How To Set Up A Rod For Bass Fishing

A rod is perfect when it meets the individual needs of the angler! Here is a rule for how to set up a rod for bass fishing.

As a rule, you are well positioned with a rod of 2m length and a casting weight of up to 15g.

However, the optimal length and casting weight depends on many factors (size/weight of the bait, size of the angler, casting distance required, bank or boat fishing, current, etc.), so it is difficult to generalize.

Since the “sucking mouth” of the bass has relatively thin skin on the maxilla (cover bone of the upper jaw) and premaxilla (intermediate jaw bone), it is difficult to avoid dropping out if the perch has been hooked at these points.

In order to keep the dropouts as low as possible, the perch rod should not be too stiff , but also **not too soft,**in order to be able to build up enough pressure on the fish.

Fast blanks are an advantage for most rigs and techniques .

A 1000 to 2500 rollwith a fine braided line (0.08 mm to 0.12 mm) is perfectly adequate for perch fishing.

The ideal perch reel shouldn’t weigh much more than 200g, as the weight of the rod and reel also influences good contact with the bait.

When fishing for perch, the main line should always be combined with a fluorocarbon leader (0.21 to 0.25 mm) if pike are not to be expected in order to keep the deterrent effect of the line as low as possible.
I use an Albright or blood knot to connect monofilament to braided lines. A small hook (e.g. Kahara KJ Round Snap) is attached to the end of the leader. A swivel is not necessary for fine perch fishing.

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Perch or bass — bait and bait guide

Choice of bait: In order to find perch in unfamiliar waters or on difficult days, the use of crankbaits and spinners is advantageous.

The rattling of the cranks and the strong pressure of the spinners irritate the fish in a large radius. However , since Bass/perch do with the sidelines, but rather examine it very closely, the shapes and colors of baits are important factors.

A clear statement that can be made with “eye hunters”: natural decors always run! Which prey the bait should resemble depends on the season, the conditions of the water and the preference of the perch population there.

In a body of water or a body of water, it is quite possible that different populations with different feeding behaviors live together have evolved. But this does not have to be a disadvantage! An interesting example of this is Lake Constance.

The huge expanse of water puts off many anglers at first, but there is one factor that makes perch fishing there easier. The yellow to orange fin color of the population historically found in Lake Constance was always considered something very special in Germany.

In recent years, however, the morphotype with the red fins has also been caught more and more frequently.

The color itself says nothing about the feeding behavior, of course, but it does say something about the coexistence of genetically different populations that can also show differentiated eating behavior.

The opposite example is the Bodden chain around Rügen, because perch with yellow fins are being caught more and more frequently there, although the original form has purely red fins.

Shock colors are my first choice in waters with low visibility, but even in clear water during a biting doldrums they can persuade inactive perch to react.

The trend towards finesse methods leaves newcomers with many question marks. Are small baits really always the right choice? Of course, finesse lures also catch big fish , but targeted fishing for the senior perch looks different!

However, the statement “big bait catches big fish” should not be taken too seriously.

However, the probability of outwitting a big perch with a large bait is significantly higher, and you also fish around “unwanted small things”, although you can never completely rule out high-spirited loudmouths.