Fishing Equipment and Gear 101

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Fishing Rods

Denali Lithium Spinnerbait Casting Fishing Rod

A Fishing Rod is a light, long, and slender pole. It is where the Fishing Line and Fishing Reel are attached. The purpose of a Fishing Rod is for you to place the Fishing Lure or Fishing Bait at a farther distance from where you are. Likewise, the fish you are after might break your Fishing Line if you do not have the right Fishing Rod. Obviously, this equipment plays a great role in Fishing so it is important that you have ideas on all there is to know about it. In this section, we will take a look at the different aspects of Fishing Rods.

Composition and Materials

Fishing Rods differ in composition, construction, and quality. They are made of either graphite, fiberglass, or a combination of the two. If you know the composition and materials of your fishing rods, you can be sure to choose a fishing rod that is suitable for your own fishing needs.

It is necessary to determine the composition, construction, and the quality of your Fishing Rod. Fiber-reinforced composites, such as carbon fibers, are used in making Fishing Rods, Tent Poles, and other sports goods. Some of the benefits of using fiber-reinforced composites are reduction in weight and design flexibility. Nowadays, Fishing Rods are usually made up of graphite, fiberglass, or composite. Both of them are great substances, since the rods made from any of these two are straight when not in use, bend upon applying pressure, and are not heavy.

Graphite Fishing Rods

Are very light and provide the highest level of sensitivity. They work best if you are after species which hit lightly because graphite Fishing Rods can easily detect subtle bites and pick-ups. Though they are extremely light and highly sensitive, graphite Fishing Rods tend to be more fragile than fiberglass or composite Fishing Rods.

Composite Fishing Rods

Are the combination of graphite and fiberglass so these types of Fishing Rods have approximately the features of both substances. Composite Fishing Rods are sensitive, long-lasting, and lightweight. They can be used for different Fishing situations.

Fiberglass Fishing Rods

Are tougher and more long-lasting but less sensitive compared to graphite Fishing Rods. They can be with tubular or solid rod blanks. Tubular types have hollow cores so they are lighter than solid fiberglass Fishing Rods. Compared to tubular Fishing Rods, solid fiberglass Fishing Rods are heavier but they are stronger and more durable.

Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the materials that Fishing Rods are usually made of can dramatically narrow down your selection of Fishing Rods and choose the one suitable to your Fishing needs. For more guidelines in buying the appropriate Fishing Rod, take a look at the Fishing Rod Buying Guide.

Features and Characteristics

Fishing Rod actions, weights, and lengths are some of the characteristics of Fishing Rods that you need to consider. You will be able to determine the appropriate Fishing Rod you need by getting familiar with these basic features.

You also need to consider the various characteristics of Fishing Rods. Some of these are the actions of Fishing Rods, the weights, and their lengths. You will be able to determine the appropriate Fishing Rod you need by getting familiar with these basic features. Here are the guidelines:

Fishing Rod Actions

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A rod’s action determines its flexibility. There are four action types in Fishing Rods. These are: extra fast, fast, moderate, and slow. Fast-action and slow-action rods have their own unique characteristics. A fast-action rod is more sensitive compared to a slow-action Fishing Rod. Likewise, the angler will be able to know if his lure is already reaching the bottom because a fast-action rod can send out the lure’s vibrations. On the other hand, a soft cast is possible using a slow-action rod, unlike a fast-action rod wherein it may break the bait off. If you are using a very light Fishing Line, it is advisable to use a slow-action rod when casting a considerable amount of bait or lure.

Fishing Rod Weights

A rod’s weight indicates its strength. There are seven fundamental categories of rod weights: ultralight, light, medium light, medium, medium heavy, heavy, and extra heavy. Choosing the right Fishing Rod weight is not an easy task. But be guided by this rule: the right Fishing Rod’s weight depends on how big and/or how heavy the lure you’ll be using, and/or how big the fish you wish to catch is. In other words, the bigger the fish and/or the bigger or heavier the lure, the heavier the Fishing Rod you need. However, many Fishing Rod makers categorize rods based on what species they are made for, so buying the rod with the appropriate Fishing Rod weight becomes easier.

Fishing Rod Lengths

The length of the Fishing Rod is also an important factor to consider. Basic physics principles will tell you that a longer Fishing Rod allows you to cast at a greater distance. This also affects your ability to fight against a fish. For instance, a shorter, thicker Fishing Rod will be able to provide better leverage for “pumping” a powerful kind of fish from deeper water.

Knowing the basic features and various characteristics of Fishing Rods can help you determine which type of Fishing Rod you can use for your Fishing needs.

How to Buy Fishing Rods

Before heading to the tackle shop, you must first know the type of water in which you will fish as well as the type of fish that are likely living there. To make your choosing process hassle-free, it is advisable if you already have some general ideas on the different features and strengths of various kinds of Fishing Rods. If possible, bring someone along who has a good knowledge about Fishing and especially your Fishing needs.

Here are some tips in buying a Fishing Rod:

  • Test the grip of the Fishing Rod. Make sure that its handle fits comfortably on your palm;
  • Choose the length of the Fishing Rod. Shorter Fishing Rods with lengths of 4 ½ to 6 feet will work well if you will use small Fishing Baits and if you are after small fish such as crappie and perch. Longer Fishing Rods, 6 ½ feet long or more, are for bigger Fishing Baits, bigger fish, and longer casting distance;
  • Check its flexibility. Hold the Fishing Rod and move it as if you are casting, flip the end, then watch its tip for any movement;
  • Test its sensitivity. Ask someone, a salesperson for instance, to put the tip of the Fishing Rod against his/her adam’s apple or throat part and speak in a low, modulated voice. If that Fishing Rod has a good sensitivity, you should feel vibrations in your hand on the butt end of the Fishing Rod. Check a couple or more Fishing Rods for their sensitivity so you can narrow down your choices. Take note that a Fishing Rod with better sensitivity will create more hook-ups;
  • Most tackle shops or sporting goods have experts who can help you in choosing the appropriate one. Think about the frequency of your Fishing trips, the type of water, and the kind of fish you are after, and ask the experts for advice;
  • If you decide to buy a used Fishing Rod, make sure that there are no hairline cracks on the pole. For the test on flexibility, pay attention to any cracking sounds from the tip of the pole.

Invest on a high-quality Fishing Rod. You will soon find out that it is longer-lasting and will provide you with an excellent performance.

Fishing Rods are very essential in Fishing. They vary in the materials they are made of. Similarly, they have different features and characteristics that you need to get familiar with in order to determine the appropriate Fishing Rod that meets your requirements. Make use of the Fishing Rod Buying Guide so your selection will be much easier.

If you’re new and inexperienced with fishing rods, check out our guide to buying the best fishing rods, including:

Fishing Poles

Fishing is an exciting activity that can be done by people of all ages. To make it a worthwhile experience, getting the right equipment is an important factor. Using the inappropriate Fishing tool or one that is of poor quality will cause problems such as tangles and lost fish.

Those who have been doing this activity consider it as a sport which is designed for relaxation. It gives them pride when they catch fish and celebrate it with their families and friends. This can be achieved by using the right pieces of Fishing gear with features that are suitable for the type of Fishing that you do.

The original method of Fishing is with the use of rods. A spinning rod, in which the entire shaft of the rod can move on its axis except the handle, is used to allow flexibility when fish caught on bait struggles through the water. This is also best used in catching fish found at the bottom of the sea. When fishing at 180 to 200 ft. under the ocean’s surface, jigging rods are used. These are used with heavy lures and baits which are made of solid materials to make them heavy. A typical Fishing Rod measures six to sixteen feet.

A Fishing variation called Pole Fishing makes use of Fishing Poles instead of rods. There are many advantages of using poles in Fishing. One, these can be used to fish in shallow or fast rivers, to small ponds or large lakes. Also, it comes in different strengths, lengths, and designs. Fishing Poles can be used to fish with a great level of precision and sensitivity. Lastly, when poles are being used in the hands of a professional angler, the result would be a successful catch.

Fishing Poles can be made of natural materials such as canes. Cane poles are said to be the smallest and less sophisticated tool in Fishing. These are made of bamboo or other flexible wood materials. Cane poles do not have reels for retrieving fish caught on bait. Homemade cane poles are heavy because of their large diameter and are somewhat awkward to transport since these are made as single-piece poles. Commercially made cane poles are smaller in diameter, making them lighter and filled with ferrules which allow them to be taken apart for ease of transport.

Fishing Poles made of synthetic materials like fiberglass and graphite are lighter and more sensitive than cane models. These types of poles are usually multi–piece or telescoping, thus, very portable. Telescopic poles can also be adjusted to various lengths for different Fishing situations.

Good anglers keep in mind that a good day of Fishing depends not just in equipment but also in weather, time of day, moon phase, and skill level. There will always be challenges whether one decides to fish either in the river or in the open sea and whether he or she uses a rod or pole. Determination and persistence are keys for a successful catch.

Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels

Like any other Fishing equipment, Fishing Reels are very important in almost any Fishing escapade. A Fishing Reel is a frame like a spool which turns on an axis, for winding the Fishing Line. It is attached on the bottom part of the Fishing Rod. Fishing Reels keep the excess Fishing Line on the spool, release line during Casting, and take back the line at a handle’s turn. In this section we will take a look at the different Fishing Reel Types and characteristics. We will also learn how to operate Fishing Reels.

Types of Fishing Reels

There are three basic types of Fishing Reels available in the market. You can find out more about its characteristics and features in this section. These information can help you choose what type of Fishing Reels would suit your Fishing needs.

Fishing Reels are classified into two types: conventional and fixed-spool reels. Conventional reels have spools that revolve, and are widely-used in saltwater Fishing. On the other hand, fixed-spool reels, as the name implies, have immobile spools.

Within these two classifications are three types of Fishing Reels: Baitcasting, Spinning, and Spincasting.

Spinning Reel

The most commonly-used Fishing Reel type nowadays is the Spinning Reel. It is a fixed-spool reel wherein the housing around the stationary spool which is parallel to the rod’s axis, spins around it at a turn of the handle. Obviously, the use of a Spinning Reel will produce a Casting Technique called Spinning. Since the spool is fixed, there’s no way you can have backlash. Spinning Reels are available from ultralight to medium heavy sizes. Unlike Baitcasting Reels, Spinning Reels are less sensitive and can be bulky considering the larger sizes and the heavy lure and bait attached.

