What tackle do I need for catching bass on live bait in fresh water?

Fish: Largemouth bass, Northern pike and Smallmouth bass

Mean depth of lake is 8ft.

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    Worms, bass love worms.
    – ShemSeger
    Jun 19, 2015 at 19:52

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Rod, reel (with line), hooks, sinkers, and probably bobbers. Landing net is optional.

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    you can also "float" worms a foot or two off the bottom of the lake, by injecting air into the worm and/or putting a very small float at the end of the line, near the hook, and a somewhat larger weight a foot or two above the float, so that the weight stays on the lake floor and the worm floats above it. Aug 12, 2015 at 17:37
  • What do you use when inflating worms?
    – zer00ne
    Aug 12, 2015 at 18:27

I honestly can't say for certain until I actually fish at a place, but off the top of my head I'd say:

  • 8ft+ rod if your'e fishing from the shore, and 6ft rod if your'e on a boat.
  • Mono-filament 10 to 20lb test line.
  • Circle hooks.
  • Net
  • Bait cooler with an aerator
  • 2 to 3oz weights
  • A bell and glow sticks for the evening and early morning
  • Pile worms
  • Mud suckers
  • If you have time to fish for your bait, bluegills and squaw fish are great.
  • Night-crawlers for bluegills, Powerbait for squaw fish.

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