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Bass Fishing in the Modern Era

Jul 14, 2008
Even though the sport of bass fishing had been around since the turn of the century, it wasn't until the development and implementation of modern technological advancements into the sport that it gained widespread success and acceptance throughout the country. These developments really began to take effect on the bass fishing market in during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

During this period, new inventions, including nylon strings, artificial lures, composite rods, and other useful fishing accessories, greatly added to fishermen's ability to have multiple same-day catches, launching the sporting version of bass fishing to popularity. In the later part of the twentieth century, the prominence of fly fishing for bass also grew, thereby adding another dimension to the modern spectrum of bass fishing.

One of the driving factors in these developments was - as always - the desire to be the best. Many sport fishermen realized that these advancements greatly increased their chances of breaking the world record for bass weight - a twenty-two pound bass caught in Georgia in 1932. However, despite all the modern technologies that have been introduced over the years, this record remains in effect today.

Many people consider bass fishing to be a purely American past-time, but this is not simply the case anymore. In recent years, fish stocking programs have become more popular as a means to help people find accessible bass fishing locations in their local areas. However, the success of these programs has led to bass stocking programs in other countries like Japan and South Africa. The success of these international stocking programs has made this sport increasingly popular in nearby countries as well, and is serving to create a worldwide name for bass fishing.

The production of bass fishing television programs and magazines, and the introduction of more specialized equipment for bass fishing, makes it easier than ever to get started in the world of bass fishing. These things have also encouraged the creation of a bass fishing culture, making the sport's niche more globally well-known. In addition, specialty stores like Bass Pro have opened the door for ordinary people to go in and buy everything they need for their first big bass fishing adventure.

However, some of the recent technological advancements in the sport are just as controversial as they are good. For example, many sport fishermen are now using a device that emits sounds into the water simulating a school of fish, which is food for the bass. This sound attracts the hungry bass and makes them more accessible to the fishermen. Some fishermen argue that this takes much of the skill and timing out of traditional fishing - since you're relying on technological means to draw in your catch, instead of using your knowledge to catch fish.

While this may be an unwanted advancement, it's unlikely to be the last of its kind. Only time will tell what other advancements in bass fishing technology will occur as the sport increases in popularity and the demand for better equipment goes up.
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