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I've seen a lot of these threads asking for some good bass or fishing books, so here is my list:

These aren't ranked in any particular order, but...

An *asterisk* means it's worth reading, more than one means it's REALLY worth reading!!

 

Books List - MY Bass Fishing Library:     1-6-2017

 

*”Hannon's Big Bass Magic” - Paperback – June, 1986

by Douglas Hannon (Author)

Paperback: 280 pages   Publisher: Atlantic Pub Co; Copyright 1986 edition (June 1986)   ISBN-10: 0937866121

ISBN-13: 978-0937866122

 

*”Doug Hannon's Field Guide for Bass Fishing” - Paperback – 2000

by R. Douglas Hannon (Author)

Paperback: 204 pages   Publisher: Great Outdoors Pub Co (2000)   ISBN-10: 0937866016  ISBN-13: 978-0937866016

 

“Catch Bass” - Paperback – June, 1984

by Doug Hannon (Author), Don Wirth (Author)

Paperback: 89 pages  Publisher: Great Outdoors Pub Co (June 1984)   ISBN-10: 0820001236   ISBN-13: 978-0820001234

 

**”Largemouths and Tournaments ... Good or Bad?” - Hardcover – 1979

by Billy Westmorland (Author)

Hardcover: 239 pages    Publisher: Westmorland (1979)    ASIN: B0006DXPKS

 

**”Billy Westmorland on Smallmouths: Them Ol' Brown Fish” - Hardcover – 1976

by Billy Westmorland (Author), Larry Mayer (Editor)

Hardcover: 224 pages   Publisher: Parthenon Press; First Edition (1976)    ASIN: B000URLG56

 

**”Big Bass Zone” - Paperback – February, 2005

by Bill Siemental (Author), Larry Jones (Author), Michael Jones (Author)

 

*”In Pursuit of Giant Bass” - Paperback – 1999

by Bill Murphy (Author)

 

*”Denny Brauer's Jig Fishing Secrets” - Paperback – August 1, 1997

by Denny Brauer (Author), Monte Burch (Author)

 

“Denny Brauer's Winning Tournament Tactics” - Paperback – May, 2002

by Denny Brauer (Author), Monte Burch (Author)

 

*”Roland Martin's 101 Bass-Catching Secrets” - Paperback – April 17, 2008

by Roland Martin (Author)

 

*”Rick Clunn's World Championship Bass Fishing” - Paperback – 1978

by Rick Clunn (Author)

 

**”Charlie Brewer On Slider Fishin'” - Paperback – 1978

by Charlie Brewer (Author)

 

**”Catch Big Bass Consistently” - Hardcover – 1979

By Charles Robbins

 

*”Lucas On Bass Fishing” - Hardcover – 1962

by Jason Lucas (Author)

 

*”Finesse Bass Fishing & The Sonar Connection” - Paperback – 2001

by Don Iovino (Author), George Kramer (Author)

 

*”The Complete Guide to Finesse Bass Fishing” - Paperback – 1991

by Michael Jones (Author) *(Co-Wrote BBZ w Siemantel)

 

*”Think Like a Fish: The Lure and Lore of America's Legendary Bass Fisherman” - Hardcover – April 30, 2002

by Tom Mann (Author), Tom Carter (Author)

Hardcover: 256 pages

 

*”Secrets of a Champion: Bass Superstar Reveals His Winning Tips” - Paperback – May, 2002

by Kevin VanDam (Author), Louie Stout (Contributor), Bill McElroy (Illustrator)

 

*”Kevin VanDam’s Bass Strategies: A Handbook for All Anglers” - Paperback – January, 1996

by Kevin VanDam (Author), Louie Stout (Author)

 

“Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass" - Paperback – February 28, 2006

by Monte Burke (Author)

 

*”River Smallmouth Fishing: The Best Techniques & Best Rivers” - Paperback – November 18, 2011

by Tim Holschlag (Author), Ron Nelson (Illustrator)

 

