Ahh, the allure of fishing! Whether you are kicking back with a cane pole on a secluded riverbank, flyfishing for trout in a mountain stream, or attempting to hook a marlin on an ocean outing, fishing is a great way to combine the relaxation found in the great outdoors with the excitement and anticipation of hooking the big one. In order to be successful, it is important to purchase the best equipment available for the type of fishing you prefer. This not only includes the right rod and reel, but also the tackle which is best suited for the type of fish you are going after.
Many different products fall under the definition of fishing tackle. Common items include rods, reels, lures, and spare fishing line. Accessories such as tackle boxes, dip nets, and stringers are also considered to be indespensable items. A quality multi-tool can be helpful for removing fishhooks, cutting line, crimping lead weights, and changing out reels, If you prefer to fish with live bait a holding tank or a cooler should be included on the list. A casting net may be necessary if you desire to catch minnows yourself instead of purchasing them at a bait shop. Young kids love to bank fish using worms and a bobber, so if children are coming along don’t forget to add those items to your gear.
Once all of the basic things on the list are covered, many anglers add more expensive gear. For those who commonly fish from boats, an electronic depth finder is extremely helpful in finding schools of fish as well as underwater hiding places such as rock outcrops and submerged trees. A depth finder also protects the boat by warning of shallow water and hidden obstructions. Other useful items include lanterns for night fishing, rod holders, special backpacks and vests that serve as tackle boxes, and hip-waders for fly fishing in rivers or streams. Finally, sealable plastic bags and a good filet knife are needed if you plan on cleaning your catch before returning home.