Fishing Equipment for Beginners
If you’re just starting to get serious about fishing, it can seem daunting. Every fisherman has different ideas and methods, and there are so many different things to keep in mind when getting ready for a trip. You have to make sure you have the right rod, right hooks, right tackle, that you do your research, know where to go. It can seem like a lot! However, there a few things that most fishermen will agree are absolutely crucial when starting out. These few equipment basics will act as a starting point, and allow you to test the waters and learn what does and doesn’t work for you.
Remember: so much of having the proper gear depends on where and what you are fishing, so do your reading and don’t be afraid to ask more avid fishermen when you first start out. Doing your research and asking questions at your local store before heading out will ensure that you get the proper hooks (not to mention overall equipment) for your needs. There are a few things you’ll need to know about.
The Rod and Reel
What kinds of action are you hoping this rod will take on? How do you want your reel to function? There are a variety of speeds, functions, and ability levels to consider.
Like with all other elements of fishing, the right kind of line depends on what you are using it for. You have to take into account where and how you are fishing, what kind of rod you have, and what works best with your bait.
Bobbers, Corks, Floats, and Bait
Not only do bobbers, corks, and floats help you know when you’ve snagged a big one, but also they help keep your bait where it needs to be. Knowing if live or plastic will work best for your scenario is also important to learn as a new fisherman.
Hooks and Sinkers
What types of hooks will you need? Weedless? Circle? Barbless? What kind of sinkers do you need? What weight will work best?
A Well-Stocked Tackle Box
“Less is more” is never true for fishing. You want to be as prepared as possible, and that means having lots of extras, as well as safety gear and tools that you may need. These can include pliers, knives, a first aid kit, bug spray, sunglasses, sunscreen, flares, a whistle … the list goes on. Always have your fishing license ready, and, if you are on a boat, some easily accessible life jackets.
Keep these things in mind and you can focus on the fishing!