Mays of the past

Mays of the past

On April 1, we announced that at the first of each month we would assemble a short bibliography (with Internet links) to our monthly guides to Midwest finesse fishing.

We began this behest of some members of the Finesse News Network who wanted to know if there have been any noticeable and noteworthy changes in the fishing that we write about in our monthly guides to Midwest finesse fishing.

One angler suggested that we write a history of each month, including a sabermetrics style of analysis similar to the one that baseball analysts employ. Bill James of Lawrence, Kansas, is one of the pioneers of sabermetrics, and he describes it as "the search for objective knowledge about baseball." That is an enlightening suggestion, but we are sorry to say that piscatorial analysts do not possess all of the data and statistical tools that James and his colleagues have access to in the baseball world.

Therefore, we opted to assemble a monthly bibliography that would allow anglers to locate and read what we have written since January of 2011 about each month of the year. And across the past three years, we have published  thousands words each month that describe about how Midwest finesse anglers have caught largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and a few incidental species, and in fact, a few of these monthly guides have contained more than 25,000 words.

As anglers examine these links to Mays of the past, they should be mindful that locations and presentations can be similar from year to year, but they can also be slightly dissimilar and even radically different.

(1) It contains 12,490 words.

(2) It contains 14,056 words.

(3) . It contains 22,461 words.

(4) In some ways, this is a historical analysis of Midwest finesse fishing that we wrote back in 2011. It focuses on each month of the year and it is entitled "A Month-by-Month Guide to Midwest Finesse Fishing."

Here are 18 photographs of  from May of 2012, 2013, and 2o14.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="800"] Brent Frazee of Parkville, Missouri, May 2, 2012[/caption]

Steve Desch of Topeka, Kansas, May 4,  2011.

Allen Kehde of Sedalia, Missouri, on May 19, 2012

Ned Kehde of Lawrence, Kansas, on May 21, 2012.

Ned kehde of Lawrence, Kansas, on May 25, 2012

Dwight Keefer of Phoenix, Arizona, on May 28, 2013.

Drew Reese of Rantoul, Kansas, on May 7, 2013.

Steve Desch of Topeka, Kansas, with one of the 45 smallmouth bass that were caught on May 21, 2014.

Bob Gum with one of the 21 largemouth bass that he caught on May 3, 2014.

Drew Reese of Rantoul, Kansas, with one of the 48 smallmouth bass that were caught on May 6. 2014.

Steve Reideler of Lewisville, Texas, on May 15, 2014.

Ralph Manns of Rockwall, Texas, on May 21, 2014.

Lyn Yarbrough of Leawood, Kansas,with one of the 68 smallmouth bass that he and Bob Gum of Kansas City caught on May 23, 2014.

Rick Allen of Dallas with one of the largemouth bass that he and Steve Reideler of Lewisville, Texas, caught on May 27, 2014.

Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kansas, with one of the 44 largemouth bass that he and two co-anglers caught in two hours and five minutes on May 29, 2014.

Greg Monahan of Lees Summit, Missouri, with one of the 72 smallmouth bass that he and Bob Gum of Kansas City, Kansas, caught on May 31, 2014.

Travis Perret of Overland Park, Kansas with one of the 44 largemouth bass that he and two co-anglers caught on May 29, 2014.

Steve Desch of Topeka, Kansas, on May 21, 2014, with a rainbow trout, which is a rare catch in late May in northeastern Kansas.

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