Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or you are going fishing for the first time, it’s important to go over what equipment you will need on your trip. You don’t want to get out of the water and find you are missing something critical. Check out our extensive list of basic fishing tools.
Ideally, you want your fishing excursion to be quiet and relaxing, so here are some things you don’t want to forget:
1. Fishing rod, reel, and line
Certainly, you cannot fish with a fishing rod, reel, and line. If you don’t own this equipment, you can either rent it from a fishing supply store or you can purchase your own. If you need help selecting which specific rod set would be right for you, visit Fishing Refined or Spinning Reel Advisor for suggestions.
You will need to decide which type of fish you hope to catch. First, your location will dictate which types of fish may be available (certainly, fishing in the ocean will different fish varieties than in a local stream). Some fish are attracted to worms, others to bread, and others prefer small fish to eat. For example, sea bass is best baited with crawfish while trout are most attracted to worms or small minnows. Some fish even prefer homemade dough balls. You can find many recipes for these dough balls online.
3. Chairs and blankets
Depending on your location, you will want to make sure to bring items to keep you and your fellow fishing buddies comfortable. If you are fishing along a bank, be sure to bring chairs to sit in and blankets to either keep warm or spread on the ground for additional space. Fishing can take a lot of time, especially if the fish aren’t biting much, so you want to be comfortable. If you plan to fish from a boat, you won’t need a chair, but bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself comfortable on the boat.
4. Food and drinks
Most fisherman–whether professional or hobbyist–plan for a full day of fishing in order to give themselves the best chance for a good catch. You need to plan accordingly by bringing enough food and water to last the whole day. It is best to bring a picnic basket full of food that does not need to be refrigerated (though you can pack ice packs for things, if needed). Bring plenty of water for everyone in your party. If you get lucky and get lots of bites, it can be very tiring work to reel in heavy fish, so your crew will need lots of water.
Fishing can be a lot of fun, but since it often takes hours at a time or even the whole day, it’s important that you are prepared. Make a list the night before your trip of all the things you need, and double-check it in the morning before you leave. For more detailed information on specific equipment, check out fishingpicks.com.
5. Line cutter
For this one, you need a knife or a nail cutter. Sometimes there’s a snag to your line, or it is stuck somewhere else besides the fish’s mouth and you should be ready for any circumstances like this.