*”Stream Smallmouth Fishing” - Paperback – October 1, 1990

by Tim Holschlag (Author)

 

*”Pursuing River Smallmouth Bass: Ouchigon” - Paperback – 2001

by Ken Penrod (Author)

 

*”The Last Smallmouth - The Definitive Smallmouth Bass Fishing Guide” - Paperback – 2010

by Tony Bean (Author), Darren Shell (Author, Foreword)

Paperback: 238 pages    Publisher: Fideli Publishing Inc. (2010)   ISBN-10: 1604142723   ISBN-13: 978-1604142723

 

*”Tony Bean's Smallmouth Guide” - Paperback – 1986

by Tony Bean (Author), Don Wirth (Author)

Paperback: 134 pages    Publisher: Tony Bean Fishing Publications (1986)    ASIN: B000MW3WY2

 

“Smallmouth! America's Top Bass Waters” - (Destination Series) Paperback – December 1, 2000

by Russ Warye (Author)

 

“Catch Fish with Maps” - Paperback – June, 2001

by Robert Knops (Author)

 

*”Kayak Bass Fishing: Largemouth, Smallmouth, Stripers” - Paperback – September 1, 2011

by Chad Hoover (Author)

 

“Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide” - Paperback – October 1, 2010

by Cory Routh (Author)

 

“The Complete Kayak Fisherman” - Paperback – October 10, 2007

by Ric Burnley (Author)

 

“How to Rig and Fish Natural Baits” - Paperback – February, 1977

by Byron W. Dalrymple (Author)

 

*”Blaisdell's The Philosophical Fisherman” - (Second Printing W) Hardcover – 1969

by Harold F. Blaisdell (Author)

 

*”The Art Of fishing with Worms and Other Live Bait” - Hardcover – June 12, 1977

by Harold F. Blaisdell (Author)

 

*”Tricks That Take Fish: The Definitive Guide to Catching Freshwater Gamefish on Bait, Lures, and Flies” -Paperback – June 1, 2012

by Harold F. Blaisdell (Author), Jay Cassell (Introduction), H G. Tapply (Foreword)

 

“Book of the Black Bass” - Hardcover – 1978

by James A. Henshall (Author)

 

“Black Bass Fishing: Theory And Practice” - Hardcover – 1952

by Robert Page Lincoln (Author)

 

*”Pork Chunk Fishing” - Paperback – 1950

by Royce R Mallory (Author)

 

“The Journey Of An Old Big Bass Fisherman” – Paperback – 2016

By John Lee Smith (Author) Toes in the Water Publishing

 

“50 Years of Shallow-Water Bass Angling” - Paperback – 2001

by Jack Lewis (Author)

 

“Catching Fish” - Hardcover – 1978

by Chet Meyers (Author), Al Lindner (Author)

 

“Catching Bass Like a Pro” - (Falcon Guides Fishing) Paperback – February 1, 2001

by Steve Price (Author), Guy Eaker (Author)

 

“Best Bass Tips: Secrets of Successful Lure Fishing” - Paperback – June 1, 2001

by Steven D Price (Author)

 

“Bass Wisdom” - Paperback – April 1, 2000

by Homer Circle (Author)

 

“Larry Larsen on Bass Tactics: How You Catch More and Bigger Bass” - Paperback – December 1, 1992

by Larry Larsen (Author)

 

“Bass Fishing 101: Your Guide To Largemouth Bass Fishing” - Paperback – May 14, 2009

by David B. Pruet (Author)

 

“Big-Bass Secrets: Catch Trophy Largemouths and Smallmouths, With The Experts Of Outdoor Life” - (Outdoor Life) Paperback – March 1, 2000

by Outdoor Life Magazine (Author), The Editors of Outdoor Life (Author), CPi (Author)

 

“The Bass Angler's Almanac: More Than 650 Tips and Tactics” - Paperback – April 1, 2002

by John Weiss (Author)

 

“Mont Burch’s Black Bass Basics” - Paperback – May, 2002

by Monte Burch (Author)

