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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Large-Mouthed Black Bass
Crappie Or Speckled Perch
Bluegill Or Bream
Red-Breasted Sun Fish
Warmouth Perch Or Rock Bass
Pickerel Or Jackfish
Salt-Water Trout (Spotter Weakfish)
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Large-Mouthed Black Bass

There is perhaps no fish on the American continent which affords more real sport to anglers than the Large-Mouthed Black Bass; likewise there is no section of the United States in which this species is more prevalent than in Florida waters where, to the delight of the sporting fishermen, they will become even more plentiful, due in a large part to the efforts of the Florida Junior Chamber of Commerce, which organization forced through a bill in the 1935 Florida Legislature prohibiting the sale or shipment of Black Bass in and from this State. Also a good many counties have closed season during the spawning period. Already this bill has proven its worth, for the lakes and streams of the State afford more excellent sport than previously, and the value of this legislation will become more and more obvious as this long-needed protection continues.

L. S. Caine, in his "Game Fish of the South" says in part: "The black bass may well be called the King of American Game Fish, for it probably gives more sport to anglers the country over than all other species combined.... It has built up a reputation as a fighter unsurpassed, smashing vigorously at artificial lures and rising savagely to the artificial fly.

"Occasionally it is stated that southern bass are sluggish and do not have the fighting ability of their northern brothers, and quite frequently just the opposite is heard. Both statements are probably correct. It does not depend upon which section of the country the bass are from; it depends upon the water from which they are caught. If a bass is taken from a shallow, mud-bottom pond, or lake with ample vegetation, it will undoubtedly put up a poor fight, whereas if it is taken from a sand-bottom, deep lake or stream it will give a fine account of itself.

"There are lakes and streams in the South where the bass will tax the skill of experienced anglers to the utmost. . ."

Other popular local names: Bass, Black Bass, Trout, Big-Mouthed Bass. Quoted averages run from 1 to 5 pounds.

Black Bass are taken principally on regulation fresh water casting outfits, using artificial lures of various types-both underwater and top-water. Rods used are either of steel or bamboo, both being good and a matter of the angler's choice. Level-winding reel and 18-pound test black waterproof silk line complete the outfit. Pork rind lures and noisy top-water plugs are the surest fish takers.

Since black bass fishing covers such wide area we suggest that anglers contact local sporting goods dealers for more detailed information.

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