Baitcasting Reel

Is a conventional one so small that it fits easily to the angler’s hand while mounted on the Fishing Rod. This type of Fishing Reel is used for bigger freshwater fish and small saltwater fish. Using this type of Fishing Reel will create Baitcasting. A Baitcasting Reel is good for its sensitivity to movement at the Fishing Line’s end. However, Baitcasting Reels are inaccessible in ultralight line sizes and “backlash” tangles during casting are possible. Likewise, learning how to cast with Baitcasting Reel is a relatively hard job.

Spincasting Reel

Could be seen as a combination of a conventional and a stationary reel. Spincasting Reels are very angler-friendly and are advisable for children and beginners because at a push of the button, they are already operating the reel. That’s why Spincasting Reels are also named as pushbutton reels. But here’s the catch: among the three types of reels, Spincasting Reels are the least sensitive as far as the movement at the end of the Fishing Line is concerned. Also, you cannot totally control the lure or the fish and poor Spincasting is a possibility.

Casting with the Right Fishing Reel

A Fishing Reel is comprised of a spool placed on a sort of housing and fits on the Fishing Rod. A handle or crank is also found in the reel that lets you adjust on the length of the Fishing Line you need while Fishing. Therefore, the Fishing Reel makes it possible for you to have control on the Fishing Line as well as the bait and lure on the water. Another feature is the release device which is common to all Fishing Reels. This tool allows the Fishing Line to liberally get out of the spool when the angler needs to cast.

Casting is greatly affected by both the Fishing Rod and the Type of Fishing Reel that you use. It is important to know the proper way of operating your Fishing Reel in order to make a good cast. Here are some pointers in making a cast with the right Fishing Reel:

Spincasting

Spincasting is the easiest to learn, though it lacks potential for casting accuracy. This is ideal for first timers since a Spincasting Reel is so easy to operate that at a single push of the button, you are ready for casting. Here are the steps:

  • Hold the Fishing Rod with the Fishing Reel facing up. Place the Fishing Rod trigger (a small curved extension found just underneath the Fishing Reel, on the other side of the Fishing Rod) between your index finger and third finger. Your thumb should be on the button of the Fishing Reel.
  • Using your thumb, push the button and do not release it yet. In the likely event that you release it immediately, turn the reel handle to re-engage the Fishing Reel. Take note that there should be around six inches of the Fishing Line from the tip of your Fishing Rod to your Fishing Lure or Fishing Bait. Then push the button and keep it depressed.
  • Take a look at your target and in a smooth movement, swing the Fishing Rod up and down. Bend your arm around 90° at the elbow. Do not rotate your shoulder so that your arm is located behind you. Raise your wrist to bring back the Fishing Rod.
  • Sharply bring the Fishing Rod forward. Release the button only if the tip of the Fishing Rod is pointing above the target at an angle of around 45°. The Fishing Lure should shoot out toward your target.
  • When your Fishing Lure already hits your target, turn the reel handle clockwise to engage the Fishing Reel.

This is the basic Spincasting motion. When the time comes that you are already getting used to it, you will learn that you can slow down the outflow of the Fishing Line with your fingers and the palm of your hand holding the Fishing Rod. This will allow you to shoot the Fishing Lure close to the target, and not completely missing it.

Spinning

Spinning is harder to master compared to Spincasting. But it will be worth your effort since Spinning allows you for more accurate casting. You can also change line spools on the water if you want. This enables you to switch from a lighter Fishing Line to a heavier one at that moment. With your rod and Spinning Reel, follow these easy steps:

  • Hold the rod and Spinning Reel on the bottom. The Fishing Reel foot should fit between your second and third fingers. If you are not comfortable with it, put it between your index and second fingers, or between your third and fourth fingers.
  • Reel in about six inches of Fishing Line between the tip of your Fishing Rod and the Fishing Lure by turning the reel handle clockwise. Reel in a little less or a little more until the line pick-up mechanism on the bail is on top of the Spinning Reel.
  • Extend your index finger and hold the Fishing Line that comes out of the Fishing Reel.
  • Point the tip of your Fishing Rod at your target and swing it up and then back behind you, to a point immediately past vertical. Raise your wrist to have the angle- your arm should not be positioned behind your shoulder. Swing the Fishing Rod sharply to the front. At this point, the Fishing Rod should flex so it provides power to the cast.
  • When the Fishing Rod is already at an angle of around 45° above the target, release the Fishing Line by straightening your index finger.
  • When your Fishing Lure hits your target, turn the reel handle to close the bail and engage the Spinning Reel.

Take note that you need to straighten your index finger and release the Fishing Line at the right moment. Releasing it too early will send your Fishing Lure upward, and if you release it too late, it will splash down on your feet.

Baitcasting

Baitcasting is by far the most challenging, but it can provide a really accurate casting. That is why expert anglers do this when situations call for it. Here are the basic steps:

  • Locate the Baitcasting Reel spool’s brake or the anti-backlash device located on the reel housing. Adjust it in such manner that the Fishing Lure slowly drops to the ground when the Baitcasting Reel is in the freespool mode, and when the Fishing Lure stops moving, the spool also stops turning.
  • Hold the rod with the Baitcasting Reel above. There should be around six inches of Fishing Line hanging from the tip of the baitcasting rod. Firmly place your thumb on the spool and puch the button to put the Baitcasting Reel in the freespool manner.
  • Turn your hand holding the rod 90°. Your knuckles should be facing up. Point the tip of your rod at your target.
  • Keep your elbow at the side of your body. Bend your wrist to place the tip of the rod up and back over your shoulder to a point past vertical.
  • In a snapping motion, bring the rod forward, bending your wrist. At this time, the upper portion of the rod should bend.
  • While the rod springs forward, simultaneously release your thumb from the spool. Do this when the Fishing Lure flies at a relatively low and slightly curved trajectory and when it is at its highest momentum toward your target.
  • When the Fishing Lure is already near the target, put a “featherlike” pressure on the spool. Then slowly increase the pressure as the Fishing Lure gets nearer and nearer your target. When the Fishing Lure finally hits your target, thumb the spool to a stop.
  • Turn the reel handle clockwise to engage the Baitcasting Reel.

In Baitcasting, it is important to learn the right amount of pressure to put on the spool and when to apply it. Right timing is very crucial for a successful cast. In this case, practice makes it perfect.

How to Buy Fishing Reels

Nowadays, there are so many kinds of Fishing Reels commercially available. Just imagine the amount of time you will likely to spend just finding the right Fishing Reel. But you can narrow down your choices by determining beforehand the main features and components. This way, you will be able to compare and contrast each kind. You must also consider your level of skill, the water where you will be fishing, and what species you are after.

Here are some guidelines in buying the appropriate Fishing Reel:

  • Choose the type of Fishing Reel. Discussed in previous sections are the three basic types of Fishing Reels- Spinning Reel, Spincasting Reel, and Baitcasting Reel. If you have already decided on the type of Fishing Reel, make it a point that you are comfortable with it.
  • Check the gear ratio. This refers to the number of revolutions made by the spool at each complete turn of the reel handle. Fishing Reels with high gear ratios work best when you need to quickly retrieve the Fishing Lure back to you. On the other hand, Fishing Reels with lower gear ratios are suitable for bottom fishing and trolling because of their greater cranking ability.
  • In the case of Spinning Reels, turn the reel handle and check if it runs smoothly. If you notice a wobble, there is a problem in balance and stability. Better Spinning Reels have counter-balanced handles which are easy to use and operates smoothly.
  • For Baitcasting Reels and some large Spinning Reels, take note of the level wind mechanism. This feature automatically assures you that when you retrieve the Fishing Line, it is distributed uniformly on the spool. Some level mechanisms are longer-lasting than others.

There are many factors to consider in buying for the right Fishing Reel. Buy the one that meets your specific requirements and will not let you fail when fishing.

Fishing Reels come in different features, characterisatics, and types. Sensibly enough, each Fishing Reel Type has its own application. Likewise, there are points to consider when buying one. Knowing these information will help you a lot in choosing the Fishing Reel that is suitable to your Fishing needs.

Still wondering about which fishing reel is best for your needs? Here are the buying guides we’ve prepared for you:

Fishing Lines

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A Fishing Line is another essential piece of equipment that plays a big role in Fishing. It is the cord connecting the Fish Hook to the Fishing Rod and Fishing Reel. Choosing the right kind of Fishing Line is as important as buying the appropriate Fishing Rods and Fishing Reels. The type of water where you will be fishing and the species which are probably living there must also be taken into consideration. Fishing Lines are commercially available in spools and vary in lengths, depending on how long you want your Fishing Line to be. In this section, we will look into the features and types of Fishing Lines as well as their applications:

Characteristics

Fishing Lines have various characteristics that you need to consider. These include the weight, color, as well as the stiffness or limpness of your lines. This section can help you decide on the type of Fishing Line that you need.

Just like any other piece of equipment in Fishing, Fishing Lines have various characteristics, and you need to know them so that you can pick the one which is suitable to the water where you will be fishing and to the fish you are after. Some of these characteristics include the weights, colors, and the stiffness or limpness of Fishing Lines.

This section can help you decide on the type of Fishing Line that you need. Here are some pointers:

Line Weights

With the exception of fly lines, knowing the strength of the Fishing Line is another important thing to consider, unless you want to end up loosing the fish you are after because of a broken Fishing Line. A test called the pound test indicates the number of pounds a Fishing Line will be able to hold before it breaks away. For example, a 6-pound-test line can carry approximately six pounds of load. In essence, if a Fishing Line has a higher pound test, it has a thicker diameter, and the Fishing Line is stronger. But bear in mind that you must suit your Fishing Line to what fish you are after and the size of your spool on the Fishing Reel.

Line Colors

There are instances where you need to see the Fishing Line, and sometimes, you do not want the fish to see it. This can be resolved by using the right color of the Fishing Line. Sunlight illuminates clear or blue fluorescent Fishing Lines so they are easy to see when you are casting and retrieving. Moss green Fishing Lines blend well on waters with heavy vegetation or algae, while coffee Fishing Lines work well in fishing in muddy waters.

Line Stiffness or Limpness

Fishing Lines also vary on stiffness or limpness. Generally, the bigger the diameter, the stiffer your Fishing Line is, and stiffness usually adds strength to the Fishing Line. Thus, if the Fishing Line is stronger, then it is also stiffer. On the other hand, limper Fishing Lines are more sensitive, and work well in catching small fish. But they may have too much stretch. When a fish hits your Fishing Lure or Fishing Bait, a limper Fishing Line pulls very easily and your Fishing Line will likely to break.

