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.
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.
Baitcasters look cool, but they don’t add functionality to most bass fishing. For that reason, I almost exclusively use spinning reels.
If you’re throwing swimbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, or topwaters…
Use Berkley IronSilk – 12 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.