Mack Prioleau: Biggest Largemouth Bass Fishing Myths

Mack Prioleau: Biggest Largemouth Bass Fishing Myths

Largemouth bass fishing is an activity that offers many hidden benefits outside of the thrill that comes with reeling in the biggest catch of the day. It also cultivates patience, an appreciation for the outdoors, and ingenuity. However, admittedly, catching a fish is one of the most rewarding parts of the fishing experience. Unfortunately, there are several myths about largemouth bass fishing that prevent people from experiencing these rewarding moments more often, according to avid fisherman Mack Prioleau. Here are some of the most common myths about bass fishing.

Use Red Hooks

One common bass fishing myth is bass are attracted to red hooks since they look like blood. It is for this reason you will see red reel spools, red line, red blades and sinkers, and even lures featuring red hooks. Some professional fishermen have indicated that the red color simulates crawfish’s gills’ or baitfish’s blood. However, although research has shown that bass fish can spot the color red with ease, no studies show that these fish are instinctively attracted to this color. They essentially do not have the mental processes necessary to conclude that a red object may indeed be prey since bleeding baitfish are red and are vulnerable to being attacked.

All Bass Are the Same

Another common myth is that all bass behave in the same manner no matter where they are found. In reality, any knowledgeable angler would tell you that stark differences exist in largemouth and smallmouth bass’s behaviors, prey choices, and habitats. Largemouth bass include two distinct subspecies, which are the northern largemouth and the Florida largemouth bass. In addition, research shows that even fish from the same state have unique DNA, and differences in cover type, diet, and water color additionally make bass behave differently in different lakes. For instance, topwater lures can be effective in some lakes, while they are ineffective in others. In the same way, night fishing can be productive in some places and useless in others. This is why consulting local fishing guides and experts is wise when you are fishing in a new body of water.

All You Need is a Boat

People often think the presence of a boat can make or break an angler’s fishing experience. In reality, the skill level of the angler plays a much greater role in the angler’s success than his or her watercraft does. However, it can still be helpful to have a small boat. A small boat fits well in small bodies of water, the homes of large bass in states ranging from California to Iowa and Florida. A full-sized bass boat cannot enter shallow zones, and it struggles to navigate through dense vegetation and timber. Even when it can reach these hard-to-reach areas, the boat can end up spooking large fish. Small boats are even helpful in large bodies of water because they force you to go slowly and stay focused on your environment and the fish you are attempting to catch, which is necessary to experience success behind the reel.