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How to choose bass fishing equipment

Bass fishing is an exciting activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Choosing the proper gear will make it easier for you to be successful. 

Rods

Spinning rods

Spinning rods should be accompanied with a spinning reel. The reel seat faces down and they have larger guides than casting rods, which helps to manage line on casts. Spinning rods are more versatile and often used in a multitude of scenarios. 
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Casting rods

Casting rods are generally used by intermediate to avid anglers and are 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 heavier weight lines when fishing amongst weeds and stumps.
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Reels

Spinning reels

Spinning reels are the most common reel on the market and are versatile enough that they can 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.  

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Spin cast reels

Spin cast reels are a great choice for beginner or intermediate anglers because of their ease of use. The covered spool protects against line tangle. Casting tends to be easier, but they will not cast as far as a spinning reel.

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Baitcasting reels

Baitcasting reels are more popular with advanced anglers for their casting distance and accuracy, powerful retrieves and tackle handling abilities. Anglers can control the speed at which the spool turns and the distance the fishing line travels. 

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Combos

Spinning combos

Spinning combos have an open face (spinning) reel and larger guides. The larger guides help manage your line and allow you to cast farther. They are a great choice when using lighter lures such as small crankbaits, grubs and tubes. Spinning combos are easy to use and are a popular choice by anglers of all skill levels. 

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Spincasting combos

Spincasting combos have a closed faced reel and are most commonly used by beginner anglers. They are easy to use and come pre-spooled with line.

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Baitcasting combos

Baitcasting combos have a low profile casting reel 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 deep diving crankbaits, spinner baits and flipping jigs.

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Fishing Line

Monofilament

Monofilament is generally more forgiving than any other fishing line. You can tie just about any kind of knot with mono without having to worry about it slipping. It can also offer more stretch than any other line, which acts as a shock absorber on bigger fish, helping you land that trophy. It is recommended that you use 6-12 lb. test line for bass. 

Braided or fused lines

These lines are the ultimate in sensitivity because they have zero stretch, which means you feel everything. They're typically thinner, allowing greater line capacity on the spool. Standard fishing knots tend to slip with braid and fused line, so it is highly recommended that 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 anglers since it has the same refractive index to water, making it virtually invisible 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 many different shapes, sizes and colours. When selecting the best bait, you should consider what type of bass you will be fishing for. A variety of conditions, like water colour and clarity, will dictate which colours should be used to increase success.  

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Spinner baits

Spinner baits create a lot of flash and turbulence, which mimics the wounded bait that naturally attract bass in the wild. These baits come in a variety of different colours and weights and are typically weedless to allow fishing in different depths and conditions. 

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Topwater lures

Topwater lures can be one of the most exciting techniques to fish because of the aggressive strike. 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.

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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. 

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Boxes

Soft tackle boxes

Soft tackle boxes allow anglers to customize how they organize their tackle. Most come with plastic trays that can easily be removed and have several zipper pockets for additional storage. 

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Hard tackle boxes

Hard tackle boxes have a tier shelf system that lifts up when the lid is opened, making it an efficient way to store all your tackle. The hard shell offers protection during transportation and keeps your gear dry if left outside. 

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Types of Bass

Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass are known for their fight with explosive strikes and impressive acrobatics. They are a shallow water fish that can often be found around submerged logs and underneath lily pads. Largemouth generally feed on baitfish, frogs, crayfish and insects. 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 very aggressive and often jump completely out of the water when the fight is on. They can be found in varying conditions in rivers, streams and lakes with rocky shorelines. Smallmouth generally feed on crayfish, insects and minnows. Don’t forget to check your local regulations to make sure they are in season before you plan to go fishing. 

Bass fishing season

It is recommended that you visit your Ministry of Natural Resources Provincial website to determine when bass season opens in your area. The most popular months to fish bass are July, August and September, when the water temperatures are warmer and the fish are generally more aggressive. 

License

Don’t forget your fishing license

To start fishing, you will need to obtain a valid fishing license. Visit your provincial Ministry of Natural Resources website to learn more about the regulations and how to purchase a fishing license. 

Catch and release

When possible, remember to practice catch and release when fishing to help preserve fish populations for the future of fishing in Canada.

Rods

Reels

Combos

Fishing Line

Lures and Soft Baits

Boxes

Types of Bass

License