The best all-around bass fishing book is **Successful Bass Fishing **by Ken Schultz (192 pp.; 1996. Illustrated. Published by McGraw-Hill, Dept. FS, 1221 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Softcover, $19.95). For more than 20 years, Schultz has covered bass fishing for Field & Stream readers, and no one knows the subject better. For beginners and intermediates alike, this is the one essential book on bass.