Take note of these characteristics so that you can narrow down your selection of Fishing Lines.

Types of lines

There are many types of Fishing Lines available on the market nowadyas. Some of these are: nylon monofilament, braided, and multifilament. It really depends on what kind of Fishing Line you need and want to have. Here are the advantages and the drawbacks of each type of Fishing Line:

Nylon monofilament Fishing Line

The most commonly used Fishing Line is the nylon monofilament. It is translucent, generally cheap, and is available in all pound-test kinds. It also comes in different colors- white, green, blue, clear, and fluorescent. One good thing about monofilaments is that because it is translucent, monofilament is almost invisible to the fish.

Also, it is easy to handle and casting with this Fishing Line can be easy as well. It can be used on Spinning Reels, Spincasting Reels, and Baitcasting Reels. But on the other side, it is not advisable to use a monofilament when you are fishing for deepwater fish, since it can absorb water, resulting to loose knots, and its sensitivity can decrease when it is wet. Monofilaments can also weaken when exposed to heat and sun.

Worse is, monofilaments have “memory”. This means that they keep their shape if they are stored for some time. In other words, a monofilament stored in a spool for quite a long time will likely to come off the Fishing Reel in coils or loops. Replace your monofilaments at least after every season, depending on how often you fish.

Braided Fishing Line

In relation to its diameter, a braided Fishing Line is the strongest Fishing Line available. It is used mostly for long-line Fishing like deep trolling. Unlike a nylon monofilament, braided Fishing Line absorbs less water, so its great sensitivity remained the same even when wet. It also has no memory, so you do not have to worry about coils. It does not easily weaken due to sunlight. Braided Fishing Lines are resistant to abrasion. However, they are so tough that they can cause abrasion to other things like your hands, Fishing Rod, and Fishing Reel. Likewise, braided Fishing Line is opaque. That is why fish can see it and move away. Some attach a monofilament at the end of the braided Fishing Line to serve as a leader and to reduce the high visibility of the braided Fishing Line.

Multifilament Fishing Line

Multifilaments are probably the newest lines commercially available for Fishing enthusiasts. They are similar to braided Dacron in terms of sensitivity. A multifilament’s stretch is very little and this Fishing Line is made up of polyethylene strands which, by weight, are around five to 10 times sturdier as compared to steel. This Fishing Line is excellent when used on conventional and Baitcasting Reels, especially when you are after a larger fish. Sounds great? Yes, these characteristics make multifilaments better than monofilaments or braided Dacron. But a multifilament is far more expensive than its equivalent on monofilaments. Being so thin, just imagine the amount of multifilament you need in order to fill the spool of a reel.

Knowing the types of Fishing Lines as well as their benefits and drawbacks will definitely help you in determining the appropriate Fishing Line. Just bear these in mind before going to the tackle shop.

How to Buy Fishing Lines

Just like in buying for a Fishing Rod and Fishing Reel, buying a Fishing Line entails a lot of considerations. For one, you have to determine where you will be fishing and the type of fish you are after. Moreover, it is important that you know the Characteristics of Fishing Lines. Pay attention to the diameter, color, and stiffness or limpness of the Fishing Lines.

Here are some pointers in buying a Fishing Line:

  • Determine beforehand the kind of Fishing Rod and Fishing Reel that you have. This is necessary because these and the Fishing Line work hand in hand so all of them must be compatible. For instance, choose a thin Fishing Line if you will use a Spinning Reel or Spincasting Reel. Find the kind of Fishing Line which is suitable to your Fishing Tackle.
  • Determine the test strength of the Fishing Lines. As a novice, choose a Fishing Line which will meet the size of the fish you are after. If you are not yet sure, pick a heavier Fishing Line. Fishing Lines with smaller diameter and lower pound test are better used with Spinning or Spincasting Reels. When fishing in saltwater, use a Fishing Line with 10-pound test or heavier with a Baitcasting Reel.
  • Most top Fishing Lines provide good resistance to abrasion. Look for a Fishing Line that can endure scratches, deterioration, or wear and tear due to frequent casting and use.
  • The color of the Fishing Line will be very important when fishing. Make sure that you will be able to see your Fishing Line when situations call for it, or it should remain invisible to the fish.
  • Check its stiffness or limpness. Typically, if the Fishing Line has a larger diameter, it is more firm. Stiffer Fishing Line works well on Baitcasting Reels. On the other hand, many limper Fishing Lines are manufactured for some types of Fishing Reels for easier casting and for some open Fishing areas with structures such as trees which can be a problem while fishing.

There are many things to ponder about as far as buying a Fishing Line is concerned. Purchase a premium Fishing Line which meets your needs. You will soon realize the fact that it is worth-spending for.

Like any other Fishing equipment, you need to consider a lot of things when it comes to choosing the appropriate Fishing Lines. They vary in characteristics, types, and applications for different Fishing situations. Take a look at the Fishing Line Buying Guide to narrow down your vast selection.

If you’re baffled by the sheer variety of fishing lines out there, read our most specific buying guides:

Fishing Baits

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Fishing is a fun activity- no question about it, and looking for the right Fishing Bait is likewise worth the effort. In fact, selecting the correct bait and using it correctly is the first step towards a successful catch. Fishing Baits can be Worms, Minnows, Grasshoppers, Crickets, or Crayfish. They can either be alive, dead, fresh, frozen, or even processed. Check out the different kinds of Fishing Baits commercially available. But if you are adventurous enough, you can stop by the grass fields on your way to your Fishing destination and chase after prospective baits, or before leaving the house, visit your kitchen. You may find potential baits such as bits of hotdog and salami, uncooked burger, or marshmallows.

Worms

Some fishermen opt to use worms as baits as they are cheap and easy to find. Know the basic types of Worms and learn how to gather, keep, and use them in Fishing. Choose which type of worm is suitable to use for your fishing needs.

Worms are the foremost creatures that come to mind when baits for Fishing are talked about. There are many kinds of Worms, depending on their sizes – red worms, garden worms, and night crawlers.

Types of Worms

Red worms

Are dark red in color and they can grow up to three inches long. These Worms can be used in Fishing on clear water. They are likewise called manure worms since they are usually found in organic matter.

Garden worms

Range from three to five inches long. They are available at any bait shop.

Night Crawlers

The largest among the red worms and garden worms are the night crawlers or night walkers. They can grow for up to six inches. Based from observations, night crawlers are excellent choice when you are fishing in high, muddy water and if you are after bigger fish. These worms got their name from their propensity to crawl out of the soil at night. Like the garden worms, they can be bought at any bait shop and at a very low price.

Rigging Worms

You can use worms as Fishing Baits in a number of techniques. The most common and simplest way of doing this is to hook the Worm through its collar. This is a short, tough band roughly located in the middle. Run the Worm through the Fish Hook but make sure that it hangs naturally. When using a very small Fish Hook and you are after panfish, get a small piece of worm and cover the whole Fish Hook.

Gathering Worms

Red Worms

These kinds of Worms are usually found in aged manures and heaps of compost. If you are less sensitive, go to a horse stable with a pile of manure. Put some manure with red worms on a bag.

Garden Worms

Evidently, you can look for these Worms in your own garden, or some place that has soft, loamy ground. Using a shovel or garden fork, dig around a foot down. Slowly break up the clods of soil while you search for garden worms.

Night Crawlers

If you decide to take a night time stroll to look for these crawlers, do not forget to cover the lens of your flashlight with a thin cloth, or something else that can make the light dim. This is to prevent the night crawlers from getting agitated. Most of the time, you will not be able to see them easily. When you see one night crawler, let it relax a little then carefully pull it out of its hole.

Keeping Worms

To keep the Worms alive until such time that you are ready to go Fishing, place the Worms in a container where there is ample aeration and moist soil. Keep the container in a cool, dim place.

There are different kinds of Fishing Baits out there. In general, it is really a matter of preference or need. Use the bait that suits the kind of Fishing that you do and you can be on your way to a nice catch.

Minnows

Minnows are small fish used as Fishing Baits. Take a look at some guidelines in rigging, gathering, and keeping Minnows. You can actually get them from a bait shop or collect them on your own.

Big fish eat smaller fish. Sensibly enough, you can use small fish as Fishing Baits. These Fishing Baits are called Minnows. They do not grow for more than one foot. Examples of these Fishing Baits are sculpins, shiners, shad, and chubs. You can buy minnows at a bait shop and they are usually sold by the dozen. You can likewise collect minnows on your own.

Rigging Minnows

When fishing in calm water, hook the Minnow through the top of its back behind the dorsal fin. Be careful while doing this- you can break the spine and eventually paralyze it if you pierce the Minnow’s back too low. Attach a bobber above the Fish Hook. Add a split shot if the Minnow swims to the water surface. On the other hand, hook the Minnow through its lower and upper lip when you are fishing in moving water. Add a split shot and let the Minnow swim across the bottom.

Gathering Minnows

Collecting Minnows can be of two ways: trapping using a minnow trap, and seining with the use of a seine net.

Trapping

In trapping, you will use a minnow trap. This is a cylinder-like net- wire thing that has small holes on each end. You place pieces of bread or any bait inside the minnow trap. Once the Minnows are inside, they will not be able to come out because the holes funnel into the trap’s body. Attach one or two rocks to the trap for weight. Fasten the minnow trap to a rope and throw it in the lake or pond. After an hour or so, pull the minnow trap back. If the trapping is successful, you will find Minnows inside the trap.

Seining

In seining, you will need a large, square cloth net that has a tight mesh at the bottom. Each end of the cloth net is fastened to a pole or stick. Two persons will be needed in seining- one will be in-charge of holding the seine net, and the other one will walk downstream, back and forth from bank to bank. This motion will push the Minnows towards the back of the net that blows up in the water current. After this, haul the cloth net and collect your Minnows.

Keeping Minnows

Make sure that you keep your Minnows in a cool setting. This can be done by filling your bucket with cool water and placing the bucket out of the sun. Putting a sealed plastic bag filled with ice cubes in the bucket of water will also prevent the water from heating up.

There are different kinds of Fishing Baits out there. In general, it is really a matter of preference or need. Use the bait that suits the kind of Fishing that you do and you can be on your way to a nice catch.

