Down the left side of the blog page you'll see a list of books I've posted. Many I've read, a few I haven't. I wanted to take a minute though and tell you about one of my favorites, marked in astericks. The book is entitled "Knowing Bass; The Scientific Approach to Catching More Fish". The book is written by Keith A. Jones., long time Director of Research at the Berkley Fish Research Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
At 298 pages, it is a pretty good sized volume of work. The book is broken down into 8 chapters as follows:
- Chapter 1 - Bass Basics
- Chapter 2 - Brain, Learning and Instincts
- Chapter 3 - Chemoreception
- Chapter 4 - Hearing and Vibration Detection
- Chapter 5 - Vision
- Chapter 6 - Senses of the Skin
- Chapter 7 - Pain and Stress
- Chapter 8 - Super Lures
The book strikes a pretty good balance on depth of content. Not so technical to turn you off or make reading difficult, yet certainly not your typical bass book (no "spinnerbaits on laydowns, big blades in murky water, what this pro does" kind of thing). It has enough color graphics to keep you interested and looking ahead, doesn't reveal any Berkley trade secrets but gives you enough information to apply and interpret to your own fishing style. For a sample of typical material I found this excerpt on the Net at Hatches Magazine.
Some of the cooler stuff more fishing related that is covered includes;
- Bass Memory for Lures
- Learning Curves of Popular Gamefish
- Bass Response to Common Flavors
- Light Absorption in Water
- Texture Effects on Bait Retention
- Strike Response to Shape
- and, Day versus Night Vision
There's lots more stuff I haven't begun to touch on. So, if you're in the mood for a good read about bass that gets much deeper than your typical magazine stand article, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It just might change your bass fishing approach.