Big Bass Zone

January 20, 2012 by  
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Big Bass Zone

The Big Bass Zone provides the fresh ideas you need to you shift your focus from just catching fish to catching the big ones. The authors draw on years of practical experience to break the mold of traditional bass fishing. Instead of relying on the conventional wisdom of fishermen, the authors discard the baggage of traditional bass fishing and look for answers from the fish themselves.

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  1. C. Metcalf says:
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    One Man’s Lifetime of Learning By Doing, December 26, 2006
    By 
    C. Metcalf
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Big Bass Zone (Paperback)

    This book is an attempt to communicate the accumulated knowledge of a fisherman, who apparently has been extremely successful at catching very big largemouth bass in California. The guidelines for specifically targeting these fish probably will help others trying to capture just a fraction of Bill Siemantel’s success.

    Probably the most enjoyable feature of the book is the pictures of the author with numerous enormous fish. These pictures really get the imagination going, which is certainly something a book like this should do. The book outlines the techniques and tactics he uses. The technique that comes most easily to mind is the use of big baits (of which there are 3 categories). The most prominent tactic is his one-cast presentation. I did find some of his discussion of thinking in terms of ambush opportunities instead of highways to deep water to be helpful.

    Unfortunately, the book has many troubling issues. This is really a book that would benefit from a heavy-handed editing. The most prominent issue is in essence a lack of structure which leads to a lack of substance. This comes to fruition in having 2 pages that admonish you to think outside of the box for every 1 page that tells you how to catch big fish. The book does not seem to me to follow a logical development, it seemed more like randomly changing from one topic to another, which I really did not like. Even worse, the book’s advice is semi-contradictory telling you not to “backslide” into old fishing patterns then at other times telling you to do exactly that.

    For example the following is on page 43, “The purpose of this book is to expand your knowledge, open your mind to new ideas, and progressively turn this learning curve into bigger bass.” This introductory sentence should be on page 1, but forty three pages into the book, one is still having to deal with vague generalities.

    A second issue is that despite his reassurances otherwise, he offers no proof (not even anecdotal) that these techniques will work in locations other than California. To make this issue more concrete, one only need notice that most of the big baits (other than the tube) look like rainbow trout, which are not on the menu for bass in many places.

    In many cases, I found his descriptions of how to actually proceed too vague. I think his descriptions of designing a “milk run” is a case in point. On page 73, he tells the reader to create a point system by “simply assigning a number value to each location.” Unforunately, I find this direction to be tautological since the definition of a point system is giving a number value so essentially he is saying create a point system by creating a point system. This is not a lot of help. In addition, this does not seem so simple an act. Unfortunately, he refers to this point system you’ve created for the rest of the book. Yes, life would be easier if I could just list all the areas that hold large bass as a starting point.

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  2. Mike Bass says:
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Useless drivel, January 6, 2006
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    Mike Bass (ny) –

    This review is from: Big Bass Zone (Paperback)

    When this book came out I eagerly bought it. I owned Michael Jones’ book on finesse fishing and anticipated this would be an excellent book too. That was not the case. I am sure Bill Siemantel is an excellent bass fisherman but he divulges nothing in this book. It is 280+ pages of rephrasing the same phrase – keep your mind open do different things. But he never describes in detail his methods of fishing a swim bait or what to look for in a good swim bait or how he modifies his swim baits or even what manufacturers make good swim baits. There is very little useful information in this book. Save your money.

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  3. E. Falck says:
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Information- changed my whole point of view, January 30, 2006
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    E. Falck (Washington, D.C.) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Big Bass Zone (Paperback)

    This book is great. I now know why my old techniques were only catching average sized bass. The theories and techniques are right on the money. The ideas and fishing techniques in this book made an immediate improvement. I would recommend this book for anybody who is tired of catching small average size bass and really wants to step up to catching lunker size fish.

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