Best Gear For Fishing A New Lake — Tactical Bassin’


Preparing for “anything” that a new lake can throw your way is very challenging. If you specifically select baits that have multiple uses it is much easier to be prepared for varying conditions. From clean water to murky, from a topwater bite to ledge fishing, you can get away with less tackle than you might expect.

Below is a break down of all the gear Tim took to Michigan to chase Smallmouth on lakes he’d never seen before. They’re broken into Finesse/Spinning Gear and Reaction/Casting Gear.


Dropshot #1- Strike King Half Shell:

Dropshot #2- Strike King Dream Shot:

Dropshot #3- Roboworm 6″ Worm:

Ned Rig- Z Man TRD:

Ned Rig Head- Z Man LockZ HD:

Neko Rig- Kut Tail Worm:

Neko Rig- Tungsten Nail Weight:

Finesse Tube: Dry Creek 3.5″ Tube:

Swimbait- Keitech 2.8″:

Swimbait- 1/8 oz Guppy Head:

Spy Bait – Duo Realis Spinbait 80:

Hair Jig- Feider Fly:

Yamamoto 5″ Senko:


Megabass Deep Six:

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless:

Jackall TN-70 Lipless:

Damiki Vault Blade:

River2Sea Biggie Squarebill:

Norman Deep Little N:

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon:


Swimbait- Keitech 4.3 Fat:

Swimbait- 6″ Trash Fish:

Swimbait- S Waver 168:


Bubble Popper:

Rio Rico:

Reaction Innovations Vixen:

River2Sea Rover:

River2Sea Bubble Walker:

Whopper Plopper:

Evergreen Shower Blows:

Rod/Reel Combos…

Drop Shot – NRX 822 DSR –

Hair Jig / Spybait – Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spin Rod 7’6″ ML –

All purpose spinning – NRX 852S JWR –

Deep Crank Setup

IMX Pro Crank Rod 7’6″ Med Hvy 906 CBR –

Shimano Chronarch 150 MGL –

15lb Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon Line –

Swimbait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7’5″ Heavy 894C JWR –

Shimano Metanium –

Glide Bait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7’5″ Heavy 894C JWR –

Shimano Curado 200K –


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