Looking for some advice from any good Bass anglers here. Having spent most of my life fishing almost exclusively for trout by both fly rod and spinning rod I've decided for the first time to specifically target Bass. I figured that I could use the same rod for Bass as I've used for both the occasional salmon, steelhead trout, and large lake trout, an Abu Garcia 6'6" Medium-Heavy,10lb-25lb test-line baitcasting rod.
The first question: I've broken the baitcast reel beyond repair that once sat atop my baitcast rod and was looking to get a new one. Don't want to spend too much money. I saw a Pinnacle Platnum Plus as Walwart for $49. It holds 120 yrds of 12 lb test line. Anyone have any experience with this reel? The only baitcast reel I've owned before was a Cabelas brand (don't recall the model). Are Pinnacles any good?
The second question: What bait for Bass? Live bait, spoons, spinners? I've read and heard lots of stuff for Bass, but just wondering if any one has any good advice here on bait for Bass.