What’s In Your Tackle Bag? Essential Fishing Gear by David Baer of Minnesota
If you’re going fishing for the first time, there are a few essential items that every new angler must have, says David Baer of Minnesota. Shopping for fishing gear can be overwhelming for first-timers, and you’d probably end up spending more than you originally intended. To avoid buying gear that you may not use at all, David Baer of Minnesota shares these four fishing essentials:
1. Rod and reel
Whether you’re looking to become a serious angler or you’re more of the leisure fishing type, it’s best to get a rod and reel combination that you can use for many years. Pick a combination that you’re comfortable with, checking for length, strength, and thickness. David Baer of Minnesota recommends getting a bait fishing and lure fishing combo. If you have no experience in fishing, it’s also best to get a spinning reel instead of a baitcasting reel as the spinning reel is easier to use and control.
2 Fishing line
The next on your list should be a fishing line, which is the cord that you use with your hook, sinker (weight) and float (bobber). There are different types of fishing lines, generally differentiated by their thickness, strength, and material. For first time anglers, David Baer of Minnesota suggests getting the monofilament type because it has a good stretch capacity and is also buoyant.
Tip: Before going on your fishing trip, practice tying your knots. The three basic knots that you can get started on are uni knots, clinch, and palomar.
3. Hooks, weights, and floats
Collectively, these are known as your fishing tackle. As with other fishing essentials, these also come in different types. For the hook, first-time anglers are advised to avoid snelled hooks because it could be a little complicated to use for first-timers (snelled hooks come with a pre-tied leader (line) that you need to attach to a swivel snap).
For the weights/sinkers, you’ll need these to help keep the bait under water. Weights also help you cast your bait at a further distance (from where you are). David Baer of Minnesota recommends starting with split shot weight as this is easier to use and you’ll find that it is relatively cheaper than other weights.
And finally, floats. These have two general purposes: to keep your bait from sinking to the bottom and to give you a visual of when fish has taken your bait.
4. Tackle bag
For all your fishing gear, you’ll need a tackle bag to keep them organized. You’ll want one that has a number of compartments for all your angling essentials while also being light enough to carry around all day.
In future posts, David Baer of Minnesota will be talking about live baits, knots, and lines, and more about fishing so kindly stay tuned.