One of the most important factors in catching big
bass is not the weather, not the time of year, nor the
fishing knowledge you have, but the equipment you are
using. It happens far too often where the fishermen have
the perfect weather, in the right spot, get the fish to bite,
and we all know how the story goes, " The big one
that got away!" So before each fishing trip, I suggest
that your get fully prepared to catch the big one.
- Always check your line after catching a fish to see if there
are any dinks in the line where a fish may have scraped
it against a log.
- Re-tie baits or hook often. Liz and I re-tie our hooks
up to 10 times apiece some trips.
- Always use 17 lb test or higher when fishing for big bass.
If you are fishing in open water with no logs or stumps you
could possibly drop to 15 or 13 lb test, but I don't recommend it.
-Reset your drag before each trip. The line should barely come
out by pulling on it at the face of the reel.
Stephen's setup: Liz's setup:
Worm Fishing Worm Fishing
Rod- 7' Medium Heavy Fast Action 7' Medium Heavy Fast Action
G. Loomis IMX G. Loomis IMX
Reel- Pflueger Supreme bait casting Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier
6.3:1 Reel 6.3:1 Reel
Line- Stren 17 lb Super Knot Stren 17 lb Super Knot
Reel- Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier
Line- Stren 17lb Super Knot
Reel- Quantum Tour KVD
Line- Bass Pro Shops
Reel- Shimano Stradic
CI4 Spinning Reel
Reel- Abu Garcia MGX
Take a look at some of our rod and reels in the video below.