 

“The Complete Book of Jigs for Bass Fishing” - Paperback – August 27, 2015

by Carlton "Doc" Holliday (Author)

 

“How to Find Fish - and Make Them Strike” - Hardcover – 1974

by Joseph D. Bates Jr. (Author)

 

“Secrets of Successful Fishing” -  (1965)

by Henry Shakespeare (Author)

 

“Advanced Bass Techniques” - (NAFC Complete Angler's Library) Hardcover – 1993

by Rich Zaleski (Author)

 

Regional Books:

*”Home Waters” – Mid South Fly Fishers – Every Known Edition

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*”The New Fishing Guide to 26 Mid-South Lakes” – Paperback

Author – “Doc” Omar Smith (U of M Biologist) - Published by the U of Memphis (*Impossible to find now)

*My Freshman Biology Teacher and an avid fisherman, and fishing buddy of Bill Dance – Doc Built A Large Observation Aquarium for Bill Dance back in the day.

 

**”The Compleat Tennessee Angler: Everything You Need to Know About Fishing in the Volunteer State” -Paperback – July 27, 2008

by Vernon Summerlin (Author), Doug Markham (Author)

Paperback: 404 pages   Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 27, 2008)  ISBN-10: 1401605109  ISBN-13: 978-1401605100

 

*”Bass Fishing Central Alabama” - Paperback – 1994

by John E. Phillips (Author)

 

*”The Ultimate Guide to Alabama Fishing” - Paperback – January, 2014

by Mike Bolton (Author)

 

 

Bass Science and/or Scuba Observations:

*”Knowing Bass: The Scientific Approach to Catching More Fish” - Paperback – July 1, 2005

by Keith A. Jones PhD (Author)

 

**”The Scientific Angler” - Hardcover – October, 1984

by Paul C. Johnson (Author)

 

*”John Hope's Trackin' Trophies” - Paperback – 2001

by Jesse Miller (Author)

 

*”Bass Forever” - Hardcover – 2011

by Glen Lau (Author), Ken Duke (Author), Homer Circle (Foreword)

**Also, the Bigmouth and Bigmouth Forever Video Collection – AWESOME!!

 

**”Lunker!” - Hardcover – October, 1975

by Bob A. Underwood (Author)

 

Seasonal Patterns:

*”Guide to Successful Bass Fishing: Today's Newest and Most Effective Techniques” - Paperback – June, 1979

by Rick Taylor (Author)

 

“The Pocket Guide to Seasonal Largemouth Bass Patterns: An Angler's Quick Reference Book” - (Skyhorse Pocket Guides) Flexibound – March 15, 2016

by Monte Burch (Author)

 

 

“High Percentage Fishing: A Statistical Approach To Improving Catch Rates” - Paperback – January 10, 2016

by Josh Alwine (Author)

 

“The Modern Angler, Including The Solunar Theory” - Hardcover – 1936

by John Alden Knight (Author)

 

Buck Perry Books:

***”Spoonplugging” - Paperback – 1979

by Buck Perry (Author)

Paperback: 275 Pages   Publisher: E. L. Buck Perry (1979)    ASIN: B000TC4VVS

 

*”A Spoonplugging Lesson” – Pamphlet

 

*”Structure Situations” – Pamphlet

 

*”Coleman’s Journal on Spoonplugging”

By Tom G. Coleman, Jr.   September 1993

 

**”Buck Perry's Guidelines for Fishing Success” - A complete and thorough Home Study Program to improve your fishing knowledge and skills.   9 Volumes (8 ½ x 11) of over 650 pages ;

- Volume 1- Introduction to Basic Movements
- Volume 2- Controls & Tools
- Volume 3- Structures, Breaks, Breaklines
- Volume 4- Weather & Water
- Volume 5- Presentation of Lures
- Volume 6 - Lake Types
- Volume 7- Part 1 - Mapping & Interpretation
- Volume 7- Part 2 - Mapping & Interpretation
- Volume 8 - Buck Talks - Summation, Mental Aspects, Examination

 

 

Bassmaster:       *These are AMAZING!!  They culled out the better articles and assembled them together into books focusing on specific topics. 

