Whether you are fishing in the Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter, there is always more to fishing than actual fishing. There is the view to consider, the effects of the season, the beauty, the peace, and the challenge as well. Fishing has something to offer everyone.
Obviously, you need a rod and a reel. When buying equipment for the beginner, children, or someone who will not be fishing very much, consider purchasing a rod and reel as a package. This offers the most savings. It doesn’t make sense to purchase a hundred dollar rod, along with a hundred dollar reel for someone that won’t fish much – or won’t learn to fish at all. Also consider a pre-packaged tackle box for this group.
A basic tackle box should include various sized hooks, sinkers, bobbers, needle nosed pliers, and fishing line. Many fishermen use a net to make it a little easier to bring the fish to shore once it has been reeled almost all the way in. Depending on the fish that you are trying to catch, you may need a small and a large net.
If you walk into any sporting goods store, you will see that there is a huge variety of equipment available for fishermen. You don’t need all of it. You don’t even need most of it. But there are some gadgets that make fishing a bit easier. For instance, you can purchase an alarm that will tell you when there is a fish on your line. You could alternately watch your rod to determine that as well.
Clothing that you fish in should be comfortable and suitable for the weather, but there is some specialized clothing for fishermen. You will need a hat and sunglasses, and you should consider a fishing vest that has numerous pockets. Depending on the fishing that you are doing, you may need chest or hip waders. You may also consider waterproof jackets, hats, and gloves.
Other items that you may want to consider purchasing include: scissors, flashlights, a fishing belt, forceps, wading shoes, a gaff, a tackle box, a thermometer, pliers, and a knife. Bug repellent is necessary in some areas and seasons, and a good sun blocker is advised.
Remember that you do not need every piece of equipment available. Fishing is very enjoyable, and can actually be done, as a hobby, for little or no investment. However, if you allow it to, it can become a very expensive pastime. Consider your needs, and choose your equipment with care.