Bass Fishing on a Budget

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Fishing on a budget can be hard if you don’t know how to shop for the supplies wisely.  I  will tell you how to get some of the basic fishing equipment that is needed for bass fishing, all roughly around 100 dollars.

Basic Fishing Rod

You can get a basic rod/reel combo from your local retail store for about 30 to 40 dollars. As cheap as that sounds, when you’re on a budget; you get what you can afford. Sometimes an inexpensive rod/reel combo can be just as good as a 100 dollar combo but only if you shop smart.


As far as lures, you only a few good ones that can be purchase at your local retail store or fishing store.  You only need the basic assortment that that would only total about 20 to 30 dollars.  The lures you need:

Spinnerbaits are the most productive lure in your arsenal of lures.  Spinnerbaits may run from 2 to 4 dollars and come in various colors.

Worms– Plastic Worms are another great lure in your arsenal and only for 2 to 4 dollars and like the spinnerbaits can come in a various colors such as grape and black.

Crankbaits – this lure can come in a variety of colors and shapes which can intimidate beginner anglers.  Just stick to colors that mimic river herrings such as purple/silver, green, white and green.

Topwaters- just get a few in naturals colors like green or gray and buy a few of these in different sizes.

Jigs – are great for bass in heavy cover. A Jig imitates a crawfish so the colors that should be used are natural colors such as brown, white, and black/blue.


Hooks, Sinkers, swivels and line are considered tackle.

Hooks– it is always a good idea to have a assortment of hooks in a variety of sizes ranging from #2 to 4/0 sproat.

Sinkers come in all sorts of styles and sizes such as Sliding Bullet weights. it is a good

idea to buy a pack of 1/8 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/2 ounce weight along with a pack of Sliding bullet weights. Sliding Bullet weights are used in Texas and Carolina rigs

Swivels are used in a Carolina rig. Buy a pack of swivels and they will last for a while.

Line is used to connect your hook, sinkers and bait together to your fishing pole so it is important

to have a good line; a good size of line used to catch good sized fish is 8 pound mono. But if you are fishing in heavy cover, try 12 pound test.

Tackle box

All this stuff needs a place to be stored in a good tackle box. A small tackle is the suggested size that is recommended. They run about 3 to 10 dollars at the local retail store.

Have fun Fishing.

Information provided by Christian Erickson

Freshwater Fishing in a Nutshell

Freshwater fishing can be broken down into two main categories; heavy tackle fishing and light tackle fishing. Heavy tackle fishing will normally cover largemouth bass, catfish, walleye, northern pike (pickerel), musky (muskellunge), carp, salmon, and striped bass. These are the more popularfish in the category, not necessarily the only ones.

Light tackle fishing would cover a group of fish such as yellow perch, white perch, crappie (also known as specks), trout, white bass, bluegill, and a multitude of other panfish species. There are also others that I would include in this category that can technically be a part of both categories, such as smallmouth bass.

While the types of fish can be broken down into these categories, fishing tackle and fishing accessories cover the entire spectrum. A crappie will eat a crankbait the same as a largemouth bass will eat a crankbait, and a trout slurps a worm with the same vigor as a walleye slurps a worm. It is all in how you apply the lures in size, color, and presentation that determines your target species.

Speaking of target species, always keep in mind that, in freshwater fishing, there is no fish filter. In the northern U.S., slow rolling a spinnerbait in pursuit of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, you inevitably are going to catch “by-catch” such as northern pike and walleye on that same spinnerbait. Also, in the southern U.S., jig fishing for crappie will lead to catching a wide array of panfish species, such as perch and white bass, on the same jigs throughout your fishing trip. This applies to just about any region, water body type, and fishing technique.

Regardless of what species and what style of fishing, fishing accessories can also be applied across the board. Products such as the Arm Anchor can provide relief from strained muscles and leverage for handling large fish such as largemouth bass and even muskellunge. Yet, in a different scenario, it provides added control and sensitivity when using light tackle and finesse in pursuit of crappie and trout. Some fishing accessories are essential, and in my opinion, the Arm Anchor is one of them.

By Robert Crawford