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The 5 Must-have Rod And Reel Combos For Bass Fishing

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When it comes to bass fishing, having the right rod and reel combos can greatly enhance your fishing experience. Here are five must-have rod and reel combos for bass fishing:

Medium-Power Spinning Combo:

Rod: A medium-power spinning rod around 6 to 7 feet in length will provide versatility and allow for accurate casting. Look for a rod with a fast or medium-fast action for better sensitivity.
Reel: Pair the rod with a spinning reel in the 2500 to 3000 size range. Look for a reel with a smooth drag system and a good line capacity.
Medium-Heavy Baitcasting Combo:

Rod: A medium-heavy power baitcasting rod in the range of 6.5 to 7.5 feet is ideal for casting larger baits and handling heavier cover. Choose a rod with a fast action for better hook-setting ability.
Reel: Match the rod with a low-profile baitcasting reel with a high gear ratio (6.3:1 to 7.1:1) for faster line retrieval. Look for a reel with a smooth drag system and good casting control.
Light-Power Spinning Combo:

Rod: A light-power spinning rod around 6 feet in length is perfect for finesse techniques and lighter line. Opt for a sensitive rod with a fast action for better feel.
Reel: Pair the rod with a small-sized spinning reel (1000 or 2000 size) that offers smooth operation. Look for a reel with a good drag system and a lightweight design.
Heavy-Power Flipping/Pitching Combo:

Rod: A heavy-power casting rod in the range of 7.5 to 8 feet is ideal for flipping and pitching heavy cover. Look for a rod with a moderate to fast action and strong backbone for better control.
Reel: Match the rod with a high-capacity, low-profile baitcasting reel. Choose a reel with a strong drag system, a durable construction, and a higher line retrieval ratio (7.1:1 or higher) for quick line pickup.
Medium-Power Jerkbait Combo:

Rod: A medium-power casting rod around 6.5 to 7 feet is suitable for fishing jerkbaits. Look for a rod with a moderate action to provide the right amount of flex for imparting the proper jerkbait action.
Reel: Pair the rod with a low-profile baitcasting reel that offers smooth operation and good casting control. Opt for a reel with a moderate gear ratio (around 6.4:1) for effective jerkbait presentations.
Remember, these rod and reel combinations can vary based on personal preferences and fishing conditions. It’s essential to consider factors like the specific techniques you plan to use, the size of the baits, and the type of cover you’ll be fishing in order to choose the best rod and reel combos for your bass fishing needs.
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Tackle used in this video –
6’9″ Medium Fast Spinning Rod – Envy Black III – – $275
Spinning Reel – Axum 3.0 – – $155
7’3″ Heavy Fast Baitcasting – Meta – – $149
Reel – 8.1:1 Inception Slide 2 – – $160
7’4″ Med Mod – Envy – – $299
Reel – 7.6:1 Concept Z Slide – – $259
7’4″ Med Hvy Fast – Meta – – $149
Reel – 7.3:1 Inception G2 – – $150
7’3″ Med Hvy Mod – Fate Black – – $69
Reel – 7.5:1 Concept A2 – – $179
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  1. I noticed the medium fast action casting rod is missing. I remember it was your favorite rod at one point. Is this because of differences in brands?

  2. Thanks for this info, tight work man! I wrote down when you said Meta 7'3 w/ Inception G2 8:3:1 and then after the clip around the stumps on 22# that held, you said Slide 2. I'm saving for a hvy and I'm sure I couldn't go wrong with either but is one better for a beginner on a casting reel? I backlashed in elementary school and went back to my Snoopy. I'm sure I could knot up a Cane Pole!
    EDIT: I see the Inception has the G2 and Slide models along with, what I guess to be, an OG Inception? Which I just found on yer TackleWarehouse link for $70! That tells me I found my answer for a learnin' reel! Thanks again, stay well, sir!

  3. Hey FlukeMaster,
    I’d really like to see you do a minimalist video.
    1 backpack, two 3600 tackle boxes, a small soft plastic binder, one spinning rod, and 2 Bait- casterS. For bass on bank and boat, all purpose all season.
    Thanks for the great videos.
    I’ve turned my father and Brother in law onto fishing this summer with your videos.
    For Father’s Day we all got the same set ups. 1 bag, 2 3600 boxes and a soft bait binder thing).
    Keep up the great work.

  4. Thanks Gene!

    Question since you know 13 well… did you ever fish the Omen Black (gen 3)? Just picked a couple up on a dang good deal, but never tried them… 😬

  5. So i have to ask, I've got a ascend 133x, and it's a decently large kayak I have a small trailer for however going down the road it's small so bumps bang it around alot, fully loaded my kayak is impossible to move, what's the best way to transport a kayak with it somewhat loaded, cuz I'm afraid of it breaking and stuff but setting up takes me almost 10 15 minutes it feels like, what's the best way to transport it or how do u transport yours since yours is… way more junk, all Ober it… I say junk outa pure jealousy 🤣

  6. My fives :

    6'10'' ML spinning rod (ned, light jig heads, light in-line spinner)
    7'2'' MH spinning rod (jerkbait, topwater)
    6'10'' M baitcasting rod (crankbait, jerkbait, most stuff treble hook)
    7'2'' MH baitcasting rod (trig, skirted jig, chatterbait)
    7'2'' XH baitcasting rod (heavy spoon, swimbait)

    Slowly getting better at baitcaster, I have the habit of years of spinning rods so I tend to whip by baitcaster a lot, which lead to a LOT of backlash. Sometime I even add a M spinning rod to all this stuff because I like spinning tackle so much 😀

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