Crayfish

Crayfish are little crustaceans which are one of the most versatile Fishing Baits for game fish. They are found in bodies of fresh water that do not freeze to the bottom, and which have shelter against predators.

Crayfish, also known as crawdads, are one of the most versatile Fishing Baits for all game fish. They are small crustaceans resembling little lobsters and usually live in cold water ponds, streams, and lakes. Crayfish are suitable if you are after bass, trout, catfish, and walleyes. Here are some tips and guidelines concerning Crayfish:

Rigging Crayfish

The most common way of rigging Crayfish is to hook them through its tail with a larger Fish Hook and using them with a split shot. Another method is to slowly hook the Crayfish through the ridge between its eyes. Be careful when doing this because you might kill it when you hook it too deeply. In this set-up, use a split shot only when necessary. Whatever method you use, your objective must be to make the Crayfish look natural.

Gathering Crayfish

Crayfish are not that available, as compared to Minnows and Worms. If you will collect Crayfish, try searching on nearby lakes and brooks at night. If you do not find any Crayfish by looking over rocks, get an empty can and detach the bottom. When you see a Crayfish, trap it using the empty can. That way, you can simply pick it up. Trapping and seining can also be used in getting Crayfish. But do not get complacent in getting the Crayfish. It has pincers so you better hold it around the middle of its body.

Keeping Crayfish

Crayfish are very anti-social with other Crayfish. To avoid them from killing each other when they are on the same container, give them something in which they can pay their attention to, a piece of meat for instance.

Though Crayfish seem tougher than Minnows, Crayfish also need cool water and adequate ventilation. Maintain a cool and well-aerated environment for your Crayfish. Place them in a large container with some rocks, gravel, and adequate amount of weeds from the lake.

There are different kinds of Fishing Baits out there. In general, it is really a matter of preference or need. Use the bait that suits the kind of Fishing that you do and you can be on your way to a nice catch.

Crickets and Grasshoppers

If you choose to use crickets and grasshoppers as baits, then go to this section for some ideas. Learn how to use Crickets and Grasshoppers as Fishing Baits and know the tips in gathering and keeping these insects.

Crickets and Grasshoppers are also good hot weather Fishing Baits. These insects usually find shelter near the banks. When the wind gets up and they lose their balance, they will fall into the water and the water current will carry them away. Some fish know this so they stay near the spot for a regular food supply. Trout, crappie, bluegill, smallmouth bass and other species eat these insects which naturally go down in the water.

Rigging Crickets

Use a fine-wire Fish Hook. Place a split shot about six inches above it. It would be better if you use a lighter weight. Insert the Fish Hook right behind the head of the Cricket and let the barb come out in the middle of the back. Remember not to insert the Fish Hook too deeply.

Rigging Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers have this distinctive trait of splashing into the water naturally. They do not splash in like a rock. To fish with grasshoppers, hook the insect through the collar or the thorax part. Do not pierce too deeply. A dead grasshopper can still be used as a Fishing Bait, but a live one is still more effective. Place one or two split shots then cast out.

Gathering Crickets and Grasshoppers

If you decide to collect Crickets and Grasshoppers, go to grass fields in early morning. Crickets and Grasshoppers are less prone to hopping from place to place on a dew-filled morning. More often than not, you can see them in places with bushes in which they can cling on the stems.

Keeping Crickets and Grasshoppers

Keeping the Crickets and Grasshoppers in a container with lid is good, but there is a likely chance that one or two of your insects will hop out of your container once you take the lid off to get one Cricket or Grasshopper. Find something else in which your hand fits exactly to the opening, such as a used sock or stocking. When you need a Fishing Bait, put your hand inside the sock or stocking and get one. In this case, there is very little possibility that one of your Fishing Baits will come out.

There are different kinds of Fishing Baits out there. In general, it is really a matter of preference or need. Use the bait that suits the kind of Fishing that you do and you can be on your way to a nice catch.

Uncommon Fishing Baits

Worms, Minnows, Crayfish, and non-water creatures such as Crickets and Grasshoppers are undeniably common to our environment and to bait shops. But a time may come when you need specific baits for certain fish or Fishing area. There are some water creatures and ‘potion’ that are not as commonly used Fishing Baits as Worms and Minnows, but these uncommon Fishing Baits are likewise useful and effective.

Leeches

It is a common fact that leeches are true-blue bloodsuckers. However, they are also good Fishing Baits especially if you are after species such as walleyes. Leeches are commercially available in bait shops along the walleye country.

Hellgrammites

These are the larvae of dobsonfly. They can grow up to four inches and they usually live in cold-water lakes and streams. Like an insect, a hellgrammite has three pairs of legs and appendages located on its sectioned body. These water creatures are good choice in Fishing for trout and bass living in rivers. Keep hellgrammites in screened boxes with three or four inches of mud. Submerge these boxes on water that has the same temperature to the place where these larvae came from.

Mealworms and Grubs

Larvae of some insects work well as Fishing Baits. Mealworms and grubs, which grow for a maximum of an inch, are good Fishing Baits if you are after species of trout and panfish. Mealworms and grubs are cheap and keeping them does not entail too much work. Just store them in a cold place and they will still be useful even after a long time.

Stinkbaits

As the name implies, stinkbaits are mixture of some food spices and different ingredients which have odors that can attract certain fish species. These substances can be animal blood, cheese, or garlic. Stinkbaits are used to catch carp and catfish.

To make the concoction, just mix flour and water together. Add any or all of the food substances in the mixture. Gradually add water to the mixture and wait for the right consistency that will allow you to make small, tight balls from the mixture. You can use these formed dough balls by taking the shape of your Fish Hook. Sooner or later, the carp or catfish will smell that distinctive odor and it will swim his way towards the Fishing Bait.

There are different kinds of Fishing Baits out there. In general, it is really a matter of preference or need. Use the bait that suits the kind of Fishing that you do and you can be on your way to a nice catch.

Preserved Fishing Baits

If you have no time to find a bait like the ones mentioned in the above sections, there are a lot of preserved Fishing Baits that are commercially available. These include Bottled Minnows, Pork Rinds, and Salmon Eggs.

Chasing those potential live Fishing Baits can turn out to be fun and full of adventure. But to those who are less daring, they may find this Fishing Bait-searching as laborious and exhaustive. If you got tired of using live Fishing Baits, you can always make use of bottled Fishing Baits which are commercially available. Generally, using live Fishing Baits are undoubtedly better than bottled ones, but preserved Fishing Baits are easier to handle and people will not preserve Fishing Baits and make them available for market if they are not effective, right?

These preserved Fishing Baits come in two kinds: Fishing Baits consisting of once-living life forms and Fishing Baits that are not living creatures before.

Salmon Eggs

Are preserved in small bottles and can be plain, colored, and/or scented. They are well-liked Fishing Baits for fishing trout. If you want to use salmon eggs for Fishing, you need a salmon-egg Fish Hook. This is gold in color and is short-shanked. When fishing in still waters, just let the salmon egg to sit on the bottom. But in moving waters, fasten a split-shot to your Fishing Line and allow the salmon egg to go with the flow of the water.

Bottled Minnows

Are available at numerous tackle shops and since they are already lifeless, preserved minnows are good choice for trouble-free handling and easy storage compared to live minnows. They can be freeze-dried, frozen, or placed on jars. In using preserved minnows, you must hook them in the lips. Attach weight to your Fishing Line. After minutes or so, pull it up slowly.

Pork Rinds

Or pork strips are marinated tough skin strips that come in different sizes and shapes, and also available in different color shades. Some makers of pork rinds can make these Fishing Baits look like real living water creatures, so the fish you are after will eat them. These Fishing Baits are used in Fishing pike, pickerel, and some bass species. To a degree, the use of pork rinds as Fishing Baits is a practical thing, since the pork rinds are tough, they can be used again and again for the next Fishing trip.

Fish Scents

Are not Fishing Baits, but they are made to put odor to various Fishing Baits and Fishing Lures. Fish scents are made from different ingredients that are believed to attract fish. There is a presumption that your worm, when smeared or sprayed with a fish scent, will be eaten by a fish faster than a worm without scent. This can work to a certain degree, but since the Fishing Bait is under the water, the odor will probably wear off after a considerable amount of time.

There are different kinds of Fishing Baits out there. In general, it is really a matter of preference or need. Use the bait that suits the kind of Fishing that you do and you can be on your way to a nice catch.

The number of prospective Fishing Baits is overwhelming. Examples of these include Worms, Minnows, Crayfish, and even Crickets and Grasshoppers. They come in different kinds and characteristics. To make your selection easier, know the type of fish that you are after. There are some species which eat certain Fishing Baits. Use the appropriate Fishing Bait and you can be on your way to a nice catch.

Fish Hooks

Fish Hooks are one of the most important pieces of equipment in Fishing. This is for the reason that the essence of Fishing boils down to the ability of hooking up a fish and successfully catching it. Therefore, you must not take Fish Hooks for granted. Fish Hooks come in many forms, sizes, and applications. Having enough knowledge of these factors and their advantages and disadvantages will help you in using Fish Hooks effectively. In this section, we will look at the Fish Hook Characteristics, tips on maintenance and application of Fish Hooks, and how to choose the appropriate Fish Hooks.

Characteristics

A Fish Hook has different fundamental parts. The eye is where the Fishing Line is attached. The sharp part of the Fish Hook pointing upward is called the point, and the little, sharp protrusion immediately below the point is termed as barb. This makes the Fish Hook to remain embedded in the fish. The gap is the distance from the point of the hook to the shank, or the straight part of the hook. If the Fish Hook is in upright position, the bend corresponds to its bottom part and the distance from the gap to the bend is called the throat.

Even Fish Hooks come in various forms, sizes, and applications. As always, it is necessary to know the advantages and disadvantages of different Fish Hooks. There are numerous variations in Fish Hooks alone and it will be a great relief on your part if you can narrow down your selection of the appropriate one. All Fish Hooks have three basic characteristics – Fish Hook Sizes, Fish Hook Weights, and Fish Hook Styles.

