Fishing Gear Essentials For Beginner Anglers
If you want to start fishing and you don’t know where to start, walking inside a huge store can be intimidating. There seems to be a wide range of variety of every item. There are a lot of ways to start fishing, but this article will discuss the essentials before you head on down to the lake. These are the fishing gear essentials.
1. Rod & Reel
Of course, this is number one in our fishing gear essentials list. This is your sword and shield. Anyway, when it comes to your weapon of choice, choosing a medium action rod with around 8 lb -20 lb rate is a great start. It will give you a wide variety of species to catch. You would want to start with something that catches both bait fish and lure fish.
2. Fishing Line
Fishing lines vary from different materials to different diameter sizes. Of course the larger the diameter the stronger the line. Fluorocarbon lines are invisible underwater and abrasion resistant. Monofilament lines are buoyant and stretchable. For beginners, you should be fine with monofilament line with a 10lb test.
Pro tip: Practice tying knots. Practice with monofilament first. Get started with tying basic knots, improved clinch, uni, and Palomar knots. Knowing these three could get you to tie your line to any rig or hook you need.
Tackle – Hooks, Sinkers, and Floaters are all the tackle you need if you’re just a beginner.
- Hooks – Try to stay away from snelled hooks for now. Snelled hooks have a shock leader pre-tied to them to attach to a swivel snap. Just get a basic octopus hook for now.
- Sinkers – Sinkers are important because it helps you cast your bait further and keep your bait underwater. They don’t cost as much and are easy to install
- Floaters – Often times called bobbers. They help keep your bait off the bottom and tell you when you’re getting a bite.
4. Live Bait
Every single experienced fisherman out there started fishing with live bait. The most efficient bait there is the nightcrawler. Most fish will eat nightcrawlers