Angler Education

What's Up With Double Digit Bass?

Note: Berkley's Dr. Keith Jones is one of the foremost authorities on . He knows the answers to questions most anglers can only offer a guess. Most anglers have never caught a bass weighing double digits. Dr. Jones' answer should help them to the next plateau.

Do really big bass (over 10 lbs) like to live in places different from smaller bass? What kind of places do large bass like to live in, especially in late summer to early autumn? Do they move around much within their environment and why?

Big bass are pretty much just that nothing more than big bass. Although bigger by far than your average bass, for the most part they are still just bass. What major differences they have stem from the fact that they are almost exclusively females and that they are much older than average. For these reasons they tend to be more exacting in their behavior. If it can be said that smaller bass follow certain patterns of behavior, then that is especially true of big bass. Large female bass are creatures of habit to an extreme degree. Electronic tracking studies of big bass, including some around 15 pounds, have shown that each big bass has its own individualized, mostly daily routines that it follows in regimented detail.

Very often that routine consists of traveling, once or twice daily, from a defined home area to a specific feeding zone and then back again to rest. Home will be a place where they feel comfortable, free from disturbance, and safe. Home can be a heavily sheltered area along the shoreline, an open area for suspending in deeper water, or anywhere in between. What pleases one bass doesn't necessarily please another, so home varies a lot from bass to bass. The feeding zone can be within the home area, right next door, or a few hundred meters away. What matters most is the fact that these animals feed almost exclusively in their feeding zone (or sometimes in route), feed only at particular times (often at dawn and dusk), and follow established underwater trails when traveling back and forth. Otherwise, they are pretty much inactive.

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