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Bass Fishing Tips with Ott DeFoe

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Ott DeFoe is a professional bass fisherman who fishes in Bassmaster Tournaments and in the Major League Fishing circuit. He is a member of the Mossy Oak Fishing Team and is featured on an episode of the web series “Elements.” He gives us some insight into his bass fishing gear – favorite bait, rod and reel as well as how he keeps it all organized for easy access while on the water competing. 


Favorite Bait to Use When Bass Fishing

There are a lot of variables to consider when bass fishing. Location, weather and time of year are things to keep in mind when selecting bass bait. The go-to, anytime, anywhere bait for Ott DeFoe is a jig like the half-ounce Terminator Pro.



How To Organize Bass Fishing Gear

It’s important for competitive bass fishermen to be able to find things fast. Ott DeFoe keeps his gear in the front of his boat, lighter items in the front storage compartments and heavier further back. His fishing gear is no doubt the most organized thing in his life. 



Choosing the Best Bass Fishing Reel

To bass fish efficiently, you have to have the right gear ratio on your reel. Ott DeFoe keeps four speeds in his arsenal, each for a specific purpose that depends on the type of bait, depth and cover. He goes in-depth with the four speeds he uses and why. 



Choosing the Best Bass Fishing Rod

There are a plethora of options for fishing rods and it can be difficult to choose just what type of rod you need. There are three main features to look at: length, power and action. As a general rule, the longer rods are for more open casting while shorter rods are for hitting specific spots next the bank or dock. The power has to do with the strength of the rod while the action has to do more with speed. Rod selection is also dependent on the type of lure, such as single hook or treble hook. Ott DeFoe breaks down his rod selection for each scenario. 



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