Bass Fishing In California Book Review

by Donny S.

I have a book called Bass Fishing In California - Secrets of the Western Pros written by Ron Kovach. And here is my little review for it.

For some reason, I can't remember how I got a hold of this book... someone either gave it to me, or I bought it from a second hand store like the Goodwill. A few years ago, I got into fishing really heavily and was quite busy working, fishing all the time and whatever else, and now I have this book.

Anyway, I really like this bass fishing book. Although it seems to be dated as a 1998 and 1999 edition, the information inside of it covers the same methods and techniques that bass fishermen still use everyday. The principals are still the same today.

I have had this book for a few years now. I'm always going through it and learning more and more all the time. There is just so much awesome stuff in it. Here is what's inside...

There are like 3 main sections which are referred to as Book I, Book II, and Book III. Just to quickly point out, Book II is all about the lakes to fish at in California. I'm not sure how accurate the information is for that section now days because things change all the time.
But the rest of the book is golden.

There is some really good stuff that teaches beginners what kind of tackle they would need, and also deeper details for more experienced bass fishermen about high quality gear and equipment. Then it talks about electronics, some cool tips and tricks that the pros use, and a whole boat load of different bass fishing techniques...

There are chapters about everything from rigging techniques, plastic worm fishing, crankbait fishing, top water fishing, using spoons, jigging, spinner baits, using other soft plastics and creature baits, fishing with live bait, fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass, using big baits to catch big bass, how to fish the different seasons throughout the year, fishing different types of structure, finesse fishing, flipping and pitching all year long, and much more stuff like advanced tips and tricks.

This is one book about bass fishing that I don't plan on getting rid of any time soon.

Jason's response:
I'm no stranger to this book either. It seems cool, easy to read and understand, and I've even picked up a couple good pointers out of it too.

If anybody is interested in getting a copy for themselves, you can find "Bass Fishing In California: Secrets of the Western Pros" here...

Thank you Donny for sharing your fishing book review.

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by: Marty

I have one on the original book dated 1998 and it is still a very valuable book. I was just wondering if there is any newer updated versions available. After all, 13 years old, somethings have had to change about the previous listed lakes, additional newer lakes, and fishing techniques as a whole. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Email me at mverostek[at] Thanks, Marty

Re: Marty - Updated Version
by: Jason

I don't think that Ron (Ronnie) Kovach even has had the time to get around to updating this book. I did a little research and it seems that he doing a ton of things these days... radio, television, live seminars, magazine articles, marketing, tournament bass fishing, and whatever else.

He had a website called Fishing Expeditions, but it has been let go.

I agree though, an updated version would be cool. Never the less, this is a good book to have in a bass fisherman's collection.

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Update on Ron (Ronnie) Kovach
by: Anonymous

Just want to provide an update on Ron Kovach. He had passed away in January 2014 at the age of 67 from kidney cancer.

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