How to Choose Bass Fishing Equipment
Bass fishing is an exciting activity that can be enjoyed by anyone. Choosing the proper gear can make it easier for you to successfully catch a bass. Check out the tips from our experts on how to have a successful bass trip this summer.
Spinning rods: Spinning rods should always be accompanied with a spinning reel. The reel faces down, and they have larger guides than casting rods, helps to manage your line on casts. Spinning rods are versatile and often used in many different scenarios.
Casting rods: Casting rods are typically used by avid anglers and are much more powerful than spinning rods. The reel’s seat faces up and should be fished with a low-profile bait cast reel. They are typically used with a heavier weight when fishing in swampier areas.
Spinning reels: Spinning reels are the most common reel on the market and are versatile enough to be used by anglers of all skill levels. The spool is exposed on the outside of the reel, which allows for easier access when spooling new line or dealing with line twist.
Spin cast reels: Spin cast reels are a great option for a beginner or intermediate anglers because of their ease of use. The covered spool protects against line tangle, and casting tends to be easier. However, they will not cast as far as a spinning reel.
Baitcasting reels: Baitcasting reels are popular with advanced anglers for their casting accuracy and distance, powerful tackling handling abilities, and powerful retrieval. Anglers can control the speed at which the spool turns and the distance the fishing line travels.
Spinning combos: Spinning combos have an open face and larger guides. The larger guides help you cast further and help manage your line. They are the perfect choice when using lighter lures such as small crankbaits, tubes, and grubs. Spinning combinations are easy to use and are a popular choice by anglers of all skill levels.
Spin casting combos: Spincasting combinations have a closed faced reel and are most used by beginner anglers. They come pre-spooled with line and are easy to use.
Baitcasting combos: Baitcasting combinations have a low profile that sits on top of the rod for an ergonomic feel. They are designed to use heavier lines and are a great choice when using larger lures like spinner baits, flipping jigs, and deep diving crankbaits.
Monofilament: Monofilament is more forgiving than any other fishing line. You can tie almost any knot with monofilament without having to worry about it slipping or snapping. It offers more stretch than any other line which can act as a shock absorber to bigger fish. It is recommended that you use a 6-12 lb. test line to catch bass.
Braided or fused lines: Braided or fused lines are the ultimate in sensitivity because they have no stretch, which means you feel every tension on your fishing line. Braided or fused lines are typically thinner, allowing greater line capacity on the spool. Standard fishing knots tend to slip with braid and fused line, so it is recommended you tie a Palomar knot. It is recommended to spool up 15-50 lb test line for bass depending on the conditions you are fishing.
Fluorocarbon: Fluorocarbon is a popular choice with fishers since it has the same refractive index to water, making it invisible in the water to fish. It sinks and has more abrasion resistance than many nylon monofilaments, which is why many anglers connect fluorocarbon to their braided line and use it as leader material. It is recommended to use 8-20 lb test line for bass.
Lures and Soft Baits
Soft plastic: Soft plastic lures come in a variety of sizes, colours, and shapes. When selecting the perfect bait, you should consider what type of bass you are looking to catch. A variety of factors, like water colour and clarity will decide what colours should be used to increase your chances of success.
Spinner baits: Spinner baits create flash and turbulence in the water, which mimics the wounded bait that naturally attract bass in the wild. These baits come in a variety of different styles and are typically weightless to allow fishing in different depths and conditions.
Topwater lures: Topwater lures can be some of the most exciting techniques to fish because of the aggressive strike they provoke. These surface baits are buoyant and are typically jerked or twitched across open water or over lily pads to imitate frogs, mice, minnows, or insects that bass feed on.
Crankbaits: Crankbaits come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. These types of baits imitate minnows and other types of swimming prey. The lip of the crankbait is designed to get the bait down to a specific depth. Generally, the larger the lip, the deeper the crankbait will dive.
Soft tackle boxes: Soft tackle boxes allow anglers to customize how they store their tackle. Most come with plastic trays that can easily be removed and have several zipper pockets for additional storage.
Hard tackle boxes: Hard tackle boxes have a tiered shelf system that lifts up when the lid is opened, making it an easy way to store all of your tackle. The hard shell keeps your gear dry if left outside and offers protection during transportation.
Types of Bass
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass are known for their fight with impressive acrobatics and explosive strikes. They are a shallow water fish that can often be found underneath lily pads and around submerged logs. Largemouth generally feed on frogs, insects, baitfish, and crayfish. Don’t forget to check your local regulations to make sure they are in season before you plan to go fishing.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass are aggressive and often jump completely out of the water when the fight is on. They can be found in different conditions like streams, rivers, and lakes with rocky shorelines. Smallmouth bass typically feed on crayfish, insects, and minnows. Don’t forget to check your local regulations to make sure they are in season before you plan on going fishing.
Bass fishing Season
Always visit your ministry of Natural Resources Provincial website to determine when bass season opens in your area. The most popular months to catch bass are July, August, and September, when the fish are more aggressive, and the water temperatures are warmer.
To fish, you will need a valid fishing license. Visit your provincial Ministry of Natural Resources website to learn more about how to purchase a fishing license and learn more about the regulations in your area.
Catch and release:
When possible, remember the practice catching and released to help preserve the fish population for the future of fishing in Canada.