Bass Fishing Tools
In this section, we will be going over what we consider our ’10 Essential Accessories for Bass Fishing’. From fish grips to pliers and many more, see what’s missing in your arsenal of equipment.
1: The Daiwa Sokkou Tool
This braid to nylon knot tying to is an absolute game-changer when it comes to tying a quick knot when we are lure fishing.
This ‘easy to use’ device is just a bit smaller than a pen and has a hole so you can attach to a lanyard. But you could just stick it in your pocket and forget about it until you need it again. Let’s be honest, we are not tying knots every five minutes are we, that wouldn’t be very productive now would it.
The last thing us lure fishermen need is for that bass to snag us round rock or get stuck in that heavy kelp. You may even fray your leader or braid and do not want to risk your line snapping, those lures are expensive. Ultimately, you may even get a wind knot that is close to the leader and want to get rid of it.
So some of the above may not always come to light every time we go fishing. The point is, whether you can be bothered to stand there tying a perfect knot for ten minutes. This tool is even more useful when we have waded out over those nasty rocks.
2: Fish Grips
The fish grips are an amazing accessory to have if you are standing in the water. The simple trigger will lock into the bass mouth so you can easily unhook the fish.
Different Types of Fish Grips
There are a load of different options when it comes to choice but basically you get what you pay for. I have had the fish grips this year and honestly, keep forgetting to use them. Maybe because I’m so used to just unhooking the bass the normal way.
I think the fish grips were invented by a bloke called Don Norton from the USA. These were designed with big fish in mind.
Amazingly, most of the lure fishing videos I’ve seen from Japan the fish grips seem very popular.
Are Fish Grips Safe For The Fish?
Some of the fish grips I have seen look like they could be a bit harsh on the fishes mouths but we’ll leave that up for debate. Incidentally, this was one of the reasons they were invented so it was less stressful for the fish. Ironically, most anglers hold their fish by the lip so maybe this immobilises the captured bass.
3: Braid Cutters
In my eyes, having a decent set of braid cutters is essential for lure fishing. You can find literally thousands of different options on either Amazon or eBay.
Scissor Type Braid Cutters
I like the plier type that can be used like a multitool and very handy for a few different scenarios. But I have now opted for the scissor-type braid cutters because I have found that the pliers are not so consistent. In other words, they seem to go blunt a bit quicker. Ultimately, if we do have to tie some braid to our leader we don’t want to be mucking around trying to cut off the braid tag ends.
The RidgeMonkey Nite Glow Braid Cutters are especially if you are fishing at night because…guess what?… They glow! Yes great when you’re night fishing and trying to keep your light off. I’m forever dropping things in the pitch-black only to realise when I get home that I’ve lost something. So these are a godsend as far as I’m concerned.
RidgeMonkey Nite Glow Braid Scissors
4: Head Torch
Well, we have already covered headlights in another post so you can read it here. But if you can’t be bothered, then carry on reading.
Best Light for Lure Fishing At Night
The headlight in the picture is my number one choice for a few good reasons but the main one is we hardly turn them on.
The reason being is that we do NOT want to spook the bass when we are fishing. Normally, we will turn the light on if we are standing in the water but face back to shore. If there is a problem, either a tangle or re-tie a leader then we would go back to shore, but still, face the light away from the water. We even turn our headlights off driving to some of our hotspots.
When shore fishing I would use a light that has longer battery life. The obvious reason being you would probably have the light on all the time. But if we were bait fishing for bass we would still keep the light off the water. I always use rechargeable batteries. I found it’s much cheaper than keeping Duracells. Some lights have a built-in charger which is even better, I personally don’t have one.
10 Essential Accessories for Bass Fishing
This is the line we use for our leader, attach to our braid mainline, and of course, whatever lure clip we fancy. now when it comes to quality it’s all down to your own personal preference.
What’s the Difference Between Fluorocarbon and Mono?
Fluorocarbon has some great quality compared to the standard monofilament line. For the lure fisherman, the Fluorocarbon has extremely low visibility in the water. This is important we do not want to spook that bass. That’s why we use it for our leaders. It also has great knot strength and excellent abrasion-resistant qualities. However, it is normally twice the price of mono and there is no reason why you can’t use mono. But Fluorocarbon is just better for lure fishing it’s that simple.
Other Type of Line
Yes, of course, there are other types of hybrid lines that you could choose. In fly fishing sometimes the sink rate can be extremely important depending on the fly you are using: You wouldn’t want a sinking leader for a dry fly because it would sink. As for fly fishing for bass, I’m not sure how they would get around this, especially if they are fishing off the surface. Ultimately, this is the same thing. Fly fishing for bass is not really my thing, although we do have a ‘fluff chucker’ that occasionally comes with us. But don’t think the conditions always favour him. Although he does get the fish and I could imagine the fight is great on those lighter fly rods. Location is key for the fly fisherman, in my opinion.
6: Lure Clips
So what are the best lure clips out there?