Fish Hook Sizes

You will be able to know the Fish Hook size via the number designated to the hook. The Fish Hook size is determined by the hook’s gap and the shank. Just be guided by this rule- a higher number corresponds to a smaller hook. Be reminded, though, that this way of designating numbers differs among the manufacturers. A Fish Hook can also either be long-shanked or short-shanked. This is represented by a number and a letter X. The number tells you how many sizes longer or shorter the shank is for the Fish Hook size. When it is a 2X Long hook, it only means that it has the same shank length as the Fish Hook that is two sizes larger. In choosing the correct Fish Hook size, consider the type of Fishing Bait you are using as well as the fish you want to catch. If you are after a bigger fish, it follows that you also need a larger Fish Hook. But do not purchase a hook that is way too big for your bait. It might frighten the fish away.

Fish Hook Weights

Like the hook size, a number followed by an X assigns the hook weight. For example, a 2X Fine hook means that the hook is similar in diameter to a hook that is smaller by one size. It can be fine wire or heavy wire. A fine-wire hook can go through the fish’s mouth with ease. On the other hand, a heavy-wire hook can cling better to the fish, and it does not turn crooked as easily as a fine-wire hook.

Fish Hook Styles

Styles of the hooks vary, depending on the kind of features it has. For instance, the eye of the fish hook can be turned up, or turned down. Likewise, Fish Hooks can also be weedless, double hooks, or treble hooks.

The eye is turned up when it is inclined away from the hook’s point. A hook with this kind of eye is believed to give more space between the shank and the point. This applies well to hooks which are relatively small.

If the hook eye is inclined toward the point, that hook has a turned down eye. This makes easy penetration possible due to the better angle formed from the hook’s point to your Fishing Line.

Another style of a Fish Hook is the weedless hook. It has one or more thin wires attached from the hook eye to the point. But these wires are flexible in such a way that they will curve inward once a fish hits the fish hook. The weedless hook is called as such because it prevents the weeds from hitching on the fish hook.

If your fish hook has two points, then it is called a double hook. This hook will be very handy especially if you decide to go fishing in saltwater.

When your hook has one eye and shank with three points, it is termed as treble hook.
Both the double and treble hooks provide a better chance of hooking up the fish. The downside can be the fact that these hooks will not fit to the mouths of smaller fish. Moreover, if you get lucky of catching a fish, getting the fish from the hook can be tough.

Determine these basic characteristics and choose the Fish Hooks which meet your requirements.

Care and Maintenance

Fish Hooks are very essential in Fishing, so do not ever take them for granted. Determine these basic characteristics and choose the Fish Hooks which will meet your requirements. Here are some tips in effective use and proper care of Fish Hooks.

A Fish Hook is a very essential piece in your Fishing Tackle. As the name implies, its main function is to hook up the fish through its mouth or throat. With a purpose as vital as this, it follows that you must know how to use your Fish Hooks. Here are some points to consider:

Maintain sharp Fish Hooks

Obviously, the sharper the point of the Fish Hook, the easier it is to be embedded in the fish’s mouth. If the Fish Hook does not penetrate in the fish, there is a big chance that it can get away.

Position the hook firmly

When you feel that the fish hit your bait or lure, haul up your Fishing Rod rapidly and try not to have limpness in the Fishing Line in order for the hook to penetrate deeply in the fish.

Having a tight Fishing Line is necessary

Achieving a good hookset is not enough indication that you will be able to catch the fish. Most of the time, a fish can still get away from the hook by swimming in different directions. Make sure that you keep a tight Fishing Line to prevent the fish from breaking the hookset.

Make sure to pay attention to your Fish Hooks. They are very important in Fishing so do not take them for granted.

How to Buy Fish Hooks

The world of Fish Hooks alone is so large and apparently there is no such thing as the perfect Fish Hook for Fishing. This is because a lot of factors are involved in choosing the appropriate one. You need to take a number of considerations and getting yourself familiar with the different Fish Hook Characteristics is probably the best method in narrowing down your selection.

The following are some pointers in purchasing Fish Hooks:

  • Check what type of eye a Fish Hook has. Though there appears to be little to recommend one over the others, Fish Hooks with turned down eyes are the most suitable, while those with straight eyes are seldom used.
  • Take into consideration the variety of sizes of the shanks of Fish Hooks. Long shanks are useful for Fishing Baits such as worms or prawns which are threaded onto the Fish Hooks, and they are generally easier to remove from the fish you have caught. On the other side, Fish Hooks with short shanks can be easily hidden in the Fishing Bait. They are normally used to most types of Bait Fishing.
  • The thickness of Fish Hooks is also an important thing to consider. Sensibly enough, a thin Fish Hook will penetrate more easily to the fish compared to a thick Fish Hook.
  • Make sure that the points of the Fishing Hooks are sharp. To check if the Fish Hook is sharp, lightly run the point across your thumbnail. If it leaves some trace or scratch, then your Fish Hook is sharp. Likewise, points need not to be thin and long. They can be short and smooth so the barb can quickly penetrate and hold easily.

Your purpose is to securely catch fish as quickly and with as little effort as possible. Therefore, see to it that the Fish Hooks meet your requirements before you pay for them.

As mentioned before, Fishing generally boils down to your capability to successfully catch the fish by securely hooking the fish on your Fish Hook. Thus, make sure that you have the suitable Fish Hooks whenever you go on your Fishing trip. Since there are a lot of different forms of Fish Hooks, get yourself familiar with their characteristics. Doing so will make the process of choosing the appropriate ones much easier.

Fishing Lures

Aside from Fishing Baits, Fishing Lures can also be alternatives in catching fish. A Fishing Lure is a decoy or bait, often an artificial one, which can emulate the color and/or actions of what a fish would tend to eat. When you visit a tackle shop, you will be taken aback on the very huge number of different Fishing Lures available. However, it does not actually mean that you need to have it all. You can spend hours and hours just looking at the vast selection of Fishing Lures and still not be able to decide on what to purchase. A possible scenario would be spending so much money on the different Fishing Lures that you think you need on your Fishing adventure.

Here is a fundamental assortment of Fishing Lures accessible in tackle shops:

Spinners

Spinners come in different colors and sizes and they can attract fish through the vibrations and flashes created upon retrieval. They are designed to make noise underwater in order to catch the attention of the fish instead of mimicking food.

A Spinner is one kind of Fishing Lure that is available in numerous sizes. It can go from 1/12- ounce Spinners designed for panfish, to ½- ounce or bigger Spinners used when fishing muskies and pikes. Spinners can hook up all fish considered as predators, but Spinners work best if you are after trout.

Parts of a Spinner

The Spinner’s bottom is made from a thin wire shaft with an eye, or a loop at the front. The Fishing Line is tied on the Spinner’s eye. There is also a bigger loop at the back end of the Spinner. This is where the Fish Hook is fastened. Most anglers use treble Fish Hooks on their Spinners. You will find colored beads, metal cylinders, and/or small rings on the shaft of the Spinner. These things give weight and make the Spinner more attractive to fish. On top of the shaft is a clevis. This is a small device shaped like a letter C. A wire passes through both ends of the clevis. A flat, oblong piece of metal called a spinner blade is attached to a hole above the clevis.

Applications of Spinners

The spinner blade spins around the spinner at a very high-speed rate once you retrieve the spinner. This fast spin produces much flash as well as vibrations, making the fish attracted to the Fishing Lure. You can determine how fast a spinner blade rotates and how far it spins from the shaft through the various thicknesses and shapes of the spinner blades.
When you are fishing in still waters, an excellent choice would be a heavy, round spinner blade. This spins at a slow rate and it rotates very far away from the shaft, therefore increasing the water resistance. But if you fish in moving water, it is advisable to use a light, long, and thin spinner blade because it stays close to the shaft while spinning at a fast rate, thus, decreasing the water resistance.

Fishing Lures vary in features and types. Just take note that each has its own use/s. To be able to use the lures properly, make sure to consider the water conditions and the Fishing Variation that you do.

Spoons

Spoons, or Wobblers, are another kind of Fishing Lures shaped like our kitchen utensil but without the handle. They are called Wobblers because of their side-to-side movement when retrieved. Spoons cast precisely and without so much hassle. Although they easily sink to the bottom, they can be used on water of any depth. Spoons are an all-season Fishing Lure, and relatively, they are easy to use once you get familiar with their design and application.

Shapes

For some manufacturers, spoons come in two basic shapes: wide-bodied and narrow, slab-shaped Spoons. Wide- bodied Spoons have a very good fluttering motion which can imitate a wounded baitfish while it gently sinks on the water. Slab-shaped models have slim bodies and smooth appearance.

Sizes

Use small sizes such as ½ inch and 1/8 ounce Spoons for Fishing panfish and trout. If you are after walleyes, pickerel, or bass species, spoons in middle sizes are the good choice. When you are fishing for muskellunge or pikes, use the bigger models such as 4 ½ inch spoons.

Colors

Spoons can either be polished on each side, which can be gold or silver, or polished on one side and colored in another, which vary in patterns and hues. The purpose of which is to create a lot of flashes and reflection that resembles a troubled baitfish.

Types

A type of Spoon has a single Fish Hook bound to the concave part of the Spoon, and the Fishing Line is tied on the eye of the Fish Hook attached. If this is not the case, there is a treble Fish Hook fastened to the small ring which goes through the hole at the rear end of the spoon. The Fishing Line is attached on the hole at the front part of the spoon.

Fishing Lures vary in features and types. Just take note that each has its own use/s. To be able to use the lures properly, make sure to consider the water conditions and the Fishing Variation that you do.

Plugs

Plugs are minnow-shaped lures made of hard plastic or wood and emulate how baitfish moves in the water. They come in various sizes- from one inch to more than eight inches. Almost all Plugs have one, two, or even three treble hooks. Here are some basic types of Plugs:

Topwater Plug

As the name implies, a topwater plug, also called popper, always floats at rest and when you retrieve it. The way a topwater plug floats resembles the action of frogs or injured baitfish at the water surface. Also, it has a concave part at the front, which creates a fuss if you are retrieving it. These plugs are the excellent Fishing Lures when you are after largemouth bass. Topwater plugs are also most appropriate when fishing in still waters. Fishing will definitely be a fun activity with topwater plugs, that is, if you have the patience and determination to wait for the fish to hit the Plug. The fun part comes in when a fish starts to attack the topwater plug, partly rising out of the water, bangs it in the air, and swim after it once more.

Floater-diver Plug

If a topwater plug floats both at rest and upon retrieving it, a floater-diver plug drifts at rest but lunges down the water when you are retrieving it. Shaped like a Minnow, a floater-diver plug has a lip, a device shaped like a ladle and made from metal or plastic. This makes it possible for the plug to dive, creating a commotion upon retrieval. Lip sizes also vary. If your floater-diver plug has a longer lip, it can dive deeper, compared to a plug with shorter lip. Like the topwater plugs, floater-diver plugs are excellent to use in calm waters.

