Bass fishing tackle generally comprises just a few items and they include a fishing rod and reel, a variety of lures, and some fishing line. That being said, the variety of options differs across brands and manufacturers. Your choice of bass fishing tackle determines your success in landing trophy catches.
Rod and reel
You can opt for spincasting, spinning or baitcasting rods and reels. Bass fishing rods can be made of either graphite or fiberglass, with the material woven into cloth-like sheets. Finer woven material means a faster action rod, with the modulus indicative of the weave. Graphite rods come with 33- to 60-million modulus while fiberglass rods come with 6 to 13 million modulus. A stiff, fast and light rod, which also boasts greater sensitivity, comes with a high modulus, which unfortunately also means a more brittle pole.
Rod blanks also differ, with premium quality ones having a specific action and a lightweight design. For rods to provide the right action, manufacturers invest many hours on their products. The rod handle can be constructed using foam, cork or wood. You will want the handle to offer a comfortable, ergonomic fit in your hand while being firm enough to ensure the right level of sensitivity.
Make sure the reel seat is made of sturdy composite material and fits all popular brands of reels securely. Check out modern design reel seats with cutouts that offer better sensitivity because you can actually feel the rod blank in your hand. In addition, make sure the ceramic line guides are of top quality, with a low profile and lightweight design.
A good spinning reel should be able to withstand regular exposure to the harsh environment of brackish or saltwater. The line capacity you want is determined by the targeted species, with muskie and large and aggressive offshore species including sailfish and tarpon being subdued through sufficient line capacity that supports long runs as well as an efficient drag system to handle the heat. Poor quality reels give a lousy performance with vibration and noise. Look for models with quality bearings even though those components are only few. A smoother retrieve is guaranteed by good quality bearings and when comparing products on these terms, even 10 poor quality bearings are no match for only 4 or 6 high quality ones that offer superior salt corrosion resistance. You want a lightweight reel to support long days of casting. All-metal reels are popular because of their durability. However, there are also graphite or copolymer reels and hybrids of copolymer and graphite. Quality machining is vital to ensure tighter tolerances. This in turn ensures secure, wobble-free attachment and smooth cranking.
To ensure a fantastic outing, you will want to have an assortment of bass lures on hand. Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are best used with sensitive, lightweight 6.5 to 7-foot rods having a medium/soft tip and medium action. For continuous casting of topwater lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits, a sensitive and lightweight 6- to 7-foot medium-action or light action fiberglass rod is ideal. For casting jigs and worms, check out lightweight and highly sensitive graphite rods 6.5 to 7.5 feet long and with medium light tip and medium action. For pitching and flipping, you want a 7.5-foot lightweight rod with a medium fast tip and stiff backbone.