The Florida-strain largemouth bass is the fastest growing of the black bass species, and is the primary reason why Florida isn't just The Fishing Capital of the World but the Bass Fishing Capital of the World as well. This sub-species has been exported and stocked all over the world, contributing to most largemouth bass records.
Did you know, though, that four other species occur in this great state?
Suwanee bass are caught in the lower and middle reaches of the Suwannee, Withlacoochee, Ochlockonee, St Marks and Wacissa rivers. These fish aren't big -- the world record is 3.89 pounds -- but they are gorgeous and spectacular fighters on light fly and spinning tackle.
The spotted bass is a native of the Mississippi River drainage, but is found in the Escambia, Blackwater, Yellow, Choctawhatchee, Econfina and Apalichola rivers. The state record is 3.75 pounds.
Shoal bass are found in the Apalachicola drainage, including the Chattachoochee, Flint and Chipola river systems. These fish are mostly caught in the rapids and riffles.
There's literally no other place in the world where you can add all these species to your angling life list.