While the average size of the largemouth bass is between 13 and 20 inches and 1 and 5 pounds, they can reach a maximum length of about 30 inches and a weight of a little over 20lb. A largemouth of 8lb or more is considered a trophy fish in most states.
Smallmouth bass typically spawn between late April and early July in water temperatures between 55 and 70F.
While the average size of smallmouth bass is somewhere between 12 and 18 inches and 1 and 4lb, they can reach a maximum length of about 28 inches and a maximum weight of around 12lb.
Bass are cautious predators, especially in clear water and waters that are heavily fished. Here, using a leader material that is as invisible and stealthy as possible makes a lot of sense and will most likely catch you more fish.
Bass and carp actually can coexist and do so in plenty of waters in both the United States and Canada. However, in waters that have an overpopulation of carp, bass populations can be affected negatively and may only recover if the number of carp is reduced and regulated.
For bass fishing per se, you don’t need to use a wire leader, as their teeth do not manage to cut through fluorocarbon line. But in waters that hold a lot of pike or musky, using a thinner wire leader of 10-12lb can reduce the risk of getting bite-offs significantly.