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Old 04-20-2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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Bass fishing tips!

I've been fishing for years, but never really got anything out of it until recently.

My friends got a small private pond with bass and bream that I'll go to in the evenings to fish. sometimes I'll jump in a little aluminum boat and paddle around, sometimes I'll walk the edges. What is a decent reel to get for fishing for bass? The problem I've got is when I'm paddling around, I'll try and throw around shaded areas like a clump of lilly pads or low hanging branches. I'll generally get a hit from a bass that way, but many times I'll get the lures stuck in the branches or leaves. I need something that has better control and does'nt get stuck as easy. I'm not looking at spending big money, so no Bass Pro Shop talk, just typical WalMart or something in that price range. what I generally use is the cheapest reels I can get but It's time to upgrade, I just don't want to spend several hundred dollars in the process.

So, any advice on bass fishing?

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Old 04-20-2010, 03:09 PM   #2
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reel choices:
1. open face
2. baitcast

for lighter tackle and maybe more precise casting, I would suggest the open face.

If you have more room and are using heavier tackle, a baitcast is nice. However, you can use baitcast on light tackle if you can cast properly.

Stay away from any shakespeare brand.

Abu garcia makes a nice decent open face reel (hey I'm a fan and have several).


Less problems, easier to clean/handle/respool. open face is the way to go. Just don't get a cheap knock off. Go for a name brand.

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Old 04-20-2010, 04:16 PM   #3
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Weedless worms
then you can just flip them under the trees
into the weeds

I have a few cheap cheap combos that were under 30 bucks and
have lasted for years

Reels look for the highest gear ratio you can find/afford(spinning)
If you spend more on a reel it will come with two spools
so you can have two diff weight lines for diff type fishing
rod you want a sensative tip with some back bone
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:26 PM   #4
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oh yeah, spinning = open face. Hope I didn't confuse anyone.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:49 PM   #5
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If that you issue then get a good closed reel with the button. Forgot what they were called.Those are nice when casting in busy areas. If it is slightly messed up you can clicl the button and it stop mid flight. You can get a nice one rod and reel or about $15 at walmart. Over my spring break I fished the entire week and when we would go up stream and fish for fresh water. I would use that with a beetle spin and let it fly.

On another note. Florida fishing rules.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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First i would like to say you are soooo lucky to have friends that have a private pond !!!

I love Bass fishing and i don't use expensive equipment
but i catch a lot of bass .

When i wanted try Bass fishing i didn't want to go all out in case i didn't like it and if i did like(love it !) it i would upgrade to better equipment but now five years later i'm still using the basic stuff and i am having a blast !!

I bought a Bass pro shops Tinylite ultra light spinning reel($18) and i went to walmart and got a 5' ultralite uglystick($30).

Then i got a couple different colors of the soft grubs(swirly tails) and 4lb line. and #6 hooks.Total cost for everything
$65. Now that's a cheap fishing mod !!

Thats all you need and i pulled in some big ones and even a few big channel cats !!! Even the smallest fish will feel big with the ultralite setup !

After casting don't forget to jerk the line as your reeling it in and expect a hit !

Again, you are lucky to have friends with a pond ! Good luck !
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:27 PM   #7
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Spinners are nice I have a quick fire Abu Garcia Ive had for years its my favorite for lure fishing and came with 3 spools,which is nice for all fishing.I have it set up for trout one for bass and a real light set up for perch and blue gills.Once you get good with a bait caster youll never go back for bass fishing.If you go that rout make sure it has like 10 settings on the brake.Set it all the way on when you start and let off as you get good.That makes it a lot easier to learn how to cast with out a back lash.For the areas you described I like weedless hooks and a rubber worm on a drop shot.Green pumpkin and watermellon Sencos are my favorite.Check out a web site called Bassholes I always get on before a trip Jerryj there too.
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For me, small ponds usually = light tackle and light line. Unless the lake is thick with snags, I'll stick with 8lb test line or less. With a lot of snags, maybe 10lb test. My favorite lure on a small pond is a 4-6 inch plastic worm rigged weedless with a VERY small cone weight at the head of the worm with a toothpick wedged in by the line to keep the weight from sliding. I want to have enough weight to cast efficiently but give the worm a slow fall through the water.

My second favorite lure for small ponds (especially in the late evening) is a buzz bait. Just crank that puppy across the top of the water and wait for the action to begin.

For rod/reel choice, you don't need to get too expensive. Just about any $20-30 rod and $20-30 dollar open face reel will do you fine. Or even a $40+ rod/reel combo. Buy good fishing like (Berkley, Trilene, etc) and stay away from the cheap garbage. Quality line makes a HUGE difference. I have a preference for green line.
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I have enough money in my fishing gear to fund my jeep for a good while lol. I only fish Bass, large or small.

It really depends on what the water color is too. But throw weedless lures. IF you want the big boys go grab a junior spook (walk the dog with it) and watch the fish leave the water for it. Also another pond favorite for me are chug bugs, when you fish the middle throw rattle traps. I also love tossing weedless frogs. Key to them is actually tossing them onto the bank out of the water let the water settle from the line hitting it (25 secs) then walk it into the water off the bank. Try to walk it up on top of the leaves or whatever is on top of the water. Those tips should keep you busy and having fun.
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First i would like to say you are soooo lucky to have friends that have a private pond !!!

I love Bass fishing and i don't use expensive equipment
but i catch a lot of bass .

When i wanted try Bass fishing i didn't want to go all out in case i didn't like it and if i did like(love it !) it i would upgrade to better equipment but now five years later i'm still using the basic stuff and i am having a blast !!

I bought a Bass pro shops Tinylite ultra light spinning reel($18) and i went to walmart and got a 5' ultralite uglystick($30).

Then i got a couple different colors of the soft grubs(swirly tails) and 4lb line. and #6 hooks.Total cost for everything
$65. Now that's a cheap fishing mod !!

Thats all you need and i pulled in some big ones and even a few big channel cats !!! Even the smallest fish will feel big with the ultralite setup !

After casting don't forget to jerk the line as your reeling it in and expect a hit !

Again, you are lucky to have friends with a pond ! Good luck !

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Old 04-21-2010, 09:04 AM   #11
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Thanks Birdhunter . Good tip !
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Just this year I finally decided to get into bass fishing.
I've usually fished with worms/dead shrimp but wanted something more fun and challenging and honestly love the idea of going fishing without having to buy bait.
Just last week, at 38 years old I caught my first bass and in a pond, not a lunker by any means (maybe 17 inchees/2 pounds tops) but it was a great feeling. A couple minutes later another. I used a silver shad Rat-L-Trap with red treble hooks.
I've bumped into a couple of people in the last week that told me nothing worms better than plastic worms. I'll see.
So far I'm just using a Jarvis Walker spinning rod/reel from Walmart. I put braided line on it and it's seems my casts are smoother/farther.

Has anyone tried wacky rigging a worm?
I've heard that does well.
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What I've been using is white Fluke and a small black worm (4 to 5 inches long) that looks like it has suckers all around it but has a wiggly tail. I can't remember what it is called, but I am out and need to get more of them cause the fish, Both bass and bream, are tearing the black worms up! I bought them at WalMart but not all Walmarts carry them, which is odd. I've got to go clear across town to see if they still have some.
I went several days ago and caught 10 bass and 3 bream in a few hours. That could have been doubled if I caught every fish that bit and if I wasn't F'ed up trying to fight with the net, the pole, the fish, and beer at the same time.

Went back the next day, nothing..... not even a bite.
It's odd how one day they are hitting and the next you think there is no fish.

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