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Bass Fishing Gear Packing List
Bass fishing is simply one of the most exciting activities one can take up. However, planning for a bass fishing trip and particularly the equipment that you will need for the fishing trip can be a daunting task; even more if you are a novice. This list highlights the most basic and most essential bass fishing gear that every angler – irrespective of experience level – needs.
1. Rod, Reel & Fishing Lines
Rod, reel and fishing line is by far the first thing to pack for a fishing trip. Kind of a no brainer, but crazier things have happened. Choosing the most appropriate rod, reel and fishing line is important when it comes to bass fishing.
Having the right rod, reel and line can go a long way in improving your ability to cast and subsequently, the potential to catch bass. Some of the things to consider when choosing the rod, reel and fishing line is the expected level of action as well as the speed.
2. An Assortment Of Lures
The next most basic bass fishing gear that every bass angler must have is an assortment of lures. According to many professional bass anglers, there are five must have types of lures.
Crankbait – Not only are crankbait easy to use, but they can also be used to cover large areas of water. For clear waters, crankbait that has natural hues are the most suitable while brightly colored crankbait is best for dark and murky waters.
Spinnerbait – One good thing about Spinnerbait is that they can be used for both fast fishing and slow fishing. They are also quite easy to use. Be sure to include spinnerbait of different colors and patterns as well.
Fishing Jigs – Jigs have the advantage of being versatile and being very productive especially if they are used in the right manner and for the right situations.
Plastic worms an live bait such as frogs, can be extremely productive when fishing for the large bass.
3. Tackle Box
Having a well-stocked tackle box is also necessary for bass fishing. While numerous types of bass fishing gear could be carried in a tackle box, an essential include; hooks, weights, swivels, an extra fishing line, line cutters (either a knife or pair of clippers), leaders, needle nose pliers and sinkers.
4. Sunscreen And Polarized Sunglasses
Bass fishing may require you to stay out in the sun for long hours. Because of the increased exposure to the sun, there is a need to protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays that may cause sunburns.
Just to make sure you never forget to apply sunscreen, be sure to keep a bottle in the tackle box. Polarized sunglasses, on the other hand, are crucial as they help to protect your eyes from the light bouncing off the surface of the water.
Aside from protecting the eyes, polarized sunglasses also enhance visibility making it easier to spot fish and rocks below the surface of the water.
5. First Aid Kit
Anything could go wrong when bass fishing. You may end up sustaining small injuries while handling equipment such as hooks and clippers or even getting overuse injuries due to the repetitive hand motions such as casting and reeling in bass. A small first aid kit is therefore among the must have bass fishing gear. Make sure to include waterproof medical tapes and band-aids in the kit.
Lastly, it would be important to remember to get a fishing license or permit, or you may get in trouble with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for not following their regulations.