What makes bass fishing so extremely popular among fishermen is that it is fun, and it can be practiced in many areas in the US, due to the extensive spread of this species all over the country. Bass is one of the most sought after species because it puts up a fight, which makes the fishing experience thrilling and, though it is a medium species, some specimens grow unusually large, which makes them even more coveted, as their size turns them some a sort of fishing jackpots or trophies.
Anyway, deciding when and where you go fishing is the most important. Bass can behave differently depending on the season. No matter how you look at it, the best seasons for fishing bass are spring and summer. In early summer mornings, bass will come closer to the shore to feed and may stay there to enjoy cooler temperatures preserved by water plants, but will migrate towards deeper waters in the evening. If it so happens that you go in winter, remember that bass has a habitude of coming near the shore in the morning, but stays in open water for the rest of the time.
Secondly, know the conditions in which you will be fishing, as they require different types of gear. For example, the length of your rod, the type of lure you are using, or the material are all important factors to take into consideration and compare, because they are essential to the chosen environment.
If you’re a beginner, go for a spinning rod, as it is more easily maneuvered in any type of fishing conditions. In time, as you become more and more experienced, you can start using the baitcasting gear, as it is considered the most versatile of the two.
If you have no idea how to match the rod and reel, it is advisable that you acquire an already made pack, meaning a rod fitted with an appropriate reel by the manufacturer. However, not any type of rod and reel combination is suitable for fishing bass. In this particular case, your rod’s length should stay within 6 to 7 feet, these being the medium and recommended lengths when fishing for smaller species of fish such as this one. Beginners seldom prefer shorter rods, but if you’re going for a shorter than 6 feet product, you should know that the length can also influence the casting distance so, if you’re fishing on the shores of a lake, you may not be able to cast long enough distances to land fish.
When it comes to the attributes of the rod, you might want to check the appropriate action and power for this particular type of fishing. You can use a medium or fast action rod, both of them suitable for various angling settings, but you should probably go for a medium or medium-heavy power rod, just in case you encounter larger specimens. For example, if you own a slow action, light power rod, you can land smallmouth bass with it, but, if it so happens that you run into an oversized specimen, you may encounter difficulties dragging it out from water, given the rebellious behavior of this species.