Jan 8th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jan 8th, 2009 at 12:00 AM
For almost 20 years Arkansas bass pro Mike Wurm has been chasing bass for a living. With multiple Top 10 finishes and two wins on the Bassmaster Tour this Elite Series pro has been one of the staples on the BASS scene.
So what does a successful veteran pro use when it comes to rod-and-reel combos on tour?
“For me, I have about 15 rigs available in my boat most all the time,” said Wurm. “If they’re not in use, they’re still in the boat. All of my equipment is Quantum with varying line and lures of course.”
Here is the breakdown according to Wurm:
2 Mike Wurm Signature Tour Edition rods PTS705FMW with 2 TE30PTi-B reels usually with 8-pound fluorocarbon.
Most of the time, one with a 3/16-ounce shaky head worm and one with a ¼-ounce finesse jig. Sometimes a drop shot.
2 Shaw Grigsby Signature Tour Edition PTC726FSG rods. Reels: TE100SPT. I have one with 15 pound and one with 20 pound usually fluorocarbon. For pitchin’ and flippin’, sometimes casting worm, jig, frogs etc.
2 Randy Howell Signature Tour Edition PTC704FRH rods. Reels: TE100SPT. I fill the reels with 10, 12, or 14-pound line depends on crankbait, jerkbait, topwater and conditions.
2 Superlite PT rods QTC706F. Reels: TE100SPT. I usually have 15 or 17-pound mono or fluorocarbon for heavy spinnerbait, senko, soft jerkbait.
2 Superlite PT rods QTC705F. Reels; TE100SPT. I use anything form 8- to 20-pound line depending on lures and conditions, spinnerbaits, topwaters, buzzbaits, crankbaits, etc.
2 Superlite PT rods QTC6107F. Reels: TE100SPT. These are for casting worms, jigs, football jigs, jigging spoons, heavier applications.
1 Superlite PT rod QTC767F. Reel: TE100SPT. I always have this rigged and ready for Carolina rigging, usually with 20-pound fluorocarbon main line and various leader. Always Tru-tungsten weight usually a ½- ounce.
1 Greg Hackney Signature Tour Edition PTC7117PGH rod. Reel: TE100SPT. For heavy flippin’ applications with braided line.
“The last rod is one that I add depending on where, when, etc. for a spare that might be necessary. Also I always carry a spare casting and spinning reel at all times because you just never know. “