Crankbaits

Crankbaits are Plugs designed to dive at great depths. Some do not have lips, but those which have lips can dive for up to 20 feet. They create a vibrating movement, like that of a baitfish, upon retrieval. Crankbaits are usually used for Fishing bass species, trout, catfish, pickerel, northern pike, and walleyes.

Stickbait or Jerkbait

There is a type of Plug which does not have intrinsic movement. This is called a stickbait or jerkbait. Majority of these plugs are large, floating, and are intended for Fishing northern pike, muskellunge, and other large species.

Fishing Lures vary in features and types. Just take note that each has its own use/s. To be able to use the lures properly, make sure to consider the water conditions and the Fishing Variation that you do.

Jigs

Because it can be used in numerous ways, Jigs or leadheads, are considered as the most versatile Fishing Lures available. They are usually painted and sometimes, hair or feathers are attached to the hook shank to enhance attraction to the fish.

Features

There is nothing really special about the features of a Jig. It is a simple hook with a ball made of lead behind the hook eye. Tungsten is becoming a popular substance in making Jigs. This is heavier than lead and less hazardous to the environment. The metal is heated and when it turns to liquid, it is poured into a mold which is lined with Fish Hooks.

The head of a Jig varies in sizes, shapes, and colors. Some are flat at the front, oval, round-shaped, cylindrical, or any other forms. The head can be red, white, black, yellow, or other colors.

Except floating Jigs, all jigs are weighted. In freshwater Fishing, weights of Jigs range from 1/64 to ¾ ounce. They are made using a mold that forms the head as well as the collar of the Jig.

Applications

Jigs can hook up almost any fish in any type of water. You can use Jigs alone or with different Fishing Baits to make them more attractive to fish. You can use minnows, worms, leeches, pork rinds, and even plastic Fishing Lures that vary in colors, sizes, and shapes.

When fishing, you need to always be aware of where your jig is. This can really assist you in feeling the bites of the fish that will otherwise be overlooked.

These Fishing Lures are made to be fished at the bottom. Since they do not have intrinsic actions, you should be the one to pass on movement to your Jig by, sensibly enough, jigging. This is usually made by raising the Fishing Rod tip slowly and in short motions. Jigging makes the jig simulate a minnow by leaping up and down across the bottom.

Fishing Lures vary in features and types. Just take note that each has its own use/s. To be able to use the lures properly, make sure to consider the water conditions and the Fishing Variation that you do.

Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits

Spinnerbaits are Fishing Lures shaped like large hairpins, thus, they are sometimes called hairpin lures. A Spinnerbait is made from a wire with a loop at the center and its arms are bent forming a letter V. A spinner blade is attached at the end of the top arm through a swivel. This permits the spinner blade to turn freely. A hook decorated with a skirt which flutters and waves when the Fishing Bait is pulled through the water.

Features

Spinnerbaits attract largemouth bass, muskellunge, and northern pike, because of the movement and color of the skirt in the hook and the flashes and noises produced by the spinner blade. Likewise, they are more weed-resistant than other Fishing Lures because the Fish Hook point is positioned upward between the arms.

Application

The simplest way to fish with a Spinnerbait is to cast and bring back the Fishing Lure like what you will do with a spinner. Vary the speed of retrieval and the weight of the jig to create action and depth which you think are attractive to the fish.

Buzzbaits are another type of Fishing Lures. They are like Spinnerbaits. The only difference is that instead of a spinner blade, a Buzzbait has a device like a propeller attached on the upper arm, which is bent, making it parallel to the bottom arm. The upper arm passes through the middle of the flashy blades of the propeller. These blades spin very fast upon retrieval.

Features

The Buzzbait works very well when the angler quickly pulls it up in such a fast rate that the propeller creates noises as the buzzbait breaks out of the water. This attracts fish, particularly largemouth bass.

Application

Buzzbaits are practically easy to use. Just cast them out and reel back at a steady retrieve. What you have to remember is that you need to start reeling the moment the buzzbait strikes the water, especially if you are fishing in waters with heavy vegetation, or else, your buzzbait will be tangled in the plants and that surely is not a pretty sight. A better way is to keep it low to the water by throwing it side-arm.

Fishing Lures vary in features and types. Just take note that each has its own use/s. To be able to use the lures properly, make sure to consider the water conditions and the Fishing Variation that you do.

The world of Fishing Lures is so large that choosing the appropriate ones will probably be time-consuming. This is the reason why it is necessary to determine the various characteristics, advantages, drawbacks, and applications of the numerous types of Fishing Lures such as Spinners, Spoons, Plugs, Jigs, Spinnerbaits, and Buzzbaits. Purchase Fishing Lures which meet your Fishing needs and can aid you in successfully catching the fish you are after.

Fishing Tools

Aside from the Fishing Rod, Fishing Reel, Fishing Line, Fish Hooks, and Fishing Lure, there are Fishing Tools that will be of great help when you go Fishing. These are the Sinkers, Snaps, Swivels, and Snap-swivels, Bobbers, Leaders, Clippers, Pliers, De-hookers, and Landing nets. Each has its own features and functions and knowing all of them is worth your time and effort. Though they are not the primary Fishing equipment, you will be surprised at how these tools can only do so much when you go Fishing. In this section we will take a look at the different Fishing Tools and how they can be useful to you when fishing:

Sinkers

The primary purpose of Sinkers, or Weights, is to place the Fishing Bait or Fishing Lure deeper into the water. Sinkers come in various kinds and each has its own function. These are the split shots, sliding, casting or dipsey, and trolling sinkers.

Split Shots

A split shot is characterized as a little round ball made of lead and with a slot cut almost halfway through its body. Split shots are good Sinkers because of their adaptability. Since their sizes range from BB to pea sizes, there will always be the right one to put on your Fishing Bait or Fishing Lure in any location you want. Another advantage of the different sizes of split shots is the fact that you can always find the right weight you need on your Fishing Line. Split shots are easy to use. Using your fingers or pliers, just get one split shot and pinch it directly around a foot above your Fish Hook or Fishing Lure which is attached on your Fishing Line.

Sliding Sinkers

Sliding sinkers are of two forms- egg sinkers and bullet sinkers. As the name implies, egg sinkers are egg-shaped, and they work well when fishing with night crawlers or any live Fishing Bait at the lake bottom. A movement in your Fishing Line indicates that a fish has taken your Fishing Bait. On the other hand, the form of a bullet sinker is like a cone and they are used with Fishing Lures, particularly plastic worms. You do not have to worry about weeds snagging on your Sinker. The shape and smoothness of bullet sinkers make them impervious to weeds.

Casting or Dipsey Sinkers

Casting or dipsey sinkers, weighing about 1/8 ounce or more, are bell-shaped sinkers suitable when fishing on deep waters. A casting sinker has a swivel eye made of wire in which the Fishing Line is tied and this prevents your Fishing Line from twisting. Like the sliding sinkers, the shape of a casting sinker prevents snagging on rocky bottoms.

Trolling Sinkers

Almost all trolling sinkers are cylindrical in shape and have bead-chain swivels on each end. There are also trolling sinkers made with a triangular keel to decrease chances of twisting on your Fishing Line. Using your Fishing Line, make an improved clinch knot at each end of the sinker, one or two feet above the lure or bait. Trolling sinkers work well when motoring or rowing since these sinkers are able to maintain the Fishing Bait or Fishing Lure deep in the water.

Sinkers can be really useful in almost any Fishing situation. Make sure to have some of these in your tackle box before heading out.

Snaps, Swivels & Snap-swivels

Snaps, swivels, and snap-swivels are small steel devices which differ in size and quality. They are used in circumstances when you need to fasten a Fishing Line and another line or attaching a line and a Fishing Lure. They vary in finishes- silver, brass, matte-black, and are very low-priced. It is advisable to buy the most expensive pieces. To attach them in your Fishing Line, make an Improved Clinch Knot . Here are the applications of snaps, swivels, and snap-swivels.

Snaps

Having snaps make changing of Fishing Lures and Sinkers easier. A snap is a device shaped like a small diaper pin. To use the snap, tie it to the end of your Fishing Line, open the snap, put on a Plug, close the snap, and then you can already begin casting. Snaps are good tools except when you are fishing with Fish Hooks. A metal snap is bigger than a Fish Hook, so if you use them together, they may scare the fish away since they do not look like part of the environment.

Swivels

A swivel helps reduce line twist. It is used when fishing for pike or pickerel with a relatively light Fishing Line. Situations like this will require you to use a Leader made of a heavier line which cannot be ruined by some toothy species. Tie a swivel in between your Fishing Line and Leader in order to reduce the twisting of Fishing Line. Line twisting is very likely in this condition since the light Fishing Line tends to wrap itself on the Leader so it would be better if you will use a swivel.

Snap-swivels

A snap-swivel is a snap attached to a swivel, so obviously, it is a two-in-one device. It can do what a snap and swivel is made for. Whenever you use a Spinner, make sure to tie the Spinner to a Snap-swivel. This is important since the action of a spinner can lead to line twisting until it is all worn out. Its swivel, which has two metal line eyes rotating freely, will decrease line twist while its snap makes it easier for you to change spinners.

Reduce line twist by using Snaps, Swivels and Snap-swivels. Put these devices in your tackle box everytime you go Fishing.

Bobbers

Bobbers, also known as floats, serve as indicators when a fish has taken the bait. Likewise, they keep the bait from touching the bottom. A bobber quivers or jerks on the water as soon as a fish has taken your bait. The portion of the bobber which floats is usually painted white so you can easily find it. The other part is painted red or with any contrasting color to determine when a fish already takes the bait or not.

Ball Bobbers

The ball bobber got its name from its shape. It is a round plastic device with a recessed hook on the top and the bottom. Push the spring-loaded button on the top of the bobber to expose the hooks and run the Fishing Line through the two hooks. Bigger ball bobbers work well when fishing shiners or suckers.

Slip Bobbers

A slip bobber is a round or pear-shaped float made of either plastic or hard foam. It is characterized by a hole drilled through the center. It is used by running the Fishing Line on the hole and a tapered plastic or wooden stick inserted into this hole will hold the slip bobber in place. Some styles of slip bobbers have a vertical cut through to the Fishing Line hole. With this feature, you do not have to remove the Fish Hook from the Fishing Line, thus, attachment and removal of a bobber is a lot easier.

