How to Set up a Bass Tackle Box

How to Set up a Bass Tackle Box
Bass fishermen need to have a tackle box full of the proper equipment and lures to be able to consistently have successful days on the water. A bass tackle box needs to be set up in such a manner as to offer the angler a large variety of baits. On the market today are countless lures that work for bass, so the savvy fisherman targeting largemouth and smallmouth bass needs to have every type represented.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Purchase the necessary accessories that all anglers utilize. Buy fishing pliers, a tool for hook removal, snaps and swivels, hook sharpeners, bug spray, extra fishing line, a fishing scale, a knife and a first-aid kit. Keep your fishing "tools" apart from the rest of the tackle in a section of the tackle box where you can get to them quickly.
Step 2
Have a good selection of rubber or plastic worms in your tackle box. Buy them in many different colors. If you use rubber worms you will need worm hooks as well as worm weights, such as bullet sinkers which are used for different types of plastic worm rigs. Other bass-catching plastics include lizards, frogs and crayfish replicas. Keep these plastics separated from your other lures since they often are covered with fish-attracting scents and chemicals that can react with your other baits. Use a soft plastic storage case that can fit inside your tackle box for this purpose.
Step 3
Obtain a selection of crankbaits, buzzbaits, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. These different lures are excellent choices for bass fishing in various conditions from deeper water to weed-filled shallows. These lures can be kept either in your tackle box drawers or in clear utility boxes made out of plastic, with separate boxes for each type of lure.
Step 4
Get a number of jigheads of different weights and sizes. These can also be kept in drawers or in separate plastic containers. Along with the jigheads buy some plastic tubes and other small plastic baits that go on the jighead to simulate small baitfish.
Step 5
Include some topwater lures such as poppers and surface plugs. These are ideal at dawn and at dusk when conditions are calm. Some of these lures tend to be larger and will need a spot in the tackle box that is big enough to accommodate them, such as the larger drawers.
Step 6
Consider having two or three tackle boxes set up specifically for the locations you will fish. For example, if you are going to be fishing in a lily pad-covered shallow pond or lake you could have one box set up with plastic worms and buzzbaits that work well in heavy vegetation, and leave the deeper water lures home.

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