I think each species has their pros and cons. When the bass are active and feeding on top it can be very easy. Plus this is the most exciting form of bass fishing to me. If they are feeding deep or are suspended, then it can get very technical.
I too used to spend 2 or 3 days a week on the lake doing the tournament thing. And it was at this time that I realize I no longer went fishing because I enjoyed it, but to win money and brag. To me, it just isn't any fun using a 6.5' heavy action baitcaster loaded up with 12# test. The challenge of finding out what they are eating and the fight is what makes fishing enjoyable to me. I do enjoy fly fishing for bass, however.
On a pound for pound basis, I do think that trout are more exciting than largemouth bass. Substitute that LM for a smallie, and you have a whole different situation.....Probably if I caught some of the smallies that Mr. Troutman catches, I would have to give the nod to the bass.
Just my $0.02