So you have just started or are considering taking up lure fishing for Bass and are confused about equipment selection. What length rod? What size reel for what size rod? Braid or Mono? What lures do I need? In this short Blog post we will discuss the basics about bass fishing equipment.
Firstly regarding rod and reel selection it must be a balanced outfit that is fit for purpose. You must be able to cast and retrieve lures effectively in a correct manner to aid presentation. Before you buy ask yourself where you intend fishing and what action type, size and weight lure you intend using? It varies with personal preference but generally speaking a fast action rod of 8 feet in length casting 10-35 gm with a 3000 sized reel is about right. There are lots of makes and models to pick from so choose wisely.
Regarding lines the vast majority anglers choose braided lines with a short flurocarbon leader of approximately 20lb breaking strain. The two main types of braid are standard three or four strand woven such as PowerPro which give a flat or square profile and newer eight stranded lines like Daiwa Tournament or Sunline Cast Away which achieve low diameter rounded profiles. The Allbright, Reverse Allbright (Yucatan) are all popular knots to join braid to flurocarbon but use whatever knot you feel comfortable tying.
See here for step by step knots.
Lure selection is most daunting for the beginner. Something I see on a regular basis and indeed I did when I began lure fishing was to carry too many lures, problem being many of them were too similar to each other. Without mentioning specific lures the main thing is to ensure you have lures to cover varied depths with different profiles/actions. You should be quite content with 6 or 8 lures and maybe a dozen soft plastics. When buying lures think about lure type, depth, action, profile then lastly consider colour choice. Think representation not imitation.
Soft lures rigged on weedless or texas hooks/jigs reduce snags and unwanted debris. Do not fish a Jig or weighted hook that is too heavy. Using only a wading jacket or a small lure bag will restrict the amount you can carry which is a good thing. Confidence in the lures you fish is very important.
Other items include:
Lightweight Waders and Jacket.
Unhooking tools are essential for your own safety and the welfare of the fish.
A small spool of leader material in case of a break off.
Spare lure clips & Jigs/Hooks.
Wading staff for safety.
Spare spool loaded with line.
The marine environment is tough on your tackle so treat it with the respect it deserves. Servicing reels takes little time as does washing your gear (including lures) with freshwater after a long day out lure fishing. Having your equipment is good working order ensures many mishaps do not happen. Lure rods are delicate so a simple inexpensive thing like a plastic tube in your car will protect them greatly.
Expensive equipment is not a requirement for successful bass fishing. Buy practical gear that works not what is ‘in fashion’ at the time. Spend your money wisely is my advice, do not spend a great deal of money before understanding more about what you intend buying and how or why it works.
If you are interested in taking up lure fishing for Bass or wish to develop your existing skills further our workshops are a great way to kick start the 2014 season off to a good start.