I became interested in bass from the moment when I started fishing. It always seemed to me that only the skillful anglers were able to tackle bass, but, in time, I realized that is not necessarily the case. As a matter of fact, your equipment accounts for more than 50% of your chances to succeed in landing bass. So, I’ve gone through many experiences of failed gear combinations, to finally find one that has entirely satisfied my expectations.
I’ve always been fond of lightweight fishing gear, because I found it easy to handle and to adapt to my own way of casting. As such, I decided that if I wanted to master my equipment perfectly and have the best chance at catching bass, I should choose the one rod that makes me feel comfortable and offers me plenty of control when using it. The Shimano Stimula 2 offered me precisely that. This medium power, 2 piece rod is excellent to take with you when you leave home with the sole purpose of reeling in some bass. Its length of 7 feet is ideal for this species, and it helps you get a hold of the rod even in less comfortable situations. As a fast action rod, it is extremely sensitive, a characteristic enhanced by its composite construction and its cork grip. Due to its split design, the grip allows you to hold the rod with ease even when you are fighting an aggressive specimen, which is not unlikely. If you need more force to drag that fish to the shore, the EVA butt cap allows you to prop it against your chest and will increase your stability.
As I needed an ideal reel to this highly efficient rod, I’ve stumbled upon a baitcasting reel from Piscifun that worked wonders, even though it came with a shockingly reduced price. Its lightweight body made with nylon glass fiber convinced me this was a match for my lightweight rod. It is fitted with 13 +1 ball bearings and the spool is made with computer numerical control machined aluminum. It features a double knob to make hand-slips almost impossible and an anti-reverse system that will really come in handy when you are fighting a furious fish. The spool has a line capacity of 12lbs/100 yards, but you can put more on it without fearing it will break. It has a 6:3:1 gear ratio, which makes it perfect for bass, as it is smooth enough not to startle the fish, but fast enough not to give it time to escape the hook. If you want to see a video review, you can check out this link.