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Basics You Need For Fishing

Updated on July 23, 2011

Basic Fishing Gear

Basic Fishing Gear

There are quite a few things that need to be looked at when talking about the basics you will need for fishing but the first thing you need to make sure that is in place is your fishing license. Now that you have a license we can talk about some of the basics for fishing that you will need. A few pieces of equipment will be needed to make your beginning fishing expedition a success. You will love your first fishing experience if you make sure all the basics like line, rod and reel all work well together. Once you figure this out you will eliminate a lot of problems that you may encounter.

The biggest thing you really need to figure out is making sure the three main things work together. That means the line has to work with the reel and the reel has to work with the rod. As a newbie you may think this would cost a lot of money but at the end of the day you could get a nice starter unit with line for about 50 bucks and with the exception of the line the equipment could last several years. When you are buying it get something that is comfortable. For me a 6ft6inch rod with a cork handle is what I prefer. Feel things out and eventually you will learn what you like and what works best for you.

When you are purchasing a rod you will notice you can buy them in one or two pieces. I strongly suggest you buy the two piece rod. Its really as simple as putting the two pieces together to fish and taking them apart for transportation. When you get this rod give it a little bend as well and see how well it flexes. Once again comfort will come into play when purchasing your rod.

At the end of the day you could even use a stick for a rod. However we all know that almost no one uses sticks anymore. Just about any rod you buy will work but there are a few things you may want to look for. Most people are comfortable with rods 6 feet or longer, they should be medium weight and fairly flexible. Another thing these days is almost everyone wants to use graphite and almost every rod being built is graphite. Once you learn to use the rod you will understand what will feel good and what will work for you.

When it comes to choosing line your mind will go absolutely batty when you see all the lines available at your local fishing store. I will make this real easy for you. If you are purposely going for big fish like Musky or big Pike then you should use big line. However for all round purpose you will be able to land almost anything you catch on 6 pound test line. Once you learn more about fighting fish and getting good at it you will see how you could catch a forty pound fish with 4 pound test but thats for another day and another hub.

Once again the biggest thing when getting your equipment is making sure the equipment works well together. So we talked a little about rods, reels and line. A few more basics you will need are stringer, knife, pliers, bandaids, bait, hat sunglasses and some food to munch on. Once you have all this you will be ready to go fishing. OH Yes dont forget to take lures as well.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very informative hub. I didn't see any hubs from you for a long ime and hope you are keeping well. Take care and all he bes.