Which features do I need in a bass fishing reel and rod?

It depends on what type of bass fishing you plan to do. There is no one Do-It-All rod. Are you going to be pitching jigs in heavy cover, or fishing platic worms, or maybe just throwing spinners and crankbaits?

Bass can run large, and they put up a big fisht, so you need a rod strong enough to pull them from cover before they can hang you up. Likewise, you reel needs to have strong enough gears to crank against the pull of a large, ticked-off fish. In open water, you can get away with a little less, but bass are seldom in open water.

For Live Bait fishing, I’d recommend a 6′ meduim action bait-casting rod and an Ammbassaduer, or similar type bait-casting reel.

For casting light lures and spinners, I’d go with a 7′ medium action spinning rod and a good medium sized spinning reel. Avoid off-brands and stick to proven models such as Zebco, Garcia and Okuma.

For casting buzz-baits and jigs in heavy cover, I’d recommend a 10-12 foot heavy action rod, and an oval-shaped bait-casting.reel. I would also recommend this for fishing with plastic worms.

Happy Fishing.


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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