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On Aug 31  "Sam" suggested a couple of books for us bassers to read.  One was Bass Wisdom by Homer Circle and the other was The Bass Angler's Almanac by John Weiss.  Bearing in mind that I am a newbie, I found Bass Wisdom to be a gold mine of information.  Probably because I read Homer Circle's book first, I found the Almanac to be less informative.  Regardless, both books provide an enormous amount of information.  My sincere thanks to Sam for his recommendations.

That said, does anyone have recommendations for other books? eg. Doug Hannon's?  I am not interested in magazine recommendations, because that subject has been dicussed at length over the last couple of weeks.

Mike

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For slightly more advanced reading you should read the an old one by Weiss call Advanced Bass Fishing. It is the best one I have read thus far.

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"Bass Wisdom" was also my first book about bass fishing.  

I have found the In-Fisherman books to be pretty good too.  Sometimes you can find them at your local bookstore, like Borders, that is where I got mine.  

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"Fishing on the edge" by Ike is a good read concerning the behind the scenes view of tourny angling and the whole upcoming career of being an angler for a living.

Not so much a teaching book like the others but a different perspective on an aspect of angling that is foreign, yet interesting, to many.

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One of my all time favorite books is "Think Like a Fish", an autobiograpy by Tom Mann.  Not a whole lot in there about how to catch a biggun or what bait to use when, but some great insight from one of the legends in this crazy sport we call bass fishin.  It will make you laugh and make you cry and give you a lot of inspiration to keep on chunkin.

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Bass Wisdom is a GREAT book! I would recommend Doug's book, "Big Bass Magic". I just

finished reading it, and it is loaded with great info. I also enjoyed the book, "Sowbelly".

Some of the information is not exactly correct, but it does give you an insight into the

quest for the WRB (World Record Bass). Doug and Homer's books are instructional.

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For us "seasoned" anglers, Homer Circle is an icon.

My friends and I back in the 60's would always settle arguments by going through back issues Sports Afield and Argosy (remember?) to find the truth as defined by Uncle Homer.

He was the first person I remember saying he liked wd-40 and sprayed it on his reels. That was maybe 12 years ago. In a recent issue of BassMaster someone asked him what he did to his reels after a fishing trip. He answered "spray em with wd-40". Gotta love it.

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Perhaps you'd like to have the Ultimate Bass Resource Guide?

I bought an E-Book here at Bass Resource and it's got a lot of very good info. I bought it one day when there was a banner up for it but I haven't seen another banner since but I would venture to guess that asking around might be a good thing if you want one. It is well worth the money. ;) The lure information is great as well as the info on Jigs.

Just my thoughts...

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Avid, Just made an important point. Some of the best tips come from the old timers.

The bass themselves have not changed, only our expensive toys that we use to pursue

them. I just went through my husbands library and found another older book that I

want to read, "Practical Black Bass Fishing", by Mark Sosin and Bill Dance. Looks like there is

alot of information of fishing different types of structure,etc. The Bass Resource E-book

is probably an excellent source of information. Maybe Glenn or the mods can post some

info on how to obtain it.

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I do not know the names of their books but here is a list and what you can expect to learn.

Elwood L. " Buck" Perry & Bill Murphy: Finding & understanding deep water structure

Douglas Hannon & Shaw Grisby: Understanding bass behavior

Rick Clunn: Mental aspects of bass fishing

Bobby Murray: Big bass can be caught on light line

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I'm admitting my age here, but the most remarkable author on bass fishing

that I've ever encountered was "Jason Lucas". He published a book entitled "Lucas On Bass"

and the tenets he disclosed in that book still fit perfectly into today's age of high-technology.

Jason was waaay ahead of his time, but unfortunately his work wasn't fully appreciated until after his passing.

Another icon and legend in his own time is Homer Circle (Uncle Homer).

The word of Homer Circle carries an air of credibility that most other writers can only ***.

I still enjoy reading Uncle Homer to this day, his reign can be likened to Joe Franklin's "Memory Lane" (who's Joe Franklin?).

My all-time favorite writer by far is Al Lindner. I've learned more from the "In-Fisherman" magazine than all other publications combined.

I still possess hand-written letters from Al Lindner. We corresponded after he left Fishing Facts and started the In-Fisherman magazine.

Roger

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Long Mike stated:

Bearing in mind that I am a newbie . . .

A good book for newbies is Kevin VanDam's Bass Strategies.  The book is fairly short at 210 pages, but it contains a plethora of good information.  Kevin doesn't waste a lot of space with too many stories.  He stays on point with the subject at hand, and only uses stories to further illustrate his concepts.  

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A good book for newbies is Kevin VanDam's Bass Strategies.

I agree with Senile1, and should've mentioned Kevin's book.

Lump me in with the newbies, because I learned a lot from Kevin's "Bass Strategies" :)

Roger

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Roger:

I agree with your choice of Al Lindner. In fact, all of the Lindner's have been a huge blessing to fishing. The In-Fisherman show was my favorite now it is the Lindner's Angling Edge show. I just love how they conduct a show.

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My picks would be:

Classics:

I agree with Lane -  Bill Dance Practical Bass Fishing is a classic and easy to buy cheaply. Also I'd recommend BassNObjects by him.

I also like Lunker by Bob Underwood but its not as  easy to find.

Spoonplugging by Buck Perry is THE classic on structure fishing - he also has a home study series thats available on fishingfacts.com. This is the best way to learn the basics of bass location.

Charlie Brewer's book  on Slider Fishing is the best book on jig and worm technique out there.

Good Books:

Homer Circle has an older book called The Art of Plug Fishing thats also good.

The Hunting and Fishing library makes great books that sell cheaply on e bay.

Kevin Van Dam has 2 books that are fairly good. Denny Brauer also has 2 I know of.

Rick Clunn World Championship Bass Fishing is pretty good.

Bass Myths exploded by Jerry Gibbs is good.

Any book by In Fisherman.

For smallmouths:

Tony Beans Smallmouth guide is hard to find but excellent.

Billy Westmoreland Them Ol brown fish is not as good as Bean's but ok too.

In Fishermans Smallmouth book

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A good book for newbies is Kevin VanDam's Bass Strategies.

I agree with Senile1, and should've mentioned Kevin's book.

Lump me in with the newbies, because I learned a lot from Kevin's "Bass Strategies" :)

Roger

Same here.  While it covered things that I already knew, it also taught me some things that I didn't think about.  The reason I called it a good book for newbies is because it covers all of the fundamentals necessary for finding bass during different seasons and conditions, determining lures to use, and determining what equipment is right for you, and it isn't so long that you have to go through numerous pages to get the information.  I thought it was organized very well.  

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would anyone happen to have a copy of Bass Wisdom they would like to pass on to me? (for a fee of course)  

I would very much like to start a fishing book library and I think that would be the perfect book to start off with

thanks

AL

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Elwood L. " Buck" Perry & Bill Murphy: Finding & understanding deep water structure.

Any idea what this book is called someone?

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Google em

they both have web sites

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SFC_AL, I bought my copy of Homer's book on e-bay.  I was used, but still in very good condition.  BTW, it's not for sale.   ;D

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