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Polar Pop
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Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups

School me on standard bait specific setups. Length, action, etc. (Spinnerbait, Worm, etc.). Reel preferences and ratios also.

Broke bitch right now but would like to start bass fishing more seriously now that I am mobile.

I only have (1) 6'6 MH Fast All-Star with a BPS Rick Clunn 6:4:1 reel. I am fine with what I have, but feel limited in presentation, and hate re tying baits all day.


TXGunslinger10
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
I have 6 rods, and I have them rigged up like this:

1. Buzzbait
2. Other Topwater (Pop R, Frog, Brush Hog w/No weight, etc.
3. Spinnerbait
4. Jig & Chunk
5. Texas Rig Worm
6. Rat L Trap

This way I can fish from before dark to well after midmorning without changing any baits.

Usually I'll take a break and retie around late morning & Go with the following:

1. Spinnerbait
2. Crankbait
3. Texas Rig Worm
4. Jig & Chunk
5. Frog or creature bait (if I'm fishing heavy vegetation)
6. Either another crankbait, or another Texas Rig with a different color.

So realistically, I only have to stop & change 2 baits.

You need to invest in more equipment.


The Last Coco
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
What you have should cover you for soft plastics and spinnerbaits.

For treble hook baits (crankbaits, top water, jerk baits, etc...), I fish a medium/medium heavy action rod with a slower tip. 6.4:1 reels are good all around ratios

For frogs and jigging heavy cover, get a heavy action rod with a fast tip.

I usually prefer my rods 7' at least. Short rods are great in tight situations (floating small rivers), but fishing from a kayak I often find the extra length gives me significantly increased casting distance on more open bodies of water (like a bar pit off of the Red River)

For finesse presentations (wacky primarily), go with a 6'-6'6" ML, fast tip spinning set up.

ETA: In your yak, 3 bass rods and spinning set-up (dual purpose for finesse bass fishing or sac-au-lait) is all you will want to deal with. Everytime I bring more than that I break a rod. That's why I recommended what I did.

Honestly, the heavier action one rarely comes with me and I end up with 2 6'6"-7' MH/Fast rods and one MH/slow rod as well as my finesse set-up. This covers everything I fish with regularly. I can flip/frog with the longer MH/Fast rod when it calls for it but usually end up with TW/crank on the slow rod, TX/dropshot rigged soft plastic on one MH/Fast rod and a spinnerbait or other soft plastic on my third rod.
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4X4DEMON
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
Just go to bps and give them your credit card and tell them to "HOOK A BROTHA UP!!".


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Polar Pop
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
Thanks for the info as usual guys. Definately planning on investing in more equipment, just didnt want to go pulling useless stuff off the shelves. Coco, if you are joining the yak GTG this weekend, I might get you and Salmon to elaborate so I can pin some good combos down.

Demon, I would have to pry it from the wifes hands. Im sure when she walks into Ladies in Waiting, she throws it on the counter and says "HOOK A SISTA UP!)


GeauxWarrior12
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
Academy always has decent rod/reel combos on sale. I have like 10 rod/reels but only really use 3 when bass fishing. I have one Texas rigged for worms, lizards, crawfish. Then another for Crankbaits/Rat L Trap. Then one more for slow rolling a spinner bait. Both reels used for cranking and spinnerbaits have clips tied to them so I can change colors or depths quickly.


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jimbeam
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
when i hit the lsu lakes i usually have one with a spinner and one with a texas rig


Polar Pop
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
I mostly use texas rig lizard and senko, alot of times weightless. Spinnerbaits and 1/4oz spoons.
I have not branched out into hollow body frogs or anything yet.
If I could get one other combo to dedicate a bait to, and use what I have for one, I would be set. I also like the idea of having a spinning setup for crappie/finesse like Coco said.

Next question, what line weight and style are yall using for these?


