Average Rod and Reel
Anglers can spend between about $50 and $100 to purchase a rod and reel combination that will serve them well in most bass-fishing situations. A spinning rod and reel is a good choice, and anglers should select one that is medium-heavy action and 6.5 feet in length. Graphite rods are the most sensitive, and anglers should select the spinning reel that is within their budget and has the most ball bearings. This combination is a good all-purpose setup; once a fisherman has more money to spend, he can buy rods and reels for specific situations.
In most instances, 8-pound test line is sufficient for spooling on a spinning rod and reel and fishing for bass. Anglers should opt for heavier line if they plan to fish around heavy cover or in places where snags are abundant. If they are targeting large bass, anglers should choose heavier line, such as 10-pound test.
A selection of lures
Anglers can consistently catch bass by using just a few lures. First off, anglers should select one lure each of several styles, including white, 3/8-oz. spinnerbait; shad-colored, medium-diving crankbait; a bag of 7-inch plastic worms that are pumpkinseed in color; white, 3/8-oz. buzzbait, and a black-and-blue jig and pig that weighs 3/8 oz.
While some bass anglers recite the benefits of being versatile and knowing how to fish with many different types of lures, bass anglers on a budget should focus on becoming proficient in fishing a lure or two with which they are especially comfortable. Anglers who do so can find opportunities to fish with their preferred method, and those who do generally are more successful. Anglers should learn to use a quick-moving lure, such as a spinnerbait and a slow-moving lure such as a plastic worm. While there may be specific situations when another lure will work better, the reality is that those two lures will catch bass in nearly any situation.
Leave the Boat Behind
Many anglers enjoy fishing out of a boat, but bass anglers can catch fish nearly anywhere there is cover along the shoreline. As a result, a boat is not a necessity for bass fishing, and the angler who stays on shore will save money on the expenses associated with a boat, including gas and insurance. Shore anglers should focus their efforts around cover, such as vegetation and boat docks, and in places where the shallow water is near deep water.