The largemouth bass is the best known and most popular game fish
in North America. It is distinguished from other black bass because
the upper jaw extends beyond the rear edge of the eye, and the
first and second dorsal (back) fins are separated by an obvious
The Florida largemouth bass is the state freshwater fish. Found
statewide in lakes and rivers, they are commonly found along
vegetation, or underwater structure, but schooling bass are also
found in the middle of lakes.
Black bass spawn in spring, when males fan out a bed and then
protect the eggs and fry. The baby fish eat zooplankton
(microscopic animals that drift in the water column), and when
about an inch long begin eating other small fish. Adults eat a wide
variety of fish, crustaceans and larger insects.
17.27 lbs. (Note several larger fish have been documented but not certified.) Big Catch: 24 inches or 8.0 lbs.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Florida is an outstanding destination to catch a trophy. A photo and measurements of your fish can be converted into lifelike fiberglass mounts, so you can release the lunker to fight another day.
The best live bait is a golden shiner, fished under a float or free-lined. Typically, the shiner is hooked through the lips or back with a large hook, 2/0 to 5/0. A medium to medium-heavy rod with 14- to 20-pound test line is preferred, particularly when fishing in areas with thick vegetation or cover.
Plastic worms are the most dependable artificial bait for largemouth bass. A weedless Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm is especially effective with heavy plant cover.
Checking “Florida Fishing Weekly” is a great way to learn about the full array of techniques available to bass anglers as well as specific details about different bass fisheries around the state.
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