4.69 stars 16 review(s).
Item #: 014.

Backyard Bass is the fun way to learn how to cast right in your own backyard.

  • Set includes 3 fish & 2 casting plugs
  • Colors may include blue, orange, yellow and green

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    Backyard Bass

    Backyard Bass makes learning to cast fun. Endorsed by the Future Fisherman Foundation, Backyard Bass are plastic casting targets shaped like fish that are used to teach casting techniques and improve casting accuracy. To use, simply place the Backyard Bass on the ground or float them in a pond and start casting. Snag one of the fish with your casting plug and reel it in -- just like real fishing! See Backyard Bass in action

    The Backyard Bass are sold in sets of three fish and two casting plugs or as individual fish. Standard colors are blue, orange and yellow. Custom colors are available for quantities of more than 300 fish.

    Backyard Bass are used by:

    • Angler educators
    • Clubs and organizations
    • Schools
    • Parents and Families

    Some ways to use the Backyard Bass

    One Player

    1. Place each Backyard Bass at different distances from you. See how long it takes to reel in all three fish!
    2. Assign a point value to each fish and see how many points you can earn.
    3. Place a fish behind an obstacle: a bucket, rock, or chair-then try to catch it!

    Two or More Players

    1. B-A-S-S: Place the Backyard Bass around the yard and take turns trying to catch a fish. When one player catches a fish – the other player then has a chance to catch the same fish from the same location with one try. If he does, the game goes on; but if he doesn’t, he gets a letter, “B”. Keep going until someone spells BASS. The player with the fewest letters wins.
    2. Players assign a point value to each fish and cast to see who can accumulate the most points
    3. Each player chooses a fish and places it 15 feet away--see who can reel in their fish first!

    Backyard Bass Resources

    Backyard Bass are designed to make learning to cast fun and easy. The Backyard Bass casting games are ideal for kids ages 6 and up, families, angler educators, fishing programs, youth camps, PE programs and youth organizations.

    There are 3 easy steps to casting games with the Backyard Bass

    1. Place the Bass on the Ground
      Most any flat surface will work…a patio, pavement, grass or even a gym floor. The Backyard Bass can even float and be used on the water!
    2. Stand Away & Cast
    3. Step a comfortable distance from your fish and cast the plug just past the fish you want to catch.
    4. Catch One of the Fish and Reel It In
      Snag the fish with the plug while you are reeling it in!

    Single Player Suggestions:

    • Place each Backyard Bass at different distances from you. See how long it takes you to reel them all in. Assign points to the different colors and see how many points you can accumulate in ten minutes of casting.

    Two or Three Player Suggestions:

    1. B-A-S-S: The Backyard Bass are placed around the yard and players take turns trying to catch a fish. When one player catches a fish the other players try to catch the fish from the same location in one cast. If the other players don’t catch the fish they each get a B. Players take turns casting for fish until one player gets all the letters to spell B-A-S-S. The player at the end with the fewest letters wins.
    2. Fishing Derby: Players can assign point values to each color fish. They place the Backyard Bass around the casting area and begin casting for them. The player with the most points at the end of 5 minutes wins.
    3. Race: Place the Backyard Bass equal distance from each player. The first player to reel in a fish wins.
    4. Take it a step further: Stick images of local fish with measurements on the back of each Backyard Bass. Students can then identify what they’ve caught. Is it a keeper?

    Remember – Always practice safe casting!!

    If you find you have additional questions, please visit our backyardbass.com website for more information or contact us.

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    4.69 stars, based on 16 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 16 Reviews:

    • Fun
    • casting plug too light
    Great product
    I am a chief instructor for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife and use this product to teach kids how to cast. I write the type, size weight and a location on the bottom of the fish so the kids can learn how to use the law book. Lots of fun

    Central Ohio

    Grandkids loving it!

    Arrived promptly. Husband and I are not very construction savvy but we gradually got things figured out for installation. Getting the slack out of 150 ft. Line presented some challenges. Using a wrench on son's truck seemed to help. But we are thinking to move it higher in trees so butts won't drag for the 180 lb. and higher folk. Not sure if we still have too much slack in line. We have the beginning wire is in a tree on a hill around 6 feet higher than the end tree on level ground. We are now working on a platform because starting point wire is around 9 feet above ground level. Of course the pulley and seat hang down about 2 1/2 feet from wire. Only had it for a few weeks but materials seem to be safe and of good quality. I highly recommend this outside adventure.

    Backyard Bass Starter Set

    Looks great - it exactly as i thought it would be, but haven't tried it as of this time.


    Great product

    Our Cub Scout Pack is having a “Hooked On Scouting” themed Join Scouting Night. We got this as a game the potential Scouts can play with indoors. We will tape pictures of local fish with facts about them.


    Back Yard Bass practice casting set

    I learned about this product at a Leadership meeting for NJ Fish and Wildlife Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs program. This impressed me so much that I needed to buy a set for my group. I am getting to use it this year at the 4H fair in our county.
    Quality plastic - durable and a great invention.