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Bass fishing has become one of the best sports on the water. Nearly everyone talks about it, and you can't help but ask about it and trying it out yourself.

There are countless television shows today that concentrate on bass fishing. They promise fun and excitement while bass fishing, keeping many people hooked on fishing. That is one reason you can't help learning more about it.

Learning about bass fishing is enjoyable, and you can hire a guide to help you catch fish, as well as teach you about seeing them. Then, later on, you will develop your ideas and formulate theories on having the best fish.

There are many bass clubs that you can join and tons of fishing tournaments that you can sign up for. Big money awaits you in winning a prestigious game where a big prize on the table.

Many states are now "hooked" and "addicted" to bass fishing, and Georgia is perhaps one of the best states in the country concerning this sport.

The average spotted bass (also called "spots") only weighs about a pound, so catching a 4-pound spot can already be a trophy. Spots of this kind are that unusual in the deep waters of Georgia. Bass of this kind is often inhabiting deep and clear waters.

The spotted bass is a strong fighter, and many anglers feel that spots are the most spirited black bass species. Although spotted bass does not grow as big as largemouths and are not as acrobatic as smallmouths, an excellent spotted bass on the end of the line gives you the fight you'll not forget..

Lake Lanier would be the first place that comes to mind when someone speaks about Georgia spotted bass. An 8 pounds, ½ ounce spotted bass was found in Lake Lanier in 1985. That one set a state record in Georgia but has continued to have contenders since then.

Spotted bass are a well-known standard in Georgia areas drained by the Savannah, Coosa, and Chattahoochee River systems. Lake Jackson enjoys nearly 25% of the bass population, and their population is growing. The first bass found in biologists' surveys didn't show until 1998, so their numbers have grown quite quickly. Spotted bass average 9 or 10 inches long. About 15% of the spotted bass in the lake are more than 15 inches long.

At first glance, a spotted bass is almost impossible to differentiate from largemouths. Spotted bass usually has a sandpaper-like tooth patch on their tongue. The rear of the jaw will not extend behind the eye like largemouths, and lastly, the spiny and soft dorsal fins with a shallow notch not reaching to the body.

Largemouth bass weighs between ¾ pound and 1 pound, but about half the bass in the population is more than 15 inches long. While the real giants are less common, the population is well balanced, and fish in a good range of sizes are well represented.

In Middle Georgia, Lake Jackson is one of the oldest reservoirs. The lake is a great trophy bass lake. The lake has produced countless double-digit-weight largemouths, and the lake record stands at 14 pounds, 7 ounces.

Lake Jackson leads away from the Alcovy, South, and Yellow rivers, where they join at the head of the Ocmulgee River and runs 45 miles SE of Atlanta. It is no longer a trophy bass factory as it once was. Nevertheless, it remains an excellent place for finding good fishing for decent-sized largemouths, with a few spotted bass thrown in as a bonus. It also remains among the best fishing lakes in the central part of Georgia because of its proximity to Atlanta metropolitan area and its well-earned reputation.

About 30 miles from Lake Jackson, Lake Oconee, which has gained popularity and became a favored fishing destination, especially from the Atlanta area, similarly serves up fast black bass action.

Georgia has a lot to offer bass anglers, so check it out yourself to experience the beauty and fascination of bass fishing.


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