Essential Fishing Gear

If you are going to set sail into the uncharted waters for the first time, you can always forget something or not do something perfectly. For example, if you are going to fish, you might get your first try unsuccessful but as you go further, you’ll find the joy of it and come back the other day, only to realize that you’ve been casting for hours and you run out of line but still crave for more. This is an unacceptable excuse, especially if it is the season of fishing. Therefore, you must have some extra in your tackle box.

Extra Lines

Getting an extra line in your tackle box is always a good idea in case that your current line got tangled or ripped. You must also carry lines that suites the particular fish species that you’ll catch as well as the weather condition or wind flow. You should also consider the area you are going to fish. If you’re going to go fishing in a clear lake, a thin, clear line will help fake out the fish.

Extra Hooks

Bring extra hooks, different kinds for any sorts of fish. This is a great way to get prepared in any kind of fishing situations. You won’t love fishing a 100-pound catfish using a river trout hook.

Floaters or Bobbers

They will help you know if you’re getting a bite from a fish because they’ll sink if a fish bites. You will know that you have to be ready to reel your catch in. Bobbers come with different shape, size and colors. Round bobbers are easy to attach but won’t allow you to cast deeper while a slip bobber needs extra effort but you’ll get your hook deeper in water.

Sinker

If you want to catch a fish that goes way underneath, a hook and a lure isn’t enough to get it deeper. Therefore, you’ll need to attach a weight or a so-called sinker in order to make sure that it can sink further down the water.

Plastic Worms

Using live baits is a great thing but using plastic worms can also be an advantage. This is a great thing to have especially of you are bass fishing. They come into different colors and sizes. Those that have long tails are the easiest to use. There are some beliefs that certain colors attracts more fish, so pick the best color that yields the most catch for you.

Lures

The good old hook and worm combination should be enough for your fishing needs. But if you want to make use of more complex lures to up your game, it’s still a great idea. There are a lot of different lures from spinners and spoons, minnow imitations and many others that you’ll think will match your target species perfectly.

Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

If you are a beginner in fishing, you can find it quite hard to begin, especially if you don’t have any prior experience at all. However, you shouldn’t be afraid. It’s true that there are fish species that can be hard to catch, but with enough knowledge, skills and gears, nothing is an obstacle.

The very first thing you need to keep in mind is that there are some places that’ll need a fishing license. Ask your local community about it. If you already knew the details, then let’s begin learning how to fish!

Gears and Equipment

If you’re going to fish, you’ll need the proper kind of gears and equipment. If you are going to pick out an equipment, you have to understand the size and species of the fish you want to catch. By knowing this information, you will be able to decide the type of line that you’ll need. If you are going to fish heavier ones, you’ll have to get heavier gears.

The next thing that you need is the rod and the rod must match to the line. Each rod has a recommended line class, lure weight and other important information written on it. Make sure to check compatibilities to ensure a smooth fishing experience. There are three important things to consider when choosing a rod and they are action, length and reel.

  • Action – this is the amount of times the rod flexes. Higher action means that the rod has a greater sensitivity and you’ll feel vibration in your rod easier. However, there’s a catch for fast action rods. Though they will allow you to sense even the slightest nibble, it doesn’t have the power to pull out a big fish. For beginners, a medium action rod provides a good balance to strike the right balance.
  • Length – this one should be determined depending upon the type of fishing that you will do. If you are going to fish from the boat in an open sea or body of water, a longer rod can be useful. A shorter rod is best if you’re going to fish on an area where there might be low hanging branches that can get your hook stuck.
  • Reels – the most common types of reels are spinning reels and bait casting reels. A bait-casting reel requires adjustment of the tension on the spool to eliminate tangling and due to this kind of hard setup; beginners are recommended to get a spinning reel for easier.

Now that you have a basic understanding of lines and rods, let’s go to the lures and bait. It is important to understand your target species to go after them with the right lure. Lookup your target species and check the right kind of lure for them.

Casting

Now, we are going to cast using a spinning reel:

  1. With your index finger, hold the line against the rod.
  2. Open the bale with your other hand (this is the wire cage that opens and closes the reel).
  3. Throw your lure out while letting your finger off the rod as you release the line. The lure’s weight will do the job of sending the line out.
  4. Wait…
  5. And catch!