*The Ultimate Bass Fishing Library – Article Compilations – Circa 2000:

- Guide to Soft Plastics

- Advanced Bass Fishing Skills

- A Day on the Lake with a Pro

- Hunting for Trophy Bass

- Guide to Topwater

- ***Guide to Small Waters (*If You Like Pond Fishing, GET THIS BOOK!!!)

- Guide to Crankbaits and Jerkbaits

- Angling Streams and Rivers

- Fishing Rivers and Streams

- Live Bait Fishing

- Fishing Tips and Tricks

- Smallmouth Bass

- Techniques for the Elite Angler

- Proven Strategies for Catching Bass

- Fishing Lakes and Reservoirs

- Catching Panfish

- The Complete Guide to Freshwater Fishing

- Top Techniques of the Bass Pros

- Hooked! Americas Passion for Bass Fishing

 

*Large (Coffee-Table) Article Compilation Books:

- Bassmasters Best Tactics and Techniques – 1990

- Bassmasters Best of Lures – 1989

- The Best of Bassmaster – 1987

- The Best of Bassmaster – 1983

 

*”Secrets of America's Best Bass Pros” - Paperback – June 1, 1990

by Tim Tucker (Author)

 

*”More Secrets of America's Best Bass Pros” - Paperback – January 1, 1992

by Tim Tucker (Author)

 

 

In-Fisherman Books:

*”In-Fisherman Critical Concepts 1: Largemouth Bass Fundamentals” - Book - (Critical Concepts (In-Fisherman)) Paperback – January 1, 2002

by In-Fisherman Staff (Author)

 

*”In-Fisherman Critical Concepts 2: Largemouth Bass Location” - Book (Critical Concepts (In-Fisherman)) Paperback – July 1, 2006

by In-Fisherman Staff (Author)

 

**”In-Fisherman Critical Concepts 3: Largemouth Bass Presentation” - Book (Critical Concepts (In-Fisherman)) Paperback – March 15, 2010

by In-Fisherman Staff (Author)

 

*”Largemouth Bass: An In-Fisherman Handbook Of Strategies” - Paperback – March 1, 1992

by In-Fisherman Staff (Author)

 

*”In-Fisherman Crappie Wisdom: Handbook of Strategies” - Paperback – July 1, 1994

by Al Lindner (Author)

 

*”In-Fisherman Smallmouth Bass: Handbook of Strategies” - Paperback – June 1, 1994

by Al Lindner (Author)

 

Fishing Facts:

**”Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers: The New & Complete Book of Nightcrawler Secrets” - Paperback – 1972

by Fishing Facts Magazine (Editor)

Paperback: 239 pages    Publisher: Northwood’s Publishing; Second Printing edition (1972)    ASIN: B000K28CLW

 

 

Trolling:

“The Art of Trolling: A Complete Guide to Freshwater Methods and Tackle” - Paperback – April 1, 1996

by Ken Schultz (Author)

 

*”Precision Trolling "The Trollers Bible" - 8th Edition - Spiral-bound – 2005

(*Gives Dive Profiles of all Major Crankbaits!!)

 

 

Crappie – Panfish - Flyfishing:

**”Ozark Trout Tales : A Fishing Guide for the White River System” - 1st Edition

by Steve Wright (Author)

 

*”Grizzly Fishin' for Bluegill Includes: Crappie & Reelfoot Lake” - Paperback – 2001

by Tim Huffman (Author) - **W/ Louie Mansfield

 

*”The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Guide to the Smoky Mountains” - Paperback – May 1, 2011

by Don Kirk (Author), Greg Ward (Author)

 

*”Smoky Mountains Trout Fishing Guide” - Paperback – May 1, 1995

by Don Kirk (Author)

 

“Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider's Guide to A Pursuit of Passion” - Paperback – 2009

by Jim Casada (Author)

 

“The Fly Fisherman's Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park” - Paperback – May 1, 1998

by H Lea Lawrence (Author)

 

“Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler's Companion” - Paperback – October 1, 2002

by Ian Rutter (Author)

 

*”Winning Crappie Secrets” - Paperback – 1997

by Tim Huffman (Author)

 

“Seasonal Structure for Crappie” - Paperback – 1998

by Tim Huffman (Author)

 

*”Masters' Secrets of Crappie Fishing” - (Fishing Library) Paperback – November 1, 1992

by John E. Phillips (Author)

 

“The Crappie Fishing Handbook: Tackles, Lures, Bait, Cooking, Tips, Tactics, and Techniques” -

Feb 1, 2012

by Keith Sutton

 

“The Crappie Book: Basics and Beyond” - Paperback – November, 2006

by Keith Sutton (Author)

 

"Secrets of America's Top Crappie Guides" - Paperback – October 1, 2008

by Don Wirth (Author)

 

“Secrets to Catching More and Bigger Bluegill” - Paperback – February 25, 2013

by Ryan McCaw (Author)

 

“Panfishing” – 1991 NAFC

by Nelson & Sutton Martin (Author)

 

“Monster Crappie” - (Instructional Fishing Series, Volume 5) by Tim Huffman (2002) Paperback  

by Tim Huffman (Author)

 

“Advanced Fly-Fishing Techniques” - (Second Edition) Hardcover – June 1, 2002

by Lefty Kreh (Author)

 

“Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish” - Hardcover – August, 1977

by Tom Nixon (Author)

 

“Flyfisher's Guide to Missouri & Arkansas” - (Flyfisher's Guides) Paperback – February 2, 2012

by Dan Limbaugh (Author), Larry E. Kinder (Author)

 

“The Soft-Hackled Fly Addict” - Hardcover – September 1, 1993

by Sylvester Nemes (Author)

 

“Bluegill Fly Fishing & Flies” - Paperback – April 19, 1999

by Roxanne Wilson (Author), Terry Wilson (Author)

 

“White River, Arkansas (River Journal)” - Paperback – November, 2000

by Greg Thomas (Author), Danny Hicks (Author)

 

“Ozark Blue-Ribbon Trout Streams” - Paperback – December 1, 2002

by Danny Hicks (Author)

 

“Emergers” - Hardcover – March 1, 1991

by Doug Swisher (Author), Carl Richards (Author)

 

“The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide” - Paperback – October 1, 1988

by Tom Rosenbauer (Author)

 

*”Dave Whitlock's Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods” - Paperback – October 1, 1992

by Dave Whitlock (Author)

 

“Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple” - Spiral-bound – May 1, 1992

by Skip Morris (Author), Richard Bunse (Illustrator)

 

“Nymph Fishing” - Paperback – August, 1995

by Dave Hughes (Author), Richard Bunse (Illustrator), Jim Schollmeyer (Photographer)

 

“Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis” - Paperback – January 3, 2006

by Howell Raines (Author)

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Very nice collection. Maybe one of these days I'll get as organized as you and create a list of all mine for reference purposes. I've actually been trying to purge some to make more room in the office and keep the wife happy :)

 

Of those on your list, I have to say that Royce Mallory's 1950 "Pork Chunk Fishing" booklet was a surprisingly fun and interesting read, a favorite of mine. And Bob Underwood's 1975 "Lunker" is another that has always been a favorite.

 

On the flip side, I think the book that most surprised me (to the bad side) was John Hope's 2001 "Trackin' Trophies." I had such high hopes for that book when I got it, but was sorely disappointed. I learned much more from the double issue coverage of the subject in In-Fisherman Magazine by Ralph Manns, which even included contour maps and tracking routes of about a dozen of the big beasts, than I did from the book itself.

 

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That's funny RW, I know hootie has a large list posted somewhere as well :)

I've been meaning to sort of catalog the fishing book shelves for a while, and we just happened to have a couple of snowy days, so here it is.

