Fishing is one of the most enjoyed sports in the world, and whether it is carried out on a large boat at sea, or in the local river, a variety of rods and Fishing tackle will be needed. The fishing rod is the pole held by the fisherman and has the lines attached to it. It can be set out or reeled in depending on the position of the fish, and it is the piece of equipment that the fisherman casts out at the beginning of the session. The hook is attached to the line and the bait is attached to that. If the bait is attractive enough, a fish should soon be along. Whether it is man-made bait or a piece of fish used as a lure, the result will be the same.
Tackle of the Past
Although the materials will have changed and the tackle looks a lot more up to date, the overall process will not have changed down the years. Nets would look the same, although in the past would have all been hand made by the fishermen and their families. The mesh would allow the small unwanted fish to filter through, and large holding nets were at hand to hold the fish to be kept.
Modern equipment is a lot lighter and carbon fiber or fiber glass tends to be used as opposed to bamboo or wood. The lines are usually made from nylon and are capable of reeling in large fish.
It’s Not Just the Rod
Fishermen can take a wide range of fishing tackle with them including: –
- Rods – This will need to be chosen depending upon where the fishing will take place.
- Reels – For freshwater fishing the reel can be lighter and do not have to be salt proof. With saltwater fishing, the reel will be bigger and must also be salt resistant.
- Line – Again the type of fishing will determine the line to be used. The options are braided, monofilament, fly fishing, ice fishing and fluorocarbon among others. Monofilament tends to be the cheaper ones, with the others being more expensive.
There are terms that fishermen must understand if they want to buy the best cranking rod.
- Action – This is where the rod starts to give or bend, and it should be moderate to moderate fast.
- Power – This is the amount of strength needed to get the rod to bend. It is connected to the weight of the line and when labeled will detail the range that allows them to operate at their best.
- Length – They are mostly between 6 and a half feet and 8 feet long. The longer the rod, the further the bait can be cast. With a shorter rod, there tends to be added accuracy, so the fisherman needs to know what is most important to them.
- Line Rating – In a nutshell, a light line is easy to cast and a heavier one will be able deal with bigger fish.
- Reels – Bait casting reels tend to be the reels of choice but this does not mean that a spinning reel can no longer be used. Not all will be suitable so check the rod and reel are compatible before purchasing.
Once the fishing tackle has been sorted, there are still things to buy. There should be a way to transport all the parts, and clothes to make sure you can deal with the elements. Waders and warm jumpers and jackets will be a must if there are plans to enter the water rather than just sit on the bank.