Except for humans, adult largemouth bass are the top predators in the aquatic ecosystem. Fry, feed primarily on zooplankton and insect larvae. At about two inches in length they become active predators. Adults feed almost exclusively on other fish and large invertebrates such as crayfish. Larger fish prey upon smaller bass.
Largemouth are keenly sought after by anglers and are noted for the excitement of their fight. The fish will often become airborne in their effort to throw the hook, but many say that their cousin species, the smallmouth bass, can beat them pound for pound. Anglers most often fish for largemouth bass with lures such as plastic worms (and other plastic baits), jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. A recent trend is the use of swimbaits to target trophy bass that are used to hunting larger bass in Florida. Live bait, such as nightcrawlers, minnows, frogs, crayfish, and earthworms, can also be productive. In fact, large golden shiners are one of the best things to use to catch trophy bass, especially when they are sluggish in the heat of summer time or in the cold of winter.
There is a strong cultural pressure among largemouth bass anglers which encourages the fish’s live release, especially the larger specimens. Largemouth bass, if handled with care, respond well to catch and release, many studies have shown specimens which have survived being hooked and released multiple times.
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