Fishing Gear Setup:
I used to use two-piece poles, and strap them perpendicular across my rear seat and panniers. But after breaking one when I dropped my bike off a three-foot cliff, I decided to purchase a collapsible pole.
I found a Shakespeare setup on Amazon for a few bucks, and it’s been my go-to ever since. It’s a light-action pole with 6-lbs. line, light enough for trout and ok for panfish. I mostly trout fish so this is the my usual setup; the reel and pole both fit in little plastic case that has room for some lures.
If I feel like bass fishing, though, I always bring the two-piece pole and strap it down across the back seat and panniers. Most of the lakes have easy access on gravel roads, so there’s little risk of crashing and snapping a pole.
As for bait, I use all artificial (Powerbait and lures) because it’s simple and effective. And it doesn’t go bad; I once left a container of grubs in my panniers for two weeks. You can imagine what that smelled like when I opened the bags!