This section is from the book "American Game Fishes", by W. A. Perry. Also available from Amazon: American Game Fishes: Their Habits, Habitat, and Peculiarities; How, When, and Where to Angle for Them.
Owing to the remarkably wide distribution of the Black Bass species, and the great variety in the character of the waters they inhabit, it would seem that the methods of angling for them, and the character of the tackle employed in their capture, would be subject to considerable variation or modification. But this is true to a very limited extent only, and there is no good or valid reason for any great difference in the weight and strength of tools and tackle for Black-Bass fishing in any waters. For instance, the standard 44 Hen-shall" bait and fly-rods, as described in my 44 Book of the Black Bass" ⅛ and in my later book, 44More about the Black Bass," t will be found sufficient and suitable, in the hands of a tolerably expert angler, for Black-Bass fishing in any locality, and for either the Small-mouthed or Large-mouthed species of Black Bass.
*Book of the Black Bass: Comprising its Complete Scientific and Life History, together with a Practical Treatise on Angling and Fly-Fishing, w itli a Full Account of Tools. Implements, and Tackle. By Dr. James A. Henshall. Illustrated. i2ino. 464 pp. 1881. Robert Clarke & Co., Cincinnati, O.
'More About the Black Mass: comprising additional matter on tue subject of each chapter of the original work, arranged in the same order, containing the latest development in the Scientific and Life History of this best of the American Game Fishes, the latest wrinkles in Angling and Fly-Fishing, and the most recent improvements in Tools. Tackle, and Implements. With a new Portrait and numerous Illustrations. 12 mo. 204 pages. 1889. Robert Clark & Co., Cincinnati, O.
There are many men, however, who, though good and successful anglers-who possess great love for the sport, and who have acquired a good knowledge of the haunts and habits of the Black Bass-yet are not expert or skillful in the use of light tackle, and require or employ heavier and stiffer rods than those just mentioned. These anglers are mostly bait-fishers, and are like another class of sportsmen, who, though only ordinary shots, make the best bags on account of their superior knowledge of the habits of the game they seek.
For the sake of convenience, Black-Bass fishing may be considered under two heads-"stream-fishing," and "lake-fishing"-either with the artificial fly or with natural bait; accordingly, I will adopt that plan, for the purpose of showing where a heavier or lighter rod than the standard rod of eight ounces may be used.