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"LOOKING FOR OPINIONS" i have been asked so many times on why do people carry so many setups when bass fishing and why do we have so many lures in our tackle boxes. 

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for me i have 10 setups and a military assault pack full of tackle because i am a lure junkie and like to have multiple options in multiple colors because i fish muddy to really clear water.

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Its being prepared. Why not maximize your options. And the tackle monkey!!!

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I force myself to stop at 5 setups, do some calculating and you should be good having a rod to cover all styles that come into play.

As for tackle, it's just so shiney

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Who is asking? Non bass anglers?

i have gotten this question mostly from other anglers. the guys who carry only 1 or 2 setups

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I think one reason is because we can, my and my wife's lockers can hold a lot of rods so we do :D

But really why not, there's a right tool for the right job and I like to have my bases covered.

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If I wanted to practice tying knots I'd join the Boy Scouts, on the water, I'm there to fish. Brian.

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You CAN get away with just a couple set ups but having multiple very specific set ups for specific techniques can most definitely offer an advantage.

 

I think most people who ask that question don't own a boat. Owning a boat, you have a giant rod locker so space isn't an issue (typically) and also the eagerness to not fish 1-dimensionally.

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Because you never know how the conditions will be until you get on the water.  You may bring 10 rigs, but only use 3, or 4 of them once you get a pattern.

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If I wanted to practice tying knots I'd join the Boy Scouts, on the water, I'm there to fish. Brian.

 

 

Best answer so far.  :teeth:  I don't get to fish as often as I'd like.  Retying is not a favorite past time when I'm on the water.

 

It isn't about how few rods you can get away with.  I used one rod for a good many years and caught a lot more fish than I do now.  Of course, I lived in an area where fishing was umpteen times better than where I currently reside.

 

Only reason I have as many rods as I do is to have some place to put my reels.  :eyebrows::laugh5:

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why do people carry so many setups when bass fishing

 

Because thats what magazine writers, "pro's" and internet experts tell them they need

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Because thats what magazine writers, "pro's" and internet experts tell them they need

That may be true of some, but for most It really is matter of having the right tool for the job and the convenience it provides. I grow tired of those who continue to tell us how foolish we are for wanting the best we can afford to pursue our target.

0119 you are not at all reluctant to tell us how elitist bass fishermen are, and there are some who fit that stereotype. There are also are some who think that because bass fishermen put more emphasis on gear than they do they are somehow not worthy of respect. That may not be elitism, but there's an element of condescension that is just as offensive.

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Google 6 rod bass system I feel like that's the minimum I used to be skeptic on needing more than 2 rods. But evety technique has specific rods and despite what most think they do work and will put more fish in the boat. I mean I could build a house with a hammer and cross cut saw but a few power tools and specialized hand tools would make quick work out of it

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For me it's about being efficient. If I had to retie every time I wanted to switch baits my fishing time would be cut down drastically. If I'm running water trying to search for a pattern it's not uncommon for me to have 7 or 8 rods on deck and be using all of them. On top of that buying a rod for a specific technique gives you a better tool for the job. I need lots of baits too because I fish a ton of different water. There are probably close to 100 different lakes in an hour and a half radius of where I live. Water color varies from lake to lake. There are some right next to one another that one has 10-15' of visibility and the other is a foot and a half. Plus, I just like having a hoard of baits haha. 

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It's me being lazy not having to tie every time, using specific equipment for (weather,season,time,day) and liking my equipment too. Aside from that I don't care what others think.  I love bass fishing and it makes it fun. 

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The sport of fishing is like any other hobby, you have the ones who have two rods and reel with a few packs of hooks and they sit on the bank tossing chicken livers for cats or dunking worms for whatever bites. Then you have the bass or walleye specialists who have 50K boats, enough tackle to last 10 years without ever buying another bait, and a plethora of rods that cost as much as a college tuition. It depends on what the individual likes and how they treat the hobby, some treat is as a simple pass time while others live to hone their skills and techniques to become great at it. This goes on in a lot of other hobbys as well, look at golf, if you say golf is a sport and not a hobby, well so is fishing, they are in the same category and they even end up the same when it comes to equipment. You have the once in a while golfer who maybe has a cheap set of clubs or rents them at the course when he goes 3 or 4 times a year, and then you have the guy who have at least 3 full sets of clubs plus special drivers and putters along with a ton of ball markers and personalized tees. What gets me is nobody ever questions why golfers have to have so many clubs but it always comes up in fishing as why we have so many rods. In the end I can honestly say that we have so many set ups because we want them, plain and simple, sure, I can go in depth and tell you why I need a medium heavy cranking rod and a medium light finesse cranking rod but the simple truth is because I want it, otherwise I'd make use of a spinning rod or something else but I like fishing and tackle so I have a lot of set ups.

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If I wanted to practice tying knots I'd join the Boy Scouts, on the water, I'm there to fish. Brian.

 

Time on the water is precious. Even if I am out on the water 5 times a week during the week it is after work for 3 hours tops. I do not want to waste even 15 minutes re-tying. Also, I am junk fisherman and like to be ready to throw a specific bait if the condition present itself. Most importantly, as organized as my tackle is there is just so much of it that it could take a minute to find exactly what I am looking for, 

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All that is necessary are 3!

Top Water

Mid-depth

Bottom

I had 5 rod-n-reels that I feel are capable of handling any technique in these 3 areas of the water column.

At age 63 I can still tie on any lure in under 2 minutes

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.............................

 

Only reason I have as many rods as I do is to have some place to put my reels.  :eyebrows::laugh5:

 

Exactly !

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At age 63 I can still tie on any lure in under 2 minutes

 

I'm a bit older, but pretty sure I can tie on most lures in less than 2 minutes.....provided the lure is handy.  As BaitMonkey said, why waste time looking for that lure?  I am not as organized as he is, and can guarantee I won't always find the desired lure in one minute.  I tie on what lures I plan on using that day before leaving the house.  That isn't to say that I never retie because I do.  I try to keep it to a minimum.

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