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Recommended Rods, Reels and Line For Moving Baits and Worms (Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Swim Jigs, Buzzbaits and more)

Recommended Rods, Reels and Line For Moving Baits and Worms (Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Swim Jigs, Buzzbaits and more)

Moving baits and worms are essential in bass fishing. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs… you name it! Moving baits are great in spring time, on pre-spawn and post-spawn. They are also great beginner baits.


In this article, I’m going to share with you what my rod, reel and line recommendations are for these particular types of baits. You can have a piece of mind knowing that   before choosing a winner, I heavily researched the specs and features needed for these particular types of bait, as well as different gear.  


Style: Casting

Length: Between 7’ and 7’3

Power: Medium

Action: Fast

Purpose: General Purpose Moving Baits and Worms, Up to ¾ oz(Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, Swim Jigs, Buzzbaits, Shakey Heads, Senkos, etc.)

Recommended rod: Kodiak Macro by Big Bear Rods. You can buy it from us here.

Why I recommend it: A Medium Fast is what you need to have a rod that covers all of these baits. It’s a must have rod, in my opinion. The Kodiak Macro has an extremely sensitive blank, which is important when presenting any of these baits. It has Semi-Micro guides, which are big enough to pass leader knots, but smaller than standard guides. This ends up reducing the overall weight of the rod.


It has a patented grip design that allows you to make longer, more accurate casts and solid, more powerful hook sets without limiting sensitivity or increasing weight. It reduces arm fatigue and lets you fish for longer periods of time.


Besides that, you don’t have to worry about rain because it channels the water underneath your hand. It also warms up very quickly after a couple of casts by using the heat of your hand.


Note: The specifications of this rod are similar to my topwater rod suggestions. They both have the same action and power (Medium, Fast). The difference between these 2 rods is that the topwater rod has a shorter length and it has a short handle, which is opposite to this rod. Those two differences are the reason why I decided to give two separate rod and reel recommendations for each one, instead of recommending one single rod and reel for all of these baits.



Style: Casting

Gear Ratio: 6.5:1

Recommended Reel: Apex Magnum. You can buy it from us here.

Why I recommend it: The best way to go is to have a reel with a moderate gear ratio. The Apex Magnum is a very good option. It has 10+1 ball bearings, which makes it pretty smooth. If you are looking for a more affordable option, go for the Perseus Casting Reel by Piscifun. You can get it from us here.


Note: For Buzzbaits, you might want to use a higher gear ratio. Around the 7.X:1 area.



I recommend a 40 to 50 lb braided line. You need something strong. Make sure you check out the Nano X 4-Strand Braid. You can also use fluorocarbon, 15 lb. You have to play it out depending on the situation.

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