Whether you're planning to spend the day on the banks of a local watering hole or taking a trip out with an experienced charter captain, fishing comes with numerous rewards for those who take the time to enjoy their experience. There are some things you should bring on your trip.
Featuring a strange combination of relaxation, interspersed with moments of sheer excitement, there's really nothing like fishing, especially if you enjoy the water. If you like the taste of grilling up fresh fish, that's even better! If you want to maximize your enjoyment, there are some things you should bring with you on your trip.
While casting a bamboo rod into a local pond has its own charm, you're probably going to enjoy your fishing expedition much more if you take the time to buy a good rod and reel. Which kind you want to get will depend strongly on what type of fishing you'll be doing. The kind of rod you want for a charter outing in the Gulf of Mexico will certainly not be the same kind you'll want for wading out into the rivers of Oregon. Talk to the sports shops in your area and see if you can find someone with some knowledge and expertise. Nothing beats talking to someone about a subject they know well, and you might find you can learn a lot more than you would reading books or online articles.
Fishing line matters in almost every situation. No matter if you are out for a mostly relaxing day on the water or if you're a serious angler, you don't want to cheap out when it comes to buying your line. The type of environment you'll be casting into will play a big role in determining which kind of line you want to purchase. Again, this is where talking to someone with some expertise can come in handy. You don't need to buy the most expensive roll on the shelf, but you should at least make sure the line you get is appropriate for the circumstances.
Bait and Lures
If you want to attract fish to your hook, you'll need to make sure you're outfitted with bait or lures that will do just that. There are endless schools of thought when it comes to buying the right bait for the right occasion. Walk into any bait shop and you'll quickly find yourself overwhelmed with choices. Try to keep a cool head about you. Make sure that you buy the appropriate hooks for your bait. Some areas may have restrictions on what type of bait you can use, which forces the choice into the artificial lures section. Talk to someone familiar with local fishing and see what he or she can recommend for your purposes.