How to Set Up a Fishing Pole for Bass Fishing?

Are you a beginner angler who is trying get prepare for playing with the base? You know what? Bass fishing is not complicated; all you need is the correct instruction. Fishing is not something that you would master in a few weeks or a month; it requires a lot of practice. But don’t worry! This article will cover how to set up a fishing pole for bass fishing.

However, bass fishing is not that complex; all you need is the knowledge and the right tool. In this very article, I will 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 you go!

Setting Up a Bass Fishing Reel for the First Time

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

Rod and Reel

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

Spinning rods & reel

This one is the most straightforward rod and reel, which is super easy to set up and use. If you are a 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 of this, spinning reels only works with the spinning rod, and spinning rod also works only with a 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-sized fish species, and they are not the right choice for big fish.

Baitcasting rods & reel

On the other hand, baitcasting reels and rods are for experienced anglers. If you don’t know, baitcasting is a tough job, and it is not for newbie anglers.

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

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


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

Monofilament line

If you are a newbie using a spinning setup, then a monofilament line is the perfect choice for you. Plus, they come at a 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 is they can easily break or get damaged. For catching bass, you can use an 8 to 10 lb. monofilament line.

Braided or fluorocarbon line

Braided and fluorocarbon fishing lines are stronger than monofilament lines. These lines are suitable for baitcasting setup since they are using for catching heavy fish.

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

You can use a 12 to 15 lb. line for fluorocarbon line, and you can use 10 to 12 lb. for braided fishing line.

Spooling the line into the reel

Now you have all the essential things you need; now it time to spool the lines into the reel. You have to be very careful here. It would be best if you did not overfill the spool, and neither should you 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 appropriately. (Check out the guide on how to spool a reel)

Till confused, please watch this short video of bass fishing setup for beginners


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 helps 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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