The Fishing Hole

Fishing is an excellent stress-free sport. The gentle breeze, the soft lapping of waves on the shore, makes it a relaxing, mind freeing experience. In this section, we will look at the essential tools needed for a successful day of fishing, as well as a few tips and tricks to help you get started.

There is a plethora of information on fishing. However, the best knowledge I have ever had the chance of being given came from an older fisherman, sitting at the end of a pier, casting his line. It can sometimes be awkward, striking a conversation with an absolute stranger, but sometimes, the knowledge gained from such a discussion will outweigh any discomfort initially felt. There is always that one gem who will be quite proud to share stories with you and help you out.

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Let’s start with the rod. A decent length for an adult starter rod would be 7 feet. There are different components to a rod. Picking the right rod for your fishing reality will make quite a big difference. You will not need the most expensive surf rod money can buy if you only have access to lake fishing. Talk to your local small fishing store. They have a lot of knowledge and thrive on return customer, so they aim at being as helpful as they can to assure you come back.

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The reel is the second most crucial piece of equipment you will need. Again, there are different types of reels for different situations, but the most common ones are baitcasting and spinning reels. If you can, try casting and reeling them in before you purchase them, or ask if they have a return policy if the reel is not a good match for you.

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Your line will be the next thing you want to look into to complete your fishing rod. You want a line that will be strong enough not to break once you hook a fish, but too heavy for the fish you have access. You will not need a heavy gauge 50 lbs line if the heftiest fish available to you will be at most 5 lbs.

Hooks and bait are plentiful, and they quickly can get overwhelming, trying to decide what would work best. It all depends on what the fish is hungry for, and is often a trial and error. What works one day may not work tomorrow. The most common mistake is using hooks that are not the right size for your target. Too large, and the fish can’t swallow the hook. Too small, and you will not be able to set the hook properly. Learn what is your target is, and the size fish you are hoping to land, and adjust accordingly.

Fishing can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. A simple line and hook can get the work done just as well with a little more effort. The rod is an extension of your arm, allowing you to cast your line further — the reel help to land your catch with less energy. There is a way to catch fish, spend time outdoors, and soak in the sun without breaking the bank. You only need to be a little… creative.

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