When you start a new sport or hobby, you will inevitably need to purchase certain gear and supplies. However, since you’re only a beginner, it makes the most sense to start small and only purchase the essentials until you’re thoroughly invested in the hobby. To help all you amateur anglers get started, today we’re discussing essential fishing gear for beginners. Our recommended supplies are necessary for fishers of all ages, but we’ve included some special tips for children and toddlers as well. You’re never too young to learn how to fish, after all!
Essential Fishing Gear for Beginners
ROD & REEL
Although there are other ways of fishing (using a net or a cage, for example), we’re going to go ahead and assume that you’re interested in the classic method: rod and reel. There are very expensive, speciality, high-quality rods and reels available these days, but we recommend that you start with a basic, sturdy rod with an attached reel. It’s a simple, no-frills choice that will serve you well for years to come.
HOOKS & LINE
Your fishing rod may come with hooks and a line, but even if it does, you will need back-ups eventually. The most common type of fishing line is monofilament, a great all-purpose fishing line that can be used anywhere. When it comes to hooks, we again recommend that you choose a simple and basic product. Steer clear of the fancy, embellished, multi-hook options for now.
It is extremely unlikely that you will catch a fish without any bait attached to your hook! Live bait is most common. You might choose earthworms, grubs, maggots, grasshoppers, or mealworms. Feel free to dig around your yard for worms, or pick up live bait at a local bait shop. For more tips, check out this previous blog post about the best types of fishing bait.
BOBBERS, SINKERS, & LURES
When you’re first starting out, a bobber is extremely helpful. Simply watching your bobber and reacting appropriately will help you snag your first fish. In addition, try adding a sinker to your line to weigh down the bait and line. Finally, although lures are not necessary for fishing, their fun shapes make them appealing to anglers of all ages. Pick up one to fool the fish into taking your bait.
You don’t need a large, multi-level tackle box just yet, but why not purchase a small container to hold all of your new supplies? This will keep you organized, prepare you for emergencies, and allow you to go fishing at a moment’s notice!
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