Bass Fishing Budget Tips

Bass Fishing Budget Tips
The colors, shapes and sizes of bass-fishing lures are seemingly endless. There are hundreds of rod and reel combinations from which to choose, some of which cost hundreds of dollars. Maintaining a budget can seem like an impossible task to bass anglers as they ponder the equipment they need. While some anglers can spend freely on lures and other fishing equipment, most cannot and must stay on a budget. Luckily, even anglers on a budget can get what they need to catch bass.

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.

Fishing Line

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.

Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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