Fishing Tips

What You Need to Start Bass Fishing

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(Photo: Jason Sealock)

Broken down to its basic necessities, all you need to catch a bass is a line, a hook and a bait.

Normally people include rods and reels, but really I caught my first big bass with a rubber worm, hook and 50 feet of 20-pound monofilament line. I lassoed it around my head and flung it into a pond. The biggest bass of my childhood latched on, and I've never been the same since. I will say, however, the sport got a lot easier and efficient with my first rod and reel.

For the sake of argument, however, let's say all you need is a rod, reel, line, bait---artifical or alive--- and a hook. It's best to look at each individually. Here are four quick articles that break down the 4 pieces of fishing tackle necessary to begin bass fishing.

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Once you've read those four pieces, you'll want to move on to how to rig your rods and lures, beginning with how to spool line on your reel.