Catch your limits with the proper fishing gear
Whether you do your fishing from a boat, fishing pier, boat dock or the surf's edge, you want the right items to catch fish, and they need to be suited for the kind of fishing that you're doing. The fishing rod and reel, fishing line, lures and bait that you use when deep-sea fishing aren't the same that you use when fishing at your local pond or lake. Get the right gear at the right price, thanks to our Every Day Low Prices.
Rods, reels and combinations
The first consideration you should make when selecting a fishing rod is length. If you're trying to catch smaller fish using light tackle, a shorter rod is in order. If you're surf fishing and trying to cast your line far offshore, or if you're trolling for bigger fish while on a moving boat, a longer rod is what you need. However, when fishing for fighting fish or other sea life, such as sharks, a shorter, thicker rod is the right choice it gives you better control when trying to land your catch. Longer rods also work better when you're fly fishing in a stream or river.
Rods are also measured by weight, which refers to how heavy of a lure or bait each rod can cast. This is known as pound test. A rod's pound test tells you how much weight it can handle. A rod's action is also a consideration you can make. The lighter the rod, the more it bends at the tip of the rod. If it's a heavy-action rod, it'll bend closer to where your hands go. fishing rods are usually made from one of two materials graphite or fiberglass although some are made from a combination of both. These materials are strong and durable.
When selecting a reel, or a rod and reel combination, there are four types from which you can choose:
- Spincast reel this is an introductory type of reel and the easiest kind to use. It sits on the upper side of the reel. You release the fishing line with the push of a button, then slowly reel it back in with the handle
- Spinning reel Probably the most commonly used reel, the spinning reel rests beneath your hands on the reel; when casting, you open the round wire, called the bail, and cast the line as far as you can with a flick of the wrist. Tlace a finger on the line in the reel, close the bail and then reel the line back in with the handle
- Baitcasting reel Also known as a conventional reel, this reel is the one to use when you're trying to catch larger fish. The line is encased in a basket-like container, and the casting is manipulated with your thumb; however, the reel works the same as the others
- Trolling reel These reels work like baitcasting reels but are for catching large game fish while traveling offshore in a boat
Hooks, lures and bait
Just like reels, there's a myriad of choices when it comes to the hooks to use when catching fish:
- Aberdeen hooks a thin, light metal hook with a "J" used for bait fishing, such as for crappie
- Bait hooks another "J"-shaped hook, these have barbs on the end of the hook to hold the bait in place and can be long or short
- Circle hooks a "J"-shaped hook that's more closed up on the end, this design is used mostly for live bait fishing because the shape keeps live bait on the hook better
- Jig hooks these are similar in shape to an Aberdeen hook but are made with thicker metal and the line end is bent at a 90-degree angle. They're best for artificial jigs
- Octopus hooks a rounder, shorter "J"-shaped hook that's also good for bait fishing
- Siwash hooks similar is style to an Aberdeen hook, but made with thicker metal; ideal for bait fishing, helping to keep bait fish alive longer
- Treble hooks these hooks have three hooks on the end equally spread apart; mostly seen on artificial baits and lures; also good for cut bait or threading small bait fish like minnows
- Worm hooks a hook that's round on the back and juts up sharply at the hook end; these are good for plastic bait like worms as the hook is shaped in such a way to avoid being caught in vegetation along a shoreline
If you're not using live bait or cut bait, you'll want to use artificial bait or lures. Most artificial lures resemble the type of bait fish or other food, such as worms or shrimp, that the fish you're trying to catch normally eat. These artificial baits can be scented and have metal spoons attached to them or be painted in metal flake to reflect light in the water. Other types of bait include jigs and jig heads, spoons, flies and spinnerbaits, which you can attach artificial or real bait to, and attractants to make artificial lures smell lifelike.
Whether you're going deep sea fishing or just to your local lake, a tackle box is a must-have item. Tackle boxes allow you to store all of the essentials you need for your fishing adventure, including hooks, artificial baits and lures, fishing line, needle-nose pliers, line cutter, fillet knife, sinkers and bobbers. Tackle boxes have several small compartments in trays on the top where you can neatly separate all the small items you're taking with you. There's also space at the bottom for larger items. If you have the room, you may want to consider placing in your tackle box a first aid kit small flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen and fishing gloves.