 

T9, I thought I was the only guy on the forum, or possibly anywhere, who owned the pork chunk fishin' book, you are a sick puppy :) 

I was a little disappointed in the John Hope book too, I was hoping for a lot more detail, but it was still interesting content. 

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That's a heck of a list there! One thing I do every few months is go to goodwill or some thrift stores or even garage sales and check out the books. Seems I always find a few of them and there super cheap. A lot of them that I find are from the 60's or 70's and it amazes me just how far the sport has came. I have quite a collection building up of them.

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2 hours ago, MIbassyaker said:

My own modest bass shelf:

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Always looking for more recommendations.

 

 

 

That book shelf packs some punch :wink1: For northern natural lakes guys, as well as those who like to "pattern fish," Babe Winkelman's Largemouth Bass Patterns book is an easily overlooked gem :thumbsup:

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Well I literally started reading Spoonplugging last night and bought The Comprehensive Guide to Largemouth Bass Patterns & Lunkers off Amazon just now.  At least it's winter so I have some time.  

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Today my son gave me two In-Fisherman paperbacks

Largemouth Bass Secrets handbook of strategies

Smallmouth Bass Secrets handbook of strategies

He says he found them in a used book store a few blocks from where he lives

 

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3 hours ago, flyingmonkie said:

Great list!  Wow!

 

I just finished "High Percentage Fishing" by Josh Alwine.  Some interesting and debatable conclusions.

I agree totally. 

You'll notice I didn't * that book, it felt like he was using statistics more to tell the story he wanted to tell, not neccessarily the story that they wanted to tell, but that's jmo :)

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I agree.  When it comes to environmental variables, I'm a big believer that pretty much "everything matters" to a certain extent.  He pretty much said that the only things that mattered were fishing pressure, time of day, and wind.  My takeaways: fishing pressure, time of day, and wind are the most critical environmental factors... take the other stuff into consideration, but don't obsess about it. :) 

 

PS, i just went through this list again and added all the multi-star books to my Amazon wish list.  Thanks for putting this all together.
 

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I'd recomend Mike Iocanelli's Fishing on the edge. It gives tips and tricks after each chapter. What I liked most is it gives an inside look into his life starting from his first fish all the way up until about 10 years ago. How he climbed his way up the ladder, his struggles, how he almost walked away from the sport, and how fishing cost him his first marriage. A good in depth look into the life of a professional angler.

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On 1/7/2017 at 3:02 PM, MFBAB said:

- ***Guide to Small Waters (*If You Like Pond Fishing, GET THIS BOOK!!!)

Can't find any listings. Out of print, and... forgotten? Too bad.

 

On 1/7/2017 at 8:06 PM, Team9nine said:

," Babe Winkelman's Largemouth Bass Patterns book is an easily overlooked gem :thumbsup:

Ditto.

 

On 1/7/2017 at 4:03 PM, Team9nine said:

On the flip side, I think the book that most surprised me (to the bad side) was John Hope's 2001 "Trackin' Trophies." I had such high hopes for that book when I got it, but was sorely disappointed.

Yes, my experience exactly. All I could think was, now here's a prime example of the reason to have training, and oversight by a competent committee and peer review. What a shame. Would love to have seen Ralph Manns attempt at making something of all that work.

 

Then there's Bill Murphy's book. Great book, excellent illustrations -a lot of work done there. However, I had some difficulty with the 'voodoo' -ideas and conclusions drawn from low probability events.

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3 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

Can't find any listings. Out of print, and... forgotten? Too bad.

Paul, It was published in 2005, ISBN#1-890280-13-5.

It's part of a collection called the Ultimate Bass Library, use those words, or bassmaster in your search.

- When I got this book, I actually bought a "lot" of books from the UBL collection, this one just turned out to be one of the gems.  You may have better luck finding it that way, they sell these lots on ebay and Amazon.