Pencil Bobbers

A pencil bobber is a long, slim float with a small hook attached on one end. This is good to use when you are after small fish. Use this together with red worms or other small Fishing Baits. When the pencil bobber stands up, it indicates that a fish has taken your Fishing Bait. In windy weather, use a large pencil bobber so you will be able to see clearly when a fish takes your Fishing Bait.

Don’t let the fish get away before you even realize that it has taken your bait. Keep a couple of these floats in your tackle box everytime you go Fishing.

Leaders

A Leader is a small length made of heavy Fishing Line or wire which is tied to one end of the main line on a Fishing Reel or Fishing Rod. Leaders are used to avoid breaking off of the Fishing Line when sharp-toothed fish bites into it. They are likewise useful when fishing with a heavy or braided line by providing a length of clear line that is visible to particular species in certain waters.

Wire Leaders

Wire leaders are six to 12 inches or more in length. A wire leader is used if you are after sharp-toothed and rough-scaled species or when fishing in fresh waters. Some have swivels or snap-swivels to prevent line twists and to simplify the process of changing Fishing Lures. But if you want leaders which are easier to handle and less prone to abrasions, use those which are nylon-coated.

Monofilament Leaders

Instead of wire, you can use a monofilament leader when you are fishing in low, clear waters. Since monofilament is transparent, it will appear invisible to the fish. Tie the monofilament leader to the Fishing Line through a Surgeon’s Knot. Sometimes considered as shock leaders, monofilament leaders can resist sharp objects and abrasions from rough scales and gill slits. They are used when fishing for northern pike, pickerel, and large species of catfish.

Leaders come in different types and features. Use a certain kind of Leader which is suitable to the type of Fishing that you do. You may not know when will you actually use one so it is wise to always have different Leaders in your tackle box.

Pocket Tools

Small things can do great things, just like the Pocket Tools necessary in Fishing. These include clippers, pliers, de-hookers, and hook sharpeners. They are the basic tools that will come in handy in different Fishing situations.

Clippers

The major pocket tool is the Clippers, or that gadget used in trimming fingernails. This tool is usually attached to a retractable reel on a vest. Clippers are used to cut the Fishing Line when you need to change a Fish Hook or Fishing Lure. They are also used to cut the excess Fishing Line after making a Fishing Knot.

Pliers

Another important tool when you are fishing is the Pliers. They are useful in removing Split shots, bending barbs on Fish Hooks, tightening loose lines tied on Fishing Lures, and removing Fish Hooks from the fish you have caught. A good type of Pliers is the long-nose pliers. You will have a firm grip on their non-slip handles. They work best in removing Fish Hooks from sharp-toothed fish and on instances where your Fish Hook was gulped down by the fish.

De-hookers

Its name says it all. De-hookers vary in designs, shapes, and applications. The simplest kind of De-hooker is a long, thin rod made of plastic with a slot at one end. This slot makes it possible for you to track the Fishing Line all the way to the gullet of the fish to the Fish Hook. Bring de-hookers with you if you are after large fish.

Hook Sharpeners

Also called hook hones, Hook sharpeners are bars or rods made of rough, rock-like material. They are easy on the pocket and very easy to use. To sharpen a Fish Hook, just move the point of the Fish Hook back and forth on the shallow, thin channel on the Hook sharpener. Your Fish Hook will be sharpened in virtually no time at all.

Big things come in small packages. You may not know it, but these little Pocket Tools can be of great help in Fishing.

Landing Nets

Also called a fishnet, a Fishing Net is used to hold in fish once it is pulled in. It comes in different types and sizes, depending on the type of Fishing that you do and the area where you will be using it. One of the common types of Fishing Nets is the Landing Net. This is usually a bag-shaped net attached to a long handle which is used to enclose the fish. You need to bring one on your Fishing trip especially when fishing from a boat, unless you want to increase the risks of losing the fish you have caught.

Landing Nets vary in sizes, depending on the type and size of fish. A Landing Net with a large hoop and long handle is made for species like muskellunge and northern pike. If you are after salmon, make use of a strong, metal-framed net that is large enough to carry a big fish. On the contrary, it is good to use one with a short handle for trout and other small species.

Aside from the fact that having a Landing Net can give you more assurance that you will be able to catch the fish successfully, a Landing Net can also serve as a safe ground of removing the fish from the water as well as the process of unhooking the fish. The fish will go berserk once you start unhooking it. What’s worse is that it can break your Fishing Line or even hurt you. Remember that some species have rough scales or sharp fins. It will also be some torture to the fish if you let it flop on the ground or in your boat until such time that you are finished unhooking it. It would be better if you proceed on unhooking while the fish is still on the Landing Net.

A Landing Net can aid you in almost any, if not all, Fishing situations. Bring one everytime you go Fishing.

There are many different kinds of Fishing Tools and each has its own features, characteristics, and purposes. They are important in any Fishing trip so make sure that you have these useful devices inside your backpack or tackle box when you go Fishing. These tools can aid you in almost any, if not all, Fishing situations.

Fishing Apparel

Clothing is one of the basic needs of man in order to survive, and practically every man’s Outdoor Activity entails a particular kind of clothes. The Purposes of Outdoor Clothing are very much the same as those of man’s everyday wear. Primarily, people wear clothes to protect themselves from the sun, the rain, and other harmful influences. However, you are more prone to extreme conditions when you go Fishing, Hiking, or in any Outdoor Activity so you need all the protection you can get. Make sure that you wear the appropriate clothing. What you need are clothes that not only will give you protection, but will also make you safe and comfortable while fishing. As an additional safety precaution, bring extra clothing when you go Fishing, just in case your clothes get all sweaty when the weather becomes too warm, you got soaked up because of rain showers, or if you accidentally fall on the water. Take a look at the sections below and learn the basic essentials of Fishing Apparel:

Hip Boots

Ordinary boots can be effective if you are fishing from a Fishing Boat or when walking in shallow parts of rivers or lakes. But if you need to wade a bit further and deeper, wear Hip boots. They are a kind of boots that run up to the crotch part and held in place by straps looped around your waist. Hip boots allow you to comfortably wade in water that is around two feet deep. Thus, you can have access to parts that you cannot reach without Hip boots.

The bottoms of Hip boots usually have a heel, sole, and a shatterproof ankle area. In short, these kinds of hip boots are boot-footed. They are not that expensive, heavy, and bulky to carry. Hip boots are very suitable when fishing on small bodies of water such as streams.

Hip boots can be made from rubber, coated nylon, and coated canvas. Nowadays, manufacturers are using neoprene, stuff like foam which is strong, warm, flexible, and lightweight. The only problem with hip boots made of neoprene is that you will sweat on them.

There are numerous types of sole commercially available. Hip boots with rubber soles feel solid upon buying. But when you step on rocks topped with algae, you will lose your footing. Some are hip boots with studded soles which augment foothold. A more expensive hip boots are those that are felt-soled. Felt-soled hip boots work well in slippery streams.

When wading, you need to have a strong hold on slippery and algae-covered rocks. Likewise, you need to be comfortable when walking in water so make sure to wear the appropriate type of Hip boots that can serve these purposes.

Chest Waders

In Fishing, there are instances that you need to wade in the water. Therefore, it is necessary to wear the appropriate attire to fit this purpose. For deep wading, use Chest waders, or waders which come up to the chest and are held up by suspenders. Basically, there are three types of waders. Membrane waders made of nylon or PVC are the most commonly used. It is cheaper compared to other types of waders and it has a flexible body but integral rigid boot. Breathable waders are another basic type of waders which are excellent to use during summer. These are also similar to membrane waders but breathable waders are more expensive and are made in such a way that sweat but not water can pass through. Thus, you will remain dry. On the other hand, use neoprene rubber waders when wading in deep and cold water for a long time. Since they are about 3-5 mm thick and have the same material as those in wet-and-dry suits of divers, they can help in keeping you dry and warm even in winter. Likewise, neoprene rubber waders are soft and flexible so you will be comfortable while fishing.

Waders may also vary from boot-foot to stocking-foot, or its ends are shaped like socks. Boot-foot waders are easier to wear and take off. With these, air is trapped around your feet so it feels slightly buoyant and will make you feel quite unstable. If you use stocking-foot waders, wear wading boots. This can add to your expenses, instead of just having boot-foot waders, but you will feel more comfortable in wearing stocking-boot waders with wading shoes. If you are going to fish on deeper bodies of water, use waders. Aside from the fact that you can go deeper in the water, waders will keep you warm during cold weather and drier when it is raining.

Waders can definitely give the comfort you need. However, you must also consider safety. Wearing waders does not necessarily mean that you can wade deeper and further in the water if you want, especially in rivers that you are not familiar with. If there is a strong current, make use of a wading stick, or better yet, do not go too deep. Many unexpected things can happen so it is always necessary to take precautions.

Fishing Hats

Fishing Hats come in various types, depending on the features and what material they are made of. There is no standard type of hat for Fishing, just as long as you are well-protected from sun’s rays and cold breeze.

Nonetheless, here are some examples of Fishing Hats that work in most, if not all, fishing conditions:

  • A Fishing Hat which is an excellent choice for Sun protection is a cotton baseball cap with a long visor. The visor obstructs sun’s rays that can impair eyesight, and the cloth inside absorbs sweat. It is better to use a white cotton baseball cap because light colors do not absorb so much heat, giving you a cool feeling.
  • You can also use a standard visor-size cotton ball cap with a hat band made of leather. You can adjust the size of the hat through a small leather belt with buckle. The brown visor blocks the sun’s rays and it will keep your head warm while fishing in the morning and relaxed in the afternoon. Choose a plain green-colored ball cap when fishing in small streams so that you will not scare the fish you are after.
  • On cold days, wearing a wool watch cap will keep your head warm. It is usually called a ski hat and its gray color matches the atmosphere in cold weather. You can also use this cap on windy days when you can pull it down over your ears when the breeze gives you the chill.
  • Another style of Fishing Hat would be the billfisherman’s cap. Aside from the very long visor which can definitely shield your eyes from the sun, it also has pull-down flaps which protect your whole face including your neck from the sun’s rays. It is a good choice when Fishing in tropical waters since a billfisherman’s cap has small holes that allow ventilation on your head.

