How to Set Up a Fishing Pole for Bass Fishing?

How to Set Up a Fishing Pole for Bass Fishing?

Are you a beginner angler who trying get prepare for playing with base? You know what? Bass fishing is not hard, all you need is the right instruction. Fishing is not something that you would master in few weeks or month, it requires a lot of practices.

However, bass fishing is not that complicated, all you need is the knowledge and the right tool. In this very article I am going to show you how to set up a fishing pole for bass fishing. This article is for beginners and make sure you follow instructions strictly.

Here we go

Setting Up a Bass Fishing Reel for the First Time

I hope you know, you will need the basic fishing equipment such as line, reel, rod, lures, bait, hook, etc. You will get to know exactly which things you are going to need, so follow all the steps.

Rod and Reel

There are mainly two types of rod and reel which are widely used, spinning rods & reel and baitcasting rod & reel.

Spinning rods & reel: This one is the easiest rod and reel which is super easy to setup and use. If you are new angler then there is no better option than spinning rod and reels (Pay a visit here to pick the ultralight spinning reel and also check out the top spinning reels)

For bass fishing a 6 ft. 6-inch reel and rod combo will be perfect. And let me aware about this, spinning reels only works with the spinning rod and spinning rod also works only with spinning reel, if you are a newbie you might not know about this.

You can expect to get a good spinning reel and rod combo under hundred fifty dollars. Spinning combos are only for fishing small to medium size fish species, they are not the right choice for big fishes.

Baitcasting rods & reel: On the other hand, baitcasting reels and rods are for the experienced anglers. In case you don’t know, baitcasting is a really tough job and it is definitely not for newbie anglers.

Even professional anglers find this tough sometimes, so if you are a newbie stay away from this spinning setup will be perfect for you.

Baitcasters are for catching heavy deep water fish species and they are super strong. Baitcasting setup functions differently from spinning setups. And these setups are little expensive too. ( Have you checked the baitcasting reel setup guide yet?)


Line plays a great role, picking the wrong line can send you home with a lot of regrets and frustrations. There are three types of fishing lines which are suitable for different needs. However, below I am demonstrating which line is for what.

Monofilament line: If you are newbie and using a spinning setup, then monofilament line is the perfect choice for you. Plus, they come at lower price which will put less pressure on your wallet.

Monofilament lines are for catching small and sometimes medium size fishes. One downside of monofilament lines are they can easily break or get damaged. For catching bass you can use 8 to 10 lb. monofilament line.

Braided or fluorocarbon line: Braided and fluorocarbon fishing lines are more stronger than the monofilament lines. These lines are suitable for baitcasting setup, since they are meant to be used for catching heavy fishes.

You should not choose braided or fluorocarbon line if you are a newbie, they are very touch to cast. Plus, these lines are expensive too.

For fluorocarbon line you can use 12 to 15 lb. line and you can use 10 to 12 lb. for braided fishing line.

Spooling the line into Reel

Now you have all the major things you need, now time to spool the lines into the reel. You have to be very careful here. You should not overfill the spool and neither you should spool less line.

If you spool less line, you won’t be able to cast longer, and if you overfill the spool, you won’t be able to cast properly. (Check out the guide how to spool a reel)


If you are a newbie, it is always wise to do in-depth research before doing anything, because there are a lot of things that you don’t know, otherwise you will end up with a lot of frustrations.

Hope this article help you to catch your very first bass, let me know in the comment section how was your first bass fishing experience.

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