Fishing gear also known as fishing tackle refers to all equipment used in fishing. Fishing is a sport enjoyed by millions of outdoor enthusiasts worldwide and which involves testing of skills for anglers of all ages and experience levels. The preference of the fishing gear depends on the experience or the purpose of the sport by the fishermen. For example, you will find that professional anglers go for sophisticated equipment while their recreational counterparts opt for only the basic fishing gear. The following are various guidelines on fishing gear for you who might be interested in this popular sport.
Choosing the right fishing gear
For most fishermen, selecting, organizing and using fishing gear is almost as interesting as the sport itself. The choice of the equipment largely depends on a few factors:
*The environment where you are going to do most of your fishing. This can be the decision between freshwater, saltwater or ice fishing options. You find that the fishing gear used any of these options are hardly interchangeable and so it’s probably best to choose one over the others for convenience. It is recommended that beginners start with freshwater angling because it has comparatively smaller fish and less expensive equipment are required.
*The type of fish you wish to pursue. The type of fishing gear you choose to use largely determines your success in catching the specific fish targeted. For example, with a knowledge of the popular freshwater game fish such as Large-mouth bass or bucket-mouth, you are able to understand that they are indiscriminate feeders and thus a wide variety of lures will work well for them. It is pretty helpful to do a simple research of your surrounding area to find what fish live in your waters.
*How much you are willing to spend. It is recommended that fishing beginners consider starting with fishing gear which does not cost them much as they work their way towards the more advanced options. This will help them acclimatize to the sport and help them learn their preferences in their equipment of choice.
Basic fishing gear components
The primary fishing gear includes several things:
- A fishing rod
- Fishing line
- Fishing lures or bait
- A reel for your rod
- Leaders and sinkers
- Other tools and equipment
How to choose each of the fishing gear setup
1. Fishing Rods and reels
The most important thing to check on these set should be their compatibility. Ensure you choose the type of reel that fits snugly onto the rod. The rod should be made of good material in parts such as the handle, guides and blank. It should have a comfortable feel and be balanced while at hand. A standard rod should be six to seven inches longer than your height. For beginners, the rod action (flexibility) should be medium to medium-light.
Sensitivity of the rod (how easy you can sense a fish bite) is another major consideration when choosing a rod. Avoid stiff rods since you may not feel when a fish bites your bait. On the part of line guides, choose a rod with at least 5-7 line guides with ceramic material preferred to stainless steel as the latter can develop unwanted grooves. Handles made of cork are more durable than rubber hence are preferred. Put in mind that cheap and most low-priced rods will most probably fail you occasionally since they are prone to breakages and snags. Worth to note also is that both the rod and reel should be balanced to allow all the individual parts to work more effectively and efficiently.
2. Fishing line
A fishing line is designed to withstand the stress of the hooked fish. The strength is balanced with the line sensitivity and this ensures that the fisherman can detect when the bait is struck. Care should be taken when choosing this line since it should be able to withstand the size of the fish being pursued. The pound test which is the breaking point of the line when weight is added, should be put into consideration. Use heavier lines while fishing in heavy weeds, in waters containing rocks, logs or stumps. In clear waters, use lighter lines which are harder for fish to see.
3. Baits and lures
These include natural baits such as leeches, meal worms, dough-balls, and grubs among others. Other tools used for attracting and tricking fish which are not natural are known as lures. There are three categories of lures which are defined on the basis of the depth at which they are meant to be fished. These are surface lures, shallow water lures and deep water lures. They include plugs, spoons, jigs etc.
Before choosing the type of lure or baits to use in fishing, you should consider certain conditions of the fishing environment. For example, surface lures are fished more quickly during low lights when bass are more aggressive. Spinner baits are designed to cut through vegetation found in under water where bass can be found during low energy periods.
When using live baits, ensure they are properly ran through with the hook to attract game fish. For the best outcomes in your fishing practice, you can use brightly colored lures and baits while also complementing them with muted, natural tones. In summary, always choose a bait or lure based on factors such as the time of the year, water clarity, temperature and depth.
4. Leaders and sinkers
Leaders are the small sections of high-test and the abrasive-resistant line which connects the line from the reel to the hook. Sinkers on the other hand are used to help bottom lures like jigs to reach their desired depths. When choosing leaders and sinkers, always ensure that they are of high durability and are abrasion resistant.
Other tools and equipment a fisherman needs.
There are other minor but essential tools that are necessary to complete your fishing gear tackle box.
- Nail clippers which are useful when cutting your line without tattering it.
- Needle nose pliers which are important in extracting lures from the fish.
- A sharp filet knife used for cleaning fish.
- Sunscreen and an insect repellent.
Bonus tips on ways of how to succeed in sport fishing
1. Consider a proper balancing of your rod. This is meant to reduce any strain put on your hands and forearms by the still presentations of lifted lures. A balanced rod thus ensures there is an even weight distribution which greatly helps to reduce discomfort.
2. Wear dark sunglasses and use sunscreens to protect yourself from the sun while fishing. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after using the sunscreens as fish may not strike lures that carry strange scents.
3. Consult with other experienced fishermen before you fish every day. You will be surprised at the much information and tips you learn from them each day concerning issues such as the best lures or baits that are being preferred by the fishes.
Good fishing gear is an important part of a fisherman and is therefore worth investing in one. Some can be quite pricy but for novices, it is advised that they start with the not so high-end brands and qualities as they horn their skills and develop their passion in the sport.
A standard fishing gear has several basic components without which you may never succeed in sport fishing. The choices to purchase the equipment are be determined by the needs and preferences of the fisherman. In addition, succeeding in fishing may be greatly influenced by other minor inputs by fishermen such as following simple tips as discussed in the immediate section above.
By investing in a good fishing gear, putting a little effort and having a will to succeed, then you might be next sport fishing enthusiast in the making.