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Bass Fishing Books – Some Good Winter Reading

Although winter can be a slow time of year for Ohio bass fishermen, the smart angler will use his time away from the water to better himself.  Most guys use their time to replace the hooks on their crankbaits, clean their reels, and organize their tackle.  These physical tasks are all important preparations for the upcoming season – but a true competitive advantage can be gained by using this time to expand your knowledge of the art of bass fishing. 

I’ve found that the best way to do that is to read about the subject.  Over the past few years I’ve read a number of bass fishing books that have not only aided in passing the winter, but that have improved my understanding of the sport of bass fishing, and of the bass itself.  I’ve read four books in particular that have had a lasting impact on the way I view our sport and the approach I take to catching fish.  I recommend that you take the time to read these books if you can.   

Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World Record Largemouth Bass by Monte Burke 

This book chronicles the lives of some of the world’s most prolific big bass hunters, and their race to catch the world record largemouth.  The author does a great job of capturing the fishing side of the story, including lures, techniques, and angling strategies.  But he also does an outstanding job of portraying the personal struggle of the anglers, and how their obsession impacts their lives.  This book will get you excited for the upcoming season, and will definitely teach you a thing or two about the habits of gigantic bass.  After reading it, I was actually considering booking a flight to San Diego to take a crack at the record!  

Lunker! By Bob A. Underwood

This is a really neat book.  Author Bob Underwood spent 1700 hours under water in observance of bass feeding, reacting to lures, and going about their day-to-day lives.  What I like about this book is that the author uses “layman’s” terms to describe the behaviors of bass.  Of all the bass fishing books I’ve read, this is perhaps the most fascinating, in that bass were actually observed underwater while lures were being presented to them.   What was amazing to me was how often the anglers in the book had a big bass suck their lure in, swim with it, and blow it out, and they had no idea what had occurred.  This book will really make you think hard about how you present your lures. 

Bass Wars: A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune by Nick Taylor

Author Nick Taylor spends a tournament season following Classic champion Rick Clunn, as well as rookie Randy Mosely as they compete on the professional circuit.  This is a perfect read for anyone considering trying their luck at the professional level.  The book outlines the financial sacrifice, the glory and the pain that these anglers experience while pursuing their dreams of fishing professionally.  Perhaps the most entertaining bass fishing book I’ve ever read, I couldn’t put it down once I started it, so make sure you have a good block of time on your hands.

Knowing Bass: The Scientific Approach to Catching More Fish by Keith A. Jones

If you want to learn what makes a bass tick, this is the book for you.  Although you don’t need a PhD to understand it, I must warn you that this book is written in a very “scientific” manner.   I recommend reading it after you have read Lunker!  The book was written by Keith A. Jones, who was one of the scientists that studied bass in the Berkley Fish Lab and who was instrumental in the development of many Berkley products.  The author goes into extensive detail about the biology and anatomy of the largemouth bass, and gives scientific explanations of how a bass sees, hears, smells, tastes and uses its other senses, such as the lateral line, in order to feed and survive.  This book really made me think about the way I present my lures, taking all things into consideration, including scent and color.

9 Responses

  1. Nick Reeves

    Very cool. I think I will start with Sowbelly.

  2. Nick Reeves

    Very cool. I think I will start with Sowbelly.

  3. Solomon Curtis

    Nick i will do the same. Mike i haven’t read Sowbelly, but i’ve read many articles on the lakes near or in san diego. Your not the only one that wants to book a trip there.(haha) I don’t know but i’m guessing that Mike Long is mentioned in that book. I’ve read a few interviews of him and he’s one of the best when it comes to record chasers. He has 2 fish in the top bass of all time. I’ve learned a lot from his articles and applied what he stated to the lakes i fish, and for the most part it worked. Mike nothing wrong with reading and gaining knowledge, but i hope i haven’t been the only one out fishing. There are fish to be caught in the winter, and it’s been a good winter to fish. I may take friday off work with a vacation day and hit up the aep area. For the ones that read that article Mike wrote about me, remember that primetime for me is coming up. (last week of feb and first 2 weeks of march) Mike did you find these books on amazon?

  4. Doug Dulin

    Mr. Ohio Bass, I can’t believe you missed one of the better books out there these days, “Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic [Book] by Ken Schultz”. :) This book rates up there with Sowbelly. Thanks for the great posting and keep up the great articles within the blog. See you on the lake during the first BFL in April.
    Doug Dulin

  5. Doug Dulin

    Mr. Ohio Bass, I can’t believe you missed one of the better books out there these days, “Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic [Book] by Ken Schultz”. :) This book rates up there with Sowbelly. Thanks for the great posting and keep up the great articles within the blog. See you on the lake during the first BFL in April.
    Doug Dulin

  6. Solomon, looking forward to you hanging some hawgs this Spring…its only a few weeks away now!

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