“I admire all three (bass species) for their sporting qualities. I like the largemouth for its giant size, jolting strikes, brutish strength, skyward leaps, enduring battles, and bountiful memories. The same can be said of the high-spirited smallmouth, a native of crisper climes and covers –firmer in feel than the largemouth and faster in its continuous and frantic clashes for freedom. It’s an Olympian.
But there’s something a tad more special about the spotted bass.
There’s never a doubt about a pickup when this species jolts a lure. In many ways it’s like the smallmouth, but I give it the edge not only in impact but also in endurance and determination to escape. Whether in a livewell or on a stringer, a spotted bass will explode all day long in frantic attempts to get free.
It’s not easy to play favorites, all three species combine to make the bass America’s favorite sport fish, and each has played an important role in my fishing/writing career. But if I found myself on a lake where all three were available, I believe I’d begin each day seeking that spotted character!”
-“Uncle” Homer Circle, Bass Wisdom
Why dedicate a web site to the spotted bass? –because they might just be the most incredible game fish any of us have ever known. Sure, everyone has their preferences, and may lay the same claim to largemouth, smallmouth, Marlin, steelhead, walleye, etc.... But the big spots of Georgia are an overlooked and undiscovered jewel of the south; little known but highly prized by the few that really know how to catch them. Once you experience the bone-jarring strikes and incredible pulling power of a really big spotted bass, you won’t be able to think about fishing for anything else.
Spots are an incredible game fish, but of the black bass species, they are also some of the most elusive and frustrating to catch. Originally a river bass, spots tend to stay away from the shallows of the banks, and are more often found on offshore humps and points or suspended in open water. They are selective in what they eat, and show great preference for very specific lures throughout the year. Throw the wrong thing, and you might smell a skunk in your boat.
There are several varieties of spots, and most people probably know the more common Kentucky Spot, aka Northern spotted bass. “Kentuckies” typically only grow to about 1.5 or 2lbs and are so prolific and aggressive that they often push out other species. They are great fun to catch, but simply don’t reach the impressive 5 to 6 lb size of the larger cousin, the Coosa Spotted Bass.
Georgia’s big spots and made the spotlight in the summer of 2010 when the FLW Championship was held on Lake Sidney Lanier, just north of Atlanta. Professional angler Kevin Hawk took home $600,000 after winning this pinnacle event, and did so catching big Coosa Spots.
One of the first things that people may tell you about spots is that they are exceptionally strong. There has been more than one angler with a folded rod and screaming drag that finally gets a 2lb fish to the boat and says “That’s it? That little guy pulled that hard?? I thought it was waaaay bigger!” And like wolves on a wounded lamb, when you catch one, there are often swarms of others fervently circling him back to the boat. Catch a big one, and you won’t soon forget it.
Coosa Spots grow large, are extremely aggressive, hunt in packs, and are the glittering hero of this web site. Their vicious spunk is enough for us to want to dedicate a web site to them, but it isn’t the only thing that sets them apart from other black bass. Here are some other distinguishing characteristics that you might find interesting: