Fishing is a wonderful pastime that can be rewarding and relaxing at the same time. To make sure that you have the best results, the right fishing supplies are a must-have for the beginning fisherman.
1. Take the time to test out the proper fishing rod and reel for the type of fishing you will be doing. Make sure it is easy to hold with a proper balance in your hand. Lightweight and medium rods and reels are good for freshwater smaller fish while you may want a heavier rig for deep water or saltwater fishing. Closed-face reels are generally easier to cast for the beginner.
2. Having the right weight monofilament fishing line will enhance your fishing experience. A 10-pound line is good for most freshwater fishing unless you are going for large fish at deeper depths.
3. The beginning fisherman will need a tackle box to store their fishing supplies. Start out with a simple plastic box that has enough space to store your supplies. Try to keep it lightweight to carry as some of the best fishing spots may require a hike.
4. Well, you are going to need some hooks and sinkers if using live bait. Different fish require different size hooks if you are to keep them on the line. If panfish is the order for the day, size 6 or 8 Aberdeen hooks work well. Bass fishermen often choose offset shank worm hooks, in 3/0 or 4/0. Keep a good supply of hooks on hand, as they need to be replaced often. Split shot and sliding sinkers are needed to keep the bait at the depth of water you want to fish.
5. Don’t forget to get a few packs of swivels. These are time-saving equipment that allows you to change lures quickly as well as helping your line not to twist. They also come in several sizes. Keep a variety of swivel sizes on hand so you have what you need when you need it.
6. When using natural baits, bobbers are a real help to know when a fish is interested in what’s on your hook. Bobbers come in different shapes. The long “pencil” shape tends to be more nibble action sensitive than the rounder ones but all work well when letting you know you have a fish on the line.
7. Hard bait can be intimidating in the beginning, but the main thing is to think about having a hard bait for different depths. To start out, keep it simple and go with traditional hard bait lures that have stood the test of time. A topwater popper or walking bait, a shallow depth crank or stick bait, and a deep diver is all you need to start.
8. Next for the tackle box is the inline spinners. Spinners reflect a flash of light like live minnows that attract predator fish. Easy to use, they come in a variety of sizes and colors. These are a must-have for any beginning fisherman. Some spinners come skirted if you are fishing in weeded areas to prevent tangling the lure.
9. Jigs and plastic worms will round out the lures needed for a successful fishing trip. You just never know what the fish will be biting on the day you are casting. Have different colors on hand for the best success.
10. Pliers are a must. Every tackle box is not complete without them. Also having an assigned pocket knife for fishing solves many problems that can come up either in the wild or on a boat. Another item is a stringer. It is better to keep the fish alive as long as possible if you plan to fry them up. Be sure to get a valid fishing license for the area that you will be fishing in to stay out of trouble. Check local fishing laws to know when you will need one.