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.
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.
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 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
Types of 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 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.
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.