Introduction to Bass Fishing Tackle

Bass fishing is one of the most common sports. People love it because bass can be found all over the country, it is easy to learn to fish and bass can grow up to 20lbs. Beginners will need to choose fishing tackle that is versatile and can be used in the most common situations.  This article lists some of the main bass fishing tackle necessary for a successful fishing trip.

Fishing rod and reel – There are different options available when selecting bass fishing reels to go together with your fishing rod. The most popular reels for bass fishing include Baitcast reels, Spincast reel and the Spinning reel. Each of these reels works in a different way. The Bait casting reel is the most difficult to use for beginners but it is very accurate and strong. The Spin casting reel is more simpler to learn on and more comfortable to use. The Spinning reel is widely used and the second easiest to use after the Spin caster. It is recommended that beginners use an open faced spinning reel which is more manageable. Bass fishing rods are typically made from graphite or fiberglass. Graphite is the preferred type because it is lighter and stiffer than fiberglass. A good bass rod should have a heavy strong butt, and a sensitive tip. Just like rods and reels for other types of fishing, it is important that the bass fishing rod and the fishing reel are balanced. Do not use a heavier reel as this would impair the balance and sensitivity of the rod.   For beginners choose a 6 1/2 foot medium action rod.

Mono or Braided Fishing line – Fishing lines come in many styles and strengths. Beginners should use low visibility green mono-filament lines and a 10 pound line which is suitable for most situations.

Hooks and Terminal tackle – It is important to have some hooks, weights and terminal tackle like swivels and split rings in your tackle box. To create the right presentation and to catch more bass you will need to select the proper hooks, weights and swivels. Get a variety of weights between 1/8oz and 1/2oz weights. The common being the bullet head weight and drop shot weight. For the hooks, the popular ones are a worm hook and a drop shot hook. Make sure they are razor sharp and very strong so that you easily catch the fish. Get some barrel swivels and split rings to prevent the line from twisting and tangling and also to help make rigs.

Live or Artificial Baits – There are different types of lures and baits that can be used to catch bass. These include bass fishing spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, live bait and surface lures. Artificial plastic bait is more commonly used to catch bass. Soft plastic ones in a green pumpkin color are preferred. A spinnerbait is also preferred by most anglers. They can be used at the surface and also at the bottom of the water body. They are easy to use and you can be certain to catch some bass. Crankbait is another type of bait necessary for your tackle box. They are easy to use and can catch fish all year round.

Tacklebox or Tackle Backpack – This is vital to keep all your lures neatly. Get one that is clear so that you are able to see what is inside. Make sure that it is one that has removable dividers so you can customize the compartments.  Click here to read about our recommended tackle backpacks.

Other equipment – Ensure that you fill your tackle box with essentials such as line clippers, needle nose pliers to remove the hooks from the bass and a sharpening stone to sharpen your hooks with.