(Bait) Size Matters When Chasing Trophy Largemouth Bass

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Bass pro Adrian Avena with a bass that bit a chatter bait. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)


Using the concept of "optimal foraging," you can dial in to what makes trophy largemouth bass more prone to gulp a bait.


A number of years ago, a fisheries biologist friend introduced me to the concept of "optimal foraging," of which the basic premise states that organisms forage in such a way as to maximize energy intake per unit of time.

This behavior makes a large bass more prone to gulp a bigger bait over a smaller one, when given the choice. 


Largemouth bass make their living off baitfish one-quarter to one-third their body size.

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