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#11680917 - 06/21/16 06:48 PM Greetings from normal ole' Earth?
lowew79 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 1548
Loc: Alvarado, Johnson County
With a budget of around 400$, what items would you as experienced bass anglers recommend a completely new, never been fishing before person buy to get started?

What lures, what colors?

Which rod, or rods of the fishing should I buy?

Which reels?

Which line What strength of line?

What would you recommend to a brand new bass fisherman?

Thank you for taking a minute to read this and I look forward to your advice!
Politicians are like diapers, they both need to be changed often, and for the same reason - Unknown

#11680934 - 06/21/16 06:58 PM Re: Greetings from normal ole' Earth? [Re: lowew79]
Jpurdue Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/28/14
Posts: 2197
Loc: NW Houston
I'd recommend you find a mentor. Someone from your area you can fish with and learn from before you spend any money. Find the right guy and he'll likely even let you borrow some of his gear so you can test things out. Find the right guy and you can learn in a few trips what took someone else decades to learn.
"Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley." -A.L.

#11681227 - 06/21/16 09:38 PM Re: Greetings from normal ole' Earth? [Re: lowew79]
FlaNative Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/19/11
Posts: 646
Loc: Between Azle & Lake Worth
If you're primarily bankfishing, I'd start with a couple of inexpensive spinning outfits ($50-$100) and graduate to a baitcaster later as you gain confidence. You'll get a thousand and one recommendations for lures, but as an example, the small tackle box that I keep in Florida at my mom's house and get to use once or twice a year at the most contains:
- Small pond-sized spinner baits with matching trailers (chartreuse, white and blue primary colors)
- Rebel Pop-R or equivalent topwater popping lure
- Small chatterbait and/or buzzbait (chartreuse)(mostly because they're fun and topwater explosions are a blast!)
- Assortment of watermelon or pumpkin (base color) plastics, including finesse worms (fished wacky style), baby brush hogs, Senkos, 7" power worms (black/blue fleck or motoroil)
- Assortment of hooks:
- 3/0 - 4/0 Straight-shanked round bend worm hooks for Tx rig
- 3/0 - 4/0 Offset straight-shank for Carolina rigs
- 1/0 Split shot/drop shot hooks for wacky rigging the finesse and Senkos
- Weights in varying sizes and types (slip sinkers for Tx rigs; drop shot; large slip sinkers for Carolina rigs)
- I'd stick with Big Game monofilament line to start, and then keep using it long-term, with some fluoro and braid added for specific uses as you discover them
- Misc stuff like needlenose pliers (must have), snips, scissors, scale, hook degorger
- Sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, buff, wide-brimmed hat
- Tackle bag/box and plastic storage containers to keep it all in

That's enough from me... There are a lot of other folks who can weigh in with their favorites and their advice may be 180 degrees out of phase with mine, but that's the beauty of it: you can catch fish with just about anything at the right time and place if you have confidence in it. Figuring out the right time and place is the hard part!

Now I'll sit back and see what else pops up... popcorn
Steve Raulerson
Ranger RT188
Manta Ray 14
Florida Native by Birth, Texan by Choice

#11681336 - 06/21/16 10:33 PM Re: Greetings from normal ole' Earth? [Re: lowew79]
Bass-N-Buck Master Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/16/13
Posts: 2403
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
1. Buy your baits and line from places like Fun-N-Sun, Academy, Wal-Mart, stay away from big stores like Cabelas, BPS.
2. You can get some good bargains on combos from BPS though.
3. Stay with just a few basic colors on your plastics too.
4. Don't get too caught up with all the new gadget(Swimbaits) baits, the ones you used 20 years ago still catches fish. only thing these new baits catch today are fisherman..

Good Luck!!!!

#11681368 - 06/21/16 11:03 PM Re: Greetings from normal ole' Earth? [Re: lowew79]
Bobby Milam Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3465
Loc: Arlington
Don't try to buy much now. Get a rod and reel and just a couple of lures. Find someone who has an open boat seat and will take you and learn what you need or you'll just throw money down the drain. Most lures (and other fishing supplies) are to catch the fisherman, not the fish.


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