Rod, reel and line

bass fishing rod and reel in angler's hand

The gear you use is super important with this technique. In my opinion, there is no other option other than braided line. If you’re fishing this technique around vegetation and are using monofilament or fluorocarbon, you may get a few fish out of the vegetation but you’re setting yourself up for heartbreak when a big one buries you up. I personally like 50- to 65-pound Sufix 832 Braid but you can get by with 40-pound test if the vegetation is sparse and your chances of a true giant are slim. Still though, I wouldn’t risk it since the vegetation masks the braided line well and you’re really not gaining much by decreasing your line size.

I also believe this presentation calls for a big rod and a heavy-duty reel. For me personally, that looks like a Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool in 7.5:1 gear ratio and a 7-foot, 10-inch heavy-action Fitzgerald Ledge Rod. Again, you can get away with a smaller rod and reel sometimes, same as you can lighter line. But when a big bite comes, you’re going to want to be ready for battle. The length of this rod and deep spool of this reel also both aid in making longer casts, which greatly increases your chances of catching fish when throwing way back in cover or paralleling a grass edge out in front of the boat.