Gear Up! Bass

While I can argue few people are better Trout Fisherman than myself, the same is not true for bass. I love bass fishing, but in Oregon, it’s hard to consider yourself a serious bass fisherman just because of the limited fisheries we have here. Still, I catch a lot of bass.

This was arguably my favorite bass in recent years. It wasn’t the biggest, but this four-pounder crushed a crappie jig and put up an awesome fight on my ultralight.

I’ve landed thousands of bass, with most of those being Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass. There are a few Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, and Yellow Bass mixed in. I haven’t landed my ten-pounder (apart from Stripers) yet, but it will come with time.

Gear for BASS
The most serious bass fishermen keep a dozen or more specialized rods on their boat at any given time. I’m serious, but not that serious. I usually carry two rods when fishing from shore and three to five when fishing on my boat, each with a specialized purpose.

If you’re throwing swimbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, or topwaters…
My First Choice: Lews Speed Stick TP-1 IM8 Spinning Rod 7′ 1″
Value Pick: Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod – 7′

If you’re throwing Senkos, other plastics, or jigs…
My First Choice: G. Loomis E6X Spinning Jig Rod 7′ Medium-Heavy
Value Pick: Shimano Convergence 6′ 6″

If you’re throwing massive swimbaits, crankbaits, or topwaters…
My First Choice: Shimano Trevala S Series 135
Value Pick: Ugly Stik Elite Salmon Rod 8′ 6″ Heavy

Baitcasters look cool, but they don’t add functionality to most bass fishing. For that reason, I almost exclusively use spinning reels.

No matter what you’re throwing, consider these reels…
My First Choice: Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 4000 XG FB
Value Pick: Pflueger 6940 President Spinning Fishing Reel

If you’re throwing swimbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, or topwaters…
Use Berkley IronSilk – 12 lb.

If you’re throwing Senkos, other plastics, or jigs…
Use Power Pro Super Slick – 20 or 30 lb.
And, as a leader use P-Line Fluoroclear – 20 lb.

If you’re throwing massive swimbaits, crankbaits, or topwaters…
Use Power Pro Super Slick – 50 lb.
And, if you opt for a leader, use P-Line Fluoroclear – 30 lb.

Most bass fisherman lip their bass. If you do choose to use a net, try these out.

If you usually fish alone in a boat or with a buddy from a boat or shore…
Then you should use an Ego S2 Slider 22-Inch Landing Net

If you fish alone from shore or from a kayak…
Then you want an Ego Small Rubber Landing Net.

Plastics for BASS
You can throw whatever you want, but more bass have been caught on 5-inch Senkos than anything else. It’s not even close.

Grab at least half a dozen colors of real Gary Yamamoto 5″ Senkos. My perennial favorites are Black, Bubblegum, Cream White, Smoke, and Watermelon.

Rig them wacky or weedless on Owner or Gamakatsu 3/0 Worm Hooks.

Some game cut a Senko in half, put it on a 1/4 Ounce jighead, and named it after himself. This is the lure that gets laughed at, but it works. Don’t waste money on Ned Plastics; instead just wait til a bass breaks your Senko in half and recycle it.

Put your halved Senko on a Ned/Mushroom Jighead.

Other Plastics
There is so much out there, it’s hard to list. I carry honestly never use lizards or crawfish, but they can be effective. Just experiment.

Swimbaits for BASS
Always have a rod with a 4.8” Keitech Swing Impact Fat Swimbait in some variant of White, Black, or Green.

You should use VMC 1/4 or 1/2 Oz Swimbait Jigheads in White or Bluegill.

There are a lot out there, but it’s hard to beat the 4- or 5-inch WildEye Swim Shad.
If you’re fishing rivers, use the LiveTarget Paddletail Goby.

Nowadays, everyone should have a Huddleston 8″ Rainbow Trout.
For a lot less money, you can also get a Savage Gear 3D Real Trout.

Topwaters for BASS
My all-time favorite topwater is the Rebel Pop-R.

I’ve tried others, but you’re better off just having a selection of these.

Don’t expect to work it for more than an hour because you’ll get tired, but I like both a smaller Zara Puppy and a larger Zara Super Spook.

It goes without saying you need some Buzzbaits. I’ve never noticed a difference with color choice because I usually only use them in low light.

You’ll also want a Small Whopper Plopper and a Large Whopper Plopper.

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