Tip #1: First Choose Your Rod, Reel, and Line
An angler’s most important tool is a fishing pole, which also includes the reel and fishing line that is attached. A good rod will be strong and flexible, and the same rule applies to good fishing line. The length of the pole and how much fishing line you need on it will depend on where – and what – you are fishing. The general design of reel you choose will be based a lot on personal preference. This basically means whether you prefer a closed or open reel, both of which have their advantages and disadvantages.
Tip #2: Consider Your Fishing Location
The place you normally fish will almost entirely determine the supplies you choose. The details you really want to consider are the movement and depth of the water. For example, stream fishing will commonly warrant fly fishing equipment. You will need heavy sinkers or lures at the end of your line if you are seeking bottom dwellers in deep or quick moving waters. The ocean’s salt can threaten many rods and reels, so for this kind of fishing you want to make sure you have gear that can handle the elements. Buying gear for fishing in ponds and lakes is usually easier. There are specific rods and reels that work the best in these locations, but there are not as many minute details to consider.
Tip #3: Determine the Fish You Want to Catch
The size and habits of the fish you want to catch are very important. Catfish and other bottom feeders are more often attracted to less mobile food, so anglers seeking these bottom feeders will have the best luck with dead bait, like chicken liver. More active fish, like crappie and bluegill, love a target that darts around. Live bait or lures will usually do the trick. Regardless of your target fish, make sure your bait is used correctly – and smells correctly, too.