Rod & Reel Selection

Choosing the right equipment doesn’t have to be that complicated. I will give you as much information on the three basic setups I think will give you a good start without costing you a fortune. I would suggest going with two bait casters and one spinning rig.

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Spinning Reel

Casting & Spinning Rods

“When you go shopping, pick up several rods and see how they feel in your hand. Buy what feels good and what you can afford. ”

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Why is it difficult to catch Post-spawn bass?


Typically, female bass enter the post spawn stage while male bass are still guarding the nest, and ultimately the fry. During this time the larger female bass just don’t feed that much. They are focused on rest and recovery from the act of spawning. When they do feed, they will feed on the easiest bait for them to catch.

Post Spawn


Post-spawn begins right after the spawning stage, when the bass leave their spawning beds. Depending upon where you live the post-spawn stage can vary from February in the south to as late as July way up north.

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Water

The ability to read water is not a mystical power or a special talent it is just being observant to the lay of the land. When we are driving to our fishing destination do we pay attention to the surrounding land hills, bluffs, mountains, or swamps... We should.


Locating and catching big bass during the pre-spawn phase can be tricky sometimes. Changing weather conditions can make things even more challenging if you don't know where to look.

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