If you take fishing seriously, it is your duty to at least try to catch many different diverse species of fish. Not the endangered ones, naturally, but a bit of a wider selection than the ones you get in you home town.
Bass fishing can be a way to expand your repertoire and a very rewarding hobby at the same time. It’s also one that can be fairly easily adopted, and that is easily learned. In this post, we will look at what you need to get started, and where to start out.
Get the Right Gear
Do you have a boat? Unless you have a spare set of oars on on board you don’t want to be caught with a dead battery in the water. Make sure your marine battery chargers are working so that your boat is always fully charged when you launch.
Our advice is that you should look at getting some decent gear. You do not need the most expensive rod and reel on the market, but do choose a quality brand that won’t let you down. It is tempting to choose a bigger set, like a seven-footer and matching reel, but start with something smaller.
Smaller and lighter in this case. Something like a five-footer that is extremely light. Why? Because if you really want to pit yourself against these wily fish, you need to even the playing fields a bit. With a heavier rod and reel, you’ll pull them in for sure, but it won’t be much of a challenge.
Buy smaller gear at the outset and then, when you have had more practice, go up a few sizes so that you can catch those behemoths out there.
Bait the Hook
It is fun buying every single piece of tackle that you can lay your hands on. It’s fun choosing from all the different options. However, it’s not cost effective. It is a dead certainty that you will use about 10% to 15% of the same tackle 80% of the time anyway.
Do stock up on some crankbaits. You will need both a deep and shallow diver. As for color, you have a wide selection. Bass are not to fussed about the color of the bas. Buy one really bright crankbait and one neutrally colored one in both the deep and shallow divers.
Your spinnerbaits are next on the list. The Terminator is a great one to start off with but do use the same tactic as we discussed with the crankbaits. Choose some in a neutral more natural shade and then some with neon-bright colors. That way it won’t matter what conditions you are working under.
Next up, you want to get some plastic worms. If you feel energetic, you can go and dig up real earthworms but do realize that it takes some time to convince a bass to take the bait. As a result, plastic worms in a natural finish should always be in your tackle box.
Hitting the Water
Do you have a local fishing club? Can they help you out in finding a smaller pool or dam of water? Starting off in the shallows of a smaller pool makes sense because there is less space for the fish to hide. That way, you get to practice your technique and have something to show for it.
You are not going to have any record-breaking catches, but you will also know that you are using the right technique and build your confidence. From there, it’s time to move on to bigger and better bass.