Originally Posted by texastroutbum
I just tip the hat. You must be a bass master.
Honestly, the bass have been the greatest teachers! There is a pond I have fished in the past...and it is gin clear! I have watched the bass, and they have taught me more than I've read in magazines. Here's some things I've learned from watching those bass:
1. Largemouth bass are ambush predators. I've seen them position themselves in the weeds...they face the open weedline, waiting for an unsuspecting meal to swim nearby.
2. The bigger bass will swim towards the bottom...they don'y want to be seen, let alone become a meal for an osprey!
3. Bass yawn. I've seen plenty of bass open and close their mouth, remaining motionless.
4. Some bass will swim around a lure (or fly), examining it, then swiming away.
5. I once hooked a bluegill...while I was fighting the panfish, a very nice bass was watching the action...directly below the fish. It was as if the bass was deciding to attack the struggling bluegill.
6. A bass will spit out a lure as fast as they can inhale it.
7. I have had bass approach me no further than 6 or 7 feet from me while I exited the pond. I even kicked the water towards the fish, to see what the fish would do...that bass just hovered there, as if it wasn't intimidated...like it owned the pond! That bass was probably a 14", not the 22" I caught or the 24" my friend caught.
8. Bass will try to steal a fly hanging from the mouth of a hooked bass. I have seen two bass follow a hooked bass, trying to grab the wooly bugger hanging on the jaw. Chickens will do the same...they'll try to grab a bug from another chicken....my hens did that when I was in the FFA in high school and had a small flock of laying hens.
I once hooked a small bluegill at this pond years ago. While fighting the fish, a nice bass decides to grab my fish. Just to see what the fish would do, I yanked the bluegill out of the bass's mouth. This next part surprised me...the bass stopped, turned directly towards me (I was in knee deep water...24") and swam towards me. The bass swam to my right, swam behind me, then bolted from my left back towards the struggling fish on my wooly bugger. That bass grabbed my bluegill and hit the afterburner...easily snapping the 4 lb leader. It was if the bass was saying "fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice shame on you." The distance from the hooked fish was approx. 40 ft or so...and the bass closed that distance in no time! After this encounter, I have often wondered how smart fish really are, and how much do we really understand about fish behavior.