Fishing gear. That's a pretty general term, huh? The term fishing gear could encompass almost anything, seeing as how there are literally millions of different types of fishing gear. In this article, I'm going to discuss some of the most important types of fishing gear that the average anglers should be using. Some will fall into the tackle category, some in the equipment category, and some simply in the efficiency category. Let's all keep in mind what Steven Wright Said of us anglers, "There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." Many times I feel as if Mr. Wright hit the nail on the head with that quote.
Below is some fishing gear that every angler must employ.
Rod & Reel - Every angler need a rod and reel to go fishing. The type and size is all up to the angler and the type of fish that is trying to be caught. Remember, match your fishing gear to the type of fish that you're attempting to catch. Many anglers have one rod & reel, and use that setup for all of their fishing. This is a mistake. For example, when you fish for trout, you should use a different rod & reel than you use to fish for Largemouth Bass.
Gang Hooks - Everyone is well aware of using hooks to catch fish. The problem is that very few people realize the simplicity and effectiveness of a set of gang hooks. What's a set of gang hooks? Simply 2 small hooks tied in tandem, thus enabling the angler to fish live bait it a completely natural manner (especially worms). Everyone should realize the importance of a natural presentation, and gang Hooks provide it.
A Bait Bag - A bait bag can be homemade or purchased, but the point is that it’s the most efficient way to carry bait (especially live worms) while fishing. Don't you get tired of seeing old worm and other bait containers along the bank of your favorite fishing area? Well the use of a bait bag eliminates this problem, because anglers no longer need to carry those bulky containers with them on the water. Their bait can simply be transferred into a bait bag, and then its right there at there fingertips at all times.
A Fishing Vest - A fishing vest is the best and most efficient way to carry your fishing gear. These vests aren't just reserved for flea flickers or fly fishermen to the uninitiated. Spin fishermen should use fishing vests as well. They are quite inexpensive and incredibly convenient. In many situations, lugging a tackle box from here to there is a big pain in the butt. The use of a fishing vest will alleviate this pain.
Nail Clippers - Not for keeping your nails groomed, but for snipping fishing line. One of the most convenient things an angler can do is start using a retractor with a pair of nail clippers attached. This retractor is then placed on your fishing vest and the problem is solved. You dentist will thank you as well since you wont be biting fishing line any longer. Once you use a retractor one time, you'll never fish without one or two!
Sunglasses - preferably polarized sunglasses. There are few things as important as polarized sun glasses when fishing. They enable the angler to literally see under the water. This is an advantage for seeing actual fish, as well as seeing structure where fish tend to hide and feed from. A good pair of polarized sun glasses will pay dividends for years. And remember what your mother told you. You get what you pay for. This goes for sunglasses as well as most other things on this planet. Cheap polarized sunglasses don't work well and aren't worth the plastic they're made of.
Was this a list of all fishing gear? Of course not, it's simply a list of some of the most important. The fishing gear listed above is just some of the things that every angler should have available to them while fishing. Remember, our goal is to try to avoid being one of those people 'standing on the shore looking like an idiot', that's all, and to catch a few fish in the process.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana!
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