Originally a method of obtaining food for people living in what is now the southern United States, the practice of bass fishing has since become world-renowned sport for people of all ages. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, the sport has a fascinating history that continues to progress to this very day.
• The year 1770 represents the birth of angling as a sport and thus is where the journey of bass fishing began, when Onesimus Ustonson introduced his multiplying winch, (a state of the art reel,) to the fishing community. This reel later became known as a baitcaster.
• In 1897, William Shakespeare Jr. patented a level wind device and brought it into mass production.
• The highly ornate Shannon Twin Spinner was introduced by the William J. Jamison Co in 1915, which was instrumental in creating today's spinner baits.
• As a result of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act by President Roosevelt in 1932, many dams were constructed, and later used as an excellent way to culture specific varieties of bass.
• In 1937, the DuPont Company patented a nylon fishing net, which was later used as the basis for developing the modern nylon monofilament fishing line.
• The year 1992 marked a glorious milestone for bass fishing; this was when Larry Nixon won a million dollars in total earnings for the year, putting the sport on par with other national favorites.
There are several fish species which official events utilize, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and Kentucky bass. Other types of bass are also caught, but it's the largemouth bass which basks in the most popularity. Occasionally the same name gets used for different fish depending on the region, but they are all of the same genus: micropterus.
Bass fishing may have had its most fundamental success during the 1950s. It was during this golden age which brought about most modern equipment to the sport including bass boats, rods and lures. Electronic gears also made their debut during this time, as well as different types of reels which functioned for hauling and hoisting.
The sport contributes on record $50 to $70 billion dollars to the U.S. economy. Furthermore, statistics show that the audience continues to grow, outshining other sports such as tennis and golf. Needless to say, bass fishing will be around for our whole lives, continuing to evolve with modern technology and global trends.