Knowing Bass: The Scientific Approach to Catching More Fish

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Bass, especially largemouth bass, are easily the single most popular freshwater gamefish in the United States. Knowing Bass is a book about the science of bass fishing, with particular emphasis on the bass itself:

What bass can sense
How they use their senses to feed
How they relate to fishing lures
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Overview

Bass, especially largemouth bass, are easily the single most popular freshwater gamefish in the United States. Knowing Bass is a book about the science of bass fishing, with particular emphasis on the bass itself:

What bass can sense
How they use their senses to feed
How they relate to fishing lures
And ultimately, how they interact with anglers.

Understanding why bass do what they do will greatly improve anyone's chances of being a better and more successful angler, no matter the angler's present skill level.
Topics covered include bass biology; life history; the bass's organs of vision, hearing, smell, and taste, including the smells and flavors bass like-and don't like; how smell and taste control feeding behavior; the best kinds of lures to trigger the attack response in certain situations; and even minimizing stress on caught bass that are to be released.
A distinguished scientist who knows how, when, and why bass pursue their prey, Dr. Jones offers a wealth of valuable information on pursuing this popular gamefish to anglers of all skill levels.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Scientific explanations of why bass do what they do and why they sometimes don't"

St. Louis Post—Dispatch

"Anyone. . . can see he genuinely enjoys his work. His appreciation of bass is as obvious as his vast knowledge"

Fishing Tackle Retailer

 
"Although this is admittedly a very 'angler-oriented' book, the author does provide substantial overviews of the life history that may be relevant to naturalists. . . .The book is clearly written for a lay audience, using anecdotes to emphasize points."

The Canadian Field-Naturalist

"The man knows his subject intimately. . . . If you're a serious bass angler, this nicely color-illustrated book must become part of your fishing research library"

The Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592286164
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith A. Jones, PhD, has studied bass intensively as Director of Fish Research at the Berkley Fish Research Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa. 

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    A reasonable addition to a bass fishers library

    After reading the reviews I figured this book to be a good addition to my collection of fishing titles. It's an addition, but it fell short of what I was looking for, which is a book that either does a good job of linking senses to lure usage, or a book the does a stellar job of explaining bass senses in laymen terms. This text does neither.

    While there is a fair amount of useful information, at times the author goes overboard on the use of scientific terminology, leaving one with glazed eyes. While that would be OK, it the explanation was complete, but it fall short of being useful in a science class and it fail for the most part to demonstrate how this information is applicable on the water.

    Bottom-line is the book has value in that it covers all the senses, but it is a chore to ready and requires to reader to dig deep and hard to figure out how to apply the information. If you're looking for a book on how to capitalize on a bass's senses when on the water, look elsewhere. If you're wanting to learn more about bass and willing to slog through the text to get there this is your book. It's written like a textbook for fishers, but it's neither a textbook, nor a fisher's how-to book.

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