For the new fisherman, or those have that have not been fishing in a long time, there are some fundamental and necessary items that can make a fishing trip more successful. These basic items can improve your chances of catching a bass, catfish, or whatever fish you are attempting to lure in on your line. The first one I am going to discuss is the rod and reel.
A spincast reel is the simplest reel for a new fisherman to cast and can handle a fish that does not weigh over twenty pounds. It is a good idea for all people that are new to fishing to get a new spincast reel. Longer casts allow for longer casts and play fish better. A five-foot-six-inch are best for smaller people and six-foot-six rods are ideal for teenagers. The next fishing gear I am going to discuss is fishing line.
There are a lot of fishing lines available on the market, but mono-filament is a lot more durable and easier to handle than other kinds of fishing line. Six or eight pound test is good for catching pan fish, crappie, or trout. If you are wanting to catch bass, catfish, and walleye, ten to twelve pound is the best. Test is the measurement that shows how strong a fishing line is. The next helpful fishing essential that I am going to share with you is hooks.
If you are fishing with live bait, smaller hooks make it easier to get type of this bait in a fish’s mouth. Size six hooks should be used for crappie and pan fish. Size one hooks are best for catfish. Circle hooks are just right for the beginner. They will not end up in the belly of a fish but will go to the corner of the fish’s mouth, which makes them easy to take out. Also, you do not have to set the hook, just start to reel and the hook will hook itself. No fishing trip would be complete without some extra additional items like sinkers.
Sinkers (also known as weights) help weigh down a fishing line to get it deeper into the water. Small crimp-on split-shot sinkers are very adaptable and easy to put on or take off of a line. Needle-nose pliers will help you remove hooks. Scissors or clippers will make it easier for you to cut a line. Baits are a must-have for fishing and you can either get artificial lures or live bait. Another important fishing tool is a tackle box.
For those of you that like to fish from a bank, it is easier to carry a smaller tackle box than trying to lug around a large one. For the shore angler, a couple of small ones will fit properly inside a backpack. Bobbers are great fishing aid, but one of the biggest mistakes a fisherman can make is using one that is too large. The smaller a bobber is, the easier it is to see if a fish is biting your line. It is also important to bring sunscreen so you do not get a sunburn on your fishing trip.
Sunscreen is another essential item to bring fishing because water reflects light so sunburns happen quicker on the water. Scales or a fishing will help measure the fish that you catch. Having a camera will quickly save the memory of the fish you caught forever. Putting the camera or camera phone in a resealable plastic bag will keep it safe if it gets splashed by water. By law, adults have to have a fishing license. In a lot of states, minors do not have to have a fishing license.
Taking all of this fishing gear with you is essential to possibly making your fishing trip an extra special one. For you new fisherman, these tools will be your friend on your fishing trips. They can even make them extra special all the way to the tail end of your trip.