Many anglers enjoy spending every free moment angling for fish. It becomes more fun when you have the right gear, such as fishing rods, lures, and tackle. As with most things, the correct equipment reduces frustration and increases the chances of making a catch.
What should be in a tackle box?
While one can go angling with a hook tied to the end of a line, there are some basic tackle supplies that may increase your luck:
- Line -Choose a 2- to 4-pound braided line for panfish, a 12-pound line for freshwater species, a 12- to 15-pound line for largemouth bass, and 6-pound fluorocarbon line for trout.
- Hooks - Consider carrying a variety of hooks depending on your conditions, including needle-point, rolled-in, hollow, spear, and knife-edge. If you are going fly-fishing, then opt for short shanks; otherwise, choose regular shanks unless you are angling in the ocean.
- Bobbers - While round bobbers are more convenient, slip bobbers are more versatile.
- Sinkers - Think about pyramid sinkers when angling for bottom feeders, egg or diamond sinkers when fishing over rocks, and bank sinkers when fishing for schooling fish.
- Lures - Opt for jigs, spinners, spoons, plugs, spinnerbaits, flies, and other lures matching the colour of the ground under the water where you will be angling with the lure. Then, choose a lure that moves at the speed of things the targeted fish species likes to eat, allowing them to see the lure as food.
How do you select the right rod?
Comparing several factors helps you choose the right fishing rods.
- Select materials - Fiberglass poles require little maintenance while ones made of graphite rods are stronger. Bamboo poles allow for extremely smooth entry into the water.
- Pick fishing pole length - If you are angling in wooded conditions or for aggressive fish, then choose a shorter pole. Never get one that is too long for your stature.
- Choose fishing pole style - Casting poles are intended to be tossed repeatedly while spinning rods are designed for trolling with live bait.
- Decide on power needed - Rod power is determined by the rod's weight. Choose lightweight for panfish and heavyweight for deep-sea angling.
- Single out the right level of action- The smaller the fish, the faster the action your pole needs.
How do you choose a reel?
The reel that you choose can make a large difference in your total catch for the day.
- Choose shore units to fight large fish from a boat.
- Opt for trolling reels for dragging behind a boat.
- Select casting ones when precision is important.
- Favor jigging units for catching reactionary biting fish.
- Elect bottom systems for fishing from stationary boats.
- Single out spring and pawl systems for fly fishing.