and building of numerous dams.
These dams were later used for culturing different varieties of bass fishes.
• Five years later, DuPont Company filed patent for nylon fishing net, this was later developed into nylon mono filament fishing line.
• The year 1992 is one of the most glorious events in the history of bass fishing.
Larry Nixon, the famous fisherman in the history of bass fishing won $1 M total earnings for this sport on this year.
Several fish species that are being caught in the bass fishing events are the following:
• Micropterus salmoides (Lacepede) - Largemouth Bass
• Micropterus dolomieui - Smallmouth bass
• Micropterus punctatus - Kentucky Bass
Other species of Micropterus are also caught but one that remains popular is the Largemouth bass.
All black bass are proven as strong fighters and are fished recreationally.
Depending upon species and various other factors such as water quality and availability of food, black bass may be found in lakes, reservoirs, ponds, rivers, streams, creeks, even roadside ditches.
Largemouth are known for their greater overall size and resistance when hooked, favoring short, powerful runs and escape to cover such as submerged logs or weed beds.
While smallmouth bass tend to jump more and fight aggressively on the surface when hooked, in order to throw the hook.
All black bass are scent as well as visual predators so care should be taken to ensure no foreign scents, like bug spray, or any outdoor chemicals, or any personal chemicals, like tobacco, contaminate one's hands when handling your line, reels, rods, artificial baits, and particularly soft plastics.
Bass are usually fileted when taken for the table; the flesh is white and flaky, with a mild taste when cooked.
However, it should be emphasized that Australian Bass are different from the above North American Bass variants although most share similar features.
Perhaps, the most robust success of Bass Fishing was in the 1950s.
The popularity of the game during this period is the springboard to the development of modern fishing equipments from bass boats, rods, lines, lures and various fishing gears.
Electronic gears were also incorporated among the host of equipments bass fishers used at that time.
Reels of different types, which function in hauling and hoisting, were also created.
The contribution of bass fishing industry to the US economy records billions of dollars and the number continues to grow.
Statistics show that the audience base of this sport is increasing and that more and more people are getting interested in it compared to tennis and golf.