Yeah right. But that’s what several jokesters on the interweb claim. Ran across one “proof” the other day. Following are excerpts, along with some choice comments by me.
> The style of fishing for trout is a characteristic that makes it better than bass fishing. A person can spend hours in a day hiking the side of the river, figuring out just where to cast to catch that next fish.
[So are we fishing, or hiking with a fishing rod?]
> The water is typically fast moving, and cold.
> It takes some amount of skill to be able to read the water, and know where the fish will be hidden. It also takes some skill to figure out what the finicky fish might want to eat, thus tempting him out from under his underwater lair.
[And I guess that does not happen in bassin’?!]
> When it comes to bass fishing, there is an element to reading the water, but for the most part anglers sit on a boat and cruise around the lake until their equipment tells them that there are fish below them. It does take skill to get the bait or lure placement right, but the technique is far different than floating a fly through the right hole for a big trout.
[Yessir, I am a lobotomy patient and my Humminbird catches fish for me. Launch the boat, push a button and I’m done!]
> Equipment is another trait [a trait?] that causes trout fishing to be more appealing than bass fishing. While some may fly fish for bass, the typical equipment consists of spincasting or baitcasting rods with heavy lines.
[Right you are there bud. My spincaster has Bugs Bunny stickers on it, and a smiley face on the button.]
> In most cases, the fish is hooked, and then yanked out of the water without much problem. Lines have to be heavy enough to pull bass out from under any number of obstacles.
[So my Humminbird yanks fish out of the water for me no problem? Der, der, der, der der….]
> The heavy line used by bass fishermen is usually a detriment to the trout fishermen. Light lines, with even lighter tippet are the norm. Instead of 10 to 12 pound test, trout fishermen use 2 to 4 pound test lines. This presents a challenge because the fish cannot simply be horsed to the shore. The fisherman has to finesse the fish, making sure to tire him out enough to bring him to hand without allowing the fish to break the line. An attempt to land the fish too suddenly will almost surely result in a break off!
[So we’re catch-keep-release, you’re catch-mortally exhaust-release-die.]
> There is a need for greater skill to consistently bring trout to hand than for bass.
[You never know. Maybe a Humminbird can be programmed to fish for trout too.]
> The method of trout fishing is more fun and physically demanding than bass fishing.
[More physically demanding? Are you talking about the hiking part, the shore lunch part or the 20 casts a day part?]
This winter I will be training my Humminbird to shovel my walk.