Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Earthlin80

New To Bass Fishing

Recommended Posts

I have been lurking around the forums and this site for about 3 months now and I guess its about time I start a post. Im new to bass fishing, actually went fishing for bass exclusively for the first time in November with a ex-coworker. I have done some saltwater fishing and trout fishing when I was a kid but haven't really fished in about 15 years. Well ever since that trip in November I can't stop thinking about fishing for bass. I live in New Jersey and we usually have a hard winter but it hasn't been bad I have been spending my time trying to read as much as I can and get ready for the spring. I will be shore fishing this year with hopes of getting a boat next year. Im trying to get my tackle bag ready and Im just wondering if you could take a look at what I have now and suggest any other necessities that I should have. Some of these things I was given by my ex-coworker before he moved and some I purchased myself. There is just so much stuff out there and with 2 kids and

a wife I could see this obsession going wrong. Well heres my list:

Netbait Paca Craw Green Pumpkin 5"

Netbait Paca Chunk Green Pumpkin Regular size

Strike King Rage Craw Black/Blue Flake 4"

NorthStar Flip & Swim Jig Black/Blue 3/4oz

NorthStar Flip & Swim Jig Pumpkinseed 1/2oz

Strike King Red Eye Shad Chartreuse Sexy Shad

Zoom Horny Toad Watermelonseed

War Eagle Flipping Jig Black/Blue 1/2oz

War Eagle Flipping Jig Green Pumpkin Candy 1/2oz

War Eagle Spinner Bait Firetiger 1/2oz

War Eagle Spinner Bait White Shad 1/2oz

Z-Man Original ChatterBait black/blue 1/2oz

Storm Rattle Finesse Worm Watermelon 4.5"

Wave Worms Tiki Stick Watermelon/Chartreuse 5"

Wave Worms Tiki Stick Smoke/Shad 5"

Gary Yamamoto Senko Smoke/Black and Purple 5"

Freshwater Rattlin Rapala Silver 3/8oz

Strike King Redeye Spinner Bait Chartreuse White 3/8oz

Gamakatsu EWG Worm Hooks 2/0

Gamakatsu EWG Worm Hooks 3/0

Gamakatsu EWG Worm Hooks 4/0

Right now I could only get one rod and reel setup and I was given a spinning combo so this is what I will be fishing with.

Baitcaster setup:

Abu Garcia Veritas Micro Cast Rod 7' MH/F

Lews Speed Spool SS1H 6.4:1

50 LBS Power Pro

Spinning setup:

Mitchell Spinning Rod combo

6'6 Medium rod

5.5:1 spinning reel

p-line CXX 6 LBS

Well there you have it, that is what I have so far and I would really love to hear what else you guys would recommend. Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seems like you have a pretty good list of stuff. Probably a good idea to focus on gaining confidence with what you have, but the bait monkey is hard to resist. The only thing I might suggest would be getting some top water stuff. I see you have the Zoom toads. I have not fished them, but really like the stanley ribbits with the weighted double hook for buzzing across the surface. You can sling it a mile and cover a lot of water. Regular buzzbait, hollow body frogs, zara spook, etc. might be something you want to think about. Nothing more exciting than catching fish on top water. I have also been reading recently about having trailer hooks on my spinnerbaits, so that is something that you might want to do as well. Welcome to the forum!! Tight lines!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Senkos, rage craws, 3/8oz chartreuse spinnerbait, and a good selection of jigs. Looking good dude. Might I add a lipless crankbait? Specifically 1/2oz Strike King Redeye shad in gold sexy shad. Great for covering lots of water.

Im doing the whole pre season reading too. Michigan's weather hasn't been mild and hoping the warm up is a little quicker so I can go fishing. Read up and put the information to use when you are out there, and you are sure to catch fish. And ask questions when you got them, you'll always find an answer here.

Also, fishing obsessions never go wrong, they just get bigger.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can never have enough jigs! Try picking a few colors that you have confidence in and buy different sizes and style heads for different applications.

Personally, I am throwing NorthStar Premier Series jigs (alien head) in both 1/4oz, 3/8oz, or 1/2oz a good percentage of the time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My best advice is to click on to "Fishing Articles" at the top of the page and read through

every section. Don't make this "work", take your time and enjoy yourself while learning

a lot on a variety of topics. Then come back with questions!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey thanks for the replies, I have pretty much read every article on the site I just need to get out there and try some of it. I'm really looking forward to fishing jigs so I think I will be using them most of the time so I can at least become proficient in one lure then I'll move on to the next.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I live in New jersey myself.. Where are you located at? It's hard to go Bass Fish in Jersey right now. The weather keeps changing. It messes with the Bass. From your list, i think you have a great startup tackle. It takes years to build up your tackle. I just started 2 years ago. I now need to buy new rods and reels. It's a very expensive hobby for sure. Just keep spending 50 to 60 bucks at a time. That's what i do. My next order shipment. I'll buy alot of spinners and buzz baits. Then go buy some Jigs. I mainly like to fish with plastics. I'm not a huge fan of fishing hard lures.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm in Essex county NJ, It was 30 degrees when I left for work this morning at 4am and its going to get up to 45 later today. Tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 60 then thursday 70 then back down to 40. Can't wait for it to just even out already.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I hear you on the weather.. It's just teasing me, more then anything!! I'm in Cumberland County. Have you fished anywhere in Cumberland County? If your anywhere close. Maybe you could come to the ponds near me. we have a few good ones here

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing forum

    fishing

    fishing rods

    fishing reels

    fishing forum

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×