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Beginner Looking For Rod/reel Advice For Bass Fishing

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Hello folks, I just created an account on this site and hope I am posting in the right place. I have been fishing recreationally for the past couple years and I really enjoy it. I have a 4'6" Cabela's spinning rod/ reel combo with 4 pound fluorocarbon line that has served me well over the past few years. I have been fishing mostly small pools and streams where there isn't much room to navigate and most of my casts are no more than 8-12 yards. I either run a small spinner or a worm on a hook and catch mostly trout, sunfish, and shiners; all typically in the 5-10" range.

 

I moved to a new apartment complex and there is a pond right out back, probably 100x50 yards in size. When the season opens, I would like to start fishing this spot. I don't have a boat but I have walked around the shore and have seen some pretty big fish swimming around as well as lots of surface activity. Couldn't really make out what they were but they were definitely much bigger than what I have been catching in the past. I asked a few neighbors and they said people have caught 4 pound largemouth bass in there as well as 10 pound carp and catfish.

 

I'm looking to buy a new rod/reel setup that is ideal for this setting. I would really like a baitcasting reel; I have never used one before but I would like to learn. I know there are some disadvantages and they take some time to get used to but I am willing to deal with that. Cabela's currently has a combo on sale for $50. It's an Abu Garcia Black Max 2 with a Cabela's brand "Pro Guide" rod. It comes in 6', 6'6", and 7". I am open to other brands and models but from what I have heard, this is a pretty good bang for the buck and has good reviews. Would this be ok and if so, which size? Next, is the line. I know there are different kinds: mono, fluoro, and braided. Which would be best and what test would be appropriate? Are there any disadvantages in using a heavier line than necessary? I don't really know too much about bass lures but I will I will save that topic for another time. I just want to focus on the rod/reel/line for now.

 

Thanks for your help,

John

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The black max is a good reel for beginners or seasoned anglers a like IMO. I can't speak for the rod but I would imagine it would get you started in the right direction. I would definitely go with the 7 foot model. Preferably in a medium heavy power. As far as lure. Get some 4/0 hooks and some 1/4 or 3/8 bullet weights. The individual baits that work there for you would probably be best found by asking around what is popular for your area. You can always buy a few crankbaits and other hard baits as you go.

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I would suggest some bomber craw cranks, an orginal rapala floater minnowh f7 in blue or black. Some mepps #3 inline spinner. Some Joe's fly in black gnat.

John how old are you?

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I would suggest some bomber craw cranks, an orginal rapala floater minnowh f7 in blue or black. Some mepps #3 inline spinner. Some Joe's fly in black gnat.

John how old are you?

Thanks for your recommendations. I will definitely get some of the stuff you suggested. I am 22 years old.

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The black max is a good reel for beginners or seasoned anglers a like IMO. I can't speak for the rod but I would imagine it would get you started in the right direction. I would definitely go with the 7 foot model. Preferably in a medium heavy power. As far as lure. Get some 4/0 hooks and some 1/4 or 3/8 bullet weights. The individual baits that work there for you would probably be best found by asking around what is popular for your area. You can always buy a few crankbaits and other hard baits as you go.

I have heard good things about the real and as you said, I'm sure the rod will at least be a good start. The 7 foot rod is medium/ heavy. There is a local bait and tackle that I will stop into within the next few weeks; I'm sure they will know what works well in my area.

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1/4 or 3/8 oz spinnerbait, white or chartreuse or combination, works well from the bank area.

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Grab a bag of 4" Yamamoto Senkos or Yum Dingers in green pumpkin and some 03 worm hooks.  Cast parallel to the bank and let it sink. Inch it along the bottom SLOWLY or recast a few feet ahead. Work your way out from the bank and around the pond. You'll get bites. If you don't after a couple tries, find better water.

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I agree with what everyone said but the best two baits mention are the spinner bait and senko/dinger. One is a reaction bait, weedless and seldom hangs up. The other and be rigged a couple ways, weedless and worked really slow for thougher bite. Start with those two and slowly build from there.

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The topic is "Rod & Reel Suggestions".

 

I think you are better off sticking with spinning gear and saving some

money for a little higher level baitcaster.

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