Picking Your Fishing Equipment


Fisherman’s Toolbox founder Ted Begnoche explains the process of selecting a reel and rod for new anglers!

The below article is an excerpt from “How To Catch Fish” by Ted Begnoche from Fisherman’s Toolbox. We’re proud to work with him, as his helpful website has tips and fishing gear reviews for anglers of all skill levels.

Fishing tackle is sold almost everywhere these days. When I first started fishing, over 50 years ago, there were a limited amount of tackle outlets, but with the advent of online shopping and big box stores, all this has changed.

The equipment is much better these days as well, due to better manufacturing techniques and increased competition among manufacturers.

Getting started couldn’t be easier. Manufacturers have put together combinations of rod and reels that can be selected based on the body of water or type of fish you’re pursuing.

For instance, freshwater bass fishing requires much different tackle than chasing tarpon in saltwater.

Selecting a Fishing Reel

A good quality fishing reel is perhaps the most important component in your fishing arsenal. Think of it as a mini-winch. Its job is to bring the fish back to the boat or shore as you turn the handle. Seems simple, but today’s modern reels have many gears and other intricate parts that work together to make line retrieval smooth and easy.

It’s really easy to get lost in the weeds when talking about the various characteristics of fishing reels. Things like gear ratio and line capacity always come up in conversations about fishing reels, but all you need to concern yourself with as a beginning angler is that your reel can hold enough line for your fishing situation, and whether or not it’s matched with the proper rod.

Choosing A Fishing Rod

Just like fishing reels, the fishing rod you select can be over-complicated by the sheer number of choices available. There are many different lengths and actions, and they all can handle various line strengths and lure weights.

Selecting just one out of the hundreds available can be intimidating for a beginner, and here again is where a pre-rigged combo can save you time, money and aggravation.

In general, a six to seven foot medium action rod will handle quite a bit of the freshwater fishing situations you’ll encounter, but I still think it’s best to seek assistance.

It’s easy to get carried away when purchasing fishing equipment. I know this from experience! So be sure to have a dollar figure in mind when you go shopping to avoid any nasty surprises.

Getting started couldn’t be easier, so what are you waiting for?

Good luck and tight lines to you!

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