Whenever you have some spare time and you need to get away from the crowd, you should relax and catch up with your old pals on a small fishing trip. I get this feeling from time to time so I always make sure my fishing gear is ready for a journey.
The majority of the people I know have a hard time learning which piece of equipment matters most and what is crucial to pack with you when going fishing. After years of learning everything there is to know about this wonderful outdoor hobby, I’ve managed to create a little must-have list that compiles my all-time favorite fishing gear that I use during each fishing session.
Besides my favorite rod that I never ever leave my house without, I like to put an extra line in my fishing tackle box. Sometimes the fishing line breaks or gets tangled so it’s a great idea to have a spare one with the rest of your tools. Since the line depends a lot on the area you’re fishing and the kind of fishing you’re hoping to catch, you need to make sure that you get an adequate one. For example, you must get a durable and heavier fishing line if you plan on fishing in a rough environment because it can reduce the chances to snap. On the other hand, if you’re only going for a quick fishing trip in crystal clear lakes, a thin, clean line will do.
No matter what kind of fishing you’re into, don’t forget to stock your fishing box with all sorts of hooks. I usually like to have a traditional J-hook but I believe you can add the french hook as well. Nevertheless, no matter what type of hook you decide to carry, get a bunch of them in different sizes.
Let’s move on to bobbers or floaters, as many anglers called them. These are the ones responsible for alerting you when the fish grabs the bait. Basically, the bobber will sink when the fish bites so you’ll know the when to reel in the catch. Depending on your personal needs and preferences, you can choose between white plastic and round red bobbers. Fishing enthusiasts tend to prefer round bobbers because they can be easily clipped to the line. However, they can impose a limit on how deep you cast the line.
Because putting only a hook and a worm alone makes the rod sink too fast and too deep, you’ll most certainly need to attach some sort of weight that compensates. These are called sinkers and are typically made of lead. Before using them, check whether there are laws that prevent them due to environmental issues.