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    Default Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    Hi all,

    I was fishing the other day and saw some fish surface but they were too far away for me to really tell what type of fish it was. I was fishing for trout but it got me thinking if I see a fish jump will it always be a trout or do bass do the same? I can't say I've ever really seen a bass jump so that may be my answer but I wanted to know from people that have more fishing experience than I do.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    A lot of times you just see the tail slap as the bass chase their prey to the surface before turning back down, but yes, they jump. Some species more than others. I don't think I've seen small mouth jump, but it is common with spotted bass and large mouth. It just dawned on me that you may be talking about striped bass, seeing that you are in Maine... But yes, striped bass jump too. I've trained my eye and ear to be able to tell the difference in the different species by the way the water is displaced and the sound of splash. Also, carp are known to jump, but I have no idea why.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    LM Bass jump very impressively at times. They haven given me a few mini-heart attacks when they miss a top water offering close to the boat. Largemouth don't exist in my trout water though.
    Last edited by ia_trouter; 05-30-2018 at 08:08 AM.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    Down here in Florida, we don't have Smallmouth Bass. But we do have a lot of Largemouth Bass ... and when they're schooling, they will often breach the surface. Even if they aren't in a school, but not "alone" chasing bait fish and trying to get to one first will frequently result in a bass going airborne.

    So, yes, bass do jump.

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    In the Michigan and Indiana lakes that I frequent, any fish jumping or rolling on the surface in open water are almost always carp. The large mouth bass on the other hand are far more likely to break the water surface near the shoreline, lily pads and other areas that hold baitfish, frogs, etc.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    Quote Originally Posted by clsmith131 View Post
    I've trained my eye and ear to be able to tell the difference in the different species by the way the water is displaced and the sound of splash..
    What ??? If two fish, both weighing 2 pounds, clear the water and land on their side, it would be impossible to tell what kind they were just by ear. You'd have to prove it to me, that even by eye, you could tell the difference between two fish at more than 20 feet or so with 100% accuracy.

    I'm not calling you a tall tale specialist ... I just don't believe your claim.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    Smallmouth will jump. Or at least splash the surface. I don't know if it is feeding or some other behavior.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    Yes both LM and SM bass certainly jump. In attacking surface flies I've had them come clean out of the water.

    Denny
    Last edited by dennyk; 07-11-2018 at 06:30 AM.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    I have seen smallmouth bass jump after damselflies & dragonflies many times.Largemouth will often do the same.

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    Default Re: Do bass jump or come out of the water when eating?

    Quote Originally Posted by LimerickShaw View Post
    I was fishing the other day and saw some fish surface but they were too far away for me to really tell what type of fish it was
    It's carp spawning season.
    If you saw fairly large fish breaching for no apparent reason, they were likely carp, not bass.
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