Rods that are lighter also have an easier time casting bait and lures that have a low weight, or near weightless. This shows that light rods can make a good experience when it comes to fishing for trout.
Although rods with an ultralight action are manufactured a bit differently, and can cost more, there are plenty of affordable options out there. Depending on the fish you’re targeting, you might need a light line and small lures to be successful.
Not to mention the rod tip will be constantly flexing from the weight of the heavier lure. Not only can you cast better and more accurately, but the increased line sensitivity and overall experience will prove to be worth it.
Ultralight rods are great if you either want to downsize for the fun of it, or for the necessity of casting light-weight lures. While ultralight rods can be more expensive, recent strides in manufacturing have leveled the playing field and have made them more available.
If you’re a bunker lover looking to turn pro, the last thing you want to hear about is an ultralight spinning reel loaded with hair-thin line. No way will this combination provide the necessary power to haul big bucket mouths out of heavy cover.
Florida is a freshwater angler’s paradise, dotted with countless landlocked ponds, canals and small bodies of water that are hunted by a wide variety of pan fish, including a colorful assortment of tilapia and sunfish, juvenile peacock and large mouth bass, perch, Oscar, cichlid, crappie, shad and more. Aggressive by nature, these small stature sensations don’t exactly provoke the wow factor when encountered on typical bass gear.
Test provides freshwater fishermen with a thirst for excitement and a number of inherent advantages. While ultralight outfits enable small fish to pull hard, they more importantly provide decreased line visibility, improved lure action and an overall balanced experience.
…a silky smooth drag system is a must with fragile line where even a brief glitch could cost you a fish. Ultralight gear enables finesse fishermen to present tiny lures with precision while also giving anglers the opportunity to hone their fish fighting skills.
Turning to such frail line means patience is an absolute must when playing any size fish, as is paying close attention to your surroundings before presenting any sort of bait or lure. It doesn’t take much more than a sharp reed or jagged obstruction to damage your line to the point of inevitable failure.
With the goal of presenting lures on light line, you should purchase the very best ultralight spinning reel you can afford. The broad price range is based partially on manufacturing materials and processes, along with innovative features and to some extent brand recognition.
That being said, I have yet to speak with an angler who regrets purchasing top shelf gear, but I’ve heard countless horror stories associated with equipment of lesser quality. Line, excess cranking power really isn’t of great concern.
If you prefer slightly more power to speed, then select a reel with a lower gear ratio. Conversely, the main advantage of a rear adjustable drag is that it is easier to tweak when fishing super-thin monofilament in an ultralight situation.
In either case, a silky smooth drag system is a must with fragile line where even a brief glitch could cost you a fish. You will find the recommended line range, lure weight and designated action printed on the shaft of every rod near the fore grip.
Rods with a slow or parabolic action tend to curve all the way to the butt section when loaded. This is the right choice and serves as an excellent shock absorber for ultralight lines.
Wednesday brought in one of those really mean cold fronts, the kind that howls down out of some frozen wasteland at the North Pole. A large group of bass had moved up the creek channel into the cove that I had been fishing just a few days prior to the front.
At lunch, I decided to drop in line size and go to small 2 ½-inch grubs and Road Runners. Using light tackle we landed 21 bass, had three break off, and missed a number of fish.
One prime location at Lake Fork is in the back of Person Bay. Let the bait fall occasionally down into the grass, popping it out once it has hit the bottom.
Lines such an s Power Pro or Spider wire are good for fishing ultra light lures. I have seen times after a cold front that bass would only hit a lure on 8- or 10-pound test mono.
Another excellent place to fish ultra light tackle is around concrete structures. Concrete makes me break out the 2-inch Mister Twister Fighting' Craw.
I rig this small crawdad on 10-pound line with a 3/16-ounce split shot and an 18-inch leader with a 1/0 bent shank, ultra sharp hook. Used on rocky points or in sparse drill you might be surprised at the bass you can catch.
You must learn to use a sweeping, firm hook set keeping your line tight at all times, and continuing the pressure on the fish. An ultra sharp hook like an Owner or Gamakatsu will penetrate the bass' mouth without any problem.
A viscous hook set will break light line before you can even feel the fish. For a serious tournament angler, this versatility can make the difference between getting a check and going home with the blues.
In my experience with ultra light there are two components that can be put to good use in bass fishing. I like a Zero spin cast reel when the bass are biting super light.
You can cup your hand over the reel and run the line across your index finger for maximum sensitivity. I put this $25 reel on a 6-foot Berkley Series One rod to give me a very light and powerful combination.
The reel is great for accuracy and skipping a git zit or grub under boat docks. Sensitivity isn't as big a factor with this type of fishing, though some folks may not agree.