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    Large Mouth Bass' Sight

    What we call "large mouth bass" are actually Micropterus salmoides. They are a species of fish in the sunfish family native to North America.


    It is also known as the widemouth bass, bigmouth, black bass, bucketmouth, Potter's fish, Florida bass, Florida largemouth, green bass, green trout ,gilsdorf bass, linesides, Oswego bass, southern largemouth and (paradoxically) northern largemouth. The largemouth bass is the state fish of Alabama (official freshwater fish), Georgia, Mississippi, Florida (state freshwater fish), and Tennessee (official sport fish). (Credit to Wikipedia)


    Much research has been done to determine whether a bass sees better at night or during the day and if it sees in color or black and white. As a predator fish the bass' sight is the dominant sense used in seeking food. A fish's eyes can receive five times more light than the human eye, allowing them to distinguish shapes and patterns that the human eye can't. Bass have a full 180 degree field of vision in each eye. Blind areas exist under and behind the fish. Bass have both day and nighttime vision, however it takes about two hours for the eye to adjust to night vision, then the reverse to adjust to daylight. Dr. Loren Hill, chairman of the University of Oklahoma's Zoology Department and Director of Biological Research, found after a nine year study, that bass were sensitive to all colors tested and they could even discriminate between green, blue green, light green and dark green. A point to remember, however, is that bass perceive color differently than we do and that the color in any lure depends on the light reflected off the object. Thus, the color can be perceived differently 10, 15 or 20 feet down. (Credit to Lorena King)

    So it seems that our quest for the right colors is substantiated. LMB do infact distinguish between colors. One other noteworthy item is that they need time to adjust between light & dark, and vise versa. That further explains why sound & motion based baits (top-waters, buzz baits, chatter baits, some spinner baits, etc...) work well during those hours.

    Just thought I'd share some of what I run across. Hope it helps someone out there
    Last edited by pYr8; 09-25-2012 at 08:50 PM.

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    good post karl......thanks!!!

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    Thanks Chuck! I figure I may as well spread as much knowledge about fishin as I can because I seem to be a better teacher than a catcher lately

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    Need pics....

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    I've been tryin to figger out how to get a go-pro into a bass' head. I'll keep you posted

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    Fresh water or salt, I am a Colour guy 110%, even to the slightest drop of colour on the lure makes a huge differance. Everything I have read, saltwater fish see more colours than bass do. But who knows, I guess it depends if the fella tellin us these "Facts" is a fisherman or not, and whether he is trying to mislead us or not ;) LOL

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