Ultralight bass fishing: Largemouths on Light Gear

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Ultralight bass fishing: Largemouths on Light Gear

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Ultralight bass fishing is growing in popularity for a few reasons:

Going light can help get fish to bite in heavily fished waters.

Ultralight fishing makes even a small bass feel like it is big in terms of fight and that’s something people appreciate.

It opens up new, smaller waters as fishing options and is great for traveling fishermen as they can carry the light gear relatively easily and can really help boost your catch on quiet days.

In this article we break down some of the basics of utralight bass fishing.

Ultralight Bass Fishing Tackle

Ultralight graphite (carbon fibre rods) are the go here and usually a good ultralight rod paired with a good ultralight spinning reel and line of less than 6lbs breaking strain.
You want just enough capability to stop a large bass if you encounter one but gear that’s still delicate and sensitive as well as being able to throw the light lures we use in this type of fishing.

Lures for ultralight bass fishing

Lure manufacturers are getting behind the growing popularity of ultralight bass fishing and producing more and more finesse lures.
They are making smaller versions of the traditional bass lures and these are a great place to start.
Ultralight buzz baits, tube jigs, crankbaits, even tiny topwater lures (poppers) are very effective along with the smaller worms and soft plastics that lots of anglers love. Tie the bass worms on lighter jig heads (1/20, 1/16th and so on)
Small finesse lures such as Rapala crankbaits and jerkbaits and finesse style plastic swimbaits are the top choices.
Inline spinners, which we normally associate with trout, are also deadly on bass in the right conditions cast on ultralight bass fishing gear. These lure kits offer a great way to make these yourself.

Line for ultralight bass fishing

best braided fishing line

Line wise, braid is a great choice for ultralight fishing because it works well with spinning gear and is best for casting light lures a long distance. The only drawbacks to it is that it doesn’t have the stretch of monofilament line, which means it is less forgiving – that’s a bit of drawback with ultralight tackle but not enough to outweight the casting advantages of braid.
Mono or flouro line is fine too. You’ll get that bit of forgiveness you won’t get with braid, but you won’t be able to ping a really light lure quite as far.
In terms of breaking strain, ultra light fishing is really using line of 6lbs or less.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water.