With summer in full swing, many fishing devotees have already been out on the water and plan to go out again soon. Fishing is a great way to have fun, catch up with your old friends and relax your mind after a hectic week of work. However, when it comes to choosing from the vast amount of fishing gear available today, novices often find it a daunting task to assemble a basic fishing outfit. Fortunately, getting started in fishing takes much less gear than the sporting goods stores and mail-order catalogs would have you think. Here is the list of basic items you need to experience success on the water:
A medium-light weight spinning rod between 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 feet long is a premium choice for fishermen who wish to track a variety of fish. However, for small trout and pan fish, you may choose a more sensitive, ultralight rod. Similarly, if you want to target species like catfish or muskie, you may need a stronger rod.
Spin-casting reels come in two different types: open and closed-faced. Closed-faced reels boast a cap that coats the spool around which the line is wrapped, in contrast to the open-faced reel, where the spool and line are exposed. The reel should complement the size of the rod that is being used by the fishermen. For a medium-weight spinning rod, you should choose a reel designed to handle and eight to twelve pound test line.
Clear monofilament line is available in a variety of strengths referred to as pound-test. Eight pound-test line is generally considered best for most fishing situations.
If you prefer fishing with the live bait, it is best for you to buy a selection of hooks in different sizes ranging from No. 6 to No. 10. When you practice catch-and-release, you may flatten the barbs on your hooks to reduce the injury done to fish once they have been trapped by the hook.
With sinkers, you can easily get your bait right down to the fish, making sure that the bait does not float on the surface. Novices should purchase a variety pack of split shot sinkers that are small and round and can easily be clamped onto your line with needle-nose pliers.
Bobbers are basically the floating devices you can attach to your line to set the depth at which the bait presents to the fish. Bobbers also give you an indication about when you have a fish on the line by dropping below the surface of the water once a fish has taken your bait. Generally, round bobbers are considered less sensitive to strikes than the pencil-shaped, slender slip bobbers.
With a tackle box, you can easily arrange and transport your tackle and bait when you go out to fish. A small, plastic tackle box that can contain a basic collection of gear is an ideal choice for beginners.
By having a landing net on hand, you can conveniently prevent losing a trophy fish while you attempt to haul it onto the shore or into the boat. A net also allows you to safely and quickly land a hooked fish, which increases the chances of the fish’s survival when you release it back into the water.