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007mag
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
These are my main set ups

Flipping/Pitching- 7'-6" Xtra Hvy Graphite Rod, 6.4to1 Reel, 65# Braid
Worm/Jig- 7'-6" Med/Hvy Graphite Rod, 7.1to1 Reel, 15# Flouro
Crankbait- 7' Med Glass Rod, 5.0to1 Reel, 12-15# Flouro
SpinnerBait/Buzzbait- 7' Med Graphite Rod, 7.1to1 Reel, 15# Mono


Polar Pop
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
Ok follow me on this (I might be doing it wrong) -

3 combos -

1 spinning for finess and crappie/bream (need length and line weight)

1 current setup (6'6 MH, 6:4:1) for spinnerbait and soft plastics?

1 more for heavy cover?


Rayvegas1484
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
I prefer medium action for spinnerbaits and crankbaits medium heavy for jigs and Texas rigs . Medium light for rogues and finesse fishing . 12 to 14 pound test mono on cranks spinners and rogues . 17 pound fluoro on jigs and worms . I cheat with light action rigs and put 30 pound braid with a 15 pound fluoro leader .


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007mag
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
These are my suggestions, your preferences may be different

1 spinning for finess and crappie/bream 7' med/hvy graphite rod, 8#flouro
current setup (6'6 MH, 6:4:1) for spinnerbait,topwaters and Crankbaits using 12-15# monofilament
1 more for heavy cover and texas rigs 7' or longer heavy graphite,6.4 or faster reel(if fish takes bait and swims toward the boat) with braided line


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laangler21
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
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need length and line weight

7' M or MH, I wouldn't put anything heavier than 10, 8 is better.
quote:

spinnerbait and soft plastics

Yes, will probably work for cranking/ lipless cranks also.
quote:

heavy cover?

7'-7'6" heavy fast tip, your choice of line, lots of love in here for braid, I like fluro.
I like a 7:1 reel on my worming rod, lets me take up slack faster.

ETA: if you want a line for general/ utility use, just go with Berkley Big Game in 12-15 lb test.
Not for the spinning set up though, even if you use mono, stay under 10.
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The Last Coco
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
I would go with 4 combos:

1. 6'6" ML/Fast w/ 12lb nanofil or 8# flouro spinning set-up for finesse and sac-au-lait

2. 7' MH/Fast w/ 30lb Power Pro baitcast set-up for heavier plastics, frogs, jigs, etc...

3. 6'6"-7' MH/Slow w/ 14lb flouro baitcast set-up for crankbaits/treble hook baits

4. Current set-up for plastics/spinnerbaits & buzzbaits

ETA: This is for kayak fishing. If I were fishing out of a bass boat this list would be longer and more technique specific. You don't have that luxury in a yak. Every rod needs to be able to do at least two things. I like versatility in my set-ups. Maybe go a little heavier on the braid on the #2 set-up
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AboveGroundPool
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
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1 more for heavy cover?


if you want just one more for this scenario i would recommend a rod over 7' hvy to xhvy with a 7.0:1 ratio reel. this would be ideal for topwater hollowbody frogs w/ braid along with a good setup for flipping/punching heavy cover/vegetation


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EyeoftheEldrick12
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
There is alot of really helpful tips on here guys. Appreciate it


Polar Pop
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
No kidding, thanks alot guys. I am going to get a list together and start saving my pennies. Thinking of giving the Lews reels a shot.


Nascar Fan
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
Got 14 rods & reels of different types & lenghts.
Start the day off with 2 out & before i'm done fishing most all is out


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The Last Coco
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
Lews reels are great and arguably the best bang for the buck when discussing strictly freshwater usage. If you plan on doing saltwater fishing, invest in at least one revo or shimano to take on those trips.


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LSUwag
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St Augustine Beach
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Bass Fishing - Bait Specific Setups
quote:

I have 6 rods, and I have them rigged up like this:

1. Buzzbait
2. Other Topwater (Pop R, Frog, Brush Hog w/No weight, etc.
3. Spinnerbait
4. Jig & Chunk
5. Texas Rig Worm
6. Rat L Trap

This way I can fish from before dark to well after midmorning without changing any baits.


This is what I do as well.


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