Largemouth Bass are North America’s favorite fish because of their explosive strike, breath-taking leaps and stubborn fights. They are found basically everywhere in the United States and in the Southern areas of Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and parts of British Columbia. Bass can survive in any fresh water lakes, weedy ponds or meandering streams.
Bass are willing biters and stubborn fighters. They will attack anything and once they snag a meal, the will not let go. Bass are a warm water fish but can survive in near freezing water. Once the water temperature hits below 50ºF, they do minimal feeding.
Bass are actually part of the sunfish family and can live as long as 16 years though it is unusual to find one over 10 years old. Bass will eat anything: small fish, crayfish, frogs, insects, their own young, salamander, worms, snails, leeches, turtles, small snakes, fishing lures, and sometimes even small birds. This non-finicky eating habit is why they can adapt and survive in any body of water.
Bass have the tendency to lurk in water between five and 15 feet but will move to deeper or more shallow waterways to find food. Largemouth bass will stay around emergent vegetation, like bulrushes; floating vegetation, lily pads; submerged weeds, coontails; overhanging trees; stumps; brush; bridge pilings; and boat docks. Anglers and fishermen enjoy opening their tackle boxes, looking for fishing supplies, & attaching the Reel Keel™ fishing lure on their line to catch the best largemouth bass fish out there, without any fishing tips or tricks.
What does The Keel SystemTM do?
Largemouth Bass feed primarily by sight as they have good vision and a wide optical range. They can see all around them except for directly behind and directly below them because of the postion of their eyes. They can also see in color. In clear waters, it is believed they can see up to 30ft. Their special eye structure allows them to amplify incoming light and to see in dim or murky areas. When visibility is low, they turn to their other senses to find fishing lures.The Keel Difference - Vision
The contrast of the white belly to the color of thia bass fishing lure makes this both a good catch for Bass in either low or bright lighting conditions. The rolling action of the custom fishing lure from side to side will allow bass fish to see the erratic movement of the prey lure above. In low, dim lighting conditions, the white belly and the added flash off the keel will catch the attention of the bass- smallmouth or largemouth. In brighter lighting conditions, the shadow from the contrasting color of the fishing lure will make it visible to the any bass lurking. The kicking tail movement and rolling action also mimic the action of a wounded minnow which triggers the largemouth bass to strike at its weak opponent. Truly, the Reel Keel™ is The Best Fishing Lure On The PlanetLargemouth & Smallmouth Bass Prey
As bass grow larger, their diet will consist of mostly small fish and crustaceans (shrimp, crayfish etc). Adult bass will feed on shad, bluegill, golden shiners and other small fish. They are opportunistic feeders and will feed on most anything that crosses their path that will fit into their mouth including such things as crayfish, mice, salamanders, frogs, worms, leeches, snails, turtles and snakes. It is not unusual for bass to eat another fish 1/2 its size. Feeding can be triggered both by hunger or by "reflex". Reflex is the action taken by the fish when it strikes at something that happens to be in its immediate environment and field of vision.
They can be found feeding both off the bottom or at the surface. Often times, even the quick moving "lone" bass will find it difficult to get within striking distance of its prey and will go for the slower moving or injured minnows. In other cases schools of bass will ambush unsuspecting prey by surrounding it. When the prey realizes it's being attacked it will turn (the C start action) and end up right in the path of another waiting bass. Bass will also attack fish near the surface by surrounding the school and attacking them from below.The Keel Difference- Prey
Largemouth Bass have superb vision and senses so it's important to place a fishing lure in the water that acts best like a fish and will entice the bass to bite. If the lure is being pulled (speed of boat) or reeled in too quickly (speed and angle of line) it could cause a regular lure to spin and even scare the bass away. The life-like swimming action of the Reel Keel™ and lack of rotational spin with change in speed will strengthen your chances or catching hungry largemouth bass fish. It will continue its wounded minnow act (swimming straight while rolling side to side and wagging its tail end) even when speed in increased.Water Temperatures
Largemouth Bass thrive in tempatures of 65-85ºF. The higher or lower ends of these temperature ranges tends to slow down their feeding frenzies. Digestion happens quicker in warmer water temperatures meaning they bite more often except in cases where they might have had a larger prey for lunch. In this case, the time between meals would increase. The colder or hotter the temperature is outside their "range", slows down feeding activity.The Keel Difference - Temperature
The Reel Keel™ has a unique suspending ability that allows it to stay in the water at three feet, ideal for catching bass in any weather. There is also a floating model which is capable of staying right on top of the water which will entice bass to strike.
These are what our Pro Fishermen recommend for bass. You may find other colors that work for you in your particular location. The lures listed below are the #400 SERIES ONLY. For our full color listing and #300 Series, head over to our Fishing Store.
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