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Why do you fish for bass instead of other species of fish? I have been pondering this question for the last few days and I cannot really come up with a great answer. Bass fight OK but not as good as a muskie/pike/carp/salmon/catfish/walleye, they are OK to eat but not nearly as good as crappie/trout/salmon/walleye (I almost always catch and release anyway), they are usually easy to locate and catch but not as easy as crappie/catfish/carp. So why do we all obsess over these fish? I think that for me it has mostly to do with location, they seem to be the dominant fish in most of the lakes I fish. I also think that the bait monkey has a lot to do with it since there seem to be more cool baits and equipment that can be used for bass than any other fish. Any other ideas as to why most bass anglers have nightly dreams about fishing for these fish?

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Bass fishing is just the off season of steelhead fishing....

I actually enjoy targeting everything, but also enjoy fishing bass tournaments too. :)

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This response is totally my opinion.  It is based on my experience.  

I bass fish because it is more fun than fishing for any other species of fish.  I have fished for lots of other fish, but never catch fish consistantly like I do bass.  I do think bass fishing is over rated, but that is due to the billion dollar industry it is.  I think bass are one of the hardest fish to catch consistantly, but also at the same time one of the easiest if you know your stuff.  But that goes with any fish species I guess.  I mainly bass fish because I went one day with a true bass fisherman, and he showed me what to do.  I did it and caught a few nice bass that day.  I was simply hooked.  I am sure I could come up with lots of other reasons, but I'll think about it, and get back to this thread later.

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WELL, MY ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS THIS. LIVING ON LAKE ST. CLAIR AFFORDS ME THE LUXURY OF CATCHING ALL SPECIES OF GAMEFISH. I CATCH 20-30 MUSKIES PER SEASON AND 50 OR MORE WALLEYES, BUT I USUALLY CATCH 400 OR MORE SMALLMOUTH. GIVEN THE CHOICE I'LL TAKE THE SMALLIES.

ON ANY GIVEN DAY I CAN GO OUT AND CATCH TWENTY OR MORE SMALLIES THAT FIGHT LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW. ON A GOOD DAY I MIGHT CATCH THREE MUSKIES. WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

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I forgot that Smallies fight so hard, I was originally talking about LM only.  Having caught 1 muskie in my life I have to say that three in a day would be amazing.  They fight like CRAZY so I would probably take the muskies.  That being said smallies are a lot of fun, especially when they are biting.

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Bass fishing is like when you are single and  persuing that particular women.

Bass don't play by the rules.

Bass defy logic.  

But when you get a good hookup, hang on brother.  There is nothing like the pursuit of that keeper!

I say this with the greatest respect for women.

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I started fishing for "fish" when I was about 6 years old -- as I got older, learned that bass fishing was the most interesting of challenges because of some of the same comments as noted above.  When the BASS burst on the scene, I became more interested because I had an opportunity to be a part of something besides just fishing.  Over the years I have continued to love the sport of fishing and have even had some desire to crank up a big ol' tuna or swordfish, but the elusive bass has always been my primary target.  Now that I have had an opportunity to join a bass fishing club and fish competitvely and learn at the same time, my love of the sport has grown even more.  I still like to do some crappie jerkin once in a while and am never disappointed when I manage to land a big ol' catfish, heck I even enjoy playing with the blue gill.  But for me, the challenge of figuring out how to trick those big ol' bucket mouths into biting my plastic worm, buzzbait, crankbait, etc.  still give me the greatest satisfaction of all.

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because they are found in almost every body of water all over the united states. tiny pods, large lakes, and rivers. i am never more than a few miles away from a place that i can throw my lure. the tactics for catching bass consistently are numerous. who flips a jig 6" from a stump for other species???? does anyone throw a 1oz sinker pegged to a worm into slop for any other species? not that i have heard of. these are just a couple of the reasons why. by the way......i disagree with some of the fish that you say fight harder. size wise maybe but not lb. for lb.

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Because they are smarter than me.

The water is calm and great to fish.

The scenry is beautiful.

No noise.

No phone calls.

No office.

No wife.

No kids.

No dogs.

It is a relaxing and wonderful thing to do.

And the fellowship is outstanding!

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I bass fish becuase:

I dont have the stuff to musky fish, and dont have the money to get it

Carp are awsome, but they are somwhat borring to fish for.

Catfish are awsome, but there isn't much good catfishing around.

Bass fishing takes alot of skill to get them on the line. Where with catfish you just throw out some liver and hold on.

Bass look the coolest.

And the #1 reason.... *drum roll*

Bass are way better than all those lame fighting boring old no-good wimpy jumping stupid looking dowright nasty species! CAN I HAVE A AMEN?!?!?!!?!?

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I think it has a lot to do with the variety of ways you can catch bass. It's not like carp where you just throw something out and let it sit there. With bass, there are tactics, strategies, patterns, and equipment. All of that makes it more exciting and challenging. They are also moderately easy to catch most times and are relatively easy on equipment. I think those factors make them appealing to game fishermen.

