There is no reason to bring a large amount of tackle when fishing from the shore. The angler who brings two fishing rods and a compact tackle box will have the ability to get to some places along the shore that those carrying more gear will not. Fishing from shore often involves trying to get to some tight places, with overgrown paths and downed trees sometimes making it necessary to leave a larger tackle box behind. A backpack that can hold smallish utility boxes comes in very handy for the shore fisherman.
The bait that shore-bound bass anglers use should match the scenario they are fishing. Those who cannot reach deep water and must cast into the shallows should focus on using jerkbaits, spinners, buzzbaits, and topwater plugs. In the colder months, bass will go for plastic worms, jigs, and other baits that the angler should fish at a slower pace. If you can reach heavy weeds with your casts, try weedless spoons, plastic frogs, and other surface baits that will not snag easily.
When fishing from shore, whether at a river, small pond, or larger lake or reservoir, the bass angler needs to be quiet and deliberate. Bass realize that many of their troubles come from shore in the form of various predators. That makes them very in tune with the happenings on shore. The person who makes lots of noise and vibrations as he comes down to the water's edge to fish will immediately frighten many bass into the deeper water and beyond reach.
An angler should keep silent, staying some distance from the shore while making that initial cast. He should also pay attention to the shadows he casts on the water.
Along the Bank
The tendency of many people is to cast straight out from where they stand along a river. However, many times bass will stay close to the riverbank, especially on a hot day when the trees along the bank offer protection from the sun. The astute angler will cast a line parallel to the shoreline, looking to catch the bass close to the bank. After exploring those spots, the angler can then cast in different directions.
One piece of equipment that will enhance a shore angler's chance of landing bass is a pair of polarized sunglasses. Those will let the person see fish in the water, as well as submerged cover such as logs and rocks. Also, because snags that occur when fishing from shore invariably are pulled free by the angler, sunglasses could actually wind up protecting the eyes from a flying hook or lure jerked free from a snag.