To compete efficiently in a bass fishing tournament, fishermen are advised to bring four utility fishing rods, one flipping and pitching rod, a soft-sided tackle bag with four trays, diving lures, floating lures and suspending crankbaits. Fishermen are also advised to dress in layers and wear polarized sunglasses.
A boat is typically provided for each contestant. Fishermen are advised to bring three to five fishing rods, depending on how they plan to fish. Three to four rods are recommended for spinning equipment, but the fisherman should bring five if he plans to use bait-casting gear, according to Nick Toman of Bass Resource. The fisherman is advised to color match his lures to the type of water he is fishing in.
Small spinner and crankbaits should be used on a 6-foot MH casting rod with a fast tip and a 14 to 17-pound monofilament fishing line. The larger baits, worms and plastic lures should be used with a 6-foot-6-inch MH casting rod that has an extra fast tip, and it should be used with the same type of line. Heavy fishing, such as fishing on top water or into pads, mats and weeds, requires a 7-foot M casting rod that has an extra fast tip, and 17 to 20-pound monofilament line should be used. Flipping and pitching techniques require a 20 to 25-pound monofilament line on a 7-foot H casting line with a fast tip.