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    I bass fish becuse of the challange of the sport/addiction. I have fished for trout, catfish, and stripers

They are all pertty much the same put the bait in the hook and wait and wait and wait some more

it nice some times but gets boring almost gave up fishing a few years back was bord with it.  Then I caught my first bass on a rattle trap. It was on after that. That was 4 years ago havent looked back since. I still trout fish some times and nothing beats catching gills with my son. But when its time for me to go fishing I just grab my bait casters and back pack and off I go..................  

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Bc there in 49 states i believe so everyone can fish for them and like said earlier if u know ur stuff there the easiest to catch in #'s

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the night i got hooked on bass was when my best freind (orey10m), and his dad took me out to fish buzzbaits.  it was pitch black and i thought what in the world will hit this thing.  at that point all my fishing had been salt water.  my second or third cast and BAM.  my heart was beating faster than it ever had.  it was pure adrenaline.  so i guess adrenaline is my reason for bass.  they seem to get it rushing the best, but i can tell you, since that summer night of 03' my sole purpose in life, my every extra moment of thought and every second of free time has been spent outthinking bass and owning every lake possible.

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the bait monkey has a lot to do with it since there seem to be more cool baits and equipment that can be used for bass than any other fish

It'sall about the bling baby  

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I started fishing when I was 6 or 7...then for some reason I fell in love with bass fishing and since age 20 thats all i fish for. Now Im 33 and I am obssessed with bass and I cannot explain it. I have recurring dreams about seeing a huge bass in this lake and I either have a rod with no reel or no line and I have a panic attack. When I watch bass shows my heart beats real fast...like right now. I see bass on tv and say " that is so beautiful " and my wife is like " theres something wrong with you " LOL...shes right though there is something wrong with me...im sitting here and not fishing. With that said...the bass ( lmb ) is the coolest creature on the planet...followed by chameleons. Did I say that out loud?

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I think there are a few reasons bass fishing is so popular:

Bass are everywhere. Almost anywhere in the U.S. there's a species of bass for you to fish for.

They offer the right balance of challenge. Easy enough to catch but difficult to master entirely. Harder than bluegill less diffficult than permit.

The equipment for bass fishing can be very cheap, though we prefer to make it more expensive. It's for both the casual and avid angler. If you want to fish for tuna its plain expensive whether you like it or not. You don't find too many casual tuna fisherman.

Being so common and prolific, we are able to study bass very closely and determine all the best ways to catch them at different times of the year and how to catch them. Leading to it becoming an industry based on tackle sales not meat sales. hence we protect bass not eat them (for the most part)

Because your daddy fished for bass and so did his. A snook whats that? Cobia? Bass were good enough for grandpa so the love of bass has rubbed off. It's a cultural thing. They're "America's Fish"

I think it's accessibility first and foremost. It's become like golfing for the non country club set. A social activity men do when they get a little old for contact sports. It reminds us of our youth. It's challenging and allows you to be outdoors without breaking your bones.

Granted these are generalizations but I think they ring true in most cases.

For me I fish for bass because I am able to do so multiple times a week as opposed to saltwater/ trout fishing that I can only do once every month or two.

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I grew up in south Louisiana. When I was a kid it was still the "Sportsman's Paradise". In the Gulf of Mexico, you could catch fish like nowhere else. Red snapper, king mackeral, grouper, drum, tarpon, sharks you name it. Because the Miss. river mixed with the Gulf, you could fish the brackish bays and pipe line canals in Plaquimines Parish with a 'shad rig' & popping cork to catch speckled trout & red fish untill you were tired of catching fish. Fresh water, on the other hand, was more of a challenge. It required a different attitude and a higher level of determination. As posted above, I think the charm & passion of Bass fishing is, that you MIGHT catch them almost anywhere. With a broomstick & kite string, or G-Loomis rod & Shimano reel, you have a chance at landing an elusive memory. Keep on keepin on.

Ronnie

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MDngler14,

[i think it's accessibility first and foremost. It's become like golfing for the non country club set. A social activity men do when they get a little old for contact sports. It reminds us of our youth. It's challenging and allows you to be outdoors without breaking your bones.]

Your post struck a nerve, that was very insightful.

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I wanted to do what my dad was doing.

When your small, your told to leave that rod alone and be patient.    Wait till the bobber goes "all the way down".

How come my bait doesn't look like yours dad?    Can I put one of those baits on, I won't move it?

My perch never jumped out of the water like his did.      

Back in the days, there used to be something about "fooling a fish".

I was never musically inclined, couldn't draw or paint, my dad always said that Bass fishermen were artistist in there own way.

After watching others on tour, KVD for example, its pure poetry in motion watching the cast, the placement, and the face of "anticipation", and that still keeps me going.

Why Bass?         I have never gave that much of a thought, I just thank my parents for giving me an outlet that didn't lead me astray.

I always make friends with a kid that doesn't have the opportunites I had and share that experience.     That I owe to my dad, he took many of boys to the river for the first time, including his family.    

Funny how I never really care for the Fishin Hole and ole Jerry, he always talks about his Dad.      

I can see why, I do the same thing myself.

My Dad is why.     As Jerry always said,    "HE ALWAYS HAD TIME TO TAKE ME FISHING!!!!!"

HOOKEM

Matt.

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Why bass?  I think, at least in America, it is related to our addiction to things with big mouths.  I mean, look at how fascinated we are with celebrities?  And how about the WWF?   ;)

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