So you have finally convinced yourself you want to be an angler. Perhaps, it was the excitement of watching some professional battle it out with a decent-sized bass that did it for you. Or maybe, it was something you had actually wanted to do but never got round to making time for it. Now that you’ve made up your mind, and you’re interested in getting the appropriate fishing kit for beginners.
No matter your motivation, starting out as a new angler requires preparation. It is more than just heading to a hardware store downtown to get a rod and line and tossing it into the water hoping to emulate the pros.
Like everything that needs to be done well, every beginner fisherman must be acquainted with some basic and essential things about fishing to get a modest crack at catching fish.
Fishing kits for beginners can either be quite expensive or quite cheap. What you spend to get the necessary kits could well come down to the sort of advice given to you.
So it doesn’t really matter if you are on a tight budget. The basic fishing gear you would need can be obtained without having deep pockets.
Before going into the kits you would need as a newbie angler, how about a quick look at some basic fishing tips?
Fishing kit for Beginners: The Essentials
As was mentioned earlier, you don’t have to break the bank to purchase your fishing kits. Also, just sticking with the most essential would be great at this point.
There is no need for sophisticated or complicated equipment that would require long hours learning how to operate them.
So these are some of the basic fishing kit for beginners to get started.
Every experienced angler’s kit starts with the rod and reel. It is no different for a beginner. The array of fishing reels on sale can be dizzying to a newbie. Even some experienced anglers find the various types of reels confusing.
For beginners though, it is best to purchase a spincast reel. The fishing line is usually encased in a housing and depending on the design you don’t have to do much to cast the line.
Another advantage of this type of reel is that the tangling of the lines or ‘birdnest’ is not common.
As for the rod, factors you need to consider before picking one include the length and weight of the rod. However, what you feel comfortable with should determine your final choice.
But shorter rods are better for beginners since they are easier to handle.
And for durability, purchase a rod made from fiberglass. Apart from being stronger, they are also generally less expensive than rods made with graphite or composite materials.
The tackle box as the name implies is the box where you store all your tackles and gears.
As a beginner, you don’t need an elaborately big box. Get something simple with a few trays. Even a box with a single tray would be good enough.
Just make sure whichever box you purchase has a good latch.
Hooks also very essential especially when fishing with live bait like worms and minnows. Hooks are made in a variety of sizes.
The size of fishing hooks is inversely proportional to their numbers. That is, the higher the number, the smaller the size of the hook.
For a beginner, hooks with gauge sizes between 26 and 20 would be best for small fish.
At that size they are strong enough and light at the same time. A thin wire runs through the best ones which make it easier for them to get gobbled up by the small mouth of the fish.
A hook hone is essential for sharpening your hooks from time to time. Using it would keep your hooks in tip-top condition.
There are different types of fishing line suitable for different situations.
However, as a beginner, your best option is the monofilament fishing line. Made of mixed polymers, they are the most popular and almost all experienced anglers learned how to fish with them. They are very compatible with most reels and are excellent for fishing in shallow waters.
Do remember to buy an extra spool of fishing line though. You don’t want to be stranded when something unfortunate like snagging your only line in a submerged rock occurs.
These are essential as they carry your bait to the depths where hopefully the fish are hiding.
There are different types of sinkers, but split shots made from tin are the least expensive. You attach them to your line with a pair of pliers.
Also known as bobbers, they make sure your bait is suspended at the depth you desire. Floaters help you determine the length of line that would dangle below the surface of the water.
A pair of pliers can come in handy in ways you can’t even anticipate. The needle-nose pliers are best to help remove hooks from the mouth of your catch.
They are also useful in crimping split shot sinkers onto your line and undo or detach crimp sinkers from the line.
Every angler needs a bait attached to the hook to attract the fish.
There are different types of baits. You can buy live baits, most commonly worms, from shops or you can dig them up yourself from the ground when you get to your fishing spot.
But if live worms make you queasy, you can always buy plastic worms from your local fishing store.
Dough baits are also popular. They are so-called because their texture is remarkably similar to bread or cookies made from dough. They are sold in different colors.
If you chose to buy dough baits, make sure you stick to brightly-colored ones and get at least two jars.
This is a nifty piece of fishing kit made of metal with a ball or barrel-shaped pivoting joint.
For a newbie angler, its value cannot be overstated especially since you are likely using a monofilament fishing line. During retrieval, it prevents tangling of the line by making sure the line doesn’t twist as it goes through the swivel.
Again, make sure you purchase swivels that are very colorful.
You would need a knife to gut and clean the fish if your intention is to eat what you caught. A fillet knife would do the job very efficiently.
When fishing on a clear bright day, the reflection from the surface of the water can be a huge distraction.
Basic sunglasses with a polarized lens would neutralize the effects of the glare from the water and help you see what is going on below the surface.
The following are optional kits you might need on your day out.
Hat – necessary for fishing on a sunny day
Hand towel – to keep your hand dry so your rod won’t become slippery
Small bucket – to keep your catch
Gloves – to prevent bruising
Food and drink – to keep up your energy and when you get tasty
These are the essential fishing kit for beginners. Though catching fish can be both fun and sporting, you need to be aware that frustrations can come in stuck or lost lures, costing you time and money in replacements.
Basic fishing tips for new anglers.
- When stocking up for fishing, buy the things you absolutely need. Don’t buy stuff because you can afford them or think you might need them.
- Make sure some of your kits like baits are brightly colored. This is key because fish are naturally attracted to bright colors.
- Starting small is important too for beginners. So get your angling bones in small lakes and ponds first. This experience with small fish would be valuable when you move to bigger bodies of water and bigger games.
- Be alert while fishing. Experienced anglers would tell you that fish know how to hide. So learn to identify objects in the water to help you. Generally, fish prefer hiding out in places that are shady and deep with abundant food.
- The best fishing times are early mornings and late nights. It is also known that your chances of catching something are high on cloudy days.
- The best times of the year to fish are during the spring and summer. This is the period they came out to feed after hibernating in the winter months.
- Get a fishing license. In most states, a license or permit is required to fish in the wild. You don’t want to spoil the great day you might be having getting caught without a permit. The fines can be pretty hefty if you don’t have one.
The fees you pay for the license would depend on the kind of fishing, location, duration and in some cases how much fish you intend to catch.
- Take along an experienced angler with you as a mentor. They are invaluable in showing you the ropes as you cut your teeth in the world of fishing
As a matter of fact, you need to bring them along when you go to purchase the kits you need as a beginner.
However, you would only get better as you put in more hours in learning how to fish. With time, you would certainly graduate to catching bigger fish in bigger lakes, rivers and even the sea.