Fishing New Waters
Prospecting for black bass has, however, its practical side. To fish new waters successfully one should be pretty well acquainted with the habits of the bass in order to judge rightly as to their probable haunts and habits under the local conditions; and although certain phases of this subject have been discussed elsewhere, a review of the matters of this sort most pertinent from the present view-point, together with other facts knowledge of which will help the angler when prospecting new waters, will serve to emphasize their importance. Whenever possible it is well to call in the aid of some of the local talent, professional or otherwise, with a view to locating the game without loss of time. The black bass is a peculiar and undependable animal; even in ponds closely adjacent the habits and, to a slight extent, the color and formation of the bass respectively therein will differ. Particularly is there liable to be a difference in the kind of bait most favored. In one pond nothing but the natural baits, minnows, frogs, etc., will produce results; in another natural baits are of no use whatever while the various artificials—or, more frequently, one particular artificial—are at a premium.
Quite naturally the habits of the bass in any given lake are to a great extent dependent upon the character of the lake itself; that is, if bass habits are dependent upon anything but the own sweet will of Mr. Bass in person, to which latter theory the writer is sometimes strongly inclined. Thus in shallow, weedy lakes the bass will be found feeding at quite different times from those in deep, clear water ponds with rocky bottoms; and, of course, as regards waters having these characteristics, it is probable that in the shallower, weedy water you will find the large-mouthed bass, and in the deeper and rocky bottomed lake the small-mouth.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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