Actually, it does not matter what type of hat you use, as long as it can protect your face, especially your eyes, from the sun’s rays.

Rain Gear

One of the things that you cannot precisely predict is the Weather Conditions , and I doubt it if you plan on getting soaked in the middle of your Fishing escapade. If you leave the house on a very sunny morning, do not get too complacent. Having rain showers later in the day is a possible occurrence. Preparation is all it takes for you to have a wonderful time fishing- rain or shine. Here are some suggestions on the suitable Fishing Rain Gear:

A poncho with a hood is a great Fishing Rain Gear. You can put it on over whatever clothes you are already wearing and still be comfortable. Wear it together with Chest waders so that you will remain dry in heavy rain showers.

If you do not have Chest waders, another option is to wear a rain suit. This is a plastic or coated-nylon pants and jacket with a hood attached. A rain suit cannot cover your feet so you better use decent waterproof footwear. Rain suits will keep you dry while fishing, but they are made of plastic or coated-nylon so it cannot absorb moisture and sweat. There are better rain suits which allow air circulation through outlets or flaps as additional features.

But if you decide on spending a lot of time fishing and you have the money, buy a Gore-Tex rain suit. Gore-Tex is a material that has billions of microscopic pores- nine billion per square inch, to give you an idea. This amazing feature makes you dry inside by stopping water from going through and at the same time permitting moisture to come out.

Make sure to bring your Rain Gear whenever you go fishing. As meantioned before, it is better to be always ready.

Like in any other leisure activity, it is essential to protect yourself from too much sunlight and rain in order to really enjoy Fishing. It is advisable that you have Hip boots, a Fishing Hat, Chest waders, and Rain Gear. Having the Proper Fishing Attire will make you protected and at the same time comfortable while waiting for the fish to hit your Fishing Bait or Fishing Lure.

Fishing Boats

For a Fishing enthusiast, acquiring a Fishing Boat makes the activity more fun and exciting to do. For one, you will be able to reach other fishing sites that probably have much more and bigger fish. Likewise, what seems to be hours of waiting for some fish to attack your Fishing Bait can be compensated by the relaxing sounds of splashing water and breath-taking sights that you cannot usually take a closer look at without a boat.

Boats come in different sizes. These can be Small Fishing Boats or Commercial Fishing Boats used in different industries. Many anglers buy Fishing Boats every year. You can also just rent one, as some people do. Thus, it is imperative to know the various Fishing Boat Hulls, Fishing Boat Materials, the different Fishing Boat Types, and the basics of Rowing.

Hulls

The use and performance of a Fishing Boat is determined by the kind of hull it has, and it is important to use the right Fishing Boat with the right hull to the appropriate type of water. Hull is the term used for the outside bottom of a Fishing Boat. There are four common types of hulls of Fishing Boats: flat bottom, semi-V, deep-V, and modified-V.

Flat Bottom

Flat bottom is the simplest hull design. A Fishing Boat with a flat bottom is very steady in still waters and can be maneuvered with ease. It is a good choice when you go Fishing in ponds or lakes and if you are not after speed. Trying to go fishing with a flat-bottomed Fishing Boat on moving water can give you a jagged trip.

Semi-V

On the other hand, a semi-V hull is very much the same as a flat bottom type of hull, but a semi-V has a shallow V shape at the front. With this shape, the Fishing Boat can cut through the water instead of just floating above it, and a Fishing Boat with a semi-V hull provides more steadiness than a Fishing Boat with a flat bottom hull.

Deep-V

A Fishing Boat with a deep-V hull has a much angled V shape that runs from the front of the Fishing Boat all the way to its rear. Because of its design, a Fishing Boat with this kind of hull sits lower in water, so it is not advisable to be used in shallow waters. Fishing Boats with deep-V hulls are designed for Fishing in moving or rough waters, since the hull can cut through the current. If you fish with a deep-V Fishing Boat on still waters, you will probably experience rocking from side to side.

Modified-V

The modified-V hull is probably the good compromise. It also has a V shape but not as sharp as that of the deep-V hull. A Fishing Boat with a modified-V hull is easy to maneuver. When fishing in moving or rough water, it provides a somewhat smooth ride. Unlike the deep-V, you will not feel any rocking motion from side to side. You can also use a Fishing Boat with a modified-V hull on waters that are not that shallow.

Make sure that you use a Fishing Boat with the right hull in the area where you will be fishing. It will really make a difference.

Materials

Before, Fishing Boats were made of wood, but they were likely to leak too much. Nowadays, most Fishing Boats commercially available are made of aluminum or fiberglass. Some are even made of Kevlar.

Aluminum

Aluminum Fishing Boats are no more than 18 feet long. They are made of thin metal sheets fastened together at the joints. Aluminum Fishing Boats can be transported easily by two or three persons because aluminum is lightweight. Likewise, aluminum Fishing Boat is cost-effective and almost maintenance-free. But since it is lightweight, it is possible that you will have a bumpy boat ride because it will bounce around the water. Though aluminum Fishing Boat is good for small-boat fishing, it is noisy. When something is accidentally clanked on the Fishing Boat, it will create sound waves on the water. Thus, it will scare the potential fish.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass consists of layers of numerous types of resins of polyester placed on a wood or plastic frame. Unlike aluminum, fiberglass is heavy, that is why it is more stable. It also has more endurance as far as pounding waves are concerned and more flexible- fiberglass can be made into a hydrodynamic shape along with delicate curves. Probably the biggest disadvantage of using fiberglass is its weight. Since it is heavy, you will need a relatively large motor to power a Fishing Boat made of fiberglass.

Kevlar

Kevlar, the material used in making bullet-proof vests, is the result when you combine the features of fiberglass and aluminum, with virtually no drawbacks that aluminum or fiberglass has. Kevlar produces an exceptionally strong and at the same time lightweight Fishing Boat. It seems like Kevlar is the perfect material in making Fishing Boats. But it is very costly. This explains why very few people make Fishing Boats out of Kevlar.

It’s up to you on what type of Fishing Boat to buy. Just bear in mind that your Fishing Boat should be able to meet your needs.

Types of Boats

There are many things to consider in choosing the right kind of Fishing Boat. Aside from knowing some of the pros and cons of materials used in making Fishing Boats, you should pick one that you can maneuver. You must be aware of the type of water in which you will fish. This also dictates the type of Fishing Boat you need.

All Fishing Boats can be classified into four: rowboats, johnboats, canoes, and utility boats.

Rowboats

Rowboats are semi-V or modified-V hulled Fishing Boats made usually of aluminum, though some are made of wood. They are basically less than 14 feet long and have benches on each side. Rowboats are maneuvered using a pair of oars. If not, you can use an outboard, a motor that is attached to the rear of the rowboat.

Johnboats

Johnboats range from 10 to 18 feet in length. They are usually made of aluminum and have flat bottom hulls. The width of a johnboat is proportional to its length, so it can take heavier weight for its size. You can either row your johnboat or use an outboard. Since most are made of aluminum, johnboats are economical, lightweight, and have excellent stability when fishing in small, protected waters. If you row a johnboat on rough waters especially with strong winds, the johnboat can be easily thrown from side to side.

Canoes

A canoe is made of aluminum and has a streamlined shape. It is also easy to maneuver so canoes work well in moving waters. You can attach an outboard with some styles of canoes, but usually paddles are used when running a canoe. But not all people can maneuver this type of Fishing Boat. A little carelessness can lead you to overturn so you need to have some skill in order to run it properly.

Utility Boats

Most Utility Boats are made of aluminum and feature either semi-V or modified-V hulls. They can go from 12 to around 18 feet long. Instead of benches, utility boats have seats, as well as compartments or livewells for keeping baitfish, storage of Fishing Rods , and other particulars. In other words, Utility Boats are called as such because these Fishing Boats are designed for various uses. They can also be used for fishing in either moving or still waters, and when you are after various fish species. Because of this, Utility Boats are sometimes referred to as ‘super utilities’ or ‘multispecies’ boats.

Again, pay attention to where you will be fishing in order to choose the appropriate Fishing Boat.

Rowing

Rowing is a skill worth-knowing when you are engaged in Fishing. Basically, it is not that hard to do. As safety measure, wear a life vest before you have a go. As a beginner, here are some pointers on your way to your first Rowing experience:

  • Face the rear of the Fishing Boat then sit at the middle bench. The front part has the pointed end, so your position must be facing the other end. In case your Fishing Boat is a johnboat, both sides are identical. Its front end is the one that curves up.
  • Once seated, you will find an oarlock on each side. This is a small vertical metal tube fastened below the edge of the Fishing Boat. This is where you will mount your oars. Get an oar and look for the device shaped like a Y in the middle of the oar. Place the bottom part of the Y in the oarlock. Get the other oar and do the same to your other side.
  • Since you are not facing the direction towards your destination, you must decide on what landmark to use that can guide you while rowing. This landmark must be lined up directly to your destination. Landmarks can either be a dock, tree, another boat, or a house. With your arms stretched out, hold the oars firmly. At this time, the oar blades or the paddles are behind you and out of the water.
  • Sweep the oars through the water by bringing your hands towards you. Your Fishing Boat should have moved forward, towards your destination. Repeat this stroke again and again, and at the same time, keep an eye on the landmark you have chosen. You can be sure that you will be able to reach your destination by rowing straight away from the landmark.
  • When you reach your destination, do not leave your oars in the water. They can go off the oarlocks and drift away, leaving you with nothing to use on your way back. Secure the oars by putting them in parallel position to the Fishing Boat. This can be done by raising the oar blades out of the water and putting them at the outer edges of the Fishing Boat.

Rowing does not entail some special skills. Just be guided by these pointers and you will surely have an awesome Rowing adventure.

Fishing on a Fishing Boat is probably much more fun than staying in a riverbank while waiting and anticipating the fish to strike the Fishing Bait or Fishing Lure. Just like the other Fishing equipment, Fishing Boats vary in the materials they are made of, construction, and applications. Take these things into consideration so that you can determine the suitable Fishing Boat as you go on your way to a more exciting Fishing experience.

There are various pieces of Fishing Gear and apparel which are specifically designed for your trip. In general, it is a matter of preference and need. Use what is suitable to the kind of Fishing that you do.

Andrew Lang

I inherited my passion for fishing from my late father. I often write about my experiences with trout fishing, inshore fishing and deep sea fishing.