Everyone needs a hobby. Life can be stressful at times, with all the demands of work, study, raising children and other challenges. Whether it’s board games, books, music, gardening or poetry – it pays to have something that is purely leisure.
One great outdoor activity that plenty of people enjoy immensely is fishing. Yet, like some other leisure pursuits, you need some skill and practise to successfully land a catch. So if you’re new to this hobby, read on, because, in this article, we’re going to explain what fishing gear you need for successful angling.
Pick the Right Fishing Line
You can’t catch a fish without a fishing line, or a braided fishing line. Fishing line is what you thread on your reel, and attach weights and baits to it.
There are generally three types of line. Monofilament is one continuous length, left untwisted. It is clear and smooth and has moderate stretch. You can get this in different colours so you can see it above the water.
Another type of line is a thermal filament, while the third is braided which is thicker and is used for going after larger species.
Fishing lines come in different strengths which are measured in pounds. You will choose a different pound strength depending on what type of fish you are after. For example, trout require a four-strength line while tuna requires a thirty-pound strength line.
Choose a Rod
This can be overwhelming when you get to the outdoor shop or browse online.
Ask yourself a few questions. Will you be fishing from a boat, or off a pier? Will you be fishing in freshwater rivers or lakes? Or might you want a lightweight rod you can take walking with you? Or perhaps you’re going to fish from a beach?
There are different types of rods, each suited to a particular type of fishing. There are baitcasting, surf, telescopic, overhead, spinning and fly rods. Each one will suit a unique style of fishing, so first decide how and where you want to fish, then pick a rod that is suited. Here’s a useful resource for deciding what sort of rod to use.
Pick a Reel
Your next step is to choose a reel. This is a mechanism that controls the let-out of the line, as well as being able to “reel” the line in once the fish has taken the bait or lure. Again, there are a huge variety of reels, each suited to a particular style of fishing and environment. Match this with a reel and you’re as right as rain.
Hooks a Plenty
You can’t catch a fish without a hook. A hook is a sharp, curved piece of metal that is designed to lodge in the fish’s mouth once they have tried to eat the bait or lure. The size of the hook will depend on what sort of fish you’re going for, so plan and get an appropriate assortment of hooks.
Bait or Lures
Bait is generally frozen or live organisms that fish love to eat. For example, worms, seashell meat and other critters make for great bait. Some people prefer fresh or alive bait, while others prefer frozen. Check out this wacky list of alternative baits for a chuckle.
Lures are artificial baits, usually made of plastic polymers. Some people prefer lures, while others keep them in their tackle boxes for when they run out of bait.
A Carp Catching Conclusion
There are some other things you’ll need for fishing, but we’ve just listed the basics. You’ll need a fishing line, a rod, a reel, hooks and bait and lures. The best of luck on your new hobby, we hope the fish bite for you.