- There are 29 Bassmaster articles from the late 90's to early 2000's in this book, all about ponds, just a really nice collection of articles to have all in one place. 

They did a great job on this series, I think I owe Hootie for mentioning these books at some point on the forum, that's how I "discovered" them :)

Good Luck!

 

Then there's Bill Murphy's book. Great book, excellent illustrations -a lot of work done there. However, I had some difficulty with the 'voodoo' -ideas and conclusions drawn from low probability events.

- I think that book is one of the more overrated fishing books, it is well loved by many on this forum though :)

 

re: The John Hope study, T9 mentioned the InFisherman article, but there is also a very good breakdown of that study (Better than Hope's own book) and several more telemetry studies, and a comparison of them, in the IF Critical Concepts Book #1, Chapter 7!! Check it out. 

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Thanks for the list. You reminded me that I needed to order a couple of Doug Hannon's books.  In doing so I realized that I hadn't heard of his passing.  He was a real inspiration to me and I tried to mimic his approach when I was first learning to target big fish.  Anyone who has caught more than 800 bass over 10 pounds deserves a special place on my bookshelf.

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30 minutes ago, MFBAB said:

Paul, It was published in 2005, ISBN#1-890280-13-5.

It's part of a collection called the Ultimate Bass Library, use those words, or bassmaster in your search.

- When I got this book, I actually bought a "lot" of books from the UBL collection, this one just turned out to be one of the gems.  You may have better luck finding it that way, they sell these lots on ebay and Amazon.

- There are 29 Bassmaster articles from the late 90's to early 2000's in this book, all about ponds, just a really nice collection of articles to have all in one place. 

They did a great job on this series, I think I owe Hootie for mentioning these books at some point on the forum, that's how I "discovered" them :)

Good Luck!

 

Then there's Bill Murphy's book. Great book, excellent illustrations -a lot of work done there. However, I had some difficulty with the 'voodoo' -ideas and conclusions drawn from low probability events.

- I think that book is one of the more overrated fishing books, it is well loved by many on this forum though :)

 

re: The John Hope study, T9 mentioned the InFisherman article, but there is also a very good breakdown of that study (Better than Hope's own book) and several more telemetry studies, and a comparison of them, in the IF Critical Concepts Book #1, Chapter 7!! Check it out. 

Thanks, MFBAB.

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2 hours ago, MFBAB said:

Paul, It was published in 2005, ISBN#1-890280-13-5.

It's part of a collection called the Ultimate Bass Library, use those words, or bassmaster in your search.

- When I got this book, I actually bought a "lot" of books from the UBL collection, this one just turned out to be one of the gems.  You may have better luck finding it that way, they sell these lots on ebay and Amazon.

- There are 29 Bassmaster articles from the late 90's to early 2000's in this book, all about ponds, just a really nice collection of articles to have all in one place. 

They did a great job on this series, I think I owe Hootie for mentioning these books at some point on the forum, that's how I "discovered" them :)

Good Luck!

 

 

Are all the UBL volumes collections of articles like this? If so, I didn't know that -- I have a few titles in the series I bought used (seasonal patterns, cover and structure, and advanced techniques). They're pretty nice, full-color, informative, look good on the shelf...that "small waters" volume is one I haven't seen before, but is definitely on my radar now, too -- thanks.

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Are all the UBL volumes collections of articles like this? If so, I didn't know that -- I have a few titles in the series I bought used (seasonal patterns, cover and structure, and advanced techniques). They're pretty nice, full-color, informative, look good on the shelf...that "small waters" volume is one I haven't seen before, but is definitely on my radar now, too -- thanks.

Yes, ALL of these books are article compilations:

Bassmaster:       *These are AMAZING!!  They culled out the better articles and assembled them together into books focusing on specific topics. 

*The Ultimate Bass Fishing Library – Article Compilations – Circa 2000:

- Guide to Soft Plastics

- Advanced Bass Fishing Skills

- A Day on the Lake with a Pro

- Hunting for Trophy Bass

- Guide to Topwater

- ***Guide to Small Waters (*If You Like Pond Fishing, GET THIS BOOK!!!)

