It can be a daunting task for bass anglers to stick to a budget when they are trying to outfit themselves for the sport. While it would be easy to spend thousands of dollars on rods and reels alone — and the same amount or more on lures — not all bass anglers are in the financial position to spend so freely on fishing. Luckily for them, bass fishing does not need to be a budget-busting endeavor.
Choose a Middle-of-the-Road Rod and Reel
For about $50 to $100, bass anglers can buy a fishing rod and reel that will work for most fishing situations. They should choose a spinning rod or reel — depending on their preference — that is 6.5 feet long with a medium to medium-heavy action. The rod should be graphite, and the reel should have as many ball bearings as possible, at least three. That length and action of rod is well suited to many fishing situations, and when anglers decide to spend more money, they can buy more specialized rods and reels.
Anglers who decide to go with a spinning rod and reel should choose 8-pound test monofilament, and those who opt for a baitcasting rod and reel should go with 10-pound test monofilament line. Those sizes of line will perform well in many situations, though anglers who fish in particularly heavy cover would be better off fishing heavier line.
Narrow the Lure Choices
Anglers can choose from a nearly endless array of bass-fishing lures in hundreds of shapes, sizes and colors. But to consistently catch bass, anglers need relatively few of them. If anglers were to purchase one of several lure styles, they should choose: a spinnerbait (white in color and 3/8 of an ounce in size); crankbait (shad-colored and medium-diving); bag of plastic worms (pumpkinseed in color and 7 inches in length); buzzbait (white in color and 3/8 of an ounce in size); jig and pig (black and blue in color, 3/8 of an ounce in weight).
Become Proficient with a Bait or Two
While the idea of being a master of many presentations is attractive to many bass anglers, the reality is that fishermen who master a presentation or two — and then look for opportunities during which those presentations will work best — often are more successful. To the bass angler on a budget, this means becoming proficient at using spinnerbaits and plastic worms, for example, and then focusing future spending on purchasing more sizes and styles of these lures.
Fish from Shore
Where there is cover along the shoreline, there likely are bass. While some bass move to deep water, especially during the warm-water months, there oftentimes are bass located in shallow water around cover such as vegetation, trees and boat docks. Anglers who fish from shore should look for these areas and focus their fishing effort on them. That will save on the multiple costs associated with owning and operating a fishing boat.