American Bass Fishing Art Is So Bad It’s Hilarious

Because owning Big Mouth Billy Bass The Singing Sensation is not enough.

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Photo: Etsy.
Photo: Etsy.
Photo: Etsy.
Photo: Etsy.
Photo: Etsy.
Photo: Etsy.
Photo: Etsy.
mark Susinno, Cartwheeling Largemouth Bass.
Photo: Delaware River Gallery.
Photo: Ebay.
Print from FaFpND.
Photo: Deviant Art.
Roberta "Roby" Baer, Line Dance.
Painting by Thomas Spradlin.

Little known fact: Bass fishing is one of the most popular outdoor sports of our time, and a multibillion dollar industry. Bass fishing is the activity of angling (read fishing for laymen) specifically for the North American gamefish known informally as the black bass.

The modernization of bass fishing has seen the development and launch of lots of new fishing gear, including high-tech rods, reels, lures, electronic fish-finding instruments, specialized bass boats, and let’s not forget—the plethora of bass-related souvenirs. It has also spawned (sorry, we had to use the word) an entire cult industry of bass and bass fishing art which on the whole is utterly terrible.

Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass The Singing Sensation? Well, things have taken a turn for the worst since then—not only do people want a singing fish, they also seem to want bass fishing paintings and so called fine art prints to hang in their homes. How to respond?

The most appropriate thing to do we decided was to let viewers decide. We’ve singled out a batch from thousands of images of bass fishing on the web for you to review, debate, and share. Although the works range in color-way and positioning, one thing is consistent: depictions of the gamefish mostly make it look like a pillaging Godzilla.

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