MY GO-TO BASS FISHING RODS, REELS AND LINES
The more fishing gear I get to play with, the larger the categories within this Fishing Tackle section get, so as per the “My go-to bass fishing lures” page, I have created a new page here that summarises the bass fishing rods, reels and lines I am actually taking out fishing with me the most. I will do my best to keep this page updated if I come across any items of fishing tackle that I end up taking out fishing in preference to what is listed below, and please bear in mind that I am often taking different stuff out as a means of testing it for future reviews.
Current as of January 2019 - I will amend this date if there are any changes to my go-to bass gear below.
Shimano Exsence Infinity S906M/RF 9’6’’ 6-38g lure rod
When I need a bit more grunt than the 9’ version, this recently acquired Shimano Exsence Infinity S906M/RF 9’6’’ 6-38g lure rod is it for me. Arguably even more impressive than the 9’ rod. Utterly effortless and more feel than I thought possible. Insanely good. Review here.
Available here (Ebay link).
Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g
I can’t take fishing next to my mate who owns this rod any longer, so like the tart that I am, I have added this truly stunning Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g to my collection. A huge amount of lure rod for the money, and I am starting to think that this particular Tailwalk EGinn might just be the best “available off the shelf in the UK” 9’6’’ lure rod I have ever fished with. Review here.
Tailwalk EGinn 106M-R 10'6'' Max 45g lure rod
I like to think I have used enough lure rods now to know when something that bit special comes along, and this Tailwalk EGinn 106M-R 10'6'' Max 45g is now my “next step in power but still lovely and light and finesse-like” lure rod. Amazing bit of kit. Review here. Wow I love this rod.
Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG spinning reel
I am in love with this spinning reel and I find myself using it as much as possible. I bought a spare spool so that I can load up with a couple of different braids because this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG is so damn special to fish with I can’t help defaulting to it. Review here and an update after one year of hard use here.
You can buy this reel here (Ebay link).
Penn Slammer III 3500 spinning reel
When the going gets tough and I’m expecting to ship plenty of reel-destroying saltwater, then this awesome and incredible value for money Penn Slammer III 3500 comes out to play. It’s a machine and I absolutely love fishing with it. Review here.
Available here in the UK.
Sufix Performance Pro 8 braid
Sufix 832 braid
A very tough, hardy kind of 8-strand braid that is as strong a braid as I have ever used, and when I am fishing around gnarly ground especially (a lot of the time then!), this is the braid I default to. Serious class, and it’s a line that will live on your reel for ages. I like the yellow and bright green colours. Review here.
Available here in the UK.
Sufix Super 21 FC fluorocarbon leader