According to some resources, the number of American anglers in the United States is growing with every year that goes by. In the spring of 2017, there were approximately fifty million people engaging in this activity somewhat regularly.
What does that tell us? It’s safe to say that fishing is one of the most popular sports in the U.S. right now. If you’ve ever thought about taking it up as a hobby, but you hardly have any idea of the type of equipment you might need for a successful trip to the river or lake in your area, this article is for you.
So, without further ado, we invite you to have a look at the following fishing gear items. You might find something you actually need, or you haven’t tried out before.
Rod and reel
You can’t fish without these two, so they’re the essential pieces of equipment you are going to carry with you on every fishing trip. Spincasting reels are recommended for beginners as they can be cast and controlled conveniently and efficiently. They can be used for handling fish with weights up to 20 pounds.
The ideal length of the rod you’re going to use is somewhere between 6-ft 6-in and 7-ft, but it largely depends on your body size and the type of fish you’re targeting. If you travel a lot, we suggest getting a telescoping fishing pole instead of a standard one or two-piece one.
When you’re starting out, you might notice that working with monofilament is far easier compared to doing the same with braided line, for instance. For trout, crappie, or any kind of panfish in general, use 6- to 8-pound test line. Walleye, bass, as well as catfish, require a stronger line like a 10- to 12-pound one.
As you can see, the type of line you pick has to match the weight (and sometimes, the willingness to put up a fight) of the fish you want to catch.
Hooks, sinkers, pliers, scissors, baits
The heading pretty much says it all. You’re going to need all of this and a lot more, like bobbers, clippers, a fishing scale or a ruler, and even sunscreen if you want to fish in the sun for a whole day.
The bait can be natural or artificial, and yet again, we have to point out that it needs to be matched with the fish you’re targeting. Whatever you do and regardless the kind of gear you prefer, something you must never forget is your fishing license. You could risk a hefty fine if you do, and if you’re unlucky enough to be caught fishing a species that’s protected by law, you might even risk jail time.
Our final tip is more of a personal piece of advice. If you have fishing buddies and you also want to take up the sport, do not hesitate to ask them about what you’re supposed to use for one type of technique or fish. If you don’t, go online and look for fishing forums — you wouldn’t believe how tight-knit the angling community can be.