If you are a fan of bass fishing, you can tell that the gear you use can make or break your trip. That’s why we came up with this ultimate guide to the bass fishing spinning rod setup.
This article will guide you through everything you need to know about selecting the perfect gear, from size, speed, and power. So fear not, let’s sit back and talk about fishing!
Bass Fishing Rod Setup
When setting up a bass fishing rod, you need to consider the rod length, its power, and its action. Here is what can make a powerful setup:
A short pole is better for casting accuracy, while a long pole enables a longer casting distance. To get the most versatile setup, we recommend a seven-foot length.
However, make it shorter if you are always fishing with a topwater lure. Then, you can point its tip down easier to the surface while retrieving your lure.
A medium light or medium rod is excellent for your bass fishing. If it’s too light, you won’t have enough backbone for your hook to set correctly in the bass’ mouth.
The power range will suffice when you are hooking into a big fish of five pounds. Pulling it away from any adjacent cover won’t be an arduous task.
The best rod action for a versatile bass setup is medium to a fast action rod. A slow action rod is going to be the easiest to cast, a fast action will be the hardest to cast accurately, but faster action will make it easier to cast around heavy coverage like docks, trees and other vegetation. We recommend a medium to fast as it is simply the most versatile setup.
Best All-Around Spinning Reel Specs For Bass
A spinning reel casts lures or bait using a spinning spool. This reel type is one of the most common for bass fishing because it can work with many techniques.
The most significant difference between baitcasting and a spinning reel is how to cast and retrieve your line. Baitcasting is often a bit more difficulty and easier to cause tangles for beginners. Advanced fisherman often love baitcasting reels for the quickness at can allow.
Spinning reels are more versatile.
In addition, it will be difficult to find a baitcasting that can cast lightweight lures, which is a distinctive characteristic of the spinning reel. As a result, we will focus on using the spinning reel for bass fishing in this guide.
In addition to our article, this video below will help you understand more about the differences between these types of reels:
The reel size and retrieve speed determine whether your spinning reel is good for fishing bass. Using a 2500 size and a medium retrieve speed would be a great versatile setup. Anywhere between 2,000-3000 for size seems to work just great. Any higher, you have more reel than is needed, and any lower, you may struggle with larger fish.
Bass can grow very big, sometimes up to ten pounds. Hence, a lightweight spinning reel won’t help catch this giant fish.
Aside from their size, bass are famous for their aggression. So do not be surprised when they put up a fight that seems to outweigh their size.
With that thought in mind, you need a strong reel to deal with this species. A 2500 reel size should be your way to go because it’s more potent than the 1000 and 2000 options. Meanwhile, pairing with lightweight rigs and lures can give you flexibility.
On the other hand, anglers often choose the 3500 reel size to catch for bass in larger water bodies. It can handle up to a ten-foot-long rod and is good for your trolling day. If you plan to use a rod for larger species or situations like trolling, maybe size up a bit, and if you plan to only use it for bass or other panfish, we suggest sticking to the smaller sizes.
The 3500 size allows you to cast further and faster. Thus, there will be a lower risk of line tangling. You can also get a wider spool with a smooth braided line.
Of course, as size increases, so does weight, portability, and ease of casting. A fisherman constantly moving around all day will prefer a smaller sized reel.
You can refer to fishingonsunday article explaining the important sizes of reel for further information and clarification.
Retrieve Speed / Inches Per Turn (IPT)
The ideal retrieve rate for your bass fishing feel is in the medium range, between 25 and 35 inches per turn. This speed rate lets your bait move slowly, presenting a subtle and natural movement. Hence, this method is common in finesse tactics. Faster retrievals will make it harder to create subtle presentation, while slower will make it more difficult to pull fish out of cover situations, or just to bring back your lure quickly when you need to.
With such a medium-speed reel, finesse techniques will be simpler to execute than with a faster rate. On the other hand, you don’t want the reel to be too quick since you should be able to get a fish hooked and pull it from the cover as quickly as you can.
Ideal Line Setup For Bass Fishing Using A Spinning Rod
After choosing the rod, it’s time to find the excellent main line and leader to complete your fishing rod setup.
You have three options: braid, fluorocarbon, and monofilament. Among them, we highly recommend the combination of a braided main line (10 to 15 pounds) and a fluorocarbon leader (6 to 10 pounds).
One of the most impressive benefits of using the braided line is that it only stretches a little or even doesn’t stretch. As a result, you can feel a slight drag on the lure. So you won’t miss even a subtle bite.
Moreover, this kind of line is suitable for further casting distance thanks to its thin diameter. It can reduce wind resistance and enable the line to cut through the air effortlessly.
However, the braided texture makes the line easily detected in the water. And that’s how the fluorocarbon leader comes into play.
The leader should be long enough to prevent the fish from seeing the braided line, at least 2 feet in our opinion. Going longer, up to 12 feet and longer is also a possibility depending upon what your fishing tactics are. Long leaders are great for long casting situations, and short leaders are great for precise casting. This is really up to your personal preference.
Choosing the proper spinning rod setup will maximize your chance of landing bass. Remember to consider all the necessary factors to settle on the perfect gear for your setup.
Also, practice makes perfect. With the assistance of the spinning rod, you will be on your way to becoming a master bass angler.
Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about