Bait Casting for Bass
Some years ago Dr. James A. Henshall, whose name is so intimately and favorably connected with the sporting and natural history of the sweet-water basses, stated that the black bass—"inch for inch and pound for pound the gamest fish that swims"—would eventually become the leading game fish of America. It may be safely said that at the present time the truth of this statement is quite evident. Fly-fishing for trout and casting for bass, barring stream fishing with flies where the two methods are closely approximate, are very different propositions; but comparisons are always odious and we will not here argue the case of the Brook Trout vs. the Black Bass. It is probably a fact that an impartial jury of anglers impaneled from the country at large would bring in a verdict in favor of the defendant—the black bass. An enthusiastic bass fisherman, whom the writer met one day at his camp on the shore of a little lake in the Berkshires, summed up the matter to the satisfaction of all present in this way: "I like to fish for brook trout," he said, "but I prefer to catch black bass."
More than anything else the introduction of the short bait-casting rod and the general taking up by anglers of casting from the free-running reel has served to popularize the black bass and bass fishing. Bait-casting from the reel is an inherently interesting angling method and in time will supersede among anglers any other form or forms of bass fishing. At the present time the method, while in very general use, cannot be said to be universal in any such degree as fly-casting for trout is generally practiced. But that it will eventually become the generally accepted and universally accredited form of sportsmanlike bass fishing now seems a certainty.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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