Florida Largemouth Bass Feeding
They feed in low light conditions as they do not like direct sunlight.
Young Florida Largemouth Bass eat almost anything they catch while adult bass, especially big inactive lunker bass, prefer a specialized high-protein diet of golden shiners, shad, crawfish and salamanders.
Florida Largemouth Bass are known to consume small fish, insects, mosquitoes, black fly larvae, mayfly nymphs, worms, adult insects, mussels, crayfish, snails, tadpoles, frogs, small fish, salamanders, mice and turtles.
In some cases, the prey is not completely swallowed up initially. It’s caught and held in the jaws and then it’s sucked in.
It’s Important to Right Size the Bait
The key to landing Florida Largemouth all day is not knowing what it will eat so much as what other fish in the area will eat as well. Spending hours catching small or garbage fish can turn a great day of fishing into a poor one rather quickly. Largemouth bass have a huge appetite and will try to get the largest prey possible in its mouth. If you know the sizes of the fish in your area, right size the bait accordingly.
Feeding Around the Clock
In general, Florida largemouth bass feed at all hours, but most often in the early morning or late in the day.
Studies have shown that if there’s a lot of noise from human activity during the day, especially from a lot of boat activity and swimmers, there is a greater feeding of the Florida Largemouth bass at night. This is most common in smaller lakes and rivers where the bass don’t have anywhere else to migrate.
They feed in low light conditions as they don’t like direct sunlight. They have trouble differentiating between lure colors in low light or night fishing, but color can play a role during the day in clear waters.
Experimental studies suggest that when in an aggressive state, bass prefer green and blue colors but are repelled by gold and yellow.
Like all bass, the Florida Largemouth strike with force and a large lunker will snap a line if the drag is not set properly.
If you like a good challenge, an 8 to 12lb test line is a good choice, but the line can snap easily with the drag not set properly. It can also snap if the fish manages to scrap up against rocks and other underwater debris.
We keep stressing this a lot here on Bassfishing-gurus.com, but the need to know your surroundings is important to selecting the right tackle, line test and rod and reel combination.
Electronic equipment such as sonar, is helpful for finding underwater formations likely to attract large concentrations of fish.
Other fishing hot spots include brush piles and other underwater structures.