Yesterday, while fishing for Blue Gills at the lake with my fly rod (see the earlier thread on the subject), I caught my first Large Mouth. There were probably 10 people fishing with spinning rods in the immediate area when I got out of the car. Several of them looked at me askance as I assembled the reel to my rod and snaked the leader through the guides. I tied on a black popper, and walked over to the bank. Nothing on my first cast, then on my second, as soon as the bug hit the water, BAM! I knew immediately that whatever I had hooked wasn't a Blue Gill. I've been catching a lot of them lately, and this fish put up substantially more fight. I beached him, and immediately recognized the characteristic gaping maw from the many fishing shows I have seen. The one I landed was about 8-9" long. I didn't have a scale, but I released from TV that it was on the small side as Large Mouths go. I wasn't sure about the size limits for Bass, and I also still don't know if they are good to eat, so I released the fish. I drew quite the reaction from the others present, who all wanted to know what kind of lure I was using. This was exacerbated since I caught six Blue Gills in the next hour, and nobody else caught anything. So,I have a conclusion, and a question: Conclusion: Fly fishing rocks. It is better than crack. Question: Are Large Mouth Bass good to eat? Should I eat them or release them to fight another day?