Latest News

New Post Notification

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email. This is not associated with our monthly newsletter subscription contest. Sign up for the newsletter contest here

In my pursuit of chasing and learning more about giant bass over the years, I have been able to take a break from time to time and use my underwater camera to get some incredible underwater shots of big bass in their natural environment and catalog some of what these monster bass do throughout the day and throughout the four seasons of the year.

Bass Clan - ©MikeLongOutdoorsIn the picture above it was the day of the rainbow trout stocking and after a few weeks of the trout being stocked on the same day the bass became conditioned to be at the same place at the same time for the trout buffet. On this particular day I would guess that at least 1/3 of all the large bass over 12lbs in the lake were under the boat dock staged and waiting for the easy trout hunt.

BASS MOVIE II 2 - ©MikeLongOutdoors

This is by far one of my favorite shots a bass in the 14 lb. class chasing a freshly stocked 2 lb. Rainbow Trout on the launch ramp. She was so fat she could barely swim straight and missed at least three trout while I was filming her wild pursuit.

Big Bass II - ©MikeLongOutdoorsHere is another shot of the same bass trying to pin a trout on the bottom. Most of the large bass I have witnessed during trout stockings seem to try this pinning technique in order to get the trout head towards their mouth. This behavior makes a lot of sense to me due to all the years of success bottom crawling swimbaits.

TROUT MOUTH - ©MikeLongOutdoorsPicture above shows a giant over 12 lbs. with just a few inches of a trout tail sticking out of its mouth.

Bass Under Dock1 - ©MikeLongOutdoors

Here a giant bass sits tucked under a dock days after a trout stock, digesting and waiting for the next trout truck to arrive. Throughout the year I am amazed how many giant bass can be found just under your feet under a boat dock. This low light environment  is a perfect place for a giant bass to hold especially with how many smaller fish that are attracted to the area around a dock. I have found that some of the best ecosystems in a lake are under and around docks.

Bass 2 - Untitled - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThis big bass in the picture above was just hanging out under a boat dock waiting for the right opportunity to grab a meal.

Sequence 1 - ©MikeLongOutdoors

As the Winter months end and Spring approaches some of the true giant bass of the lake head towards shallower waters and start mapping out and staying very close to where the spawning flats will most likely be. This is a great time of the year to find a large bass near to a ledge, large rock, or sunken tree next to a spawning flat.

Spawning Bass 3 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsAs Spring time approaches and the water temperature reaches the right level the male bass begins making a nest and spraying their pheromones in preparation for spawning. This pheromone attractant acts as a big bass love drug to hold these giant female bass shallow where they really don’t want to be due to intensity of the sunlight on their eyes.

Post Spawn - ©MikeLongOutdoors

During post spawn these exhausted giant female bass stay near the shallow waters and spend what little energy they have left to hunt some panfish. You can really tell the difference in the bellies of pre spawn bass vs. a post spawn bass.

Cats and Bass 2 - ©MikeLongOutdoors

Cats and Bass 3 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsNot even a channel catfish is safe during the Summer months from a hungry bass.

Poway 14lber - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe bass in the picture above was in the 16 lb. class most likely a older bass. I love how beat up her tail is from years and years of spawning.

Knot Head - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe long hot days of Summer drive some giant bass into hiding in the tules to escape from the intense sunlight until the low light of the evening allows these monsters to come out and hunt again.

Dirty Water Bass2 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsAs winter sets in and the days get shorter and the storms arrive, run off from the storms muddy the water and change the water temperature. Bass metabolisms change and the big girls tend to move around less, so you can find some giant bass just sitting on the bottom next to some of the best structure real estate in the lake and if you slow your approach with a jig, or plastic worm you may land that trophy bass of a lifetime..

I hope you enjoyed my bass pictures and they gave you a little more insight into the world of the Large Mouth Bass and they inspire you and help you to better understand the world of the largemouth bass.

 I have had some emails about purchasing some of my bass pictures, they will soon be available on MikeLongOutdoors.com  Thank You for viewing and for your support!!

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.

12 comments on “Underwater Bass Pictures

Avatar image
Ben Kotin on May 5, 2013 12:25 pm

Great shots!
Thanks for posting.
VERY COOL

Avatar image
Terry Lancaster on May 5, 2013 12:45 pm

Hey Mike, it’s Terry (BigBait Intervention). I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this set of photos and your insight to each one of them. This is the priceless type of information that is so secretly guarded and is sadly missing from today’s base of swimbait knowledge. You consistently share your decades of experience and enlightenment with the newer swimbaiting generations and I for one appreciate and applaud your unselfish giving and passion sharing. From one old swimbaiter to another, thank you and kindest regards, Terry

Avatar image
David Dawson on May 5, 2013 3:53 pm

Very nice and interesting. looking forward to more.

Avatar image
Mark Orlicky on May 5, 2013 4:11 pm

Mike, that’s some really cool stuff! Thanks for sharing! You’ve done some great work here!

Avatar image
Bill on May 5, 2013 4:57 pm

What kind of camera do you use mike?

Avatar image
Mike Long on May 5, 2013 5:34 pm

Olympus C7070

Avatar image
Patrick on May 6, 2013 7:40 pm

Were most of those pictures taken at Jennings

Avatar image
Mike Long on May 7, 2013 2:43 pm

At seven different lakes in San Diego

Avatar image
Craig on May 7, 2013 3:58 pm

Finally someone has proof that big bass eat catfish

Avatar image
Bill on May 8, 2013 6:19 pm

so did you make your own custom underwater housing for it?

Avatar image
Julz Tremblay on May 11, 2013 12:30 pm

This is truly amazing, thank you so much for sharing these!
It’s great to see giants in their elements.
Do you know about how old that 16lb. beast is? It,s probably different from one fish to another but in general?
I’ve always wondered how old they are…

Avatar image
Filipe Campos on May 14, 2013 2:54 pm

I love it. I learned a lot, thanks;))))
FC

Comments are closed.