What to look for in a bass fishing reel and rod

When bass fishing the reel and rod you use can mean all the difference in the world. It can determine if you come home with a nice catch or if you return home empty handed. The right rod and reel combination will make it easier to get the bait in the strike zone, tell when you have a bite and make it easier for you to reel in the catch when you do hook a bass.

You don’t have to buy the most expensive fishing rod and reel on the market but they do need to have certain qualities in order to perform correctly and enhance your fishing trip. The information below will help give you an idea of what to look for in a bass fishing reel and rod so you can make a good choice when purchasing your gear.

Bass Fishing Reels

There are several types of reels on the market designed for different jobs and they all perform a little differently. When choosing a reel, you need to take into consideration a number of things. For example, how much experience do you have bass fishing? What type of fishing do you plan to do and how often do you plan to fish?

If you plan to do a lot of fishing, you’ll need more than one type of bass fishing reel so you can experiment with a variety of techniques.

As a general rule, most anglers who are new to the sport will choose a spin casting reel because these are the easiest to learn on. You can always move up to a baitcasting reel after you’ve been fishing for awhile.
Regardless of which type of fishing you plan to do or which type of reel you choose there are a few things you should look for to make selecting the best one easier. These are listed below:

* Features- Reels are designed with a number of different features ranging from the simple to the complicated. It’s recommended that you only buy a reel with features that you can use. Extra features that you’ll never use will just get in the way and can hinder your fishing experience. However, it would be wise to get one with a good drag system.
* Durability- If you want durability then you’ll need to buy good quality reels that will hold up to regular use. The bass is a strong species that will fight you to the end and a weak reel just won’t get the job done. You’ll be replacing it soon if you do a lot of fishing.
* Line Capacity- The best bass reels are the ones that will hold at least one hundred yards of 10 to 20 pound test line.
* Gear Ratio- The gear ratio is the number of times the fishing line spool will revolve each time the handle makes a complete turn. The low gear ratio works great in deep water and the high gear ratio work best when fishing for active bass because you can retrieve the line faster.
* Ball Bearings- The more ball bearings a reel is designed with the better. This is what determines how smooth the cast and retrieval will be. However, the ball bearings used must be of good quality to make a difference and last for any length of time.

Look for these things when picking out a reel for bass fishing and you should end up with a good quality reel that will help make your fishing adventures more fun and productive.

Bass Fishing Rods

When it comes to fishing rods the right one can greatly enhance your fishing experience just as the wrong one can hinder it. One of the first things to look for in a bass fishing rod is size. The size of the rod does make a difference because it affects the way you handle it.

If it’s too large or too heavy, you’ll be straining and uncomfortable when fishing and this certainly hinders the experience. However, long rods will cast further so you do want to use the longest one that is suited for your stature if this is important to you.

Light action bass fishing rods are more flexible but fast action rods are usually more sensitive making it easier to feel when you get a bite. Just like when shopping for fishing reels, you need to look for rods made from good quality materials. These will last longer, perform better and help increase the number of bass you can catch.
Graphite and fiberglass are the most popular because they are lightweight and durable.

The fishing rod and reel must be compatible with each other in order to function properly so, take this into consideration when you buy the rod and reel separately. Look for something that suits your style and personality along with your statue and you should have a great set that enhances your fishing experience allowing you to bring home more bass.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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