- Guide to Crankbaits and Jerkbaits

- Angling Streams and Rivers

- Fishing Rivers and Streams

- Live Bait Fishing

- Fishing Tips and Tricks

- Smallmouth Bass

- Techniques for the Elite Angler

- Proven Strategies for Catching Bass

- Fishing Lakes and Reservoirs

- Catching Panfish

- The Complete Guide to Freshwater Fishing

- Top Techniques of the Bass Pros

- Hooked! Americas Passion for Bass Fishing

 

*Large (Coffee-Table) Article Compilation Books:

- Bassmasters Best Tactics and Techniques – 1990

- Bassmasters Best of Lures – 1989

- The Best of Bassmaster – 1987

- The Best of Bassmaster – 1983

 

*”Secrets of America's Best Bass Pros” - Paperback – June 1, 1990

by Tim Tucker (Author)

 

*”More Secrets of America's Best Bass Pros” - Paperback – January 1, 1992

by Tim Tucker (Author)

 

 

Also, the ones that say "large/coffee table" are very thick books with somewhere b/w 100-125 articles in them.  These aren't sorted by topic like the Ultimate Library series, but all of the articles in these books are some of the better quality articles from Bassmaster. 

I highly recommend these.  It's just nice to have the cream of the crop articles all consolidated down to a few books. 

Best of all? There are no ads in these books!!! :)

On 1/9/2017 at 9:59 AM, 12poundbass said:

I'd recomend Mike Iocanelli's Fishing on the edge. It gives tips and tricks after each chapter. What I liked most is it gives an inside look into his life starting from his first fish all the way up until about 10 years ago. How he climbed his way up the ladder, his struggles, how he almost walked away from the sport, and how fishing cost him his first marriage. A good in depth look into the life of a professional angler.

Thanks 12#, maybe I'll give Ike's book a look!

I got the Tom Mann book, "Think Like a Fish", not really expecting much, it just turned up on a recommended list after looking something else up om Amazon or someplace, and that was a really interesting read.  You never really know which ones will be good (at least the less-hyped ones) until you get them in your hands.

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On ‎1‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 5:12 PM, MFBAB said:

I agree totally. 

You'll notice I didn't * that book, it felt like he was using statistics more to tell the story he wanted to tell, not neccessarily the story that they wanted to tell, but that's jmo :)

The whole point of using statistics is that it eliminates personal bias.  Most fisherman have that in spades.  Believe me, I would have loved to have been able to statistically proved a lunar connection or that certain barometric pressures increased bite rates.  I looked at tens of thousands of data points from multiple species from all over the country.  It's just not there.  They are myths.  Beat me up on my writing, but don't beat me up on making the data fit my agenda!  The only one I have is catching more and bigger fish!  :)

 

In all seriousness, you've got an impressive list.  Reading those will make put you in the top couple percentile for fishing knowledge.  Hats off!  Feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to me to explain the data or methods in greater detail.  I don't frequent this site all that often, but there are lots of ways to reach me.

 

Tight Lines!

 

-Josh Alwine

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A less serious but still informational and enjoyable short read is Jimmy Houston's Caught Me a Big 'un. 

 

It has great stories about some of his experiences in the tournament scene but also applies lessons and relevant bass fundamentals throughout.

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I know it's not Winter yet, but I can't resist giving this old thread another bump, as I think about how I'm going to occupy myself for the next few months...

 

A few recent acquisitions:BassBooks2023-1.jpg.55a8532b0c73788d0eb966db86eccc55.jpgBassBooks2023-2.jpg.6b17c0c85eee337058b6ed9451a9fd02.jpg

 

I don't know if these are any good, but they all looked interesting.

 

The Grand River book (my home river system) is written from a fly-fishing perspective, but includes bass and has a lot of detail on the food chain and habitat in different river sections and major tributaries.

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