Fishing is one of the most challenging and varied pastimes. Fishing can become an addiction. No matter if you’re a rookie or an experienced angler, it’s enjoyable for everybody.
So, if you are getting ready to go outdoors, and you don’t want anything to go wrong.
Then you do need to prepare, because in fishing, there are plenty of things that can ruin a good days fishing.
This quick guide will show all the fishing gear you need, and the stuff you need to keep in your tackle box, to make sure you have any eventuality covered.
You will learn how to organize your fishing equipment list of basics, because you can, and most likely will overlook something along the way.
Fishing for Beginners Gear List
Depending on the kind of fishing, you will need a different kind of fishing rod. Here is a quick rundown of the types you may require.
A spinning rod will be required if you are using lures and are casting into waters where there are predatory fish. These range from about 7 feet in length up to 10 feet.
If you are fly fishing, these are very different and can be far more expensive. These also use a special fishing line, and use manmade flies as the bait.
Baitcasting rods require more effort. The reel also sits on top of the rod rather than slung underneath. These can range from eight feet up to thirteen feet in length.
Match rods are designed for your bobbers, and compared to other fishing; this is one, which takes more patience and more skill.
A fishing pole of this type can be eight to twelve feet in length, and are very light.
For boat use, the rods are different again, and you will most likely use a trolling rod. Ice fishing requires extra gear list here.
You have rods, and reels are next in importance. There are many types of these, though some are multi-use. One key thing to look for is the drag system. This can be what tires the fish out and thus lets you land it.
Like the rods above, you have baitcasting, spinning reels, multiplier reels (more for sea fishing and trolling), and one reel that is very different in operation. Fly reels.
The most versatile fishing reel is a spinning reel. These can be used for most types of fishing apart from when fishing with flies.
You have several types of fishing line. Fluorocarbon, monofilament, braided and fly. The most common being Mono line (monofilament).
This comes in different thicknesses of 0.14mm to 1.4mm. You can also get different colors to match the water, and the water bed where you plan to fish.
A better recommendation is fluorocarbon because it is harder to see under water. In many cases, because of the cost, this is used as a leader rather than all the line.
Braided line is not as elastic, so it is suited to spinning with baits, lures or anything, which drags through the water.
This allows you to feel a bite much quicker, so you can react. One of the top brands being Maxima that has a registered trademark on quite a few different fishing line products.
One good example being Braid 8, which has eight braids, is triple coated and is highly abrasion resistant.
This last thing is crucial for when you are landing fish and your line can be rubbing against rocks of the water bed.
Fishing Lures and Bait
If there is any area of fishing for beginners that can be confusing, then it will the kinds of lures, and baits you can use. There are thousands, and fishermen try all they can to get the edge.
Fishing lures are the bait itself, and are most used for spinning. Jerbaits, topwater lures, spoons and the list goes on.
When you get to real bait, you have live bait, and it should match what the fish feed on in their natural habitat. This is the area where you will use your fishhooks.
The bait will be threaded on the hook before you cast into the water.
Minnows or other small fish are ideal, as are small shrimps. Fish go for the look and the smell. If you are lake fishing, then worms and maggots are great options, but in times when you are, running short or you wish to try something different.
A bag of plastic worms can save the day if you are fishing for Bass. These come in all shapes and sizes, so you may find one type better than another may.
As you become more experienced, you quickly find the kind of bait depends on the type of fish you are hoping to catch.
Hooks and Sinkers
A fishing tackle box in itself is necessary once you get into fishing. This is more important for things like your hooks. These are razor sharp, so you don’t want to be rummaging around in the dark trying to find one.
You can get barbed, barbless curved and straight. This goes along with the large number of sizes you can use.
To cast with bobbers and bait, you will need sinkers. This split shot is what allows you to cast at distance, as well as holding your line under water.
Various Fishing Gear
What fishing tackle you carry will depend on the fishing trip you are taking. If you can set up at the side of a lake, then a box for your tackle is ideal, and you can keep things organized.
Even if you are not in a position to take everything, you do need essentials from the above list, and a good pair of needle nose pliers.
These can serve may uses, from removing hooks from the fish, to cutting line and squeezing together your sinkers on your line.
One particular area where a tackle box is unfeasible can be when kayak fishing if you don’t have the space, or when fly fishing in the middle of a river.
If this is the case, you need a stripped down fishing gear list, and you will need to use tackle bags to hold all your gear.