Bass Fishing Myths

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Bass Fishing
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Edgar Gentle serves as an attorney and partner at Gentle, Turner, Sexton, and Harbison, LLC, in Alabama, where he practices mass tort law. In his leisure time, Edgar Gentle is an avid bass fisherman.

Bass fishing is a wonderful leisure activity, but unfortunately there are certain myths and misconceptions that can keep people away from the sport. Here are two of the most common myths about bass fishing.

Big boat manufacturers will tell you that you need the largest, most expensive watercraft in order to be an efficient bass fisherman. The truth, however, is that the best anglers tend to use smaller craft. They are better equipped to handle shallow and smaller streams where the largest bass tend to congregate. Larger craft can’t get into the shallow areas, and areas with downed timber or heavy vegetation are all but unnavigable for huge bass boats.

Also, bait manufacturers have perpetuated the myth that bass strike at red hooks more frequently because they resemble the color of blood. That’s why there’s a craze surrounding every sort of bait and tackle in red. While research indicates that bass can detect the color red, there is no data at all that suggests these fish are more attracted to the color.

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