There are loads of different types of lure clips out there. The reason we use them is that changing the lure is much quicker. You could just tie a fancy knot but that can take time. It’s far easier to just unclip whatever lure clip you choose and carry on fishing.
Here is a list of lure clips
- JB Clips
- Breakaway Links
- Hook Snap Links
JB Clips: These are by far my favourite lure clip. I don’t think there is a lure out there that the JB wouldn’t fit. Whereas some of the others can be a bit challenging, especially at night and your eyes are like mine. Not always the easiest to get hold off though and you have to get the right size which is a 2. We sometimes modify the clip bit with our pliers so that they undo a little easier. The JB also has a swivel attachment which is a bonus. Some of the other types of lure clips have them that we don’t mention. You could even add your own with some of the clips.
Tronix HTO Clip: These are another great clip but like the JB I sometimes modify the actual coil so the lures go on a bit easier. The awkward lure in question is the ‘Komomo II’ Incidentally one of my favourite lures. Just bending that wire a tad can make it a bit easier. After all, we don’t want to be standing there for a half-hour when the fish are buzzing getting a lure on, do we?
Breakaway Clips: This is another firm favourite with a great deal of lure fisherman, but still not every lure is going on that easy. Having said that it’s still much better than tying your lure straight to your fluorocarbon leader. I haven’t even tried these but will order a packet and give them a shot.
Hook Snap Links: With the snap links, you can add a swivel to them a little bit more fish-friendly. sometimes they already have the swivel which is a bonus if they’re the type of clip you want to use. Basically, there are loads of different types of lure clips out there it’s just trial and error to see what suits you.
7: Polarised Sunglasses
The times I have been fishing with the Bassman and have not had a decent pair of polarised sunglasses is a joke. He would often shout look at that bass following your lure. In fact, once, we were fishing off a groin around our Kent coast when I heard him shout “look under your lure”. To be totally honest I couldn’t see anything at all. He looked like he had seen a ghost. He said that following my lure was the biggest bass he has ever seen. Unfortunately, if it wasn’t for his pale look I probably wouldn’t have believed him.
Better Vision For Spotting Bass
Well, you have probably guessed where this is going. But if id had my Polarised Sunglasses on I may have had a chance at catching the monster. I could have slowed down my retrieve or even stopped reeling altogether, sometimes this can prompt a bass into action. But I never saw it so that’s the way it goes.
I don’t personally get on with sunglasses, simply because I’m forever losing or breaking the bloody things. with that being said I do have a pair for next season so hopefully, they will last.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses either, just make sure you get a proper polarised pair.
8: Lure Vest
Well if you are going to be standing in the water, wading across the treacherous rocks then we are going to need a good lure vest. After all, I doubt if we’d get all our accessories in just our wader pockets.
Lure Vest Variety
I have had a couple of different types, to be honest. My go-to lure vest can hold two lure boxes at the front. Then, on the back, it has another bag bit that looks like a small rucksack. You can see it in the picture.
Shoulder Type Lure Bag
The other type I use is a couple of pockets but only holds just the one lure box. However, you could still fit another much smaller box for soft plastics and smaller lures in the other pocket. This is like a small shoulder bag which is great, but you can’t carry that much. By this, I mean a bottle of drink like that. Not unless you had another rucksack like the bag as well that went over your back. Another way is to get a metal drink bottle (army type) and hook it on with a carabiner clip to hold it on.
10 Essential Accessories for Bass Fishing
Lure Vest Life Jacket
Yes, another alternative that should probably be your number one choice, is the Lure Vest Life Jacket. The thing is you never know what could happen while you’re fishing. I do not like wading over the rocks for a good few reasons. You can’t put your hand down to steady yourself if you lose your footing. Also, we tend to fish where there are strong tides which can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Personally I would advise anyone not to fish where the water can be potentially out of your depth. IT’S JUST NOT WORTH THE RISK.
Separate Life Jacket
The other alternative is to get a separate life jacket. There are numerous types of life jackets that you would hardly notice. By that, I mean life getting in the way while you’re fishing. The life jackets for kayak fishing are a great example of this.
10 Essential Accessories for Bass Fishing
9: Lure Box
Let’s face it, we are going to want to keep all those lures in a safe place. After all, we can’t have those lures loose in our lure vest. It’s going to be messy. One thing, you must make sure your lure boxes fit in your lure vest pockets. Unfortunately, you truly have been caught out like this, the pockets on the vest were just too small. If you’re using a rucksack it really doesn’t matter what lure box you use. As long as your lure box has compartments then you can keep your lures organised and tidy.
10: Spare Spool With Braid
Last but not least a spare spool full of braid, leader and lure clip all ready to go. This is entirely up to you but if you get a killer wind knot it could be game over if you don’t sort it out. There is always room for a spare spool somewhere in your lure vest, let’s call it our ‘get out of jail free card’. You may just get snapped off by that mammoth bass swimming around a rock. But at least you will have the ammo to carry on.
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