We all need a hobby or a way to spend our downtime. With all the demands of modern life and the challenges that come with it, a break is priceless. Whether it’s working out, reading, playing video games or knitting, it’s rewarding to have something to do that is for your enjoyment.
One excellent activity that people of all ages can enjoy is fishing. Yet, like some other hobbies, you need some skills and equipment to make the most of it and land some fish.
So, if you’re thinking about taking up fishing and want to know what fishing gear you’ll need, read on.
Pick A Good Type Of Line
You can’t reel in a decent catch without a fishing line. This is what threads around your reel, and you attach weights, sinkers and your hook to it.
There are three different types of line on the market these days. Thermal filament is one, as is braided. Braided line is usually used when going after big fish, so you may not need it yet as you are just beginning on your fishing journey.
Another type of line is monofilament, which is one continuous length of line that is smooth, clear and has a moderate amount of stretch. This comes in various colours so you can see if above the water.
Pick A Rod
This can be a tricky part of getting your gear sorted, as there are so many different options available.
You need to assess your needs and the type of fishing you will do. Are you planning on heading out on the ocean in a boat, or casting off a pier? Will you hit the streams, rivers and lakes for freshwater fish or stick to the ocean? Do you need to be able to carry your rod while walking, in which case a lightweight rod is best.
There are many different types of rods, each best matched to a certain style of fishing.
There are spinning rods, fly rods, baitcasting, surf rods and telescopic rods. Once you’ve locked in the type of fishing you’ll do, pick the rod that is best suited to it.
Choose A Reel
Your next step towards your fishing career is choosing a reel. This is an instrument that controls the release of the line, as well as enabling you to “reel” in the fish once it has taken the bait or lure.
Once again, there is a huge variety of reels on the market, and as rods, they are suited to the type of fishing you want to do. Match this up with the best reel and you’re well on your way.
Give Them Something To Bite On
You can’t bring home seafood dinner without a hook. The hook is the sharp, curved metal device that fits perfectly in your prey’s mouth, once they have taken the bait or lure. There is a large variety of hooks in different shapes and sizes. Once again, it will depend on the type of fishing you plan on doing and your target fish.
Lures Or Bait?
Lures are manufactured products that emulate the movement and look of live bait. Some people prefer lures, while others keep them as a backup for when their bait supply becomes depleted.
Bait, on the other hand, are alive or dead (and frozen) organisms that fish love to snap up. Most bait shops will have a variety to choose from.
Listed here is the basic type of fishing gear you’ll need to get started. You’ll need a rod, reel, line, hook and bait or lures. Now get out there and catch some fish!