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Bass Fishing Tools of the Trade

Introduction

Having the right equipment, knowing how to best use it, when and how, (also how not to use it and what it is not suitable for), can all help you in your bass fishing adventures. Getting a thorough understanding of the basics when it comes to rods, reels, line, hooks, weights, bobbers, sinkers, lures, sensors, and other equipment (hats, vests, nets, scents, scissors etc.) will give you an appreciation for having the right tools for the task at hand.

As a highly participatory and engaging sport, bass fishing is simply almost unparalleled in the vast amount of styles and tools to use. From quiet streams and tranquil lakes to open sea and rushing rivers – there is something for everyone. If you are looking for quick tips on the right equipment most suited to your purpose, and the techniques to master to catch bass in any conditions, we hope this write-up will enlighten and inspire you as you delve right into the utilities of the fishing. Some tools of bass fishing we will be focusing on are:

  • Rods, reels, lines and hooks
  • Tackle: lures and bait – live or artificial

Debates on the best tools are well known and well published in existing literature. We take a more practical approach and look at what you will actually need to hook your next big one – besides random chance and luck, that is. We like to point out that picking the right equipment means a lot of different thing to different people. Each angler has his/her own interpretation of what that means, varying skill level, physical characteristics and strengths/weaknesses, so we will not profess to knowing what is right for you.

Tackle

Many say that only those people who live along the seashore get fond of fishing. Most working individuals who live in the cities find more interest to go fishing particularly during weekends when they tend to have their rest after a long week pressure in work.

Most people who get into bass fishing spend a fair amount of money up front just to buy the necessary equipment for their new hobby. This includes the baits, fishing rod and even the boats that they plan to use when they go fishing.

Lots of boxes full of lures and baits can be found when you deal about bass fishing. They had been used once or twice and sometimes anglers would suddenly realize that these lures would serve its purpose anyway, so they shouldn’t regret even though they spend a lot of money just to purchase such stuffs.

If this is your motivation for most of your lure purchases, then before you walk into the tackle shop again and spend some more of your hard earned money, you may want to take some advice first from someone who has been there and done that, so you wouldn’t spare any regret in the end.

Most of the anglers usually go to their favorite tackle departments and try to check on the different selections of offerings that they are thinking and planning to purchase. One of the examples of the things that you can realize after visiting your most favorites tackle department is that, fisherman should take it more significantly to look at their lures as tools and not as toys.

Moreover, aside from the necessity of knowing the right tool to be used, for a successful and dedicated bass fisherman, it is a significant consideration that they must try to know the proper manner of using it and under which conditions.

To give you a clear picture of it, here is a very basic instance. Just try to consider this scenario: If a miner is hired to drill a tunnel through bedrock, it would be unproductive to use a bit that is designed to drill through sand or topsoil.

The same analysis applies to bass fishing: remember that lures are intended to be used in certain situations and conditions. To throw jerk bait with three sets of treble hooks on to a mat of floating moss is the same as attempting to drill through granite with a sand bit. You have to use the proper tool for the conditions at hand.

Lures are used to catch fish but you must bear in mind that by simply throwing your lures in the water, it is already a guarantee that the fish will get  near to you and take the lure as you wish. Bass Fishing needs a lot of considerations, such as the weather condition, the season, the type of body of water (be it natural lake, reservoir etc.). This is just the right time that you will determine where the fish can be found and the time when you can decide on the right lure to be used.

This may seem like a lot of thinking to do on a day of recreating. But of course, the more time you spend on the water, practicing these techniques starts to become second nature and you'll spend much less time organizing expensive lures that don't seem to work. This is already a big help for you anyway.

Remember that there is no substitute for experience, as the saying goes, and there is no opportunity better than fishing to prove that maxim true. So the next time you are in the tackle shop, stop for a minute and think about what you are doing, do not do things without even thinking about it.

Lures

Bass fishing has evolved to a near cult popularity with so many anglers through the years that there have been so many products made, clubs formed, and articles written about it. Here you will read about the types of Bass fishing lures you can use to catch them. Also, there is also a list on the necessary equipment to have when going bass fishing.

The type of bass that will bite almost anything is the largemouth bass. Minnows, worms, or other live bait, plus poppers or streamers presented with a fly rod, or plugs thrown from a casting or spinning rod are ways where they can be caught. Since bass is usually associated with weeds, a weedless bait will often be necessary. Morning and evening are the best fishing times when warm months come. They usually like to stay in warm water and warm weather. There is only little bite during winters.

Smallmouth bass pound for pound are the scrappiest fish of all fresh water bass. They are usually associated with a rocky stream or lake environment where its favorite food, the crayfish, is plentiful. The best lake fishing takes place in the month in June and just after, the spawning season, and in early fall. Natural lure like hellgrammites, dragonfly larvae and crayfish are especially useful during early morning or late evening. Most likely, the best artificial lures are those who are used on the surface. Light tackle is ideal. Fish quietly, casting toward rocks or logs, keeping the rod tip up and the line tight. Many fishermen debate on the colors used for their lures. This may vary on the bass fish that is to be caught.

Fishing requires more than just a simple fishing rod and some lure for serious fisherman. People who fish for leisure are those who fish because it’s their hobby, they can have some tools and accessories that will help them make it easier and be able to catch more fish. Here are some suggested tools for starters that will help them improve in catching fish:

Fishing Rod

The most important piece of equipment and should be chosen with care.  A basic rod-and-reel set is enough for beginners. It is necessarily important to have more featured materials. The most important is that you should learn how to use the rod and be comfortable to it before moving into another difficult type of equipment. Professional fisherman can experiment different types of rod for them to know what works best for them.

When buying a fishing rod, know before you enter the store what kind of fishing you'll be doing, and under what conditions. Rods come from different varieties of materials, from wood laminates to fiberglass to carbon fiber. Rod handles should fit securely in your palm, and practice casting with the rod, to test how flexible and easy to use it is. In addition have the proper length of the rod. For using lighter lure, or catching tiny fish, a 4 inch to 6 inch rod is advisable to use. For using larger lure, which gets larger fishes or casting longer distances, a rod of at least 6 inches may be required.

Tackle Box or Fly Box

In fishing it requires a lot of supplies and you need a something big to store all your gears. Spend in a durable tackle box, in which you can store your entire lure, keeping it easily to get to. Styles are classified into simple and inexpensive, and large and costly. Fishermen may only need something small, but the more advanced fishermen may want something handier. Furthermore, you should consider a fly box. Small enough to fit a vest pocket and allows you to keep them with you as needed.


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